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Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (6 Volumes) Hardcover – Box set, August, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0877289104 ISBN-10: 0877289107 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 1976 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel Weiser; 1st edition (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877289107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877289104
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,486,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Reijo Oksanen on September 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Consisting of nearly 2000 pages of psychological gems these lectures are well worth not only for reading but also for studying.

To combine expert psychological understanding with the ideas of Gurdjieff does give a new angle to both.

Dr. Nicoll's approach is practical and he draws help from suitable images to illustrate the points he is making.

I would say that even just one of the volumes well studied would give ample material for daily practice.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John McConnell on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dr Maurice Nicoll's six-volume set, Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, is intended for a limited audience already *very* familiar with the writings of Ouspensky and Gurdjieff. The great expositor of Ouspensky, Nicoll brought on board material not only from CG Jung but also from the New Testament, where "repentance" is translated from the Greek "metanoia" - "change of thinking".

The four pillars of The Work are:

1. Self-remembering

2. Self-observation

3. Non-identification

4. Non-expression of negativity

If you are unfamiliar with what these signify, you don't need these volumes by Nicoll. Instead, see PD Ouspensky's The Fourth Way. The central tenets of The Work of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky are the same as those found (explicitly or implicitly) in all major religions read gnostically: Every individual lacks a central, permanent, unchangeable "I". This is the basis of Zen, alchemy, and all gnostic and mystical traditions. This curious psychological truth is exactly what constitutes the force of "loving one's enemies" - one is displaying a tour de force of psychological freedom and moral strength par excellence. This is indeed the reality underlying the paradoxical religious injunction that only through surrendering our will to something higher can we truly discover who we are.

The Work is respectable business nowadays. It is perhaps dangerous for those lacking a sufficient background in subjects arcane, as the elegant power and demonstrable truth of its tenets easily overwhelm newcomers. Nicoll is an excellent expositor, and these commentaries are an excellent exegesis.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
These books are for people confused by, or struggling with life.If you know, somewhere deep with-in, that there is a much greater meaning to life than that which you behold on a daily basis, if you possess what the Author refers to as "magnetic center", than these volumes could be for you. It's safe to assume that, in todays world,the very idea of one questioning their relationship to life and the cosmos are largely non exsistant. This is why the world is in the condition that it is in.I couldn't possibly go into the psycology the books offer here. The information is serious. It is real. It's not for everybody. It wasn't intended to be.For me, when I hear more and more about children shooting children on play grounds, and life seems to slip further and further into what a sane person would call insanity, Maurice Nicole has provided a life line that i can hold on to tightly.
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By kdz on December 7, 2013
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reading these commentaries is a wonderful journey into itself. it gives such depths on the human psychology and understanding of the mind
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