A new and comprehensive restatement of Gurdjieff’s early teaching in his own words, speaking directly to all who aspire to a higher level of consciousness.


Cover ArtA Way Toward Consciousness

One hundred years ago in Russia, G.I. Gurdjieff began introducing a spiritual teaching of man’s conscious evolution—a way of gnosis or “knowledge of Being” passed on from remote antiquity. Gurdjieff’s early talks in Europe were published in the form of chronological fragments preserved by his close followers P. D. Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann. Now these teachings are presented as a comprehensive whole in Gurdjieff’s own direct words.

Gurdjieff respected traditional religious practices, which he regarded as falling into three general categories or “ways:” the Way of the Fakir, related to mastery of the physical body; the Way of the Monk, based on faith and feeling; and the Way of the Yogi, which focuses on development of the mind.

He presented his teaching as a “Fourth Way” that integrates these three aspects into a single path of self-knowledge. The principles are laid out as a way of knowing and experiencing an awakened level of Being to be verified for oneself.

"Gurdjieff brought us a knowledge of consciousness, a science that shows what we are and our potential capacity, what needs to be developed. He came to bring a teaching, to show a way toward consciousness."