In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown

In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching [Ebook] ➮ In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching ➭ P.D. Ouspensky – Una presentación lucida de las ideas de Gurdjieff hecha por un filósofo matemático y escritor ue lo acompañó en su travesía desde la Rusia revolucionaria hasta su destino final en Francia en 192 of the PDF/EPUB À Una presentación lucida de las ideas de Gurdjieff hecha por un filósofo matemático y escritor ue lo acompañó en su In Search PDF or travesía desde la Rusia revolucionaria hasta su destino final en Francia en donde estableció el Instituto para el Desarrollo Armónico Search of the PDF/EPUB ¾ del Hombre En un lenguaje comprensible al hombre de Search of the Miraculous: Fragments Epub / Occidente profundiza en los lineamientos fundamentales de un sistema de conocimiento esotérico Search of the Miraculous: Fragments Epub / Esta obra al mismo tiempo aporta una metodología específica para el desarrollo de la conciencia.

About the Author: P.D. Ouspensky

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10 thoughts on “In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching

  1. Brian Brian says:

    This is another book that totally changed the way I view the world I read it over a period of 2 or 3 years I would read a paragraph or two at a time or sometimes a few pages and then try to digest it In this book Ouspensky meets up with Gurdjieff a self professed esoteric teacher There is a good deal of debate as to whether or not the latter was an authentic teacher or a charlatan It seems he was some of both and Ouspensky broke with him in the end It also seems that Gurdjieff got most of his teachings from the Sufis Nonetheless I find him and his teachings uite fascinating One doesn't have to become a true believer to benefit from some of the amazing concepts put forth in The Fourth Way the system of conscious evolution he espoused There is also a book by the same name which is uite dense and dry though also interestingSome of the concepts which have stuck with me areThe formatory apparatus the lowest level of logical thinking which is essentially eitheror thinking Most people do not progress beyond this and it becomes a hindrance because it rarely appliesPhysical evolution only takes us so far and we must consciously evolve ourselves beyond this point This way is against god In other words we can all exist uite well without becoming truly conscious just going about our lives in the ordinary way We must go against much in our lives to become truly conscious This latter property is not what most people mean when they use this word Few people are actually truly conscious which is something like being fully aware of ourselves at all times not being lulled into stupors by our livesThere are in fact many I's not just one as when we refer to ourselves in the first person This is because our minds are split into many different factions based on our feelings Essentially the unity we think we possess is an illusion supported by buffers between the different parts that prevent harsh collisions In this sense we are not one person but many which explains how we can react in ways seemingly contrary to our previous convictionsThere is no real basis for negative emotions and these drain us of the energy needed to become conscious We actually reuire higher emotional energy to become conscious and negative emotions drain us of thisAll in all this book is uite good because Ouspensky tells the story of his search for meeting and breaking with this enigmatic character He learns some intriguing things but still ends up confused in the end without the final answers he longed for

  2. Sue Sue says:

    Having read just about everything written by or about Gurdjieff Ouspensky Collin Orage Nicoll and countless disciples spin offs Sufis etc etc and having been drawn by them into spending years in a Gurdjieff school and being familiar with the traditions on which the Gurdjieff approach was based I take a lot of the fourth way material with a large grain of salt The core of the work is a powerful methodology but no so than say vipassana zen dzogchen or other solid meditation based tradition There is nothing about the fourth way that is any esoteric than these other traditions that's right nothing The biggest difference is that Gurdjieff left behind a legacy of fraudulent teachers and cults whereas there are many Buddhist and other groups that are reliable Certainly Buddhist and other groups being made up of people have their flaws and there are things to be learned in some not all Gurdjieff groups but decades of hard won experience allows me to say that the Gurdjieff tradition is peculiar in attracting power hungry charlatans who exploit the rascal sage idea to gather suckers around themselves It happens in other traditions but there it tends to end in disgrace In fourth way groups duping people seems to be a point of pride Even groups that are not necessarily exploitative or fraudulent tend to attract people who especially like the idea of being esoteric to use a term Ouspensky used but which was far appropriate eighty years ago than it is today That is they like to imagine they've contacted the real inner work as opposed to those fools who imagine any other traditions can lead to awakening In other words the ego driven cult mentality that turns useful information into its opposite The my fourth way group is esotericGurdjieffiancooler than your fourth way group dynamic is out of controlRegardless I strongly recommend In Search of the Miraculous It's the single best book on Gurdjieff's work ever written It's reasonably comprehensive on the important theories and methods It's clear no Beelzebub's Talesian mumbo jumbo It includes enough of Ouspensky's personal comments and experiences to make an entertaining story but it isn't a self indulgent book about the author and then he said this to me and then I said that to him I find Ouspensky's other works overly dry and intellectual but this one is both fun and profound And if you happen to buy a copy that has a bookmark in it from a purported Gurdjieff school toss the bookmark Trust me about thatpub 1949read 1975

  3. Sky Sky says:

    Way too much esoteric stuff for my tastes Some paragraphs were interesting but the rest became a diagonal read I would suggest Charles Tart's Waking Up which sums up the essence of G's awakening methods most prominently self observation and self remembering if you want to get practical

