The "Paramount Lectures" represent a sixteen-point
study of private recollections on how and when Ms.
Meiklejohn-Wilson realized specific lessons of the
Work. We all remember moments, in our lives, when
studying a particular subject, course or project, the
lesson entered our psychology on a deeper level. The
feeling of knowing is unmistakable and cherished
forever. Gurdjieff was fond of stating: "Man is his
own punishment." This pronouncement may sound
harsh, until we plumb the depths of our habits,
attitudes and resistance, discovering the truth of his
words. The Paramount Lectures extends a wealth of
personal discoveries as Ms. Meiklejohn-Wilson talks
about lessons learned, good and evil, the price one
pays for the privilege, the freedom and glory of
Meet Shirra Meiklejohn-Wilson, MAR
Wilson has traveled her own inner, psychological
territory, beginning with a classic, expansive,
numinous Vision in 1976. That moment was the start
of a lifelong journey toward spiritual development and
her immersion into a 4,000 year-old discipline called
The Fourth Way; sometimes known simply as "The
Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity
College in Hartford, Connecticut, she continued her
ecumenical studies at Yale Divinity School, graduating
with a Masters of Arts in Religion in 1987.
Volunteering at Brandford Hospice, while acquiring a
clinical pastoral education at the University of
Connecticut, Ms. Meiklejohn-Wilson entered into a
career of private practice, counseling individuals, both
in the fields of crisis and spiritual awakening.
Ms. Meiklejohn-Wilson founded the Spiritual
Development Guild in Connecticut and became it's
director for the next ten years, transferring the school
to North Carolina in 1990. Spiritual Development
Guild was created as a Fourth Way School of personal
development, utilizing the teachings of esoteric
Christianity, sacred psychology and Fourth Way
principles and precepts. Not long after arriving in
North Carolina, Ms. Meiklejohn-Wilson became the
court-appointed offender counselor for Polk County.
While living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains and raising her four children, Ms.
Meiklejohn-Wilson organized the Sojourner Institute,
incorporating the Sojourner Pass Community, a tenacre
estate where students attend classes,
participate in sacred dance, collective activities and
intensives, conducted in the Fourth Way tradition. Ms.
Meiklejohn-Wilson also established the Sojourner Pass
Press, publishing Fourth Way textbooks, pamphlets,
newsletters and articles based on Work knowledge.
Ms. Meiklejohn-Wilson is a modern-day mystic who
has been teaching The Fourth Way discipline since the
1980's, documenting her experiences, revelations and
lectures, every step of the way, via a series of
illuminating discourses on CDs.