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A Remarkable New Book by Jeanne de Salzmann. Based on notebooks kept by G. I. Gurdjieff ‘s closest follower, this book offers new insight on his spiritual. Salzmann, Madame de (Jeanne), i ?-i 99o. The reality of being: to live the Fourth Way of Gurdjieff /. Jeanne de Salzmann.— 1st ed. p. cm. Includes index. Based on notebooks kept by G.I. Gurdjieff’s closest follower, this book offers new insight on his spiritual teachings—a way of gnosis or “knowledge.

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Dec 06, Pages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Religion Personal Growth Category: Stay in Touch Sign up. There is an abstract quality to the exposition, certainly the quality of selflessness, so it is a relief that the texts themselves are surprisingly short — one page, two pages, three pages — seldom more.

There are a couple of unique practices but very few given, mainly in gathering attention such as in focusing on body parts and intoning ‘I am’ etc.

The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Overally, a good read for those familiar with the “Work”, though don’t expect anything jeajne here that can’t be found elsewhere. The English translation from the French seems amazingly fine.

Frederik rated it it was amazing Dec 22, Refresh and try again.

Dec 31, Lina Slavova rated it did not like it. Based on notebooks kept by G. I prize it because of the quality of its contents, and so I have reserved a space for it on the bookshelf in my study where I display the spines of a limited number of select volumes about the Work that were published over the last three-quarters of a century. He can either report on what the author says in the order of the excerpts from the notebooks that appear here, and thereby write at considerable length; or he can summarize the approach that the author takes, and thereby risk sounding somewhat platitudinous.


The present volume is about as reslity from a gossipy book as it is possible to be. He writes regularly on Fourth Way subjects for this blog. View all 3 comments.

Absolve ego, ascend self,stop thinking, repeat lol. Publish the First and Second Series It gives several exercises, one of which was quite revealing for me.

Gurdjieff’s closest follower, this book offers new insight on his spiritual teachings—a way of gnosis or “knowledge of being” passed on from remote antiquity. Let us make this our chief aim in the future. Your life is the mirror of what you are.

There are more examples of where she has gone off into her own philosophy throughout the book, which is fine, though salzmxnn needs to be acknowledged by some of her students rather than the usual story of how the author was the ‘appointed heir and custodian’ of Gurdjieff’s work.

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This would create a book of texts of homilies, except for the fact that four of the subsections have not four texts apiece but three. Want to Read saving…. Without wishing for a different quality in myself, to turn toward my higher possibilities, I will have nothing to lean on, nothing to support work.

Train the attention to notice sensation. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Organized according to themes, the chapters touch on all the important concepts and practices of the Work, including: Before I attempt to convey the extent and limits of the contents of the present volume, I want to praise first its publisher and then its editors.

A number of people—including Needleman—think she fe a realized person. The book is largely impractical again to my disappointment re, and in some parts drones on about one’s inability to ‘do’, to focus, to gather attention, to unify the centres, to become more conscious etc.

My only complaint is that De Salzmann is, salzjann times, slightly less interesting to read than Gurdjieff himself; I found myself picking up his writings at times instead reallity paying attention to reading hers. Lorenzo Di Gennaro rated it really liked it Dec 13, We are experiencing technical difficulties.


Some nice work is written about self-observation and self-remembering and the need for it. Gurdjieff —Jeanne de Salzmann was charged with carrying on his teachings of spiritual transformation. Jamgon Mipham and Asanga. The light she shines is a watershed event in the development of the teaching, and in spiritual search in the West. Jun 23, Andrea Avalon marked it as to-read. Piyush rated it really liked it Aug 30, He has a nostalgia for Being, a longing for duration, for permanence, for absoluteness—a longing to be.

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Jeanne de Because of a friend, and because of the work of Jacob Needleman, I’ve become interested in the GurdIjieff work, which was one of the “new religions” of the 20th century.

The book is a durable and handsome product, worthy of the muse or saint of printing and publishing, if there is one.

This site uses cookies. It is a complete and uniquely authoritative guide to the great teacher’s ideas and to his methods for liberating ourselves from the state of “waking sleep” in which most of us live our Based on notebooks kept by G. Shambala Publications,jacket copy. To ask other readers questions about The Reality of Beingplease sign up.

An entirely decent companion to Gurdjieff’s writings.