Having personally enjoyed the company of followers of G's Work who I
think have attained the highest levels of consciousness evolution, and
having felt that I have received some benefit in my own understanding
from the 4th way concepts and methods, I intend to share some of
these ideas from time to time. I also invite any who have knowledge of
this source of wisdom to do so as well.
Peace and blessings,
From the StillPoint group:
Two Ways of Meeting Events
This Work teaches that if we do not identify, we save energy.
It also teaches that all mankind - i.e. the sleeping world of
humanity - identifies with every event and loses energy to that
So we lose energy by identifying with each event.
The point of this Work is to save energy and not to be eaten
by identifying. Unless we save energy we cannot awaken,
because life and its turning events take our energy at every
As you have heard many times, some of you, this means that
you are a machine driven by life and its external events. You
identify with this, you identify with that, you identify with
everything said to you, you identify with the weather, you
identify with the newspapers.
As long as you are like this you are not doing anything,
but everything is being done to you and you are simply
being used by life.
None of the things that happen on the Earth, due to tyrants,
etc., is comparable with the way in which we are used by
life whose object is to keep us fast asleep.
So it is said we are all in prison. But we do not see this.
We feel it is someone's fault. Here we err deeply.
You remember the parable which compares us with sheep
used by farmers?
All they want is our wool and meat. In order to get this
result they teach us hymns and warn us not to stray away
because dreadful wolves will eat us. And this is quite true,
because unless we have reached the level of Good Householder
and, still further, unless we have Magnetic Centre, if we try
to rebel against life we shall suffer more than before. We
become martyrs suffering from martyrdom.
That is why the Work starts with people who are at the level
of Good Householder to begin with.
We have to rebel against ourselves, not life.
Of course, lots of people who come into this Work imagine
that they will be transformed into new beings in a few weeks
They are taught not to identify but of course they do not
understand what it means, because they continue to take
every event of life as a fact, as something very serious,
and not as an event.
And certainly it takes a very long time before a man or a
woman begins to see what this Work is about.
You may be told many times that you are under 48 orders
of laws. But you do not see what it means.
Now there is one thing that I want to talk about to-night,
in connection with the power of events over you at every
There are two ways of dealing with events, once you become
conscious of their mechanical action on you.
One is to try to separate from their power by not identifying -
for you are under the power of what you identify with.
The other way is to will them.
In the early days when I was in this Work one of my tasks
was to overcome fear. I was told to observe fear in myself -
and fear is a very good thing to observe in yourself.
I noticed that I was afraid of the new double-decked buses
which used to swing round corners at full speed. I had driven
cars for a long time and so probably was more sensitive for
On one wet day I got on to the top of one of these early
buses and as it swung round a corner at full speed I willed
it to fall over and the extraordinary thing was that my fear
left me. It had vanished.
>From that I learnt that a great amount of fear comes from
hoping something won't happen.
Now try to will what you have to do.
Often Mr. O. gave examples of this kind which some of you
have heard. The general idea was that if some event is
inevitable you can do two things, either try to separate
by non-identifying, or will it, and go with it.
When I was at the Institute in France I used to be told at
about six o'clock in the morning when I was on a certain job
that I had to go to a different job.
I used to think how unfair this was. I did not understand
that the concentrated work on being that the Institute was
carrying out was pardy about this becoming negative when
you cannot do what you wish to do.
Of course, this is very difficult work on oneself because
it seems unreasonable, as in the case of the novice who was
told to plant cabbages and tended them with the greatest
care and went out one morning and found that they had all
been ploughed up on purpose because he was so identified.
Apart from this it is a good thing to will what you find
yourself having to do because it frees you inside.
"Whatsoever thine hand findeth to do, do it with thy might"
(Ecclesiastes ix. 10).
I would add a commentary on this and would say:
"Whatsoever you find you have to do, do it with all your might."
And that means will it, as far as we have will.
Once I said there was a good way to observe yourself from
another angle - i.e. observe what you object to during the day
and try to will what you are objecting to and not merely
One has to say to oneself something like this: "Come, let's go
to it." And I assure you it is a very good way of getting through
quite a lot of things that you have to do during the daytime.
One reason is that you get negative so easily when you want to
do something else or you do not see why you should have to do
this other thing. You say to yourself: "This is unfair."
But everything in life is unfair.
Nothing is fair or just on this Earth, and you should read
Ouspensky's wonderful chapter on Experimental Mysticism
to realize that what he saw through inner perception from a
higher plane of understanding was that our idea of justice
on this Earth is illusion.
On this level, all sleeping humanity belongs to a tiny planet
which is a kind of lunatic asylum.
There is no justice, no fairness.
Only if everyone on this Earth became conscious, then the
whole story would become quite different.
Just notice what is happening here in the world to-day.
So instead of referring everything to the idea of fairness
and justice it is far better to will what you have to do in
everything and try to awaken from your negative emotions.
That will give you freedom and inner peace.
Kicking against the pricks will make you more negative and
therefore less and less free.
This paper is about two ways of taking the events of life.
One is that you do not identify with them; the other is to
Sometimes we have to use one method, but sometimes to
use the other, or both.
I will also tell you a secret.
We have to will one another: this is the beginning of
Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky
Pages 1314 - 1316
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