Online Zoom Workshop Series: The Fourth Way Enneagram:
Introducing the Fourth Way Teaching of Gurdjieff to help Foster the Process of Transformation.
Facilitator: Ken Webb.
Dates: Sundays, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, and 4, 11 June 2023.
Times: 7pm-8.30pm (UK time).
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 contained in the symbol of the Enneagram. This was rediscovered and handed down to us by George Gurdjieff, who first introduced the Enneagram to the West in 1915.
Gurdjeff’s 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. The first group to whom Gurdjieff taught what he called his “Fourth Way” had no understanding of the personality types as descried by the modern Personality Enneagram.
Whereas the Personality Enneagram is about nine different points of view in space, what is now known as the Process Enneagram is about nine stages of growth in time. What links the two together is the fact that each personality type manifests differently at different levels of maturity. So, an understanding and application of Gurdjieff’s teaching will facilitate the process of personal growth. However, the Process Enneagram is not just about personal growth and transformation. It can also be applied to the evolution and transformation of a collective body or to any process such as the setting up and development of a business idea.
Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way is a practical application of practices that will enable each person, no matter what their personality 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.
NB: I will be pre-recording videos of my input for those who register but cannot attend live, though they will miss out on the conversation. These will be available on my YouTube channel as an unlisted video that only those with the link can view.
Since each sessions builds on the previous, I would not recommend people register for a single session. What I am sharing is so new to most people that a single session without the background given in the previous will make little sense.
There are six sessions. After a brief introduction and short meditation, I will share my screen and give about 30-40 minutes of input. That will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions or offer insights before spending the remaining time in break out groups. We will come together to share any ideas and insights from our conversations. We will close by trying one of the practices that Gurdjieff used with his groups, which I suggest participants might like to try practicing before the next session.
Session 1: The Human Machine—Introducing key concepts concerning the way humans function and the psycho-spiritual structures of the human personality
The Human ‘Machine’ —Three Minds / Brains / Personalities
The Difference Between Personality and Essence
How to Stop Functioning as a ‘Machine’ —Gurdjieff’s 'Fourth Way’
‘Self Remembering’: A key practice to help us begin the process
The importance of being part of a group
Session 2: The Enneagram of Cosmic Laws—1
The Law of One: The law of sacred interconnection—the Circle
The Law of Three: the law governing how something new comes into being—the Triangle
Session 3: The Enneagram of Cosmic Laws—2: The Law of Seven
The Law of Seven as the ‘Law of Octaves’
A process that takes place both in time and outside of time
The Great Divide—The Waking Conscious and the Sub-consciousness
The Law of Seven in real life
Session 4: The Enneagram applied to human growth and development
The Enneagram in the stages of human growth and development
A Two Phased Process—Involution and Evolution, the personal and trans- personal phases of development
Developing Consciousness—An Alchemical Process in Three Stages
The difference between subjective and objective consciousness and knowledge
Session 5: Will, Being and Function
The Holy Trinity in the Enneagram
The Law of Three and the evolution of a Three-Brained Being.
The Enneagram of an Awakened Three-Brained Being
Buffers in an Unawakened Human and their consequences
Conscience and Consciousness; Morality and Buffers
The Enneagram of an Unawakened ‘Three-Brained’ Being
Session 6: From Dust to Gold Dust—The Alchemy of the Law of Seven
Session 6: Energy, Energy Bodies and Levels of Energy
Three kinds of ‘food’ for three kinds of body and digestion as an alchemical process
The Food Octave and alchemical process in the physical body
The ‘Air’ Octave, the alchemical process in the emotional body
The ‘Impressions’ Octave and the alchemical process in the intellectual body.
Divine Attention and Divine Love and the three shocks of the Law of Three that enable the awakening of True Consciousness
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 Gurdjeff, and it is on these that his current work is based.
NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.
Cost: £50 for the Workshop Series. For a Registration Form:
(for late inquiries on the day, then email, do not phone.
If you book on the day of the event you will be emailed the Zoom sign-in details 1-2 hours before the event).