The Gurdjieff Journal

The Gurdjieff Journal™
Current Issue – #71 Volume 18 Issue 3

The new issue is available now. Here are the contents.

What are Humans For? Part I
Sophia Grigorievna Uspenskii—Pillar of The Work
Principles from Notes on Talks with Madame Uspenskii 1946–1954
Probe: Gates of Hell
G. I. Gurdjieff—A Graphic Story
Book Review: Last Call
Book Review: Reality Decoded
Film Review: Lo and Behold
Atis, The Bloodless Sacrifice Part I, Chapter IV
Sayings of Substance

For more information visit The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

William Patrick Patterson

wpp-webphoto5A new website is available showing William Patrick Patterson’s  biography and activities in The Fourth Way; detailing announcements, books and films he has written and produced, audio interviews, and publications of The Gurdjieff Journal.

Here is the lead in on the home page:

William Patrick Patterson is a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way. He is in the direct lineage from Mr. Gurdjieff to Lord John Pentland, the remarkable man Gurdjieff appointed to lead the Work in America. Mr. Patterson is the founder of The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation, The Online Fourth Way School, and The Gurdjieff Journal (est. 1992), the first and only domestic and international Fourth Way journal. He leads study groups, gives seminars and has written nine books, as well as written-directed-narrated six films on The Fourth Way.

Fourth Way Seminar

William Patrick Patterson explores
What Are Humans For?

Friday, December 2 – Monday, December 5, 2016

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center
Santa Barbara, California

Casa de Maria
Casa de Maria

Through guided active-being meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.

For more information visit The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.


The ancient Mayan archaeological site known as Xunantunich, about 80 miles to the west of Belize City, is the site of the largest Mayan tomb in Belize.


Researchers found the tomb as they excavated a central stairway of a large structure: within were the remains of a male adult, somewhere between 20 and 30 years old, lying supine with his head to the south.

In the grave, archaeologists also found jaguar and deer bones, six jade beads, possibly from a necklace, 13 obsidian blades and 36 ceramic vessels. At the base of the stairway, they found two offering caches that had nine obsidian and 28 chert flints and eccentrics – chipped artifacts that are carved into the shapes of animals, leaves or other symbols.

The tomb represents an extraordinary find, if only for its construction. At 4.5 meters by 2.4 meters, it is “one of the largest burial chambers ever discovered in Belize”, Awe said. It appears to differ dramatically from other grave sites of the era. Most Maya tombs were built “intrusively”, as additions to existing structures, but the new tomb was built simultaneously with the structure around it – a common practice among cultures such as the ancient Egyptians, but uncommon among the Mayas.

“In other words, it appears that the temple was purposely erected for the primary purpose of enclosing the tomb,” Awe said. “Except for a very few rare cases, this is not very typical in ancient Maya architecture.”

The city was called Xunantunich, meaning “stone woman” in the Yucatec Maya, long after its abandonment by original residents. The name derives from folklore around the city about a hunter who saw a ghostly, statuesque woman, dressed in indigenous garb, standing near an entrance to a temple called El Castillo.

The temple is impressive in its own right, a stone structure that towers 130ft above the city’s main plaza, adorned with a stucco frieze that represents the gods of the sun and moon.

Reprinted from TheGuardian.

The Desecration of Mr. Gurdjieff’s Father’s Grave

William Patrick Patterson set out on a spiritual pilgrimage to Gyumri, Armenia, to visit, as Mr. Gurdjieff asked, the grave of his father, Ashokh Adash. Finding the grave in disrepair, Patterson had it beautified. However, within weeks the gravesite was desecrated, its prayer plaques removed, and so it remains today.

Narrated and directed by Mary Ellen Korman, author of A Woman’s Work with Gurdjieff, Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti, Anandamayi Ma & Pak Subuh.

For more information visit The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

Fourth Way Seminar

seminarLabor Day Weekend Seminar with William Patrick Patterson

Exploring Self-Will & Real Will

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2016

St. Francis Retreat Center
San Juan Bautista, California

Through guided active-being meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.

For more info visit The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

The Movement From Sex To Love

tmfstl_dvdcoverIntroduction to Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way Vol. 2:
The Movement From Sex To Love

By William Patrick Patterson
DVD, color, 3 hours

William Patrick Patterson probes and explores: instinctual, emotional, formatory-mental love, conscious love, divine love, real relationship. Falling in and out love, bio-plasmic machines, false unity, sex as physical, emotional; conscious intimacy, passing beyond gender, exchange of vibration-substance, reciprocal maintenance. Eating and being eaten, futurizing, historizing, past living the present. Embodiment. Self-observation, self-listening, inner space. Origin of the Universe, its harmony and needed disharmony, being-Partkdolg-duty, conscience, esoteric religion.

For more information or to purchase please visit The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation.

Expression, Knowledge and Origin of Ancient Mesoamerica, Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way Teaching and more!