Will my Spirit and Soul Survive my Death?

Expanding the Food Octave of the Body to the Spirit and the Soul
and attempting to map the corresponding organs in the Three Body Enneagram

© 2019 by Dylan Stephens

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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:

Although these frequency changes occur between 'mi' and 'fa' and between 'ti' and 'do', they are meant to be distributed symmetrically as will be shown below. It is here that My Grandfather causes confusion as he labels 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 re-labled the discontinuity at between 'sol' and 'la' which flowed from the symmetric distribution to be the 'intentionally-actualized-Mdnel-In', discarding 'Harnel-Aoot'. This does not alter the directions of Beelezebub that being-Partkdolg duty being applied between 'sol' and 'la', but rather emphasizes this post ion as 'intentionally-actualized' as opposed to the position between 'mi' and 'fa' which happens automatically. This position is often referred to as the 'second conscious shock', however, it is really the first and only conscious shock.) As to the discontinuity between 'ti' and 'do', it being under the influence of 'do', I have labeled as: 'incepting/converging Aw-prober'. (This name being derived by me from Alpha-Omega and Ouroboros (the snake that bites its tail).)

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 presents a problem with the Hydrogen numbers, but Gurdjieff later abandoned the Hydrogens in his writings, so it can be ignored. However, this diagram 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 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. 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' of the Soul Octave.

In that above lecture I described the Vestibular System and Proprioception System both of which are acknowledged to be real senses, as follows:

  • The Vestibular System adjusts balance and attention. This system accounts for the perception of our body in relation to gravity, movement and balance. It provides information related to movement and head position. It is important for development of balance, coordination, eye control, attention, being secure with movement and some aspects of language development. It measures acceleration, g-force, body movements, and head position. (e.g. knowing that you are moving when you are in an elevator, knowing whether you are lying down or sitting up, and being able to walk along a balance beam.)
  • The Proprioception System manifests the ability of spacial prediction, intuition, and awareness of self. It is the sensing of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. It was developed by the nervous system as a means to keep track of and control the different parts of the body. (e.g. A normal person is able to move a finger, knowing where and what the finger is doing. With little effort, the normal person could just put his/her a finger to his/her nose easily. Without it, the brain cannot feel what the finger is doing, and the process must be carried out in more conscious and calculated steps, using vision to compensate for the lost feedback on the movement of the finger. Thus, it is used in sobriety tests by the police.)

There I pointed out that these two senses have an uncanny resemblance to the "Work". For those who have parroted the necessity attention, impartiality and awareness of self in the "Work", this will come as a shock. Your body has 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 an 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. You will note that, like the other five senses, they are part of the body, however the vibrations centers from 'fa' to 'ti' are not. These I have assigned to the four lobes of the brain, but these terms are clearly just vague concepts that transcend the measured functions of the brain:

  • The Parietal Lobe processes information about temperature, taste, touch and movement
  • The Occipital Lobe is primarily responsible for vision
  • The Temporal lobe is responsible for memory, speech, learning and sense of smell. The right temporal lobe manages the recognition of faces and other visual objects. The left temporal lobe helps with remembering and understanding language, which is part of verbal memory.
  • 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:

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 - actually these symbols belong to the middle Major Arcana of the Spirit):


and 21 (marked as 20 in this deck) shows Zeus:

Thus, Position 20 which I labled 'Understanding' can represent 'Galaxy' for our Milky Way Galaxy.
Then Position 21 could be replaced with Eliphas Levi's Seal of Solomon or Son-Sophia (Holy Wisdom) as "All Galaxies:


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.)

Thus, we now have the order of the Universe as given by Gurdjieff in Ouspensky's "In Search of the Miraculous" (from bottom to top ) (dense to light):

1. Philosophers Stone
Gurdjieff's Moon in Ouspensky's diagram (symbolic of inorganic life)
(Major Arcana: Tower - Vestibular System (Balance))

2. Earth (Howling at the Moon)
(Card 17: Moon) 
(Note that Moon 16 is swapped with Star 17)
(which assigns it to the Sense: Proprioception (Spatial Orientation))

3. Solar System
(Card 18: Stars )
(not Stars but the moving stars of the planets against the Zodiac)

4. Sun
(Card 19: Sun)

5. Milky Way Galaxy
(Card 20: Galaxy)

6. All Galaxies
(Card 21: All Galaxies) (Megalocosmos)

7. Absolute

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'):

References to the Soul in Gurdjieff's writings

All and Everything - Beelzebub`s Tales to His Grandson
Ch 21 The First Visit of Beelzebub to India

"Here it is interesting to notice that concerning this they were warned by still another Saint-Individual, also a genuine Messenger from Above, namely, the Saint Kirmininasha.

"And this Saint and genuine Messenger gave this warning to them in the following words:
'Blessed is he that hath a Soul; blessed also is he that hath none; but grief and sorrow are to him that hath in himself its conception.'"

"All and Everything - Beelzebub`s Tales to His Grandson"
Ch 32 Hypnotism

Evidence of higher-being bodies.

" During the era of the Tikliamishian civilization, when learned beings from the country of Maralpleicie first discovered the possibility of such combinations in their common psyche and tried to put one another at will into that special state,they began to under- stand its use,and soon found a way of summoning it to the aid of the being-hanbledzoin,that cosmic substance whose essence the three-brained beings of contemporary civilization came close to under- standing,and which they named animal magnetism.

"Since for the explanation of the given case and also perhaps for my following explanations, you must know more in detail concerning being-Hanbledzoin, I find it necessary before speaking further to inform you just now about this cosmic substance.

"Hanbledzoin is nothing else than the 'blood' of the Kesdjan body of the being; just as the cosmic substances called in totality blood serve for nourishing and renewing the planetary body of the being, so also Hanbledzoin serves in the same way for nourishing and perfecting the body Kesdjan.

