In "In Search of the Miraculous" by P.D. Ouspensky chapter 9 there is a lecture of Gurdjieff to his early students that matches the discussion of the Food Octave in "Beelezbub's Tales to His Grandson": Ch.39 "The Holy Planet Purgatory". Clearly, Gurdjieff's book would take precedence over Ouspensky's telling of (G.s) lecture, but it does give greater insight. In that lecture, Gurdjieff does not show all the organs that correspond to the notes of the Body, Spirit, and Soul octaves, but does show their location as to Lower Body, Chest, and Head. The corresponding organs are revealed in Gurdjieff's book, but unfortunately as I have shown in my lecture Key to Soul Is Within The Missing Stopinder in the Food Octave, he left out the note 'la' which I supplied as the Endocrine System. Also, sadly, he did not reveal any of the organs corresponding to the Spirit and Soul octaves except for the 'do' of the Spirit octave which is the Lungs.
In the above lecture, I also took objection to Gurdjieff's placing of the "Intentionally Actualized-Mdnel-In" at the discontinuity 'ti'-'do' when its action is required between 'sol'-'la' (which he calls "Harnel-Aoot" in that same chapter 9). In this case, my justification comes from his lecture on the enneagram in Chapter 13 of "In Search of the Miraculous" and should be as shown:
This is a medical review of the systems of the body in Gurdjieff's Food Octave order:||
|The eight active Systems of the Human Body in order of importance|
1. (do) Digestive system: (Stomach, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas)|
Mechanical and chemical processes that provide nutrients via the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines.
2. (re) Circulatory system :(Liver/Heart) |
Circulates blood around the body via the heart, arteries and veins, delivering oxygen and nutrients to organs and cells and carrying their waste products away. Equalizes temperature in the body.
3. (mi) Lymphatic system / Immune system: (bone marrow, spleen, thymus and lymph nodes) |
The system comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph.
Defends the body against pathogens that may endanger the body. The Spleen is located behind the stomach. While it is not directly connected to the lymphatic system, it is important for processing information from the bloodstream. Immune cells are enriched in specific areas of the spleen, and upon recognizing blood-borne pathogens, they will activate and respond accordingly. Eliminates waste from the body.
4. (Automatic actuator) Respiratory system: (Lungs) The lungs and the trachea that bring air into and out of the body. |
5. (la) Nervous system: (Cerebellum)|
Receives information from the sensory systems, the spinal cord, and other parts of the brain and then regulates motor movements. The cerebellum coordinates voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech, resulting in smooth and balanced muscular activity.
6. (sol) Higher Brain System: (Cerebrum) |
Intelligence, thinking, reasoning, producing and understanding language,
interpretation of sensory impulses, planning and organization.
(Intentional activator): Being-Partkdolg duty
7. (fa) Endocrine system: (hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and pineal gland in the brain, thyroid and parathyroid glands in the neck, the thymus is between your lungs, the adrenals on top of the kidneys, the pancreas behind the stomach, ovaries or testes in the pelvic region.) |
Provides chemical communications within the body using hormones.
8. (ti) Reproductive system: (Testes/ovary) |
The sex organs required for the production of offspring.
|The four passive Systems (concerning the physical form and elimination (not covered in the Food Octave)|
1. Integumentary system/ Exocrine system: |
Skin, hair, nails, sweat and other exocrine glands
2. Skeletal system:|
Bones supporting the body and its organs.
3. Muscular system:|
Enables the body to move using muscles.
