Posts Tagged ‘The Fourth Way’

110 – Awakening

If we’re already awake, as the fifth way states, why don’t we know about it?

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074 – Working

This is a lot of effort. Why should I work? And, how the Fourth Way and Vipassana meditation may work together.

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Practice

After having studied classic guitar for a number of years, I observed something interesting about Parkinson. If he wanted to do something he would read a book about it. It seems odd to write that now, because the idea of reading a book to learn how to do something appears to be contradictory.

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Growth

A problem we often face is progress. Normally, progress isn’t much of a problem for most people. At least it’s not a problem if they’re experiencing some progress toward their Aim. With a Work Aim, progress is measured differently than it is measured with a Life aim.

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Discouragement

Anyone who sincerely attempts to practice what Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Nicoll and others taught is going to face discouragement at some point. The reasons are various, so it’s difficult to predict when or how discouragement will strike. It’s not only that it’s a long path.

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Teachings

When one begins to study the Fourth Way there are so many pitfalls it’s a wonder that anyone makes much progress. There is much one needs to know in the beginning. Due to the nature of the system and the human condition it simply can’t all be grasped at once.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.