The Sawmi sees the
Fourth Way as a technique
liberation and enlightenment.
The brief outline that follows presents a Fourth Way perspective
on two basic questions:
How are we bound to
this particular level of experience that we call everyday life?
How can we liberate ourselves from
our enthrallment with everyday life so that we can more fully experience the spiritual
possibilities available to us?
|"What is below is like
that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below,to accomplish
the miracles of one thing."
from The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
NOTES ON TERMINOLOGY AND CONCEPTS
1. The number 48 or "H48" is sometimes used in
The Work as a shorthand notation for our ordinary experience, or everyday life.
Think of this number as symbolizing a certain "density" or "wavelength"
corresponding to this level of experience or awareness.
Higher levels of experience are conceptualized as being more active or energetic,
or as having a shorter wavelength. They are represented by smaller numbers such as
H24 or H12. These numbers are not completely arbitrary, but they have no "magical"
Please refer to Ouspensky's In Search
of the Miraculous or especially John Lilly's The
Center of the Cyclone for a more detailed description.
2. In the explanations that follow, a musical scale is used
as an analogy to describe the relationships between lower and higher levels of experience,
which are compared to lower and higher musical octaves. Please keep in mind that
this is only a simplified, one dimensional representation used to facilitate discussion
of actual phenomena in our own experience that are multi-dimensional and very complex.