In "All and Everything (Second Series) - Meetings with Remarkable Men (and Woman)", Chapter X - Gurdjieff writes:
"This question of Professor Skridlov was torn from him as from the depths of his being, when Father Giovanni had said that, before counting on really coming under the effects and influences of the higher forces, it was absolutely necessary to have a Soul, which it was possible to acquire only through voluntary and involuntary experiencings and information intentionally learned about real events which had taken place in the past. He convincingly added that this in its turn was possible almost exclusively in youth, when the definite data received from Great Nature are not yet spent on unnecessary, fantastic aims, which appear to be good owing only to the abnormally established conditions of the life of people."
"At these words, Professor Skridlov sighed deeply and exclaimed in despair: 'What, then, can we do; how can we live on?'
"In answer to this exclamation of Skridlov, Father Giovanni, having remained silent for a moment, expressed those remarkable thoughts which I consider it necessary to reproduce, in so far as possible, word for word.
"I shall place them, as relating to the question of the Soul, that is, the third independently formed part of the common presence of a man, in the chapter entitled 'The divine body of man, and its needs and possible manifestations according to law', but only in the third series of my writings, as complementary to two chapters of the same series which I have already decided and promised to devote—one to the words of the venerable Persian dervish concerning the body, that is, the first independently formed part in the common presence of a man, and the other to the elucidations of the old fakir (ez-ezounavouran) concerning the second independently formed part of a man, namely, his spirit."
Unfortunately, Gurdjieff never did include these three talks in his Third Series, as he promised, since he never completed the Third Series. This leaves us with having to rely on the First Series: Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, The Holy Planet Purgatory", Ch.39 to answer these questions. In this lengthy and inscrutable chapter which covers the Law of Three and the Law of Seven, all of Creation, and the Holy Planet Purgatory can be found one of the most important sections: the Seven the Stopinders ('do', 're', 'mi', 'fa', 'sol' 'la' 'ti') of the Physical Body and the corresponding organs known as the "Food Octave"! However, before getting too excited, Gurdjieff merely hints at the Spirit (Kesdjan Body) entering in as Air, and shows nothing about the Soul. Thus Gurdjieff fails to reveal the promised "The divine body of man, and its needs and possible manifestations according to law" and leaves us to have to search for the answers.
Fortunately, prior to his writing of "Beelzebub's Tales", Gurdjieff had given lectures to his early students on this subject which were recorded by P.D. Ouspensky in his book "In Search of the Miraculous" Chapter 9 where he covered the Food Octave.". Here the Stopinders were called "hydrogens" (vibrational bits of matter where large numbers are more dense and small numbers more ethereal). However, although Gurdjieff in In Search of the Miraculous only names the Stomach, the Lungs, and Sex Center, he does show the advancement of these "hydrogens" for the Spirit and the start of the Soul. They are allocated into Body, Chest (Spirit), and Head (Soul).
One would have expected Gurdjieff's "Holy Planet Purgatory" to contain more detail than "In Search of the Miraculous" and to actually replace it, but it falls short because it contains multiple mistakes as shown in my lecture The Key to Soul Is Within The Missing Stopinder in the Food Octave, which were resolved using "In Search of the Miraculous". These corrections will be incorporated here. The merging of both books will now be used to assign the Physical Organs in a Three Body Enneagram that describes Body, Spirit, and Soul. The connection of the "hydrogens" and "Stopinders" to actual organs will certainly advance our understanding of the Soul.
The final objective of this essay of building Three Body Enneagram with all the organs is shown below:
In constructing this Three Body Enneagram above, I have added all the organs that correspond to the Stopinders of the Body and the Lungs from the "Holy Planet Purgatory"
and worked out the others from the diagram of "In Search of the Miraculous". (Note that I added the Endocrine System at 'la' of the Physical Body. (See Key to Soul Is Within The Missing Stopinder in the Food Octave)
Both books demonstrate an important observation that the entry points of the Spirit Octave (Air) and that of the Soul (Impressions) in the Food Octave. Thus, the starting 'do's of the Spirit and Soul octaves enter into the Food Octave between 'mi' and 'fa' and 'sol' and 'la' respectively. Thus, although the completed 'do' of the Body octave (shown in white) is at the top of the inner triangle, the completed 'do' of the Spirit at the lower right point of the inner triangle (shown in white) and the completed 'do' of the Souls at the lower-left point of the inner triangle (shown in white). It is this configuration that allows the completed 'do' of the Body and the completed 'do' of the Spirit to activate the Soul. The completed 'do' of the Soul will active the Triune God.
