#17. Psychology of Emotions

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#17. Psychology of Emotions

 In this lecture we are going to dive into the world of emotions. Like we have learned in the previous lecture, emotional centre is by far the quickest centre of all and therefore very much responsible for most of our actions.

Because of it’s speed, it controls most of our decisions, which do not always lead to the most sensible thing to do. It is exactly because of this tremendous speed of operation that emotional centre accounts for most of our personal difficulties. We are far more emotional than anyone of us want to admit. We all want to be perceived as being sensible. Being emotional can make us impulsive, much like an animal, constantly responding to outside stimuli and basic drives. Therefore Personal Transformation starts by transforming the ‘wrong’ work of the emotional centre by ‘right’ work of the intellectual centre.

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#16. Psychology of Time

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#16. Psychology of Time

The relativity of time, space and matter is a scientific conversation best known for what Einstein coined to the matter, expressed in his theory of general relativity. As one comes to study the system some other very interesting esoteric points of view come into the picture and can evoke some additional transformations in the way you perceive yourself in relation to these phenomena. As you will soon discover in studying the centres, which are hidden from us, their functions are quite open for our investigation.

Functions are the phenomena by which we are able to identify the work of the different centres and by observing these functions we will notice some remarkable properties, which until now, have never been fully taken into account by traditional psychology or physiology.

Observation is the usual course in the scientific approach in physics, chemistry, astronomy, physiology, as when we often cannot...

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#15. Psychology of Impressions

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#15. Psychology of Impressions

All that happens to us, all that we see, all that we hear, all that we feel, all that we learn is registered in our mental decorum. In the time of Ouspensky the first of phonographic recording were made on wax rolls. The sensory input from our five senses leaves a definite imprint on the ‘wax rolls’ in our being.. An impression can be deep, or it can be very slight, or it can be simply a glancing impression that disappears very quickly and leaves no trace after it.Everything that we know, everything that we have learned, everything that we have experienced is all there on our rolls. When we are thinking mechanically we can think of nothing new, nothing that is not on our rolls. When we feel mechanically we can’t feel anything new, we only relive the emotional imprints that are recorded on these rolls.

These rolls act like a database. We cannot event anything new outside of our...

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#14. Psychology of Lines of Work

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#14. Psychology of Lines of Work

Working according to the principles of the system is that the work of a real school of ‘The Fourth Way’ needs to proceed along three different lines simultaneously. Working only on one or two lines wouldn’t be considered schoolwork. What are these three lines of work?

The first line is the study of oneself and study of the system, or the 'language.'  It is the line of work that’s all about you getting something for yourself. It is about understanding and learning about yourself via understanding the concepts of the system. It is the line of work of these lectures. Working on this first line certainly s very important but if you only work on the first line you can not expect any result.

The second line of schoolwork is working with other people in the school. One works not only with them but also for them. By explaining and observing one another you are able to acquire a...

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#13. Psychology of a Magnetic Centre

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#13. Psychology of a Magnetic Centre

‘The Fourth Way’ says human beings are machines but these machines do not perform on its rightful level. Nature delivers us with all the basic functions we need to survive but we need to make a conscious effort to get access to our hidden potential. In short, a human being is far more than it appears to be. In order to develop our hidden potentials we need to be either very strongly repelled by our present state or very strongly attracted by a future state. This is the most fundamental condition for inner change.

Other vital conditions that must be present in order to do the necessary work, is time, a school and the right kind of social circumstances. Schools can not exist when times are to much out of balance by economic depression, natural disasters or wars.


Ouspensky says:

“Our time is particularly difficult in this respect. Schools in the East are disappearing very...

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#12. Psychology of Wrong Work

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12. Psychology of Wrong Work

The idea is that man is a machine and not one. He is not one in that he has many ‘I’ s  and he is not one in that he does not have one mind. It is not so hard to verify this idea when you start observing your behaviour from the point of view of the system.

One way this ‘lack of unity’ in best seen in the way the different centres work. Every centre is designed to a certain type of work. But centres very rarely do the work they were designed to do. Almost every instance one or another centre leaves his own work and tries to do the work of another centre.

For instance moving centre can, up to a point, imitate the work of intellectual centre, but it can only produce very vague and disconnected thoughts. In its turn, the intellectual centre can work for the moving centre. Try to write, for instance, thinking about every letter you are going to write and how you will write it.

The...

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#11. Psychology of Man

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#11. Psychology of Man

In language we often meet our greatest difficulties. All the negative implications of imagination is largely a function of misunderstanding what we say to ourselves or to others. So for instance, if we want to speak about man from the point of view of evolution we need to realise that the word ‘man' in ordinary language does not admit of any gradation. Man is man and that’s it. But hardly does any justice to the great differences in consciousness that can be distinguished in man. The system of ‘The Fourth Way’ identifies seven different categories of man. The first three categories, that correspond with the main three centres,  are practically on the same level.

Man No. 1, or physical man, is a man in whom the moving or instinctive centres predominate over the intellectual and emotional.

Man No. 2, or emotional man is a man in whom the emotional centre predominates over the...

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#10. Psychology of Identification

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#10. Psychology of Identification

There are many things that can interfere with your intentions to transform your life. There are many ways in which one can fall back asleep. The difficulties man has in maintaining his efforts to remember himself are the manifestations of lying, imagination, the expression of negative emotions and unnecessary talking. It only shows man’s utter mechanicalness and impossibility even of struggling against this mechanicalness without help, that is, without new knowledge and without actual assistance.

All these forms of 'falling asleep' have a certain definite feature of its own, unknown, or at least unregistered and unnamed in ordinary psychology. The more reason that this definite feature needs special study.

The main feature driving all expressions of negative emotions, sleep and mechanicalness is 'Identifying' or ‘identification.’ Identification is a curious state of being in which...

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#09. Psychology of Imagination

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#9. Psychology of Imagination

On the path to self actualisation and personal transformation one finds some heavy obstacles that can hinder man from reaching his full potential. As important as knowing your goal it is equally important knowing the pitfalls and roadblocks on the way in attaining that goal. We are machines and freedom is an illusion. The only way to become more free and have more abilities to do, is to become aware of our limitations and have a clear understanding of the nature of these illusions. As i mentioned before, the psychology of man’s possible evolution, can be described as the psychology of lying.

The second dangerous feature man finds in himself is imagination. Imagination is a function of what we add to reality. It is not reality it is a function of what we say about what happened, that did not happen. We imagine to know what we observe to be true where in fact the only thing we can do is...

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#07. Psychology of Lying

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#7. Psychology of Lying

As stated in previous video’s ‘The Fourth Way’ system can be seen as the psychology of man’s possible evolution which in fact is quit different from more traditional views on psychology. First, the psychology of the possible evolution of man is the study of oneself. One cannot study ‘The Fourth Way’ the same way as one can study any other science not directly connected with oneself. One has to begin the study of ‘the psychology of the possible evolution of man’ with oneself.


Secondly, traditional psychology is based on the assumption that man is a certain way. The system however teaches us that man has the potential of becoming something other, something more, than he is right now.

In addition to that we can even distinguish a third major difference between traditional psychology and the system. Man is not what he thinks he is. So if you would study...

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