George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff took a special oath in 1911 in which he would devote 21 years to introduce and establish the teaching of the Fourth Way in the West. Gurdjieff's idea was to establish an institute to train helper-instructors to disseminate the teaching. He began in Russia in 1912, but the Russian Revolution a few years later made his stay there impossible. Subsequent attempts to establish the institute in Constantinople, Germany and England failed. Finally, in 1922, Gurdjieff established The Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainbleau, France, about 40 miles from Paris. Shortly afterwards, he made his initial trip to America.

          Less than two years after opening the Institute, Gurdjieff was involved in a near fatal car crash. This shock brought the realization that there was not enough time to train his helper-instructors. Six weeks later he closed the Institute.

          Gurdjieff pondered on how to accomplish his aim for four months. He then began dictating All and Everything of which the First Series is Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson; he would hurl the teaching into the future as a "legomonism." Gurdjieff said, "A legomonism is the name given to the successive transmission of information about long past events which have occurred on the planet Earth from initiates to initiates of the first kind, that is, from really meritorious beings who have themselves received their information from similar meritorious beings." By the early 1930's he had finished the First Series and the Second Series titled Meetings With Remarkable Men; in 1935 he finished the Third Series, Life Is Real Only Then When 'I Am'. Throughout this decade he made eight trips to America. He said, "Americans more receptive because not closed up inside yet; they naÔve, stupid, perhaps, but still real." In the late thirties he continued teaching with a woman-only group called "The Rope." He stayed with his students during the Nazi occupation of Paris in WWII and made his last trip to America in the winter of 1948-1949. Gurdjieff died in Paris October 29, 1949.

Videos

Introduction to Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 3: What Is the Meaning of Human Life on the Planet Earth?
Introduction to Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 2: The Movement From Sex To Love
Introduction to Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 1: From Selves To Individual Self To The Self
Spiritual Pilgrimage: Mr. Gurdjieff's Father's Grave
Gurdjieff's Legacy
Gurdjieff's Mission
Gurdjieff in Egypt

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Introduction To Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 3: What Is the Meaning of Human Life on the Planet Earth?
By William Patrick Patterson
Filmed during a weekend seminar with William Patrick Patterson exploring in depth Gurdjieff's question of "What is the sense and significance of life on Earth and human life, in particular?" the Dialogue sessions probe the primary purpose of organic life on Earth, the receiving, processing and transmitting of energies, the developing and undeveloped image of God, vibratory electrical beings, societal beliefs of having an indivisible I and a soul, the "I"-of-the-moment, Adam's power to name animals, perfectly imperfect, living one's suffered truth, conscious egotist, Kesdjan body, esoteric Christianity, a Christianity before Christ, religion as wholeness, the teaching of our time, Consciousness without objects.
$29.95, DVD, color, 3 hours.
Introduction To Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 2: The Movement From Sex To Love
By William Patrick Patterson
William Patrick Patterson probes and explores: instinctual, emotional, formatory-mental love, conscious love, divine love, real relationship. Falling in and out love, bio-plasmic machines, false unity, sex as physical, emotional; conscious intimacy, passing beyond gender, exchange of vibration-substance, reciprocal maintenance. Eating and being eaten, futurizing, historizing, past living the present. Embodiment. Self-observation, self-listening, inner space. Origin of the Universe, its harmony and needed disharmony, being-Partkdolg-duty, conscience, esoteric religion.
$29.95, DVD, color, 3 hours.
Introduction To Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Volume 1: From Selves To Individual Self To The Self
By William Patrick Patterson
William Patrick Patterson, a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way, the ancient, sacred, seminal teaching of self-development, explores: Images of God. Bioplasmic machines. Science of Being. Egyptian Mysteries. Nature's trick. Many selves. Self-love's duality. Owning. Futurizing. Historicizing. Ray of Creation. States of Consciousness. Key practices. Embodiment. Direct impressions. Inner space. Self-knowledge and Being. Levels of Understanding. Using ordinary life to come to real life.
$29.95, DVD, color, 2 hours 35 minutes.
Spiritual Pilgrimage: Mr. Gurdjieff's Father's Grave
By William Patrick Patterson
Winner of the WorldFest 2016 Gold Award in the Religion, Spirituality, Ethics Category
In the spirit of being a son of Mr. Gurdjieff, William Patrick Patterson undertook a 21-day pilgrimage to visit Mr. Gurdjieff's father's grave in Gyumri, Armenia. Travelling backward in time, he revisited Gurdjieff's life:
  • Gurdjieff's grave and the Prieuré in Avon, France
  • Kumbaraci and Yemenici streets in Istanbul, where Gurdjieff and his students lived
  • Prinkipo Island on the Sea of Marmara, where Gurdjieff often visited P. D. Uspenskii
  • Tiflis, where Gurdjieff opened his Institute at 22 Nikolas Street and first named it the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man
  • Kars, Gurdjieff's home in the medieval quarter and the Kars Military Cathedral where he sang in the choir
  • Ani, the ancient city where the Sarmoung manuscript was discovered
  • Sanahin Monastery, Armenia, where Gurdjieff served as an acolyte
  • Gyumri, Armenia, where Gurdjieff was born in the Greek Quarter at 222 Matnishyan Street
  • Gyumri's Old Cemetery and Mr. Gurdjieff's father's grave
$29.95, DVD, color, 1 hour 7 minutes.
The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Part III — Gurdjieff's Legacy: Establishing The Teaching in the West, 1924–1949
Winner of the WorldFest 2003 Gold Special Jury Award for Outstanding Excellence
Shot on site in Paris, Avon, Mont. St. Michel, Lascaux, London, New York, and New Haven, the documentary traces Gurdjieff's life from his near-fatal car crash through to his giving meetings during the Nazi-occupation of Paris to his death in 1949. Examined in depth are the writing of his Legominism All and Everything and his relationships with Orage, Ouspensky and Bennett. Also included is the Rope and his final trip to the Caves of Lascaux. Created and narrated by William Patrick Patterson.
$30.00, DVD, color, 86 minutes.
The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Part II — Gurdjieff's Mission: Introducing The Fourth Way to the West, 1912–1924
Winner of the WorldFest 2002 Gold Special Jury Award for Outstanding Excellence
Shot on site in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Constantinople, London, Fontainebleau-en-Avon, New York and Lascaux, this documentary video—narrated by William Patrick Patterson and based on his book Struggle of the Magicians—retraces Gurdjieff's mission to introduce the teaching to the West. P. D. Ouspensky's and J. G. Bennett's enigmatic relationship with Gurdjieff are explored. Particularly stressed are the "St. Petersburg Conditions" and Gurdjieff's technique of "divine acting." The video vividly demonstrates Gurdjieff's warning to America of the rise and challenge of the East with footage recalling the 9/11 attack and its aftermath.
$30.00, DVD, color, 80 minutes.

