Gnosis No. 20: Gurgjieff & The Fourth Way

What’s the Big Secret? Views of a Hidden Teaching. (Summer ’91)

My friend, Raymond Hebert, lent me his copy of this issue of the Gnosis magazine. Our shared interest is in Gurdjieff and his teachings. This issue’s total focus was on just that.

What is the Fourth Way?

“This teaching is named the ‘Fourth Way’ to differentiate it from the other ways of conscious evolution: the ways of the monk, the fakir, and the yogi. Each of these classic methods of human transformation focuses on different aspects of the individual: the emotional, instinctive and intellectual respectively. The Fourth Way deals with all of these dimensions at once, seeking to create a balanced individual whose inner work of transformation occurs in the midst of his or her daily activities. There is no need for monasteries, ashrams, or physical asceticism. Yet the efforts made are as intense and demanding as any of the practices which take place in these settings. The Work is entirely inner, invisible, and individual.” (The Fourth Way and Inner Transformation by Theodore J. Nottingham – page 19)

Doesn’t that sound a lot like Caroline Myss’ Entering the Castle?


“Self-remembering, combined with the insights of objective self-observation, helps create a balanced individual who is not completely under the sway of his or her inborn nature and acquired habits. It is not possible to experience a vaster sense of reality if we are entirely under the dominance of the intellect to the exclusion of the emotional or instinctive part of our nature and vice versa. In attempting to make the ‘machine’ work right, it is necessary to change attitudes and behavior developed over years of wrong function. Ouspensky told his students that it was only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning. This observation is not a philosophy, but a pragmatic realization which can fundamentally alter our perception of ourselves and of the world around us.” (The Fourth Way and Inner Transformation by Theodore J. Nottingham – page 21)


Are we “Food for the Moon”? That’s the first question in the subtitle of Walter Scheer’s The Cosmology of the Fourth Way. Raymond suggested that he had missed this whole concept when he first read it in the early 1990’s.

It’s interesting how Gurdjieff tied the musical scale octave to emanation of life in the physical worlds. In this illustration the Absolute at the top is Unity and at the bottom, Nothing. Basically the on/off switch. This may seem simplistic, but it aligns with the idea of a binary code for 42 = 101010.

The Trinity figures strongly, too, as we shall see in a minute.

Meanwhile, it was suggested that: “The enneagram [is] perhaps the single most important diagram in the System. ‘For the man who is able to make use of it,’ said Gurdjieff, ‘the enneagram makes books and libraries entirely unnecessary.'”

How Gurdjieff’s System relates to the Tree of Life*

“The Tree of Life correlated to Gudjieff’s System. Gurdjieff’s teaching that there are three basic forces in the universe — active, passive, and equilibrating — can be correlated to the three pillars of the Tree. Because these three forces are so fundamental, ‘triads,’ or the intersections among three connected sefirot or principles, are particularly important.

“Gurdjieff also taught the ‘law of seven,’ or the ‘octave.’ Here the process of manifestation can be likened to a musical scale, which proceeds from an initial beginning (marked by Keter or the top Do of the scale) down to Malkhut, or the bottom Do, or final manifestation.

“The Tree can also be harmonized with Gurdjieff’s teaching of the seven levels of human development, focused on certain triads (numbered in this diagram). At the bottom are what Gurdjieff called ‘mechanical’ modes of life: habitual doing, feeling, and thinking, or types 1, 2, and 3 respectively. As the individual grows in consciousness by inner work, he or she ascends up the Tree to a point where enlightenment, or direct contact with the divine, is possible.” (Gurdjieff & Kabbalah by Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi page 43)

* “Death and then rebirth obliterates any recall of the past for most people, whereas advanced individuals often recognize places and people they have see before. In Kabbalah, the term gilgul (or ‘cycle’) is used for reincarnation. Gurdjieff said that his theory of repeating lives was not the full story, but he did not wish to elaborate. This may have been because people could become lazy if they believed they had endless opportunities. Kabbalah sees reincarnation as a progression in which the soul develops over a chain of lives. Karma in Kabbalah is called ‘measure for measure.’ It is very similar to the oriental view of merit and demerit determining the quality of fate.” (ibid)


George Ivanovich Gurdjieff died on October 29, 1949, slightly over four months before I was born. His Work, when I was 34 years of age, made a great impression on me. I didn’t ‘understand’ everything, but I knew it was important, which is why a lot of the sonnets I wrote that year have his concepts at the heart of them. Now I am more than twice the age I was then, and the seeds must have taken hold, since I have been on this inner journey to ‘know myself’.

