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  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel / Weiser (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877281629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877281627
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christian White on April 20, 2001
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This book is a good introduction to the basic terminology of the Fourth Way tradition. What is most essential to understand is the irreplacable and unavoidable necessity of objective self-observation; the ability to see ourselves as we really are, not as we THINK we are. Unfortunately, self-observation and self-remembering are grossly misunderstood these days and the Fourth Way is rapidly degenerating; but this text can be helpful for the serious student who is willing to genuinely seek self-knowledge, not mere book knowledge. We must be on guard moment to moment, in clear observation of the mind, the false sense of self, and be remembering ourselves, our consciousness, by being fully present, rather than being identified with thoughts, feelings and sensations. This text can help the reader understand what this means. For more information on how this is done, feel free to contact christianart@hotmail.com.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon on January 24, 2006
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That title sounds like some hippy, new-age mumbo jumbo in some ways. It's not. I'm a pragmatic guy, but this book is great. Reducing "self-talk", the static that keeps our minds in turmoil all day, every day, is a great way to reduce suffering that is associated with painful mind-states. Read this book. It's profound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Walther on December 16, 2008
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For those on the path of Self discovery, this book will take you on a trip that will change your life even with a small degree of insight and understanding. We will see that we are not our Personality. It is only a character role we have taken on, a false identity for our ego and not who or what we think we are. To even consider that concept might take courage but it will be the first step toward liberation.
There are 21 short chapters but very long on content and, while esoteric (i.e. belonging to the select few who have knowledge or interest), is written in a very clear, straightforward manner. The mirror is held up for a full, complete viewing. It is all visible if you choose to look with the open eyes. Enjoy the journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Cheesman on December 28, 2007
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This text is straight forward and easy to understand. It synthesises the work of Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff, towards the goal of consciousness and Presence in daily life. (Gurdjieff is considered to be an important contributor to core concepts of the Enneagram). The personality is seen to be the false self, a series of unconscious, automatic responses to the environment, and we are seen to identify with these responses, mistakenly considering them to be who we are, or as our "identity". The Work described in this book is directed towards providing conscious "shocks" to facilitate self-remembering and the conscious experience of Essence.
I find this book to be useful in both my personal growth and also as a professional resource in my counselling practice.
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