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William Patrick Patterson
Author of Ten Books on The Fourth Way

Teachers of No-Thing & Nothing
With this book, his tenth and last, William Patrick Patterson completes his spiritual memoir. Eating The "I", the first part, published in 1992, focused on his experience with his teacher Lord John Pentland, the man Mr. Gurdjieff chose to lead The Fourth Way in America. Questioning what is the self in self-remembering brought Patterson to the Dane Alfred Sorensen, given the name "Sunyata" by Ramana Maharshi who saw him as a rare-born mystic. Sunyata told him, "The witness is a high state, but only a state." Through Sunyata, he met Jean Klein, the European Advaita master who holds that "Absence is the greatest presence."

Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff — The Man, The Teaching, His Mission
The author's ninth and final book on The Fourth Way. Ten years in the making, it is the deepest study yet of this potent seminal spiritual figure of the last century, and the teaching of The Fourth Way.

Material from the library archives of Gurdjieff's direct students, much of it not available until recently, and all relevant books written about Gurdjieff have been integrated and assembled in chronological form. The aim is to give an objective, panoramic view of his life, the inner substance of the ancient teaching of spiritual self-development, and his unrelenting mission to introduce and establish The Fourth Way in the West.

Adi Da Samraj–Realized or/and Deluded?
The first critical assessment of the life of Adi Da Samraj and his teachings. Born he said in the "Bright," with his kundalini risen after only a few years of practice, Franklin Jones had a breakthrough into the pointless point of view. Young, hip, articulate and funny, this first American-born guru had a meteoric rise, bringing him thousands of seekers until the sex scandals brought a public shaming and his withdrawal to a Fijian island hermitage where he, now Adi Da Samraj, announced he was God Incarnate.

Spiritual Survival in a Radically Changing World-Time
The seventh and final book in William Patrick Patterson's survey of The Fourth Way, Spiritual Survival warns of Technology's challenge and how it can spur us to awaken to a new integration of body, senses and mind. Explored in great and original depth is how the seminal teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff's Fourth Way—the teaching for our time—offers the esoteric keys and practices to self-awakening in a radically changing, high voltage and mercurial world-time.

The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
Since Castaneda's first book, The Teachings of Don Juan, readers have wondered about his sources. Here, shown concept-by-concept, is the primary source of Castaneda's ideas—Gurdjieff's Fourth Way. Also explored is don Juan's true identity, the meaning of Castaneda's "jump into the abyss," the life of the Nagual and his witches. Also included in full is the first reference to Nagualism, anthropologist Daniel Brinton's essay "Nagualism: A Study in Native American Folklore and History" written in 1894.

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The Life & Teachings of Carlos Castaneda
William Patrick Patterson's 'Voices in the Dark: Esoteric, Occult & Secular Voices in Nazi-Occupied
    Paris 1940-44,' includes transcripts from Gurdjieff's Fourth Way meetings
Voices in the Dark: Esoteric, Occult & Secular Voices in Nazi-Occupied Paris 1940–44. Including transcripts from 31 of Gurdjieff's wartime meetings.
Voices in the Dark weaves together the oppression, fear and courage of the Nazi Occupation of Paris with the transcripts from 31 of G. I. Gurdjieff's wartime meetings. Voices which spoke out, related and molded the times for us include—Camus, Malraux, Sartre, Beauvoir, Gide, Daumal, De Gaulle, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin and many others. Explored in depth is the little-recognized but powerful influence of the pseudo-occult in the ideology at the foundation of Hitler's vision.

William Patrick Patterson's 'Ladies of the Rope: Gurdjieff's Special Left Bank Women's Group,' Fourth Way
Ladies of the Rope: Gurdjieff's Special Left Bank Women's Group
This is the first book to examine the Rope, the ladies-only group of spiritual seekers, all lesbians except one, which G. I. Gurdjieff formed on Paris' Left Bank. During his thirty-seven years of work in the West, Gurdjieff's creation of the Rope remains his most enigmatic group. As to why Gurdjieff created the Rope, the author's conclusions are as original as they are surprising and have proved to be of serious interest to those involved with feminine spirituality in all its many forms.
Taking with the Left Hand: Enneagram Craze, The Fellowship of Friends, & the Mouravieff Phenomenon
The first book to examine the spiritual theft and appropriation that marks our time. A detailed and well-documented study, it illustrates how the enneagram movement commercialized an ancient alchemical symbol, how Robert Burton, founder of The Fellowship of Friends, arrogated The Fourth Way teaching, and how Boris Mouravieff plagiarized and tried to appropriate it.

William Patrick Patterson's 'Struggle of the Magicians: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship,' Fourth Way, Gurdjieff
Struggle of the Magicians: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship
Explores the teacher-student relationship as seen through the lives of Gurdjieff and Uspenskii. "The tension between the richly contrasting personalities of Gurdjieff and Uspenskii is a cameo of the problems with which the personal transformation tradition has had to contend....[A] finely-told chronicle of a classic event in occult history, set against the backdrop of overwhelming dramatic, historic events, effectively set into the narrative as date-lines."—Robert S. Ellwood, Chairman, Dept. of Religion, University of Southern California.

William Patrick Patterson's 'Eating The 'I': A Direct Account of The Fourth Way—The Way of Using Ordinary Life to come to Real Life,' Gurdjieff
Eating The "I": A Direct Account of The Fourth Way—The Way of Using Ordinary Life to come to Real Life
Expanded edition. Includes a gallery of 17 paintings depicting different stages in the journey.

First modern book to show Gurdjieff Work in action. By a pupil of Lord John Pentland. "Vivid, rare insider's account,"—Yoga Journal. "A classic of Gurdjieff literature."—Syzygy. "Gives as full a picture of the Work as it may be possible to get without joining it . . . comes from a great depth and carries much conviction."—Gnosis.