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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Hohm Press,U.S. (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890772925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890772925
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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It is said that when Gurdjieff wrote "Tales" he said that, "All of the locks and all of the keys were in the book, but they were not presented together"! In this book Red Hawk has presented the locks and the keys together, the clever part is that he has connected them in a lucid 21st Century context. I completed this book and felt totally privileged to have it in my possession. After reading this book I have returned to other texts on this subject and found meaning where previously there was confusion. If you are starting on your journey or are on the road and wanting some inspiration to carry on, this little book will more than reward any investment you put into it.
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In my humble opinion, this relatively modest book offers anyone who is interested in, or already working in some kind of `inner work' - invaluable work practice of majestic proportions.
Red Hawk speaks honestly and simply. He has managed to present some of the most profound workings of the `Fourth Way' / Gurdjieff insights elegantly and accessibly.
As a first introduction, I think this could become a classic. Anyone already in idiocy would appreciate Red Hawks down-to-earth offerings as a wonderful aide-memoir. In brief, he has written an understandable guide to the foundations and insights for becoming a mature human being. He offers ways to develop an ability to notice ourselves (and others)what it is to notice, and what it is to become a person of Awareness and Attention. But don't take my word for it, only you will know from your own direct experience if I, Red Hawk or anyone else in this world have anything worth taking notice of, which is the very subject matter of this book.
Grahame C Morgan-Watson
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This was a book chosen for my book club. I had never heard of the book or the author before and was very glad to get to read it . His premise is summarised early on advocating self observation as THE way forward without TRYING to change what we observe. I liked the glossary at the end explaining the various terms used but chapter one slightly irritated me as number of these were introduced and just referred to the glossary. I realise there are other books on a similar theme but liked the fundamental principles chapter. In short he advocated
-self observation without judgement
-don't change what is observed
-with attention on bodily sensation and a relaxed body
-ruthless self honesty

There were some gems dotted throughout the book and I loved most of the poems ( written by the author)

Thought provoking
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What a revelation. I can't recommend this book enough. It offers you a way in to the Work sourced from the 4th Way principles as introduced by G.I. Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky. No complex language or prose here. That does not mean it is "the Work for Dummies" approach. There is great wisdom and humility here offering the reader personal insights and encouragement to begin in the face of what is surely a very, very hard hill to climb. It deserves to be re-read again and again so that it gradually becomes a part of one's life.

Well done Red Hawk.
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I was somewhat obsessed with Gurdjieff when I was younger and read everything I could get my hands on by him or about him. Ultimately I found it impossible to access his teachings through any of the written material available at the time and have since wandered off into other teachings that have the benefit of a living teacher.

Recently I stumbled across this book and gave it a try and was astounded to find that it belongs with a tiny, tiny minority of books on spirituality: it is genuinely useful.

The chapters present not so much a practice as an attitude towards practice, which is simple, clear, honest and realistic. Right from the start the author makes it clear that serious work of this kind comes at huge personal cost. This is a refreshing change from the vast majority of 'spiritual' books that only tout the benefits of spiritual practice in order to sell their books.

Each chapter is accompanied by a poem by the author. As poetry these put me in mind of the works of Charles Bukowski: not particularly impressive in terms of language craft, but valuable for their powerful impact.
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This slim volume is an extra- ordinary book and I must have puchased in the range of ten copies to give to friends since I first came across it. In the last twenty years I have read everything by and about what is commonly called the 'Fourth Way' and Gurdjieff. I also belonged to a 'fourth way' mystery school but this little book has really been the key to transmute the knowledge and experiences gained into 'being'. The style is direct and comes out of Red Hawk's profound search for self- knowledge and the honesty of his understanding. Red Hawk is also a poet and at the end of each chapter his seamless poems reflect on the learning that goes before. I recommend this to any serious seeker who wants to 'drink the water and not the wave!'
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Will appeal to some and not to others. Personally I found it a very interesting read and parts of the book spoke to me like no other. Most writers are shackled somehow in writing something to please most people (hence bestsellers), the author here seems to write from the heart. I found the references interesting. Normally they are people who have written academic articles which have been peer reviewed and published backed up with data. This is quite acceptable but wisdom isnt always found in academic articles - especially that which comes from the heart (notice I have used the word 'heart' twice in this para). In all this is one of the best books I have read.
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