1982–Present: Continuing the Work

 

In the 30 years following Dr Roles’s death, the Study Society continued to evolve several different streams of teaching. Information on their events and classes can be found at www.studysociety.org

Dr Arthur Connell

Dr Arthur Connell

Professor Richard Guyatt

Professor Richard Guyatt

The continuing synthesis of Ouspensky’s Fourth Way system and the Shankaracharya’s Advaita teaching was led by Dr Arthur Connell, who joined Ouspensky at the same time as Dr Roles, Professor Richard Guyatt, another of Ouspensky’s pupils and previously Rector of the Royal College of Art and Colin Lucas, the architect.  When Richard Guyatt died in 2005 he passed the work to Professor Robert Simmons and Gerald Beckwith, both of whom were with the Study Society since the 1960s.

Gerald Beckwith

Gerald Beckwith

In 2007 Gerald Beckwith and Robert Simmons began work on a major reconstruction of the Fourth Way system to meet the needs of new students and bring the teaching up-to-date with contemporary science and culture. In 2010 Gerald Beckwith produced a further basic course for newcomers. Fourth Way group papers from this period, including those covering both courses, are available in the library section. In 2015 Gerald Beckwith published Ouspensky’s Fourth Way. Part 1 of the book is the first published account of the further development of Ouspensky’s system by Dr Francis Roles. Part 2 describes the synthesis of Ouspensky’s system with the Shankaracharya’s teaching and provides a comprehensive starting point for further reconstruction by future generations.

In 2014 Jenny Beal who was leading a Fourth Way group based on the work of Gerald Beckwith, began studying the Direct Path with Rupert Spira, another former student of Francis Roles, who was subsequently taught by Francis Lucille. Jenny discovered this teaching to be a simple and effortless route to an understanding of non-duality. Its emphasis on Self-remembering – being aware of being aware, or sinking the mind into the heart – suggests that it can provide a natural continuation of the spiritual path for some who have followed the Fourth Way system. Direct Path group papers are available in the library section.

Mr Ouspensky’s present-day successors continue to develop both the traditional Fourth Way teaching and Direct Path teaching, providing study groups and courses as required. This website is dedicated to the continuation of that work.

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