The Fourth Way of G.I. Gurdjieff has been recognized as one of the most original, enduring, and penetrating teachings of our time. The Fourth Way provides a method of inner development to be followed in ordinary life conditions, and consists of three aspects, the Ideas, Music and Sacred Dance. The Ideas themselves consist of Esoteric aspects of Psychology and Cosmology, which are related through the Hermetic axiom, ‘As Above, So Below’.
Although great advances have been made in science and technology, can we say that the human condition has also advanced? We may have acquired great knowledge about the world, but understanding our ‘inner world’ requires effort in another direction, one which the ancients knew about, but which has been lost over time. The Fourth Way shows a way to restore the balance between ‘knowledge’ and ‘being’, vital if we are to regain our status as integrated human beings.
Gurdjieff’s Search and the Fourth Way
Gurdjieff searched for 20 years for knowledge he felt was necessary for his life. He travelled widely in parts of the Near East and Asia, receiving instruction from spiritual masters. Returning from this search, he brought with him a remarkable teaching, deeply traditional in its roots yet original and contemporary in expression so that people living in technological societies can respond to the call to awaken and live consciously. This teaching has become known as ‘The Fourth Way’, or ‘The Work’.