Fourth Way Books and the fourth way teaching

A definitive characteristic of a living teaching or ‘way’ is that it cannot be found in any book. Whilst it is true that books may make us aware of the existence of a way and somehow help us find the threshold, it is rare for a book to give precise direction and guidance for an effective journey. Strictly the word ‘teaching’ applies to a direct relational experience in the presence of a Master, of which one specific aspect is oral transmission. It should noted also that the word ‘esotericism’ is often used indiscriminately, and it should be emphasized  that the principal distinction between the word esotericism and exotericism is not in the ideas themselves but in the capacity to understand them actively. This involves an experiential and practical work which gives knowledge the taste of wisdom. The Fourth Way books listed below consist of three categories – books ‘of’ the teaching, books ‘on’ the teaching, and books ‘about’ the teaching. There is only one book , except for the books of Gurdjieff himself, which can be considered really useful for followers of the teaching. This is In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky. It is a brilliant, honest and faithful exposition of the author’s memory of what was transmitted to him.

G I Gurdjieff

Fourth Way Books G.I. Gurdjieff
G.I. Gurdjieff

All and Everything:

First Series – An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man

Second Series – Meetings with Remarkable Men

Third Series – Life is Real Only Then, When, I Am

Views from the Real World

P D Ouspensky

Fourth Way Books P. D. Ouspensky
P. D. Ouspensky

In Search of The Miraculous

The Fourth Way

The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution

The Cosmology of Man’s Possible Evolution

Tertium Organum

A New Model of the Universe

Conscience – the Search for Truth

A Record of Meetings

A Further Record

Talks With a Devil

The Symbolism of the Tarot

Letters from Russia

Maurice Nicoll

Maurice Nicoll
M. Nicoll

Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky:

Vol. 1

Vol. 2

Vol. 3

Vol. 4

Vol. 5


A R Orage

On Love and Psychological Exercises (Combined Edition)

Psychological Exercises and Essays (Combined Edition)

C S Nott

Teachings of Gurdjieff – A Pupil’s Journal

Journey Though This World – The Second Journal of a Pupil

J G Bennett

Gurdjieff, Making a New World


Gurdjieff, A Very Great Enigma

Idiots in Paris- Diaries of J.G.Bennett and Elizabeth Bennett, 1949

Margaret Anderson

The Unknowable Gurdjieff

Anna Butkovsky-Hewitt

With Gurdjieff in St. Petersburg and Paris

Solange Claustres

Becoming Conscious with G.I.Gurdjieff

Luba Gurdjieff

A Memoir with Recipes

Rina Hands

Diary of Madame Egout Pour Sweet

Thomas and Olga de Hartmann

Our Life with Mr. Gurdjieff

Jane Heap

Jane Heap Notes

Henrietta Lannes

Inside a Question

Joy Lonsdale

Gurdjieff and the Arch-Preposterous

A Woman’s Work – the story of Ethel Merston

A Woman’s Work

by Mary Ellen Korman

Kathleen Riordan Speeth

The Gurdjieff Work

Madame de Salzmann

The Reality of Being

Heart without Measure (Book by Ravi Ravindra)

Sophia Wellbeloved

Gurdjieff, The Key Concepts

Louise Welch

Orage with Gurdjieff in America

Kathryn Hulme

Undiscovered Country

Dorothy Phillpotts

Discovering Gurdjieff

Jessmin and Dushka Howarth

It’s Up To Ourselves – A mother, A daughter, and Gurdjieff’

Fritz Peters

Boyhood With Gurdjieff

Gurdjieff Remembered

Balanced Man

Tcheslaw Tchekhovitch

Gurdjieff – A Master in Life

Rene Zuber

Who Are You Monsieur Gurdjieff?

John Pentland

Exchanges Within

Section 2 – Themes associated with ‘All and Everything’

1. Animal Magnetism

Franz Anton Mesmer

Mesmerism, A Translation of the original Medical and Scientific Writings of F.A. Mesmer, M.D.

William Gregory

Animal Magnetism, or Mesmerism and its Phenomena

John Ashburner

Notes and Studies in the Philosophy of Animal Magnetism

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