Open the Door
The mouth is the door of the mind. The mind is the host of the spirit. Will, intention, joy, desire, thought, worry, knowledge, and planning all go in and out through the door. Therefore they are governed by opening and closing, controlled in their exit and entry. Opening means speech. Closing means silence. Speech and silence, should be harmonious. End and beginning should be correct.
From Thunder in the Sky, the master of the Demon Valley translated by Thomas Cleary,.
Do “The Work.”
I wrote this to explain in simple terms what George Gurdjieff, Pyotr Demianovich Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll were talking about in their body of knowledge which is called the 4th Way and referred to within those circles as “The Work.” None of what is written comes from any oral transmission, nor is it sanctioned by any organization or group. It’s my own interpretation drawn from the writings of these authors and from my understanding of esoteric thought as presented by Jiddu Krishnamurti, Rudolph Steiner, and others whose ideas are powerful and in a way, electrified.
It might be Daunting: Not!
Now, electricity is used everywhere but very few people understand it, and among those who do, often even the experts disagree as to how it’s created, what it is, and the direction it flows. What they do agree upon is its power and ubiquity. At the date of this writing the fixed idea of the sun being a nuclear reaction is being questioned and replaced by a type of transformed electrical plasma. My role in this writing is similarly to act as a step-down transformer.
The ideas encapsulated in the 4th Way Work are extremely powerful, extremely difficult to understand, and they are life changing. The books “Search for the Miraculous,” and “The 4th Way,” by Ouspensky are 396 and 444 pages long. The “Commentaries” by Nicholl is five volumes and 1800 pages. It is pointed out that to understand any information one must read it three times. This is a lot of reading and may be quite daunting.
The Whisper Game
As a kid we played a whisper game. About twelve of us sat in chairs in a circle and the first one was given a saying to whisper in the second one’s ear. You can guess what happened to the saying by the time it reached the last kid. “Ice cream has big green pants,” or something similar. By my presentation of this information you’re not getting a direct oral transmission of any 4th Way lineage. To do that you’ll need to join a certified 4th Way organization, and even there you may be getting “big green pants.”
My Goal in this series
Another alternative may be to look for an esoteric master to train you, and to be admitted you will have to sweep his floor for six years and simply put “do what it takes.” My goal in this writing is to act as a step-down transformer to “spark you.”
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