Welcome to the Be Community

An International

Fourth Way School

Welcome to the Be Community

An International
Fourth Way School


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Taking in Impressions - The leaf transforms light into cellular energy and we can transform the impressions of our environment into consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore taking in impressions as a tool for stopping uncontrolled mind activity by finding the present more Learn More


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Building an Annual Teaching

Spreading the practical aspects of the Fourth Way onto the four seasons, using the symbolism of the Labors of the Month…

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Four Lower Centers (Part 1) - Just as photosynthesis increases the production of energy in a plant, self-remembering increases the production of energy in the micro-cosmos. This means that after a series of successful efforts we have more energy at our disposal. This energy is volatile View Tutorial

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The Charioteer - When I  first met the Charioteer, I almost fell in love with him.  An impulse to be like him, to reach the state of his consciousness, to arrive at an internal Place where I can Be, like he is. The Read More

Group Discussions

What is the aim of this community?
To gather fourth way practitioners from around the world under the canopy of a practical teaching that will instruct and inspire them by revisiting ancient schools from a fourth way perspective.

How does this school work?

Every week, a new post is published or an online workshop is held, opening a topic for discussion. Community members share their experiences with this topic and aid each other’s common aims.

How do I find a friend?

When you make a personal connection with another member, add them as a friend right away! There is no public list of all school members, but you can view the friends you’ve already added: navigate to your profile, then click “Friends” just below your profile picture (between “Messages” and “Groups”).

How do I add a friend?

Your friends will be able to see your activity and send you private messages. To send someone a friend request, click on the picture next to their comment to view their profile, then click the “Add Friend” button near their profile picture.

How do I join a group?

Groups host an exchange on a given subject, generally separate from the weekly topic. To join one, select one from the sidebar or the group directory, then click “Join Group” near the group’s image.

How can I stay anonymous?

There are many professional and private reasons you may wish to remain incognito here, but this school requires openness and sharing of personal experiences. To reconcile these opposing tendencies, try using your real first name with only the initial of your last name, or uploading a profile picture that evokes your emotions or that connects to your spiritual work.

Do I have to pay?

We aim to be inclusive and minimize barriers to participation and membership. Accordingly, almost everything here is free — this school is supported by voluntary contributions. That said, some of the more intensive activities, like online workshops and private tutoring, require payment.

Are there any rules?

Explore, engage, and interact with us! This school will only grow with the sincere expression and effort of its members. Amidst this organic and original medley, there is one guideline we ask you to respect: do not express negative emotions.

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Who should I ask my questions?

This is a community where we all work together to answer the questions of members, new and old. Bring your questions into the discussion with your friends, in groups, and in the comments.

I need technical help — who should I ask?

Please send us any feedback by getting in touch.

George Gurdjieff - Fourth Way School

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

What is the Fourth Way?

The three ways of developing consciousness correspond to the three brains of our psychology: the body, the emotions and the mind. The first way brings awareness and discipline to the body, the second to the emotions, and the third to the mind. A fourth way school brings awareness and discipline to all three brains simultaneously.

Peter Ouspensky - Fourth Way School

Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

The fourth way was named as such by George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky in the early 20th century. This school is a 21st century expression of their tradition.

Watch the introductory video

Paving the Fourth Way into the 21st Century

How is the pyramid constructed?

The evolution of man’s consciousness is divided into topics and spread on a pyramid based on their relation to each other.

The Pyramid is divided into five steps: the realization of man’s undeveloped consciousness at the base; the self-knowledge required for developing consciousness above that; and the disciplines that actualize its development at the top. The summit designates conscious man, a man able to govern himself, to be conscious, to Be.

All ancient schools expressed this conscious evolution allegorically, symbolically, or literally. The Be pyramid synthesizes these many expressions into a single whole.

Which ancient systems does this school draw from?

Buddhist School

The first step of the pyramid is illustrated by an episode from the life of Prince Siddhartha called The Great Departure. Siddhartha grows up in a confined and conditioned environment unknowingly. His gradual realization of his prison is symbolic of the first step of evolution: we too must realize our unconsciousness and the possibility of attaining consciousness; our conditioned knowledge and the possibility of acquiring more precise knowledge; our enslavement to morality and the need of awakening conscience.

