The Book Corner

The following books are strongly recommended as an introduction to Fourth Way ideas,
and the Enneagram of Personality Types. They assist in providing the knowledge that, when
applied to one's daily life, leads to a deeper wisdom and understanding of their universal truths.

You can also follow this link to further recommended readings by the staff of Journey to Essence.


In Search of the Miraculous
P.D. Ouspensky

A remarkable account of Ouspensky's
fateful meeting with G.I. Gurdjieff, and the
ensuing years they spent together as teacher
and disciple of what is now known as "The Work".
This book is considered the "primer" of many of
the fundamental ideas expounded by Gurdjieff.

Psychological Commentaries on the
Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky

Maurice Nicoll

Dr. Nicoll expands on the ideas of the Work, in his unique, yet straightforward manner. His words contain many layers of meaning, offering new insights with each read. Consisting of 6 volumes, each page is infused with
a power and meaning that gives the reader the uncanny impression that Nicoll is speaking directly to him.

The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution
P.D. Ouspensky

Ouspensky extracts the main ideas from In Search
of the Miraculous
, such as "inner considering" and "identification" and sets them down here. Comprised of five lectures, and followed at the end by an important chapter titled "Notes on the Decision to Work".

The Work Life
Beryl Pogson

Excerpts from Ms. Pogson's study groups, set down in a question and answer format. Pogson, a student of Dr. Nicoll, offers a greater understanding of how these ideas can be actualized in a real and practical manner, in one's life. Her examples are infinitely creative and give hints to the myriad ways of how the presence of the Work is everywhere, for those with eyes to see.

The Enneagram: Understanding
Yourself and the Others in Your Life

Helen Palmer

Explores all 9 types in an in-depth manner, yet is accessible to those with no prior understanding of the enneagram of personality types. Recommended for beginners and advanced students alike. Replete with
many diagrams and real case-studys of each type.

Discovering the Enneagram
Richard Rohr

To see the Enneagram through the eyes of Richard
Rohr is to see it with a mixture of faith, intelligence, compassion, humor, and love of God, Self and
neighbor. A practical study of the types that is imbued with a solid objectivity and a gracious sensitivity. Food
for the mind and the heart is found in these pages.




















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