In Search of the Miraculous (book review)

In Search of the Miraculous is a book written by a Russian philosopher and esotericist, P.D. Ouspensky, and was published towards the end of his life in the 1940’s. The book consists of recollection of conversations and talks by Gurdjieff, whom Ouspensky met while coming back to his hometown in Russia from one of his trips in Asia, and in general the part of Ouspensky’s life that he spend studying under Gurdjieff’s guidance. In that first conversation of theirs, when they first met, Gurdjieff impressed him a lot with his knowledge and so Ouspensky decided to join his esoteric school and attends many private and public meetings with him. During that time, Ouspensky noted down a lot of things said by Gurdjieff regarding his system of teaching (the Fourth Way etc.) that he learned during his travels in Asia, particularly in some of the monasteries that he was admitted access to, but also regarding other important subjects of esoteric matters and psychology. Continue reading