Raymond suggested that perhaps knowing one’s self was actually code for getting to know one’s Higher Being. I agree, whole-heartedly. Thanks, Raymond.

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The Revelation of Dannion Brinkley

Saved by the Light

What’s amazing about this story is that I had never heard of it. My first brush with life after death was reading Raymond Moody’s book about it. He published Life After Life in 1975, the same year that Dannion Brinkley was struck by lightning.

I don’t have the exact time of day or night that Dannion got his ‘phone call from God’, but 8 pm feels about right. Normally I would compare this ‘event’ with a birth chart, but I don’t feel his birth time is correct. So I am going to look at the aspects of the lightning strike only.

Do you see the interactive Yod’s? Moon-Sun-Jupiter and Sun-Moon-Saturn. Couldn’t be clearer, could it?

By Dannion’s own admission he was a bad kid growing up: getting into fights, picking on weaker kids, torturing pets, and disobeying his parents. I wondered if the middle n’s of his name had somehow joined up to become an ‘m’. Damien.

But then he started his career in the military, being the sniper of a hit team of soldiers. He knew he was doing his patriotic duty, so he didn’t have any guilt for his actions.

Until he died…

“The Being of Light engulfed me, and as it did I began to experience my whole life, feeling and seeing everything that had ever happened to me. It was as though a dam had burst and every memory stored in my brain flowed out.

“This life review was not pleasant. From the moment it began until it ended, I was faced with the sickening reality that I had been an unpleasant person, someone who was self-centered and mean.”

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (p. 9). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

Needless to say, the life review had an aspect that he found particularly painful: he got to experience the events of his life with the added perspective of how the other person felt, with the ripple effects of his actions moving outward as it affected others.

“Now, in the life review, I was forced to see the death and destruction that had taken place in the world as a result of my actions.

‘We are all a link in the great chain of humanity,’ said the Being. ‘What you do has an effect on the other links in that chain.’”

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (p. 18). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

Twelve Gift Boxes (of Knowledge)

“The Beings came at me one at a time. As each one approached, a box the size of a videotape came from its chest and zoomed right at my face.

“The first time this happened I flinched, thinking I was going to be hit. But a moment before impact, the box opened to reveal what appeared to be a tiny television picture of a world event that was yet to happen. As I watched, I felt myself drawn right into the picture, where I was able to live the event. This happened twelve times, and twelve times I stood in the midst of many events that would shake the world in the future.”

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (pp. 30-31). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.








“At the very end came a thirteenth vision. I don’t know where it came from. I didn’t see a Being of Light bring it forward in a box, nor did I see one take it away. This vision was in many ways the most important of all because it summed up everything I had seen in the twelve boxes. Through telepathy I could hear a Being say, ‘If you follow what you have been taught and keep living the same way you have lived the last thirty years, all of this will surely be upon you. If you change, you can avoid the coming war.’

“Scenes from World War III came to life before me. I was in a hundred places at once, from deserts to forests, and saw a world filled with fighting and chaos. Somehow it was clear that this final war, an Armageddon if you will, was caused by fear. In one of the most puzzling visions of all, I saw an army of women in black robes and veils marching through a European city.

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (pp. 45-46). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

This vision was followed by others that highlighted famine, migrations of displaced people and all the people from Central America trying to cross into Texas at the Mexican border. The image of the army protecting that border brings us up-to-date.

“As these visions ended, I had the amazing realization that these Beings were desperately trying to help us, not because we were such good guys, but because without us advancing spiritually here on earth, they could not become successful in their world. ‘You humans are truly the heroes,’ a Being told me. ‘Those who go to earth are heroes and heroines, because you are doing something that no other spiritual beings have the courage to do. You have gone to earth to cocreate with God.’

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (p. 47). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

“He then told me my purpose on earth. ‘You are there to create spiritualistic capitalism,’ he said. ‘You are to engage this coming system by changing people’s thought processes. Show people how to rely on their spiritual selves instead of the government and churches. Religion is fine, but don’t let people be entirely controlled by it. Humans are mighty spiritual beings. All they need to realize is that love is treating others the way they themselves want to be treated.’”

Brinkley, Dannion. Saved by the Light (p. 48). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.

