If one is a reader there are many books in one’s lifetime which have an impact on one’s psyche, which have the power to change one’s thinking. One such book for me was Strange Life Of Ivan Osokin by Peter Demianovich Ouspensky, a Russian writer, mathematician and philosopher.
He had been a pupil of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher whose “Fourth Way” or “the method” concerned itself with overcoming the “waking sleep” he claimed limited our lives and potential, and his ideas made a very big impression on the first part of the 20th century.
Anyway, Ivan regrets the mistakes he’s made in his life, having clutzed everything up pretty significantly, and has an opportunity to live his life all over again. As he remembers the errors of his past and tries to correct them he finds he’s bound by a power to do nothing but what he did the first time round, despite all his efforts to do things differently.
I can’t adequately explain the spell this book casts on one, but only know it has had the same effect on others. I fear it’s very difficult to get now, but discovered a site where one may download it gratis. I thoroughly recommend that you do…