By Gary Lachman
P. D. Ouspensky's vintage paintings looking for the amazing used to be the 1st to disseminate the guidelines of G. I. Gurdjieff, the mysterious grasp of esoteric suggestion within the early 20th century who nonetheless instructions a following this day. Gurdjieff's mystique has lengthy eclipsed Ouspensky, as soon as defined by way of Gurdjieff as "nice to drink vodka with, yet a vulnerable man." but Ouspensky was once an excellent, complete thinker in his personal correct, and a few think of his assembly with the charismatic "Mr. G." the disaster of his existence. certainly, in next years Ouspensky attempted difficult, with constrained good fortune, to wreck away.
This ebook strikes Ouspensky's personal tale heart level, opposed to the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the dervishes of Constantinople, and a sophisticated Europe entre deux guerres. The archetypal stumble upon it describes echoes that of Don Juan and Castaneda, or even Mephistopheles and Faust. one of many nice mystical adventures of our time, it's going to fascinate every person attracted to the farthest reaches of what it skill to be human. The paperback version contains a new bankruptcy on Gary Lachman's personal former paintings in Gurdjieff's psychology.
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They are, he says, meaningless, “entirely accidental, entirely chaotic, unconnected with anything”;7 rather, he argues, most dreams are the product of our physical condition or physiological state. Since his childhood he had had a recurring dream of being caught in a bog. Try as he might to avoid it, in the dream he invariably found himself sinking into deep, seemingly bottomless mud. Although for years he felt that something important was being revealed in this dream, in his half-dream state Ouspensky discovered that in fact the bog was the dream representation of his feet getting caught in the blankets.
But because civilization must incorporate certain elements of barbarism to maintain and defend itself—armies, police, the state—it is eventually overrun by these and finds itself more and more motivated by the values of barbarism, 39 Ouspenskys 009 348 8/22/06 9:52 AM Page 40 C HAPTER T WO rather than its own values. ” Although the forces of barbarism may predominate among the masses (not necessarily in the form of violence, but in an acceptance of triviality and the glorification of ultimately unimportant values), they nevertheless form a strange symbiotic relationship with the individual, who for Ouspensky is the carrier of civilization.
Instead, he opened a drawer in his desk. Inside was an assortment of books that offered a world more real to him than a hundred international conferences and conventions. The Occult World, Life after Death, Atlantis and Lemuria, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, Le Temple de Satan, The Sincere Narrations of a Pilgrim—from these and, we can assume, many other books Ouspensky had not been separated for months. 33 Ouspenskys 009 348 8/22/06 9:52 AM Page 34 C HAPTER T WO He had begun a very thorough study of occultism, and from his writing it’s clear he was familiar with most of the authorities on the subject.