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G. I. Gurdjieff, Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson (1950, p.1201)
“Both states of consciousness, sleep and the waking state,
“Ordinary psychology is very far from reality. ...
“(One) illusion is that we are awake. When we realize that
we are asleep
“... until we begin to understand our illusions, we can
never see truth.”
| From the fourth way perspective, modern
is quite mistaken and deluded about the nature of humans and the
We have mistaken ideas about the most basic questions in psychology and
about ourselves as individuals. According to Gurdjieff, the
for expanded and heightened states of self realization and spiritual
cosmic consciousness are latent within human beings. However,
an individual awakens, there are different veils or covers which limit
one’s realization of life. Humans, as they are, live in a state
“waking sleep” or “automated consciousness” and fail to “instinctually
sense reality,” as it is.
The Gurdjieff teaching exposes the general sleepwalking state of humankind, the hypnosis and conditioning by which people are imprisoned. It can then help to liberate us from these illusions, and to awaken and realize our deeper cosmic nature as beings. Gurdjieff’s teaching concerns the dissolution of the false consciousness system and the deeper realization that “I AM.” To attain self knowledge, the individual has to awaken and overcome the illusions limiting their understanding. As it is, people generally think that they already know themselves and it is not apparent how there might be any mysterious secret self-knowledge available to us.
|According to Beelzebub, the central character in Gurdjieff's Tales, the three-brained beings on planet Earth are microcosmoses or "similitudes of the Whole." As such, they have the possibility of not only serving local cosmic purposes, feeding the earth and moon as part of organic life on earth, but also of experiencing sacred being-impulses, attaining varied levels of objective reason and individuality, and even of "blending again with the infinite." (1950) As a microcosm of the macrocosm, a human being can potentially coat higher being bodies for the life of the soul, instinctually sense cosmic truths and phenomena, and maintain existence within the subtle realms of being after death achieving different levels of immortality. Unfortunately, humankind came to exist only in waking sleep states of automated consciousness, perceiving reality topsy-turvy, conditioned by pleasure and self love, and wasteful of their sacred substances. Human beings no longer realize their deeper cosmic purposes and possibilities, or attain real "I."|
| Psychological Illusions examines the
of the fourth way teaching, the psychopathology of humankind as
by Gurdjieff, as well as the cosmology and metaphysics elaborated by
remarkable teacher. This includes material on the Ray of
the fundmaental cosmoc laws, and the alchemical processes involved in
crystallization of the higher-being-bodies for the life of the
Gurdjieff has outlined a remarkably consistent, intelligent and
model of life, human consciousness and the Universe, which raises
about everything thought to be understood in common knowledge.
himself described his aim - "to destroy without mercy ... the beliefs
views, by centuries rooted in him (humankind), about everything
in the world." Gurdjieff's remarkable teaching does indeed
enable us to understand "all the rubbish accumulated in human
The Gurdjieff fourth way teachings offers a profound analysis of human psychology, and the metaphysics and cosmology of consciousness. It is a remarkable and coherent system of esoteric teaching about the miraculous possibilities existing for the evolution of the individual human being, and about the horror of the situation for humanity asleep, living under their psychological illustrations. ISBN # 0-9689435-2-7
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