The Two Witnesses

There is a kind of supreme irony in having these two examples of life after death (but from opposite poles) having an in-depth discussion about prophecy. David Wilcock is the reincarnated Edgar Cayce and Dannion Brinkley is an NDE survivor. Talk about ‘blinded by the light‘.

As you may know Revelation chapter 11 chronicles the Two Witnesses.

11 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. [a]And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the [b]God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.

The Witnesses Killed

When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also [c]our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations [d]will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

The Witnesses Resurrected

11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And [e]they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. 13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. (Revelation 11:1-14 NKJV)

May I suggest that you read this book (or watch the very lengthy video, above) to get a very clear vision of what is happening NOW, and now and Now?

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Two-One-Five: Message (Finally) Received


All right! I’ve been pondering this for as many years as I’ve known about it, and it has finally dawned on me: 215 (the title on the spine of the book that my second wife, Suzann, saw in her ‘dream’ 36 years ago).

I’m suggesting that there are several meanings to those digits, these are the most obvious:

Two (binary number system);

One (singularity);

Five (the Goddess).

(As is “the two became one with the Goddess…”)

But what does it mean to me?

Because Whitley Strieber had a similar ‘library’ event, he saw a book slightly pulled out from the rest, and noted that the title was “You Can’t Go Home Again.” That was a subconscious message, he thought.

And I have always wondered why the acrostic I wrote for “Balancing Book” (the poem in which I documented her dream in sonnet form) was Librarian Libra since neither of us were Librans. A couple of days ago, I did the chart for our wedding, and that turned out to have an Ascendant of Libra Rising…

But I always presumed the Librarian part was (just) my being clever by half. (And, yes, I recognize that I was making a suggestion based on the setting being a library.)

But, that was never satisfying enough for my mental processes: it just had to be more…

So I looked up what the numbers mean in Wikipedia.

Here’s what I found:

The Dewey Decimal Classification for Science and religion.


So, it was about a library system, after all.

Message received, over and out!

Message: Faith and Science!

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My Breakthrough

The Next Step

Coming up to the second time this year that Pluto transits my natal Mercury (this time in retrograde), I have been going over old territory in the hopes of discovering links that I may have missed the first time around. This is another one.

My second wife, Suzann, had an ‘interesting’ dream on the 8th of July in 1984. She may have had an out of body experience, or been in contact with denizens of another dimension, but the overwhelming feeling I get about it is that the information was told to her, but intended for me.

So, a couple of things stand out for me with this chart: The Ascendant is almost 16 degrees Leo, Pluto is in the final degree of Libra and opposite the Midheaven @ 0 degrees Taurus. By itself, the story is somewhat clear, but the event needs perspective.

Now that’s more like it!

The Yod (formed by my natal Jupiter and Ascendant) is pointing to the ‘event’ Sun. That’s a good thing. And the ‘event’ Ascendant is conjunct my ‘natal’ Pluto. At the same time, the ‘event’ Mars is conjunct my ‘natal’ Moon: the inevitable breakup of our home.

Do you see how Astrology helps me make sense of life?

“Here comes the sun, here comes the son, and I say, ‘It’s all right…'” (George Harrison)

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What Makes Secret Societies So Fascinating?

They’re Secret!

Hiding in plain sight? No, not exactly. If you want to garner attention for your group, just tell the world that you have a secret, and watch as they beat a path to your door.

But what if your secret goes against the Church and the State, at the same time? Now you’re in a very delicate situation which requires the utmost finesse possible when you walk the tightrope between them. One slip and your group could be for the ‘chop’.

It is obvious to me that in a past life I have belonged to a secret fraternity. So what?

My life, in the present time, has supposedly nothing to do with that past life, and yet, somehow, I think it does. My ability to see below the surface of things, for example.

You might think I’m just being paranoid: I see myself as a sensible skeptic.

Their Secret

Gnostics have spent almost their entire lives being aware that their are two ‘rulers’ in this world: the Creator and the Demiurge. It is a binary world, after all.

Our usual perspective is to recognize the things that divide us: good/bad; male/female; black/white; up/down; rich/poor; smart/dumb (do I need to go on?)

But what if the way to overcome these divisions is to perceive ALL as One?

The “Third” Way is a tightrope walk between the two sides: it is the equivalent to being Independent. No right way, no wrong way; no right side, no left side. BOTH together!

Now, where have we seen this idea before?

The Kabbalah!

