"Are we able to say that life is governed by a group of conscious people? Where are they? Who are they? We see exactly the opposite- that life is governed by those who are the least conscious, by those who are most asleep."
G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) created an original system of self-transformation that reconciled the great mystical traditions, known as the "Fourth Way" or "the Work." He initially gathered pupils in Moscow and in 1915 organized a study group in St. Petersburg that included P. D. Ouspensky, a leading figure in the spread of the teachings. Amid revolutionary turmoil in Russia, in 1917 he moved to the Caucasus and in 1922 established an institute for his work in France. The sources of the present book stem from this early period.