4. Renal system / Urinary system (Bladder/Kidneys)/ Excretory system:
The system where the kidneys filter blood.|
My attempt to expand the Food Octave to Spirit and Soul
It looked like one could rely on Ouspensky diagram for the locations of the organs of the Food Octave since it showed their locations as to Lower Body, Chest, and Head . (You will note that in my above lecture, I had swapped the Cerebellum and the Cerebrum because the Cerebrum is higher, and this was supported in the Ouspensky diagram with the Cerebellum 'fa' in the middle story of the Chest as the spinal-Cerebellum and Cerebrum in the top story of the Head.) (Also note, the position 'la' (the missing Stopinder) is located in the Chest, which makes sense as its gravity center feels to be in the Chest, although science claims that the hypothalamus in the brain controls all.) Therefore, I started with the Ouspensky diagram here:
There is just one point that I take issue with the Ouspensky diagram and that is the line going from impressions at 'do' 48 of the Soul octave to 'mi' 48 of the Spirit octave.I believe the line from 'do' 48 to 'sol' 48 better emphasizes the need for being-Partkdolg-duty at this intentional activation point of the Food Octave at the position of the Cerebrum and the Endocrine System. Although, it is true that the Spirit octave is at the point between 'mi'-'fa' that requires activation. I would suggest that this is "agape love" as I discussed in my above paper. I have adjusted this along with the assigned organs that were given by The Holy Planet Purgatory with my adjustments. (Note that I am now using Gurdjieff's Duodenum at 're' which I had previously replaced with the Spleen, because I needed the Spleen for the Spirit Octave.) Here is the diagram that contains all the givens at this point using the modifications to the Gurdjieff Food Octave inside of the Ouspensky diagram:
The numbers in this Ouspensky diagram refer to Table of Hydrogens which was abandoned by Gurdjieff later, preferring to relate them to cosmoses. However, it does give an idea of the level of the substances in the cosmoses. Here I have combined two of the Ouspensky diagrams in chapter 9 with one from chapter 16 (that is somewhat of a match) to show the the Hydrogen relationships:
The diagram in chapter 16 is below:
When combined with the Table of Hydrogens, it shows the Hydrogens within the cosmoses, shown below:
From this you can see the octave of the Soul runs out of fine hydrogens because at 'mi' it is already at H12 of its octave in the Body-Spirit-Soul diagram. This is not a problem as Gurdjieff later abandoned the Hydrogens concept in his writings. However, it is of value to show the corresponding vibrations of the notes in the three octaves.
Using the locations of Head-Middle-Lower Body, I assigned the six missing positions of the Spirit to possible organs. For thus purpose I looked at Tradition Chinese Medicine as a guide. In the Suwen (The book of Plain Questions - a dialogue between the Yellow Emperor and his medical advisors). In this book, it says that there are five yin-organs that produce five kinds of ch'i (qi): joy is from the heart, anger is from the liver, pensiveness is from the spleen, anxiety is from the lungs, and fear is from the kidneys (adrenal gland). (It is for this reason that I reserved these organs for the Spirit octave which relates to emotion.
The Thymus and position 'mi' of the Spirit octave is basically viewed by Medical science as a discarded organ, useful in youth and atrophied in old age (sounds like a metaphor). However, like derivation of its name after the Greek word 'thymos', it is the source of courage and passion. Plato has it as the center of one's being mediating between the reason of the brain and carnal desires. It is an active player in the early immune system and is the location of the gorilla-like thump on the chest. On can view it as a catcher's mitt of the heart. I used the the famous Pineal gland as the last note of the Spirit octave.
As to the Soul Octave it is clear that all of these vibration locations must be in the brain.
Referring to to my Lecture: The Soul is Sex but Sex is not Soul; Kundabuffer and the Limbic System,
I decided to use the five senses: Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, and Seeing as the note 'do' of the Soul Octave with the higher senses of Vestibular System, which adjusts balance and attention, to be 're' and Proprioception, which manifests the ability of spacial prediction, intuition, and awareness of self, to be 'mi'.
Each side of your brain contains four lobes:
These lobes can be assigned to 'fa', 'sol', 'la', and 'ti'
The Parietal Lobe processes information about temperature, taste, touch and movement
The Occipital Lobe is primarily responsible for vision
The Temporal lobe processes memories, integrating them with sensations of taste, sound, sight and touch
The Frontal lobe is important for cognitive functions and control of voluntary movement or activity.
Next let us line up all possible comparisons. (For the Tarot positions see my Major Arcana-Kabbalah positions.) I have now readjusted positions 20 which I called 'Understanding' and used the and 21 'The World' after noting the Tarocco Siciliano (Sicilian Tarot) as follows:
Note that the last two Major Arcana cards 20 (marked as 19) shows Atlas holding the globe of the Earth (clearly the World Card 21 in the Rider-Waite deck) and 21 (marked as 20) shows Zeus. Thus, Card 20 'Understanding' can be labelled from my label of 'Understanding' to 'Galaxy' for our Milky Way Galaxy, leaving the Angel figure holding up the World rather than the Greek Atlas. Also Card 21, which commonly shows the Ezekiel's Ox, Lion, Eagle, and Man in the corners which is just the Zodiac, I would now suggest replacing it with Eliphas Levi's Seal of Solomon or Son-Sophia it to "All Galaxies:
The reasoning here follows from my insight that the Major Arcana cards Star 17, Moon 18, Sun 19, and Cards 20 & 21 where not just meaningless symbols of unknown relationships, but actually supporting cards of the Soul after the death of the Physical Body. (Four Realm Chart shown later where the background positions are lilac color to show Beyond Body meaning that the lobes of the brain must have an energy replacement beyond the brain.)
Thus, using the order of the Universe as given by Gurdjieff in Ouspensky's "In Search of the Miraculous":
- Moon (symbolic of inorganic life)
Earth (Organic life) (Card 17: Moon)
(Note that Moon 16 is swapped with Star 17)
(which assigns it to the Sense: Proprioception (Spatial Orientation))
Solar System (Card 18: Stars )
(not Stars but the moving stars of the planets against the Zodiac)
Sun (Card 19: Sun)
Milky Way Galaxy (Card 20: Galaxy)
All Galaxies (Card 21: All Galaxies) (Megalocosmos)
The Genesis-Sumerian Creation story, when reversed (so the the First Day is the Creation of Male-Female in the image of the Creator) can then be associated with the Seven Hermetic Principles. As to their placing, I used the figures from Chapter 14, "In Search of the Miraculous" where the left-hand figure shows the discontinuities of the octave and the right-hand figure shows the points of action (thus at 'fa' and 'la') where I will place them:
(See Genesis-Sumerian Creation for the slight modifications to Creation.)
This lends credence to one of the popular concepts that the universe exists because we think it.
This next table associates the three octaves with related philosophies and myths.
| Fibonacci || Three Body Octave || Physical Organs || Tarot Cards || Hermetic || Genesis || Sumerian Creation || Eightfold Path/Lord'sPrayer || 23rd Psalm || Music /Knowledge |
| 1(1) || do (Body) || Stomach || Magician || Gender (Male-Female Human Form) || Day 6. With the emergence of MANKIND (male and female) the potential of service to the Creator and becoming the Creator is possible. || Tablet 6a. Marduk asks Enki to create humans to serve the gods. Kingu, the husband of Tiamat, is chosen to be sacrificed for the necessary the blood to create the 'Lulu'. || || || |
| 2 || re || Duodenum || High Priestess || || || || || || |
| 3 || mi || Liver || Empress || || || || || || |
| 4 || AA || || || || || || || || |
| 5 || fa || Cerebellum || Emperor || Cause-Effect || Day 5. DNA experimentally creates the ANIMALS of the sky, sea, and land. (Chance and fitness determine survival.) || Eridu Genesis: An, Enlil, Enki and Ninhursaga create the animals.An, Enlil, Enki and Ninhursaga create the animals. || || || |
| 6 || sol || Cerebrum || Hierophant || || || || || || |
| 7 || IA || || || || || || || || |
| 8 || la || Endocrine System || Lovers || Rhythm (pendulum) || Day 4 (not 3). The environment of the Earth becomes conducive to the DNA of ORGANIC LIFE. || Tablet 4b - Marduk took the Tablet of Destinies from Kingu. He smashed Tiamat's head and split her body in two down the middle. One half of her he set up and stretched out as the heavens and the other to the Earth. || || || |
| 9 || ti || Sexual System || Chariot || || || || || || |
| 10(1) || Perfect Body || || || || || || || || |
| 13(4) || do (Spirit) || Lungs || Lion || || || || Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name || The Lord is my shepherd || Rhythm |
| 14 || re || Heart || Hermit || || || || Thy kingdom come || He maketh me to lie down in green pastures || Melody |
| 15 || mi || Thymus || Wheel of Fortune || || || || Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven || he leadeth me beside the still waters. || Timbre |
| 16 || AA || || || || || || Give us this day our daily bread || He restoreth my soul || |
| 17 || fa || Spleen || Devil || Polarity (Electromagnetism) || Day 3 (not 4). The interaction of positive-negative force found its balance becoming the LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE, thus controlling the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars. || Tablet 5 - Marduk sets up the constellations of the stars, and the moon and marked the divisions of the year, he created the Tigris and Euphrates. He presented the Tablet of Destinies to Anu. All honored him as their Victorious King. || Forgive us our debts || he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. || Harmony |
| 18 || sol || Kidneys (Adrenal) || Hanged Man || || || || As we forgive our debtors || the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me || Dynamics |
| 19 || IA || || || || || || || || |
| 20 || la || Hypothalamus || Death || Vibration (Dark Matter is photon energy) || Day 2. The interaction of POSITIVE and NEGATIVE creates MATTER (FIRMAMENT) and ENERGY (WATERS). || Tablet 1a-4a When Enki's magic removes Apsu. The anger of Tiamat unleashes all the demons of Chaos. Marduk leads the attack and kills Tiamat and the demons are imprisoned. || Lead us not into temptation || Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me || Texture |
| 21 || ti || Pineal Gland || Last Judgment || || || || Deliver us from evil || Thou preparest a table in the presence of my enemies || Form |
| 22(4) || Perfect Spirit || || || || || || Thine is the Kingdom, Power & Glory || Thou anointest my head with oil (kingship) || |
| 25(7) || do (Soul) || Five Senses || Angel || || || || Right Effort (guarding the sense-doors) || || Facts |
| 26 || re || Vestibular System (Balance) || Tower || || || || Right Conduct (Golden Rule) || || Processed Data |
| 27 || mi || Proprioception (Spatial Orientation) || Moon (Organic Life) || || || || Right Livelihood (Knowing ones Place in the Cosmos) || || Structured Data |
| 28 || AA || || || || || || Right Contemplation (Breathing) || || |
| 29 || fa || Parietal Lobe (temperature, taste, touch and movement) || Solar System (Moving Stars) || Correspondence (As above, so below) || Day 1. The CREATOR, when separated into active force (LIGHT) and passive force (DARKNESS) creates the middle potential of CREATION (neutral force) || Tablet 1a. Salt water Tiamat (The Deep) combines with Fresh Water (Apsu) to create the mud of fertility (Lahmu & Lahamu). || Right View ('Reality' is the Cause of Suffering) || || Intuition |
| 30 || sol || Occipital Lobe (vision, perception) || Sun || || || || Right Intention (Peaceful Renunciation) || || Knowledge |
| 31 || IA || || || || || || || || |
| 32 || la || Temporal Lobe (memory, speech and comprehension) || Milky Way Galaxy || Mentalism || Day 7. PRAISE the CREATOR (The existence of Source (Father/Mother) and Creation (Son/Sophia) maintains All Existence.) || Tablet 6b-7. Praise for Marduk. In heaven and netherworld he stationed 600 gods. Gods 1-50 are recited: Marduk is first. || Right Speech (Comprehension) || || Understanding |
| 33 || ti || Frontal Lobe (cognitive functions & control of voluntary movement) || All Galaxies (Megalocosmos) || || || || Right Mindfulness (Sati: Bare Attention; Impartiality) || || Wisdom |
| 34(7) || do (God) || || || || || || || || |
|Body (Realm 4)||Spirit (Realm 5)||Soul (Realm 6)||God Consciousness (Realm 7)|
|(do) Stomach (Magician) (Ezekiel's Bull)||(*IA*) (DO) Completed Body ||(*AA*) (Holy Planet Purgatory)|
|(re) Duodenum (High Priestess)||(la) Hypothalamus (Death)||(fa) Parietal Lobe (Solar System)|
|(mi) Liver (Empress)||(ti) Pineal Gland (Last Judgement)||(sol) Occipital Lobe (Sun)|
|(*AA*) Air ||(do) Lungs (Strength: Ezekiel's Lion)||(*IA*) (DO) Completed Spirit (Ternoonald)|
|(fa) Cerebellum (Emperor)||(re) Heart (Hermit)||(la) Temporal Lobe (Milky Way Galaxy)|
|(sol) Cerebrum (Hierophant)||(mi) Thymus (Wheel of Fortune)||(ti) Frontal Lobe (All Galaxies)|
|(*IA*) (being-Partkdolg Duty)||(*AA*) (Agape Love)||(do) Five Senses (Ezekiel's Angel)||(DO) Completed Soul (Podkoolad) (Son/Sophia)|
|(la) Endocrine System (Lovers)||(fa) Spleen (Devil)||(re) Vestibular System (Tower)||(MI-FA) (*AA*) (Anklad) (Holy Sun Absolute) |
|(ti) Sexual System (Chariot)||(sol) Kidneys:Adrenal (Hanged Man: Martyrdom)||(mi) Proprioception (Moon)||(SOL-LA) (*IA*) (Megalocosmos)|
|'Do' (Active); AA-Automated Activation ('mi' to 'fa') (Passive); IA-Intentional Activation ('sol' to 'la') (Neutral); background lilac-Beyond Body|
The Body-Spirit-Soul Enneagram:
The Intentional Activators at 'sol'-'la' are:
Being Partkdolg-duty (Impartiality-Mindfulness) in the Body Octave
Completed (higher 'Do') Body Octave in the Spirit Octave
Completed (higher 'Do') Spirit Octave in the Soul Octave
Completed (higher 'Do') Soul Octave is the Active Force of the Triune God
The Automatic Activators are:
Air in the Body Octave - Also beginning 'do' of the Spirit Octave
Agape Love (Flowing from God) in Spirit Octave - Also beginning the Soul Octave
The Holy Planet Purgatory in the Soul Octave
The final octave of the Triune God is fulfilled by the completed Soul as Active, the Holy Sun Absolute as Passive and the Megalocosmos as Neutralizing.