are many hurdles to be avoided in making Work aims. For most, their
first hurdle is their last. You would be surprised at how many people
simply do not have a start button. Just the effort to go against
oneself, by not doing what we have always done, weeds out 99.99%
of all Work candidates who are working only in imagination.
Pass Press 2002
students enter The Work indicated as perversion. Perversion is a
state of mechanical existence consisting of little more than total
self-indulgence coupled with a compulsive capacity towards rationalizing
one's behavior, a "life as license" attitude.
next hurdle, to ‘cull out the weak’, remains a hurdle of qualities
of return for efforts. As the fledgling students begin to go against
themselves, they inevitably reach the famous pair of opposites,
known as the sea of sensation, often reduced down into the opposites
of pleasure/pain. Only the most ardent student of The Work manages
to rise above the obsession to feel good; only to next enter into
the ‘desert of activity’ of the path. Actually, every sincere student
of The Work will encounter a period of time in which none of their
Work efforts brings any positive results. You end up experiencing
a period of time when your sense of self is of a student applying
efforts upon more efforts with no hope for receiving any
form of reward. Only a student, who can continue to work with no
hope for reward, can ever make it to the door of Pure Aim at the
core of oneself.
efforts are efforts to go against oneself. Work efforts are about
not doing what you have always done. Work efforts are based upon
the Laws of Sacrifice. "Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice until
you get what you want."
efforts are the Sly Man’s pill
an ideal world, Work efforts deflate one’s ego, while building up
essence. Work efforts led from self will into Real Will through
the agency of intentional efforts. As John Bennett summarized:
transform unconscious suffering into conscious suffering through
[various forms] of intentional suffering"
initiating any Work efforts, the wise newcomer to the Fourth Way
needs to read, as well as to digest, the contents of these following
Fourth Way books, some of which may be out of print. By The Way
Books, located at PO Box 19338, Sacramento, CA 95819-3\0338 USA
(website is www.bythewaybooks.com)
should be able to assist/direct you.
A Man Thinketh
by James Allen
Commentaries on Teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky by Maurice
Nicoll; Vol. I-V
Master Game by Robert de Rope
In Search of The Miraculous by Peter Ouspensky