The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Part I — Gurdjieff in Egypt: The Origin of Esoteric Knowledge
Created and narrated by William Patrick Patterson
Winner of the WorldFest 2000 Gold Award
Follows Gurdjieff's search for pre-sand Egypt beginning with the Sphinx and Great Pyramid, to Thebes and the Temple in Man and Karnak, to the Valley of the Kings, the Temples of Edfu and Abu Simbel, and into Ethiopia where he unexpectedly discovers the origin of the ancient teaching of The Fourth Way.
$30.00, DVD, color, 60 minutes.

Books

Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission
Adi Da Samraj Realized or/and Deluded?
Spiritual Survival in a Radically Changing World-Time
The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
Voices in the Dark
Ladies of the Rope
Taking with the Left Hand
Struggle of the Magicians
Eating The "I"

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Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff: The Man, The Teaching, His Mission
by William Patrick Patterson
The author's ninth and final book on the Work is a comprehensive and factual account of Gurdjieff and The Fourth Way. Material from all of Gurdjieff's direct students and their library archives, much of it not available until recently, is assembled in chronological form as it happened.

The aim is to give an objective, panoramic view of Gurdjieff's life, the inner substance of the seminal and scientific teaching of self-development he discovered, and his unrelenting mission to introduce and establish this esoteric teaching in the West.

Included are Uspenskii's (original Russian spelling) never-before-published essays "Why I Left Gurdjieff" and "Where I Diverge from Gurdjieff"; original deleted material from Search; Uspenskii's American femme fatale, Carman Barnes; Jessie Dwight Orage's short stories "Elsie at the Prieuré" and "Elsie and Allah"; notes of Kathryn Hulme and Solita Solano (1935–39); The Science of Idiotism, and the complete scenario of Gurdjieff's ballet, The Struggle of the Magicians.
$35.00 Softcover, 688 pages
Essays, Notes, References, Bibliography, Photos, Index