“Abulafia interpreted Theosophical Kabbalah’s Sephirot Divine attributes, not as supernal hypostases which he opposed, but in psychological terms. Instead of influencing harmony in the divine real by theurgy, his meditative scheme aimed for mystical union with God, drawing down prophetic influx on the individual. He saw this meditation using Divine Names as a superior form of Kabbalistic ancient tradition.” (Wikipedia)

Mystical Union with God…

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What Links Atlantis, the Pyrenees and Egypt?

The Law of One and the Goddess!

Don’t you just love it when several divergent lines of thought come together?

For weeks now, I’ve been skirting the edges of this knowledge, without making the conscious connection. It all started when I began reading David Wilcock’s book “Awakening in the Dream” after I bought it in Kindle format on June 2nd. The Law of One figures strongly in his personal story. From there, I back-tracked through the “Edgar Cayce Reincarnated?” book, finally returning to an old favourite, “Edgar Cayce On Atlantis”. So far, so good.

So what made me make a cosmic leap? The little known information that before the emigrating Atlanteans landed in Egypt, they visited the Pyrenees. OK. That got my attention…

Now, “The Holy Place” by Henry Lincoln is the best book I have read on the Cathar/Knights Templar ‘temple of the goddess’. (See above image.)

Isis and Osiris

In one of my previous posts, I’ve highlighted that the initials of Seth, Isis, Osiris and Nephtys spell SION. This means that Moses and the tribes of Israel ‘borrowed’ that name from the Egyptians.

All through my writing about Jesus’ birth chart, I kept referring back to the idea that his life and relationship with Mary Magdalene was an echo of Osiris and Isis. Such is the Gnostic understanding that balance is required for the return to Heaven, a state of mind, not a place in space. The god and goddess reunited brings about this rebirth, this new child, Horus.

You Cannot Be Sirius!

Remember Sirius? We mustn’t forget the Space Brothers (of which Ra is a prime component). Modern day extraterrestrials are supposed to originate there, or somewhere near there. These “Watchers” also bring us back to David Wilcock.

Maybe it’s too much of a stretch for some of you, but we are not alone, and if we recognize some within our midst (one being David Wilcock), we could start listening to their collective voice of knowledge and wisdom, just like in the ‘time before time’.

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Are We Rushing Toward the End of the World?

Edgar Cayce On Atlantis

At the moment I’m completely immersed in all things related to David Wilcock. I’ve just finished reading his book “Awakening in the Dream”. In the last few sections of the book, he finally tackled the issues he has about being the return of Edgar Cayce.

You’d think, if you were David, that you’d be pleased to be the continuation of such a special individual. But he isn’t. He wants to stand on his own two feet. He wants to be his own man.

So, I revisited the book that started it all, “The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce?” Chapter 3 is titled, ‘Bainbridge, Cayce, Wilcock: Common Soul, Separate Bodies’. Doesn’t that say it all?

This chapter and the next continue to introduce David Wilcock and to compare his manifestation with that of Cayce’s. We will see how his present persona could be the next step in the evolution of his prior two lifetimes as the alcoholic womanizer and “wastrel” John Bainbridge and the “seer out of season” Edgar Cayce. Wilcock is certainly not hiding out, waiting for the world to recognize and celebrate him as Cayce. He’s cutting his own path and gaining growing recognition for his accomplishments.

Free, Wynn; Wilcock, David. The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce?: Interdimensional Communication and Global Transformation (p. 33). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.

Why Have We All Come Back?

Back in the mists of time, before our modern memory, we were on Atlantis. There were two sides in conflict over their use of atomic energy: the children of the Law of One; and the sons of Belial. This fight for the hearts and souls of mankind is still going on.

Nuclear power is the reason. Do we want to truly move into the Age of Aquarius with atomic energy used in peaceful applications? Or do we want to blow the planet up, thereby ending the Age of Pisces with a bang?

The choice doesn’t really seem to be in our hands.

When I was a child in the late 50’s, early 60’s, I was angry at the potential of being obliterated by a nuclear warhead before I’d even had a chance to grow up. Yes, I was angry. Now, here I am at the other end of my life, wondering if anything can save us from that same fate.

Fusion Not Fission

What alerted me to this difference was a Netflix program called “History 101”. Last night, I watched Episode 8: Nuclear Power. In it the producers pointed out the risks that we take using fission: accidents, like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima; nuclear waste being dumped into our oceans; and the potential for radiation poisoning of our own species, and every other one.

