William Patrick Patterson
illiam Patrick Patterson is a leading exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way, the ancient, esoteric teaching of self-development brought to the West by G. I. Gurdjieff. Patterson was a longtime student of his seminal teacher Lord John Pentland, who was appointed by Mr. Gurdjieff in 1949 to lead the Work in America and was the president of the New York and San Francisco Gurdjieff Foundations until 1984.
Recognizing that Gurdjieff's repeated use of the word "self" in self-sensing, self-observation and self-remembering pointed to something higher, he left New York for California where he met the rare-born Danish mystic Sunyata, the name given to Alfred Emmanuel Sorenson in 1936 by Ramana Maharshi. Recognizing Oneness from birth, Sunya said he had "nothing to teach, nothing to sell." He lived with Patterson and his family beginning in 1982 and through his Beingness introduced Patterson directly to the experiencing of no-self. In 1984, Sunya died at the age of 94, but the previous year he had introduced Patterson to his friend Dr. Jean Klein, a Czech medical doctor and an Advaita and Kashmir Shavism master. Patterson studied with Dr. Klein until his death in 1998.
Deeply centered in stillness and silence, Dr. Klein also provided the foundation for a subtle, energetic experiencing dissolving from the body-to the blank state of the self to the double-absence of no-self. This allowed Patterson to incorporate Work principles with his teacher's body-breath-self approach, which he speaks of as Conscious-Body-Breath-Impressions. This, along with active-being mentation and contemplation, Patterson sees as fulfulling Gurdjieff's presentation of the teaching of The Fourth Way as being "completely self-supporting and independent of other [spiritual] lines."
He is the founder/director of The Online Fourth Way School and has led groups, as well as given seminars and talks throughout the United States for many years. He has written nine books on the teaching and directed, written and narrated the award-winning film trilogy The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff,
Introduction to Gurdjieff's Fourth Way: From Selves to Individual Self to The Self, Spiritual Pilgrimage - Mr. Gurdjieff's Father's Grave. and the just released film
Introduction to Gurdjieff's Fourth Way Vol. 2: The Movement From Sex To Love.
He is the founder/editor of The Gurdjieff Journal (est. 1992), the first domestic and international Fourth Way journal. More information can be found about William Patrick Patterson on his Google+ profile page.
Mr. Patterson has also recently been interviewed on three talk radio shows: Radio 3Fourteen, Simple Life Radio and SOTT Talk Radio.
In order to spread the teaching as fully as possible—Mr. Gurdjieff's last wish—Mr. Patterson gives four public seminars a year.
For more information visit WilliamPatrickPatterson.org.