Adi Da Samraj Realized or/and Deluded?
by William Patrick Patterson
The first critical assessment of the life of Adi Da Samraj and his teachings. Born he said in the "Bright," with his kundalini risen after only a few years of practice, Franklin Jones had a breakthrough into the pointless point of view. Young, hip, articulate and funny, this first American-born guru had a meteoric rise, bringing him thousands of seekers until the sex scandals brought a public shaming and his withdrawal to a Fijian island hermitage where he, now Adi Da Samraj, announced he was God Incarnate.
$25.00 Hardcover, 232 pages
References, Appendices, Vedic Horoscope, Bibliography, Index
Spiritual Survival in a Radically Changing World-Time
by William Patrick Patterson
The seventh and final book in William Patrick Patterson's survey of The Fourth Way, Spiritual Survival warns of Technology's challenge and how it can spur us to awaken to a new integration of body, senses and mind. Explored in great and original depth is how the seminal teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff's Fourth Way—the teaching for our time—offers the esoteric keys and practices to self-awakening in a radically changing, high voltage and mercurial world-time.
$25.00 Hardcover, 430 pages
Notes, Index, Bibliography
The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
by William Patrick Patterson
Since Castaneda's first book, The Teachings of Don Juan, readers have wondered about his sources. Here, shown concept-by-concept, is the primary source of Castaneda's ideas—Gurdjieff's Fourth Way. Also explored is don Juan's true identity, the meaning of Castaneda's "jump into the abyss," the life of the Nagual and his witches. Also included in full is the first reference to Nagualism, anthropologist Daniel Brinton's essay "Nagualism: A Study in Native American Folklore and History" written in 1894.
$20.00, 290 pages
Notes, Chronology, Index, Appendices
Voices in the Dark: Esoteric, Occult & Secular Voices in Nazi-Occupied Paris 1940-44. Including transcripts from 31 of Gurdjieff's wartime meetings.
by William Patrick Patterson
Voices in the Dark weaves together the oppression and fear of the Nazi Occupation of Paris with the transcripts from 31 of G. I. Gurdjieff's wartime meetings. Voices that helped to mold the time speak out—Camus, Malraux, Sartre, Beauvoir, Gide, Daumal, De Gaulle, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin and many others. Explored in depth is the little-recognized but powerful influence of the pseudo-occult in the ideology at the foundation of Hitler's vision.
Not available, 360 pp.
Photos, Maps, Notes, References, Bibliography & Index.
Ladies of the Rope: Gurdjieff's Special Left Bank Women's Group
by William Patrick Patterson
This is the first book to examine the Rope, the ladies-only group of spiritual seekers, all lesbians except one, that G. I. Gurdjieff formed on Paris' Left Bank. During his thirty-seven years of work in the West, Gurdjieff's creation of the Rope remains his most enigmatic. The conclusions reached by the author about why Gurdjieff created the Rope are as original as they are surprising and will be of serious interest to those involved with feminine spirituality in all its many forms.
Not available, 320 pp.
Taking with the Left Hand: Enneagram Craze, The Fellowship of Friends, & the Mouravieff Phenomenon
by William Patrick Patterson
The first book to examine the spiritual theft and appropriation that marks our time. A detailed and well-documented study, it illustrates how the enneagram movement commercialized an ancient alchemical symbol, how Robert Burton, founder of The Fellowship of Friends, arrogated The Fourth Way teaching, and how Boris Mouravieff plagiarized and tried to appropriate it.
$15.00, 156 pages
Struggle of the Magicians: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
by William Patrick Patterson
Explores the teacher-student relationship as seen through the lives of Gurdjieff and Uspenskii. "The tension between the richly contrasting personalities of Gurdjieff and Uspenskii is a cameo of the problems with which the personal transformation tradition has had to contend....[A] finely-told chronicle of a classic event in occult history, set against the backdrop of overwhelming dramatic, historic events, effectively set into the narrative as date-lines."—Robert S. Ellwood, Chairman, Dept. of Religion, University of Southern California.
$75.00, 336 pp.
Eating The "I": A Direct Account of The Fourth Way—The Way of Using Ordinary Life to come to Real Life
by William Patrick Patterson
Expanded edition. Includes a gallery of 17 paintings depicting different stages in the journey.

First modern book to show Gurdjieff Work in action. By a pupil of Lord John Pentland. "Vivid, rare insider's account,"—Yoga Journal. "A classic of Gurdjieff literature."—Syzygy. "Gives as full a picture of the Work as it may be possible to get without joining it . . . comes from a great depth and carries much conviction."—Gnosis.
$20.00, 351 pp.


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