This is opposite to what one might have assumed for the sake of symmetry with all the completed 'do's of the Body, Spirit, and Soul to be at the top as shown:
The two activation points of the inner triangle:
In the previously referenced essay: Key to Soul Is Within The Missing Stopinder in the Food Octave, I also took objection in the "Holy Planet Purgatory" of 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 from the figures in "In Search of the Miraculous" Chapter 14, 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'), following the two points of the inner triangle of the Enneagram:
Although the two changes of frequency occur between 'mi' and 'fa' and between 'ti' and 'do' (as shown in the first figure), they are meant to be distributed symmetrically as in the second figure. It is here that Gurdjieff causes confusion in "Holy Planet Purgatory" by labeling the discontinuity between 'mi' and 'fa' as the 'mechano-coinciding-Mdnel-In' and the discontinuity between 'ti' and 'do' as the 'intentionally-actualized-Mdnel-In', with the discontinuity between 'sol' and 'la' labeled as as 'Harnel-Aoot'.
To avoid this confusion, I have relabeled the discontinuity between 'sol' and 'la' which flowed from the symmetric distribution to be the 'intentionally-actualized-Mdnel-In' (IA), discarded 'Harnel-Aoot'. This does not alter the directions of Beelzebub that being-Partkdolg duty is to be applied between 'sol' and 'la', but rather emphasizes this position as 'intentionally-actualized' (IA) with the position between 'mi' and 'fa' being the "automatically actualized" (AA). This position (IA) is often referred to as the 'second conscious shock', however, it is really the first and only conscious shock.
The discontinuity between 'ti' and the higher 'do'.
Clearly, the completed 'do' (the completion of the octave 'do','re','mi','fa','sol','la',ti, higher 'do') has a greater function than merely completion of the discontinuity between 'ti' and higher 'do'. This 'higher do' being now on the level of the next higher octave is like a 'converging' point as in mathematics. Consequently, the discontinuity between 'ti' and higher 'do' should be considered to be part of higher 'do'. Thus I have given its name to be 'incepting-converging'. To this I have added the Christian symbol from the Book of Revelation: 'Alpha/Omega' with its connotation of the first shall be last and the last shall be first. This is also similar to the Ouroboros, the snake that bites its tail.
'do' 'incepting/converging AO'
Both "Holy Planet Purgatory" and "In Search of the Miraculous" verify this concept.
|The Systems of the Human Body|
In Biology, there are many versions of the number of bodily systems varying from 11-12. I have 13, by elevating the Sensory System and the Higher Brain System.
As to the vibration points for the third body, the Soul, we must rely on Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous" Chapter 7 where the 'do' of the Soul has the same 'hydrogen number" of 48 as the 'mi' of the Spirit and 'sol' of the Body which places it between 'sol' and 'la' in the same way that the 'do' of Spirit was placed between 'mi' and 'fa' of the Body. The placement at the triangle points is implied by the 'lungs' being after 'mi', 'being-Tritoehary' (Liver) in Beelzebub's Tales: Holy Planet Purgatory. This led to fig 39 in that chapter of Ouspensky which I improved upon by continuing from 'la' of Spirit and 'mi' of Soul'
It looked like one could rely on the 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 'sol' 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 shown earlier 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 Key to Soul Is Within The Missing Stopinder in the Food Octave where in Gurdjieff's "Holy Planet Purgatory" I swapped Gurdjieff's Cerebellum and Cerebrum. (It is of interest that the Spirit Octave dips down to Body at 'sol' and the Soul Octave to the Spirit at 're' and Body at 'mi'.) 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 later abandoned by Gurdjieff, preferring to relate them to cosmoses. However, it does give an idea of the level of the substances in the cosmoses.
In Chapter 17 Gurdjieff gave a diagram of the four bodies of man (Figure 57) which then led to a diagram of Everything Living (Figure 58):
It uses hydrogen numbers, but Gurdjieff admitted that they were not immediately relatable. It shows a circle to the left which was the average of man, angels, archangels. Then on the top right was a circle that represented what it was food for and the bottom right was its food was. It seemed strange that angels would take vertebrates as food as it felt logical that if angels are in the realm of Spirit (Kesdjan Body) that they should feed on man's Spirit formed from air. Likewise, if archangels are in the Realm of Soul that they would feed on man's Soul formed from mind. Once I adjusted this, I changed man's food to animals instead of invertebrates (locusts...) (perhaps vegetarians made this change!) This made the 'food for' and 'its food' to be just one away instead of two giving:
In trying to relate the hydrogen numbers I also looked at the four bodies of man in the preceding diagram 57:
Considering that Gurdjieff in "Beelzebub's Tales", appeared to have reverted to three bodies instead of four, I just took the values of the last three columns and used the middle value and they matched to the Everything Living diagram. The interesting result was that suddenly I needed the Eternal Unchanging box to contain a higher body which I then associated with what I am calling the Anklad Body based on "the Absolute Reason of HIS ENDLESSNESS HIMSELF" (BT: The Inevitable Result of Impartial Mentation, Ch 47, pg 1177). (There are four bodies after all!) Then suddenly 12 and 6 of these boxes had a purpose as Anklad Body's food being the Soul with the Anklad Body being food for the Eternal Unchanging! Also, I replaced compounds and metals to give a more chemical aspect than Hermetic. I associated the bottom box to the so-called dark matter which is made up of photons.
