Online Zoom Workshop Series Recordings — The Fourth Way Enneagram:
Introducing the Fourth Way teaching of Gurdjieff to help foster the process of transformation. (Updated in November 2023)
Description: This course is for all who want to grow into the best person they can be. The teaching I share is based on the ancient understanding and wisdom of three fundamental cosmic laws that are symbolised in the Enneagram. This was rediscovered and handed down to us by George Gurdjieff, who first introduced the Enneagram to the West in 1915.
The course offered here is an amended and updated version of the one I offered live in May and June 2023. I have added content to some of the modules and I have added a seventh module.
The first group to whom Gurdjieff taught what he called his “Fourth Way” had no understanding of the personality types as described by the modern Personality Enneagram. The Fourth Way Enneagram is more about the process of transformation than about personality typing. So, you do not necessarily need to know your Enneagram personality type to benefit from the material I teach.
Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way is a practical application of practices that will enable each person, no matter what their personalty type (or subtype) grow into a much more integrated and mature version of themselves, into the full flowering of their essence, present since birth, but hidden behind the ego personality.
What kind of commitment is required? Watching the teaching videos is easy, it is putting it into practice that is hard. Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way requires dedication and commitment. And that is best done not on one’s own, but in a group, which is why sharing experiences in a group where confidentiality is maintained is important. In that way we can all learn from each other.
There are seven modules, the content of which is outlined below. Those who register will be put in touch with the course guide who will send them PDF documents with more detail of content, links to the presentation videos, exercises to put into practice, and meditations that accompany each module, one module at a time.
Module 1: The Human Machine — Introducing key concepts concerning the way humans function and the psycho-spiritual structures of the human personality and a foundational practice that will be the key to all progress.
Module 2: The Enneagram of Cosmic Laws — 1. In this module you will learn about the Law of One, the law of sacred interconnection, symbolised by the circle, and the Law of Three, the law governing how something new comes into being—symbolised by the Triangle. There will also be an exploration of how this relates to the concept of the Holy Trinity.
Module 3: The Enneagram of Cosmic Laws — 2 introduces the Law of Seven, that Gurdjieff called the ‘Law of Octaves’, the law that governs how anything that exists in the universe evolves and is transformed.
Module 4: The Enneagram applied to human growth and development. In the first part of this module we look at how the Law of Seven operates in the stages of human growth and development, relating the Process Enneagram to Ken Wilbur’s levels of spiritual intelligence. In the second part we look at levels of Consciousness and how we can grow in awareness.
Module 5: Buffering and its consequences: how humans lost touch with real consciousness. In this module we look at how the flow of energy Energy Lines connecting points 1,4,2,8,5 and 7 were meant to function, and why they do not, in our natural state, function as they were meant to.
Module 6: From Dust to Gold Dust—The Alchemy of the Law of Seven. The first part of this module is about what kinds of energy there are and about levels of energy and energy bodies, and relates this to the three centres of the Process Enneagram. The second part deals with the alchemical process of transforming the base substances of one’e ego personality into the gold of one’s true essence.
Module 7: In the first video I talk about the difference between negative and positive emotions and how to deal with negative emotions that destroy any chance of understanding, either yourself, or another with whom you are in disagreement or in conflict. I then suggest practical ways to deal with negative emotions in order to eliminate them and use the energy thus released for the work of the positive emotions of the higher emotional centre. In the second video I tie up some loose ends and go into more detail about how we can he helped by understanding the way that the energy flows along the lines connecting numbers 1, 4, 2, 8, 5 and 7.
Meet your guide:
Born in China and brought up in Burma, Ken Webb graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London to practice medicine first in the UK and then, for many years, in Thailand. He went on to study theology at Trinity College Bristol, graduating in 1992, and was ordained into Anglican ministry after a further year of post graduate study. He spent the last five years before retiring in 2017 overseeing the training of those preparing for authorised ministry in the diocese of Edinburgh. Ken was introduced to the Enneagram in 1995 and began to delve more deeply into it in 2014, undertaking a number of courses put on by the Shift Network and Enneagram Institute. Since retiring he has offered a number of taster days, courses and retreats. At the same time he has read and researched the original writings of Gurdjieff, and it is on these that his current work is based.
“I highly recommend the Fourth Way Enneagram course to anyone interested in delving deeper into the Enneagram. This transformative journey offers a unique blend of wisdom, knowledge, and spiritual practice that will greatly enhance your understanding of this powerful tool for self-discovery. Don't miss out on this opportunity to embark on a truly enlightening experience.” (Grace)
“Ken’s Fourth Way Enneagram course is a top notch learning experience. He has provided pre-class outlines, great lectures and visuals, creative and relevant meditations, and questions for reflection. Stories from your own personal experience and other examples he presented made the complexity of the enneagram applicable to daily life.” (George)
“The Fourth Way Enneagram has been a truly wonderful experience, and I greatly appreciate the well-structured nature of the course. I am incredibly grateful to Ken as the course facilitator and to the EICSP for offering this course. If there's ever a chance for an expansion course in the future, count me in!” (J.J.B.)
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