Beperiod Buddhist School Siddhartha

Judeo-Christian School

Beperiod Judeo-Christian School Creation

The second step of the pyramid is illustrated by the Biblical Creation. The Creation is viewed as an allegorical expression of our micro-cosmos. “Let there be light” represents the light of self-observation; “separating the light from the darkness” represents separating the true from the false within us; naming the objects of creation represents naming the many habits we observe, based on the brain from which they originate. Nature creates us as incomplete beings – incomplete cosmoses – and leaves us to develop further by our own efforts. The Biblical Creation portrays allegorically what we must achieve in practice.

Hindu School

The last three steps of the pyramid are illustrated by the myth of the Churning of the Milky ocean. In this myth, Vishnu winds a giant serpent around mount Mandara and instructs the devas (gods) and asuras (demons) to tug at this serpent, so as to use the mountain as a churning rod with which to churn the ocean of milk. The habits we observed on the second step now play the role of asuras, and are counterbalanced by disciplines which we form through our work. This internal tug-of-war develops our will, and generates the energy needed for transforming our identity from fragmented thoughts, emotions and impulses, into a permanent consciousness that is able to Be.

Beperiod Hindu School Vishnu

20th Century Authors on Fourth Way Schools

George Gurdjieff - Fourth Way School

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

“Schools of the fourth way demand understanding before anything else. Results of efforts are always proportional to understanding.” – George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

“A magnetic centre that brings one to a Yogi school or a monastery is different from the magnetic centre that brings one even to a group that may possibly lead to a Fourth Way school. With that kind of magnetic centre one would not be able to work here: people would not have enough initiative. In the religious way they must obey. In this way people must have broader minds, they must understand.” – Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

Peter Ouspensky - Fourth Way School

Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

Rodney Collin Smith - Fourth Way School

Rodney Collin Smith

“Schools of the fourth way have existed and exist, just as schools of the three traditional ways existed and exist. But they are much more difficult to detect, because—unlike the others—they cannot be recognized by any one practice, one method, one task, or one name.” – Rodney Collin Smith

“There are many paths to truth. As we review history, we can see schools in many forms.” – Robert Earl Burton

Robert Burton - Fourth Way School

Robert Earl Burton

Maurice Nicoll - Fourth Way School

Maurice Nicoll

“The Fourth Way must always be related to the varying circumstances of life and can never become fixed and habitual. Suddenly it may be necessary to alter the whole external scheme of things.” – Maurice Nicoll

“The fourth way is never without some work of a definite significance, is never without some undertaking around which and in connection with which it can alone exist. When this work is finished… the fourth way disappears from the given place, disappears in its given form, continuing perhaps in another place in another form. Schools of the fourth way exist for the needs of the work which is being carried out in connection with the proposed undertaking. They never exist by themselves as schools for the purpose of education and instruction.” – George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

George Gurdjieff - Fourth Way School

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

John Bennett - Fourth Way School

John Godolphin Bennett

“Gurdjieff defined ‘schools’ as organizations that exist for the purpose of transmitting to the ‘Outer Circle’ – that is, ordinary people – the knowledge and powers that originate in the ‘Inner Circle’… The Fourth Way would have no meaning if there were not an ‘Inner Circle’ to which it leads.” – John Godolphin Bennett

“It is necessary to work for a greater aim than oneself throughout one’s life – to assist the conscious aspects of the ray of creation.” – Robert Earl Burton

Robert Burton - Fourth Way School

Robert Earl Burton

Peter Ouspensky - Fourth Way School

Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

“An organization that can be called a ‘school’ of the Fourth Way is an organization which introduces three forces into its work.” – Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

“The work itself of schools of the fourth way can have very many forms and many meanings… The quicker a man grasps the aim of the work which is being executed, the quicker can he become useful to it and the more will he be able to get from it for himself.” – George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

George Gurdjieff - Fourth Way School

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Peter Ouspensky - Fourth Way School

Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

“In schools of the Fourth Way it was found that the best conditions for study and work on oneself are a man’s ordinary conditions of life, because from one point of view these conditions are easier and from another they are the most difficult.” – Peter Demianovich Ouspensky

“The greatest requirement of school is for each person to be true to himself.” – Robert Earl Burton

Robert Burton - Fourth Way School

Robert Earl Burton

Maurice Nicoll - Fourth Way School

Maurice Nicoll

“A student of the Fourth Way works in the midst of life, is surrounded by all the misfortunes of life, and eventually life becomes his teacher.” – Maurice Nicoll

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