When I aligned these with the Ouspensky hydrogen diagrams in chapter 9, my adjustments gave a perfect match (without Gurdjieff reduction columns) with plants on the organic shock.
(Unfortunately, even though the "Diagram of Everything Living" and the "Table of Hydrogens" now match, you will note that the fine hydrogens, being already at 'mi' with H12 in the Soul octave, run out when displayed on the Body-Spirit-Soul Factory below.)
Assigning organs to each vibration of the Body, Spirit, and Soul Octave
Using the locations from the Ouspensky diagram below of Head-Middle-Lower Body, I assigned the missing 'la' of the Body Octave to the Endocrine System and proposed six organs 're'-'ti' of the Spirit Octave and seven organs of the Soul Octave. These are only expressed as hydrogens with a number assigned from lower to higher. (lower is a larger number; higher is a smaller number).
The missing Stopinder 'la' of the Food Octave of Gurdjieff's BT Holy Planet Purgatory was added by me and assigned to the Endocrine System using 'la' 24 of the Body Octave.
For the Spirit Octave, I looked at Tradition Chinese Medicine as a guide:
In the Su Wen (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 four organs for the Spirit octave which relates to emotion (leaving out the liver which was already part of the Gurdjieff Body position 'mi'). The Lungs are clearly the 'do' of the Spirit Octave and the Heart (the Fourth Chakra called the Heart Chakra) would be 're' of the Spirit Octave.
The Thymus at 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 the 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. One can view it as a catcher's mitt of the heart. This would be the Fifth Chakra known as the Throat Chakra.
Next, referring to the dialogue of the Yellow Emperor organs, we have the Spleen and the Kidneys that relate to the Spirit Octave. When we observe that Ouspensky's hydrogen diagram of the Spirit line goes down to the body at position 'fa' and 'sol', these assign perfectly as Spleen at 'fa' and Kidneys at 'sol'.
For the last position 'ti', I have assigned the famous Pineal gland shaped like a pinecone shown in the pinecone statue at the Vatican is often called the door of consciousness. This is often referred to as the Third Eye as the Sixth Chakra called 'the seat of the Soul' (although clearly 'the seat of the Spirit' is more correct.), thus it fits better as the seventh Chakra known as the Crown Chakra. Many agree with this.
Its action is like the "Vesica Pisces" which is created by two spheres with the same radius, which intersect within each other’s circumference.
For the second to last position 'la' is the hypothalamus which is similar in importance to the pineal gland. Its main role is to keep the body in homeostasis as much as possible, thus maintaining a healthful, balanced bodily state. The hypothalamus acts as the connector between the endocrine and nervous systems to achieve this. It plays a part in many essential functions of the body such as body temperature, thirst, appetite, and weight control, emotions, sleep cycles, sex drive, childbirth, blood pressure and heart rate, production of digestive juices, balancing bodily fluids. As different systems and parts of the body send signals to the brain, they alert the hypothalamus to any unbalanced factors that need addressing and it responds by releasing the right hormones into the bloodstream to balance the body. Most importantly, it maintains an internal temperature of 98.6 °Fahrenheit (ºF) thus if it is too high, it tells the body to sweat; if it is too cold then it creates internal heat by shivering. It fits better as the Sixth Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra. The pituitary gland, which is often attributed to the Throat Chakra, is attached to the hypothalamus, but the pituitary gland relates more to the Endocrine System.
As to the Soul Octave it is clear that all of these vibration locations must be in the brain:
I decided to use the five senses: Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, and Seeing as the note 'do' of the Soul Octave.
The Vestibular System and Proprioception System are also acknowledged to be real senses by Wikipedia, as follows:
It is interesting to observe that the often parroted necessity of "attention, impartiality, and awareness of self" in "the Work" is similar to these senses. Perhaps, our bodily senses have been in the "Work" all along! Just the act of taking off your glasses and getting out of bed after reading some "New Age" book or this essay by a Gurdjieffian idiot like me has used both these two senses. In the humor of Gurdjieff, I called it the "VP" method of becoming a "Man/Woman" in capitals! (wink).
