The Peters were life-affirming optimists who enjoyed good food and drink, companionship, and the pleasures of art. The Demians were world-rejecting ascetics, pessimistic critics who viewed life as a deceptive trap. Readers of Hermann Hesse's novel Narcissus and Goldmund will recognize the polarity immediately. Peter Demianovich Ouspensky—the last of his line—was saddled with both character traits, an inheritance perhaps at the root of his paradoxical personality.

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Reading it changed my perspectives on life! Every day was a wonder and each paragraph Read full review. Back when I was a callow youth, attending university and living unconsciously, I took a course at the university where this book was assigned as suggested reading. I never did read the book at that Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. View eBook. A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson.

Since its original publication in , In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student. Gurdjieff's goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, among them Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte.

Ouspensky describes Gurdjieff's teachings in fascinating and accessible detail, providing what has proven to be a stellar introduction to the universal view of both student and teacher. It goes without saying that In Search of the Miraculous has inspired great thinkers and writers of ensuing spiritual movements, including Marianne Williamson, the highly acclaimed author of A Return to Love and Illuminata.

In a new and never-before-published foreword, Williamson shares the influence of Ouspensky's book and Gurdjieff's teachings on the New Thought movement and her own life, providing a contemporary look at an already timeless classic.

Ouspensky Limited preview - Harry T. Hunt No preview available - Ouspensky was born in Moscow in and died in A highly respected intellectual and former student of G. Marianne Williamson is a philosopher, speaker, teacher, and author who lectures regularly about the application of spiritual principles to daily living. She lives in Michigan. Bibliographic information. On the Nature of Consciousness: Cognitive, Phenomenological, and


In Search of P. D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff

Ouspensky which recounts his meeting and subsequent association with George Gurdjieff. It is widely regarded as the most comprehensive account of Gurdjieff's system of thought ever published. The book is basically the author's recollection of his first meeting and subsequent association with George Gurdjieff and the teaching that Gurdjieff imparted to him; a teaching which still exists today in various forms and which Ouspensky would himself teach to various groups from — Throughout the book, Ouspensky never refers to Gurdjieff directly, only using the single initial "G. The book begins with Ouspensky returning home to St. Petersburg from his recent excursion to the East, where he journeyed "in search of the miraculous", as he put it.


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He met Gurdjieff in Moscow in , and was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He taught ideas and methods based in the Gurdjieff system for 25 years in England and the United States, although he separated from Gurdjieff personally in , for reasons that are explained in the last chapter of his book In Search of the Miraculous. Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff's own supervision for a period of ten years, from to In Search of the Miraculous recounts what he learned from Gurdjieff during those years. While lecturing in London in , he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in

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