  4. David Balfour David Balfour says:

    The first half of this book is very readable straightforward engaging and practical Initially there were very few far out claims and I felt they were meant to be taken metaphorically For instance the idea that war is caused by the uncomfortable proximity of certain planets at certain times seems to be an illustration of the way mass movements are the result of mechanical forces But the book becomes and obtuse and really goes downhill after Ouspensky introduces this strange pretend chemistry that's way too precise and detailed to not be taken literally It talks about 'hydrogens' and has the airs of an actual science but is totally void of empirical justification It's tedious and slightly embarrassing nonsense and I don't see any value to it Repeated characterisations of people as machines are particularly poignant against the background of WWI and the October Revolution in Russia but sometimes it's taken too far There's occasionally this slightly distasteful sense that most of humankind are born dull and die dull incapable of any sort of enlightenment or true consciousness A uote there are people who are definitely diseased broken machines with whom nothing can be done And such people are in the majority Lovely right? Also it's somewhat suspicious that Ouspensky and Gurdjieff dedicate so much space to why you can't possibly attain freedom unless you become part of a group and obey a single leader unconditionally and unuestioninglyThis is inevitably Ouspensky's own interpretation of Gurdjieff's teachings so although most of it is framed as direct uotation I suspect he's included a lot of his own views just as Plato made Socrates a character in his own dialogues Although this book was endorsed by Gurdjieff it seems odd that the system insists on understanding being difficult to attain and then Ouspensky goes and puts large swathes of it in an easily digestible 350 page novel It stands in great contrast to Gurdjieff's own Beelzebub's TalesHaving said all that some of the ideas in this book are brilliant like the concept of remembering oneself Gurdjieff's talks about attaining true consciousness reminds me of David Foster Wallace's famous speech 'This is Water' Some of the better ideas here also remind me of Steppenwolf Like Hesse Gurdjieff sees man as a plurality and the singular 'I' as an illusion There's also a deeply insightful discussion of the function of symbolism in art and esoteric systems near the end of the book Ouspensky writes about how symbols are used as containers for meaning that can't be expressed through ordinary language He also writes that approaching them with specific pre conceived notions about their meaning in a real world context only leads to a kind of confirmation bias and distorts or distracts from the essential meaning of the symbol

  5. Lloyd Francis Lloyd Francis says:

    This is the most dangerous book you will ever read if your world is filled with sacred old ideas you have never uestioned A masterpiece I am still reading it after twenty years

  6. Maureen Maureen says:

    This book is a treasure trove for anyone wishing to know about the Gurdjieff work My copy of it is littered with underlined sentences enneagrams scribbled notes on will being and function and notes on octaves and self observation Is this an easy read? Easier than Gurdjieff certainly but so jam packed with useful information that it needs to be read over the course weeks or even months In these pages you will learn the way of the fakir the monk and the yogi and with a little luck something about your own impermanent I

  7. Bryan Elkins Bryan Elkins says:

    An excellent introduction to the teachings of G I Gurdjieff Fascinating thorough engaging and readable; but these traits are secondaryTo those interested in esoteric traditions this book should be considered an account of one man's crash course in the teachings that underlie the others If you're into this sort of thing this book will likely take a position of strong influence on your perception from here on Gurdjieff was a practical man likely a Sufi master His teachings sidestepped the symbols and mysticism of ancient esoteric initiation systems in favor of a direct approach that could perhaps be described as cosmic atomic psychology Ouspensky an independent thinker and the perfect man to bring such experiences to the page did the world a great service by insisting upon the right to posthumously publish his interactions with his one time teacher This was my first encounter with Gurdjieff and though I certainly recommend his own writings as well this book has served as a perfect introduction for many people in the last half centuryOwn a copy begs multiple readsSome argue that in the Western esoteric tradition Gurdjieff was the one true master keyholder far surpassing Crowley Blavatsky or any other of the western guru types for the depth and clarity of both his teachings and his being

  8. Dean Dean says:

    Probably one of the best summaries of the whole of Gurdjieff's teachings and also a nice map of the whole 'generally accepted' story of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky's work The best parts can be found in regards to self observation self remembering and the notion of 'man as a machine' The worst parts involve ridiculous theories about the universe's origins strange interpretations for chemical interactions and how they fit in with made up conceptual models like the 'Octaves' 'Law of three' 'energy transformation' and other not very useful conceptual theories Overall a great introductory read for anyone interested in Gurdjieff Fourth Way The whole storyline is rather enthralling and Ouspensky who had a background in journalism makes for an interesting read regardless of the theories contained therein

  9. Bethan Bethan says:

    This book is a good introduction to Gurdjieff's teachings presented in a clear and understandable way by the author who was a student of Gurdjieff himself from 1915 to 1924 Interspersed with this are some interesting personal observations of how Gurdjieff conducted his practice and any special effects of the teachings that the student Ouspensky experienced which is very little Ouspensky appears at first attractively somewhat on the side of scepticism rather than blind faith and seems honest dutifully focused on understanding and practicing the teachings However I get the feeling that he came to be under the spell of Gurdjieff and perhaps lacked much ability to step outside of the work to uestion the bigger picture and the personal motivations of the master for I sense that there are omissionsAs for Gurdjieff's Fourth Way while I have sympathy for the spiritual seeking of something further not too unlike religion the teachings are vague fantastic contradictory beguiling and unlikely to be any positive than many 'unbelievers' or non practitioners in practice All in all it seems likely to me that Gurdjieff was a charismatic charlatan but this is an interesting look into an alternative worldview set with a backdrop of war and revolution

  10. Ard Ard says:

    I had this book on my shelf for years and had read about Gurdjieff from other authors but never from one so close to G as Ouspensky I had imagined this book would be a hard one to finish but I actually raced through it and found it vastly interesting Not only because the many ideas of which I enjoyed the ones on psychology much than the ones on the cosmic order of things But also because of the sketches of the man Gurdjieff himself and how he went about with his work and students Set against World War I and the coming of the bolsheviks this book reads as a wonderful tale of history in turmoil and intense personal discovery Fantastic

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