Given the importance of these two sense systems in the Gurdjieff System, I have made them part of the Soul Octave. I assigned the Vestibular System, which adjusts balance and attention to be 're' and Proprioception, which manifests the ability of spatial prediction, intuition, and awareness of self, to be 'mi' of the Soul Octave.
These senses are part of the body, but the vibration centers of the Soul from 'fa' to 'ti' are not. These last vibrations are assigned to the four lobes of the brain, but they are just vague concepts that transcend the measured functions of the brain. They must exist beyond the death of the brain to complete the Soul:
In associating mental organs with the mind and therefore the Soul, many experts think there are three ways we store memories: first in the sensory stage; then in short-term memory; and. ultimately, for some memories in long-term memory. People tend to more easily store material on subjects that they already know something about, since the information has more meaning to them and can be mentally connected to related information that is already stored in their long-term memory. That's why someone who has an average memory may be able to remember a greater depth of information about one particular subject. This relates to Gurdjieff's "Form and Sequence" where it is important to build your brain with important interests that are of value.
Parieto-frontal integration theory: Richard Haier and Rex Jung compiled a list of all the brain areas previous neuroimaging studies had found to be related to intelligence, placing greater emphasis on those areas that appeared multiple times. The list they came up with suggests that most of the brain areas thought to play a role in intelligence are clustered in the frontal and parietal lobes. (July 26, 2007)
The hippocampus lays down memories of this rapid sense of satisfaction, and the amygdala creates a conditioned response to certain stimuli.
Having associated the three octaves of Body, Spirit, and Soul with an organ of the body, it is possible to create a Three-Body Enneagram. Here are the completed octaves of Body, Spirit, and Soul and the Soul's completion as part of the Holy Sun Absolute and the Megalocosmos:
Next let us see if these choices can be verified by looking at Gurdjieff's Cosmoses and other systems such as the Tarot, Buddha Eightfold Path, Jesus' Lords Prayer, Genesis/Sumerian Creation and Science
With the objective of lining up the Tarot Cards from my essay: Placing the Major Arcana Cards of the Tarot on the Kabbalah with the seven realms of creation,
Thus position 20 could be: the last two Major Arcana positions 20 (incorrectly marked as 19 in this deck) shows Atlas holding the globe of the Earth (similar to the World Card 21 in the Rider-Waite deck showing Ezekiel's Ox, Lion, Eagle, and Man in the corners which is the Zodiac:
Card 21 (marked as 20 in this deck) shows Zeus:
but better for position 21 would be
The reasoning here follows from my insight that the Major Arcana cards Star 17, Moon 18, Sun 19, and Cards 20 & 21 were not just meaningless symbols of unknown relationships, but actually supporting cards of the Soul after the death of the Physical Body. (See Four Realm Chart shown further down 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.)
By ascribing Buddha's Eightfold Path to mental activity and therefore to the Soul (as defined by Gurdjieff), the order of these becomes important. They are often listed as:
However, it is quite possible that the passing down of the true words of Buddha are as hazy as the New Testament, therefore not necessarily correct.
Just as the Buddhist teaching is more related to mental characteristics reacting to knowledge,
the teaching of Jesus is more related to emotional characteristics and therefore of the Spirit octave reacting to music. (The twenty-third Psalm parallels this.)
This next table from lower to higher associates the three octaves of Body, Spirit, and Soul with the physical organs of the Body and the related philosophies, myths, and religions. (Note that some also show the points of action within the octaves.)
The Three-Body Enneagram can be shown in a spreadsheet with I call the Four Realm Chart which was first presented in my lecture Placing the Major Arcana Cards of the Tarot on the Kabbalah
Here is the condensed ("Four Realm Chart")
where the segregation of the adjacent organs is essential
such as the dividing of the Cerebellum from the Cerebrum (the avoid automatic thinking)
and the Endocrine system from the Sexual System (to prevent the hormones from contaminating sexual energy)
and the Temporal Lobe from the Frontal lobe (to form lasting consciousness).
Returning to the three body enneagram, it must be remembered that the enneagram shows the position of the seven notes of the octave from 'do' to 'ti', but is built with nine points, thus there are two places where these notes are activated by two points of an inner triangle which represents the action of the Law of Three inside of the Law of Seven. These two places I have labeled as (+ active) and (= neutral) and they are between 'mi' and 'fa' and 'sol' and 'la'. Note that the labeling of the enneagram starts at '1' at 're' leaving '9' at the lower 'do' / higher 'Do' at the apex of the triangle which I have labeled as (- passive). Shown are three engines of three (passive, active, neutral) each beginning at a discontinuity for each octave with the fourth position being a completion of that octave being of the quality of the next octave assisting in that octave:
Then applying this engine to make three engines of Body, Spirit, and Soul: