Gurdjieff's Creation Story Deciphered in two Enneagrams

© 2022 by Dylan Stephens

Before launching into the metaphysics of Gurdjieff's unique version of Creation, the most important contribution contained in the last half of this essay is the deciphering of the strange anomoly:

"Explanation for the Shortening and Lengthening of Two Stopinders" because if Stopinders are notes then "shortening or lengthening" cannot affect the note; only the timing of the note. If Stopinders are the spaces between notes then "shortening and lengthening" is illogical.

Gurdjieff's Imaginative Creation Story shown with two Three Body Enneagrams

All civilizations have a Creation Story to understand how they began. The hope is that this understanding will give a purpose to life especially since life seems to vary from good to bad, from pain to ecstasy, from heaven to hell.

The Judeo-Christian version contains two Creations, God pronounces that the first Creation was 'good'. In Gurdjieff's Creation this would be an affirmation that the Law of Triamazikamno (the Law of Three) and Law of Heptaparaparshinokh (the Law of Seven) were fully functioning as 'Autoegocrat'. The Law of Seven resembles the Seven Days of the Judeo-Christian Creation showing that the Law of Seven is a universal law. The Law of Three is in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Immediately following the first Judeo-Christian Creation, God proceeds to create mankind over again with Adam and Eve from dust and by tempting them to eat a forbidden fruit that contains the knowledge of good and evil, expels them from Paradise. The implication is that once we know the truth about the evil of the world, we must spend a lifetime trying to get back to Paradise, only to eventually die and then perhaps return again to Paradise. This brings to thought the question of whether Paradise ever existed until we were thrown out.

In Gurdjieff's Creation Story 'His Endlessness' (God) is existing with his cherubim and seraphim on a place called the Holy Sun Absolute realizing that his domain will eventually disappear from the erosion of Time itself. The solution of 'His Endlessness' is to modify the sacred Law of Seven that exists inside the sacred Law of Three in order to create the whole Universe in order to replenish his domain. This clever metaphor falls apart because it is Time that confirms our existence. If one could forever sit still silently, Time would appear to stand still and in that moment there would be no thought, no feeling, no hunger; it would be Paradise or as Buddha would say: Nirvana. Yet our existence is subject to Time. If there were no Time then we or God would not exist.

In the Scientific Creation story, there is the concept of the Big Bang that is derived from our observation of galaxies moving out from an infinitesimal point into infinity. We may try to explain this with mathematics, thermodynamics, and physics, but the truth is that before the Big Bang there was no Big Bang. Something can not arise from nothing unless something is already present. Matter and Energy cannot be created or destroyed,

All Creation stories have as their basis the belief that total perfection once existed, yet we must face the truth that if this total perfection was left uncreated then we or God would not exist. All of Creation requires a change to the principles on which perfection existed. If it were possible for these changes to be reversed by everything and everyone, then this Perfection would eliminate the chance of anyone achieving Perfection; but if a few of us work towards Perfection, then it can be obtained. Thus, there will always be Good and Evil. All life is pain. This can be the salvation of the few.

Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 748-750

"In the beginning, when nothing yet existed and when the whole of our Universe was empty endless space with the presence of only the prime-source cosmic substance , 'Etherokrilno,' our present Most Great and Most Most Holy Sun Absolute existed alone in all this empty space, and it was on this then sole cosmic concentration that our UNI-BEING CREATOR with HIS cherubim and seraphim had the place of HIS most glorious Being.
From the third most sacred canticle of our cherubim and seraphim, we were worthy of learning that our CREATOR OMNIPOTENT once ascertained that this same Sun Absolute, on which HE dwelt with HIS cherubim and seraphim was, although almost imperceptibly yet nevertheless gradually, diminishing in volume.
During this review our OMNIPOTENT CREATOR for the first time made it clear that the cause of this gradual diminishing of the volume of the Sun Absolute was merely the Heropass, that is, the flow of Time itself.
Thereupon our ENDLESSNESS became thoughtful, for in HIS Divine deliberations HE became clearly aware that if this Heropass should so continue to diminish the volume of the Sun Absolute, then sooner or later, it would ultimately bring about the complete destruction of this sole place of HIS Being.
It was just then that our CREATOR ALL-MAINTAINER was forced to create our present existing 'Megalocosmos,' i.e., our World.
And so, in the beginning our Most Most Holy Sun Absolute was maintained by the help of these two primordial sacred laws (the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh and the sacred Triamazikamno); but then these primordial laws functioned independently, without the help of any forces whatsoever coming from outside, and this system was still called only the 'Autoegocrat.'"

The above figure first introduced in my talk 'All & Everything about Gurdjieff's Stopinders' was derived from the enneagram circle with the musical interval proportions mapped with a protractor using the formula: Interval*360-360. All twelve musical intervals are mapped for each of the three bodies: Body, Spirit and Soul. (Note that 'fa' is exactly on the right point of the inner triangle and 'la' is exactly on the left point with 'sol' at the base of the triangle exactly opposite the top of the triangle at 'do'.)

What is significant is that there are no points of action: everything is complete and perfect. There is no Universe and actually no Endlessness to observe it and thus there is really is no erosion of time. This 'Autoegocrat' octave, shown above, does not sound and no one hears it. Thus, His Endlessness had to have already created the Universe with imperfection in order for it to exist, as follows:

Explanation for the Shortening and Lengthening of Two Stopinders

Holy Planet Purgatory Chapter 39 page 753

"Our COMMON FATHER OMNI-BEING ENDLESSNESS, having decided to change the principle of the maintenance of the existence of this then still unique cosmic concentration and sole place of HIS most glorious Being, first of all altered the process itself of the functioning of these two primordial fundamental sacred laws, and HE actualized the greater change in the law of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh.

These changes in the functioning of the sacred Heptaparaparshinokh consisted in this, that in three of its Stopinders HE altered the what are called 'subjective actions' which had been until then in the Stopinders, in this respect, that

  1. in one HE lengthened the Stopinder between its third and fourth deflection ('mi'-'fa') ('mechano-coinciding-Mdnel-In') for the purpose of providing the 'requisite inherency' for receiving, for its functioning, the automatic affluence of all forces which were near
  2. shortened the Stopinder between its last deflection and the beginning of a new cycle ('ti'-'do') ('intentionally-actualized-Mdnel-In') to facilitate the commencement of a new cycle of its completing process
  3. in a third disharmonized the 'subjective action' of the Stopinder that is fifth in the general successiveness ('sol'-'la'). Its disharmony flowed by itself from the change of the two aforementioned Stopinders. As regards the third Stopinder, then changed in its 'subjective action' and which is fifth in the general successiveness and is called 'Harnel-Aoot,' its disharmony flowed by itself from the change of the two aforementioned Stopinders." (This third Stopinder would determine the outcome of the completed process.)

The explanation for this lengthening and shortening of two Stopinders can be shown by comparing the first diagram below titled 'Endlessness Autoegocrat' (which gives no gaps available for forces to enter in) to the second diagram labled 'Endlessness Altered Stopinders' which is the usual one first shown by Gurdjieff to Ouspensky, that allows for two gaps. To create this usual diagram from the diagram of 'Autoegocrat',

  • the right part must to be 'lengthened' as described in #1 so that fa' is below the triangle opening the at ('mi'-'fa')
  • and the left part of the circle must be 'shortened' as described in #2 to allow position 'la' to be above the inner triangle.
  • this opens a space at 'sol'-'la' as described in #3

These two places are the primary points where forces can be entered into the Enneagram to create the Sprit and Soul.

This second figure is filled out below and titled: Three-Body Enneagram: (It is discussed in detail in my essays: Three-Body Enneagram" and "Photonic Soul)

In the inner blue triangle of the Body, its righthand point is where the breath enters in and also becomes the starting 'do' of the Spirit Octave and its lefthand point represents the senses that become the starting point of the Soul Octave

Creation proceeds using the action of the Sacred-Triamazikamno

Let us thank God for creating this imperfect world, because it is precisely these imperfections that will allow each one of us the chance to join God in Heaven. You may pretend that the world is full of Joy, but if you take off your rose-colored glasses and accept the pain, you will find your salvation in God. Hope to see you there with all the Souls who struggled their whole lives. Listen to my song: Timeless Food (Timeless Food)