Bob (complete bio to come) is offering a study work group October-December 2017. This work grows out of Cynthia Bourgeault’s challenge to take a deep dive into Fourth Way ideas and practices. Knowing that Gurdjieff’s “Beelzebub’s Tales for His Grandson” is a heavy lift, he is aiming for a “softer and gentler” approach to Fourth Way inner practices via Maurice Nicoll’s five-volume Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.
“This was what started me on my own Fourth Way journey. While on a five day silent retreat in a Franciscan hermitage, I had daily contact with one of the Franciscan brothers. Every day I came to his office to check in, and noticed this set of commentaries in his library. I took volume two back to my own cabin, and it literally exploded within me. I asked him where I could find others in my area that are working in this way, and it ultimately led me to a local group where I have been in an active Fourth Way Work group for the past twelve years. I have gone through these volumes two times already, and next year want to go through them again—only this time, not privately, but with many of my friends in the Wisdom School network. These commentaries are ultimately what led me to find Cynthia and the Fourth Way community at Claymont where Cynthia has done a number of Fourth Way Wisdom Schools.
“While working with Fourth Way practices, I wanted to know how to integrate that Work into my own Christian framework and understanding. Everybody kept saying, ‘You’ve got to talk to Cynthia,’ but every time I tried to sign up for a Wisdom School, it was already full. In desperation, I sheepishly caught her after a talk at Shalem in Washington DC, and asked, ‘If I do all the grunt work and hosting, will you come to a Wisdom School at Claymont in the Washington DC area?’ She graciously accepted, and I knew I was “in” because now I was the one organizing the school!”