In Search of the Miraculous

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A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson .

Since its original publication in 1949, In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. I. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries ...

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Overview

A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson .

Since its original publication in 1949, In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. I. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student. Gurdjieff's goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, among them Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte.

Ouspensky describes Gurdjieff's teachings in fascinating and accessible detail, providing what has proven to be a stellar introduction to the universal view of both student and teacher. It goes without saying that In Search of the Miraculous has inspired great thinkers and writers of ensuing spiritual movements, including Marianne Williamson, the highly acclaimed author of A Return to Love and Illuminata. In a new and never-before-published foreword, Williamson shares the influence of Ouspensky's book and Gurdjieff's teachings on the New Thought movement and her own life, providing a contemporary look at an already timeless classic.

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Fascinating and provocative."-The New York Times Book Review
A very provocative book that can lead to a complete reassessment of what a reader takes to be his knowledge."-Saturday Review
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Fascinating and provocative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156007467
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 150,735
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

P. D. Ouspensky was born in Moscow in 1878 and died in 1947. A highly respected intellectual and former student of G. I. Gurdjieff, he authored such critically acclaimed books as The Fourth Dimension, Tertium Organum, A New Model of the Universe, and In Search of the Miraculous, which was published posthumously.


Marianne Williamson is a philosopher, speaker, teacher, and author who lectures regularly about the application of spiritual principles to daily living. Her highly acclaimed and bestselling books include A Return to Love, A Woman's Worth, and Illuminata. She lives in Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Fragments of an Unknown Teaching

    In Search of the Miraculous, Fragments of an Unknown Teaching, arguably stands foremost among the various attempts that have been made by Gurdjieff's pupils to introduce his evolutionary ideas through writing. It may be surprising to some that Ouspensky received from Gurdjieff the material organized in this book over a period of only three years, from 1915 to 1918. After his relatively brief but apparently intensive initiation into various aspects of the teaching, Ouspensky separated himself from his teacher for personal reasons while other pupils remained with Gurdjieff to receive advanced instruction for many years until Gurdjieff's death in 1949. People continue to seek out the Gurdjieff work today under the influence of Ouspensky's extraordinary book. It should be required reading for anyone interested in Gurdjieff and for many people this is the first source of acquaintance with Gurdjieff's ideas. The serious student, by entering into practical work, which extends the process of learning beyond the intellectual study of ideas, may come to discover what the book's subtitle expresses. Evidently charged with the power to influence in the mind an unprecedented vision of reality, the ideas Ouspensky detailed are nevertheless 'Fragments' of a teaching which is fundamentally oral in its nature and is intended to inform not only the mind but also the body, the feeling and eventually the whole of oneself.  Whereas the truths Gurdjieff wished people to receive cannot be given through books and ideas alone, these true ideas, when heard, may be the first note of an octave of real understanding.  The careful study of this book can be increasingly rewarding to the student who has entered into conditions of work under the guidance of people specially prepared within the lineage of those to whom Gurdjieff left the task of transmitting his teaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    It is Really the Search of the Miraculous

    I had read this book about 8 years ago, I have not met anybody ever since who'ev read this book except couple of close friends and my family. I'm a good and fast reader but this book took me 5 weeks to read it. /I'd read the War and Peace in 5 days./ You will find some parts of the book kind of imposible to understand, but it's ok keep reading it. You will find a new understanding to things in life that you have been looking for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Many useful insights,too deep at times

    I enjoyed this book but it can be quite enagmatic at times. Echoing a previous review it took me much longer to read than it should have and I know I have not absorbed enough of it.
    Thankfully there are plenty of enlightening insights in here and I will happy read it again at some point I'm sure.

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