Fusion, they explained, was more like the Sun, and at least 4 times more powerful than fission, but without the waste products. Too good to be true? Maybe.

And yet, even though it is known that this would be the seemingly safer way to produce nuclear energy, the ‘powers-that-be’ are still building nuclear fission reactors.

We Are at a Crossroad

We could be heading in the same direction that the Atlanteans found themselves in.

Use of this Fire is extremely dangerous. But we think we are gods, able to scientifically ‘control’ nature and harness it for our own purposes. But what if we unleash the beast instead and the whole experiment of humanity on Planet Earth needs to be terminated?

As I always say, “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”

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Garden Dog En Garde

Decorative Dog on Deck?

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My Three Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

I was contemplating life, as you do, upon waking up this morning. I’d just had another one of those dreams where you know you’re in a dream and you know you shouldn’t be doing the things you’re doing, but you do them anyway. (Too cryptic?)

As an old friend once said when I recounted a fantasy dream to her, “It’s not real, and it never happened.” And that is how most people would respond. But to me they are real.

Two days ago, I had been amending an old post from five years ago, updating the photos (since the links to my originals were no longer available from another website) and I looked at my wedding pictures there. A funny feeling overcame me. I’m not sure how to describe it. Nostalgia, maybe?

Anyway, the title of this post presented itself to me this morning, in response to that feeling. It was suggested that perhaps I should look at my three weddings astrologically.

So, without further ado…

February 14, 1970 in Angus, Ontario

July 15, 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia

May 12, 2010 in Penetang, Ontario

Now, what am I to make of these charts? The first and third ones have two inconjuncts each, the middle chart has none. At first glance, I would suggest that ‘something’ is going on, but do I want to look that far into what that something is?

Now Let’s Add My Chart to the Mix

Now there are more inconjuncts, and one Yod pointing at the Wedding One’s Mars (and featuring my natal Moon and natal Saturn [Mom and Dad]). OK, that makes sense.

This one has a powerful Yod pointing at my natal Sun, featuring Wedding Two’s Sun/Jupiter conjunct and Mars, and a reciprocal Yod pointing at the W2’s Jupiter, from my natal Sun and natal Ascendant. (Hint: this marriage allowed for my world travels.)

Now the inconjuncts only focus on Wedding Three’s Sun and my natal Mars/Midheaven conjunction. But look at the balance. It’s like I’m being held in place by cosmic forces.

The Most Significant Death in My Life

When Mom died, I was prepared for her passing. However, I was also 7,500 km away, which meant that for the second time that spring (2003) I had to fly back to Canada.

There are so many significant aspects between these two charts, I could overwhelm you, the reader. First of all, notice how the inconjuncts again point from my natal Mars/Midhaven conjunction but this time toward the ‘event’ Mercury. And the other inconjunct links the ‘event’ Sun with my Ascendant, which is conjunct the event’s Midheaven/Pluto conjunction. (I have forgotten my mother’s exact time of passing, so the Ascendant and Midheaven positions may not be exact, but close enough for jazz.)

That said, I think it is significant also that Mom’s passing moment has the planet Uranus conjunct the Ascendant. Mom and I were both Aquarius.


I leave it to those of you with an astrological frame of mind to come to your own conclusions. To say that women are important to my life is an understatement.

I am grateful to them all. Thank you.

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Let’s Inject Some Inverted Logic into the Speech

What’s With All This Testing?

The speech happened last night in Tulsa. The crowd was smaller than Trump had hoped for and there were anti-racist protests outside. Not a great start to his 2020 presidential campaign.

But then in the middle of the speech, Trump suggested that they stop testing for COVID-19 because every time they do any testing, more and more people end up with a positive diagnosis.


Now, in Canada, and especially in the province of Ontario, we were encouraged at the beginning of June to get tested, because it is considered better to know how wide-spread COVID-19 really is, rather than assuming that everything is alright.

Naturally, if the province is testing 25,000 people a day, there will be higher numbers of people with the novel coronavirus than previously (when only those with symptoms where allowed the test). But this way asymptomatic individuals can be made to quarantine for the duration.

Trump’s remark shows that he understands the dynamics of the situation, but he just wants it to go away, so he can concentrate on winning the election in November. And if that means ignoring (and/or under-reporting), so be it. Who cares if more people die?

We the People do!

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