"It is necessary to tell you that in general the quality of the composition of the blood in three-brained beings and also in the common presences of your favorites depends on the number of the being-bodies already 'completely formed.'

"Blood in the presences of three-brained beings may be composed of substances arising through the transformation of three separate independent what are called 'general-cosmic-sources-of-actualizing.'

"The substances of that part of the being-blood which is designed by Nature for serving the planetary body of the being arise by means of the transformation of substances of that planet on which the given beings are formed and exist.

"But the substances which are designed for serving the Kesdjan body of the being, the totality of which is called Hanbledzoin, are obtained from the transformation of elements of other planets and of the sun itself of that system, where the given three-brained being has the place of his arising and existence.

"Finally, that part of the being-blood which almost everywhere is called the sacred being-Hanbledzoin, and only on certain planets is called the 'sacred Aiesakhaldan,' and which part serves the highest part of the being called the Soul, is formed from the direct emanations of our Most Holy Sun Absolute.

"Substances required for the blood of the planetary body of the being enter into them through their 'first-being- food,' or, as your favorites say, 'through food.'

"But the substances needed both for coating and for perfecting the higher-being-body-Kesdjan enter into their common presences through their, as they say, 'breathing,' and through certain what are called 'pores' of their skin.

"And the sacred cosmic substances required for the coating of the highest being-body, which sacred being-part of theirs, as I have already told you, they callSoul, can be assimilated and correspondingly transformed and coated in them, just as in us, exclusively only from the process of what is called Aiessirittoorassnian-contemplation' actualized in the common presence by the cognized intention on the part of all their spiritualized independent parts."

planetary bodybloodfoodEating/Drinking
Spirit1Hanbledzoin (in blood)Air Breathing
SoulAiesakhaldan (in Spirit2)emanations of Holy Sun Absolute3being-Partkdolg duty4
1. Kesdjan Body
2. changed from blood
3. (Solar System, Sun, Milky Way galaxy, Megalocosmos)
4. Aiessirittoorassnian-contemplation' by the cognized intention

"All and Everything (Second Series) - Meetings with Remarkable Men (and Woman)"
Chapter II - My Father

"I remember that, the last time I went to see him, I asked him one of the stereotyped questions by means of which I had carried on, during the last thirty years, a special inquiry or quest in my meetings with remarkable people who had acquired in themselves data for attracting the conscious attention of others. Namely, I asked him, of course with the preliminary preparation which had become customary to me in these cases, to tell me, very simply and without any wiseacring and philosophizing, what personal opinion he had formed during his life about whether man has a Soul and whether it is immortal.

"'How shall I put it?' he answered. 'In that Soul which a man supposedly has, as people believe, and of which they say that it exists independently after death and transmigrates, I do not believe; and yet, in the course of a man's life "something" does form itself in him: this is for me beyond all doubt.

"'As I explain it to myself, a man is born with a certain property and, thanks to this property, in the course of his life certain of his experiencings elaborate in him a certain substance, and from this substance there is gradually formed in him "something or other" which can acquire a life almost independent of the physical body.

"'When a man dies, this "something" does not disintegrate at the same time as the physical body, but only much later, after its separation from the physical body.

"'Although this "something" is formed from the same substance as the physical body of a man, it has a much finer materiality and, it must be assumed, a much greater sensitivity towards all kinds of perceptions. The sensitivity of its perception is in my opinion such as—you remember, when you made that experiment with the half-witted Armenian woman, Sando?'

"He had in mind an experiment I had made in his presence many years before, during a visit in Alexandropol, when I brought people of many different types into various degrees of hypnosis, for the purpose of elucidating for myself all the details of the phenomenon which learned hypnotists call the exteriorization of sensitivity or the transference of sensations of pain at a distance.

"I proceeded in the following way: I made from a mixture of clay, wax and very fine shot a figure roughly resembling the medium I intended to bring into the hypnotic state, that is, into that psychic state of man which, in a branch of science which has come down to our day from very ancient times, is called loss of initiative and which, according to the contemporary classification of the School of Nancy, would correspond to the third stage of hypnosis. I then thoroughly rubbed some part or other of the body of the given medium with an ointment made of a mixture of olive and bamboo oil, then scraped this oil from the body of the medium and applied it to the corresponding part on the figure, and thereupon proceeded to elucidate all the details that interested me in this phenomenon.

"What greatly astonished my father at the time was that when I pricked the oiled place on the figure with a needle, the corresponding place on the medium twitched, and when I pricked more deeply a drop of blood appeared on the exactly corresponding place of the medium's body; and he was particularly amazed by the fact that, after being brought back to the waking state and questioned, the medium remembered nothing about it and insisted that she had felt nothing at all.

"And so my father, in whose presence this experiment had been carried out, now said, in referring to it: 'So, in the same way, this "something", both before a man's death and afterwards until its disintegration, reacts to certain surrounding actions and is not free from their influence.'

"All and Everything (Second Series) - Meetings with Remarkable Men (and Woman)"
Chapter X - Professor Skridlov

Knowledge (neurons) versus Understanding (Neural networks)

"Father Giovanni said much to us also about faith and about the aim of all these various brotherhoods. He spoke so well, so clearly and so convincingly about truth, faith and the possibility of transmuting faith in oneself, that once Professor Skridlov, deeply stirred, could not contain himself and exclaimed in astonishment:

"'Father Giovanni! I cannot understand how you can calmly stay here instead of returning to Europe, at least to your own country Italy, to give the people there if only a thousandth part of this all-penetrating faith which you are now inspiring in me.'

"'Eh! my dear Professor,' replied Father Giovanni, 'it is evident that you do not understand man's psyche as well as you understand archaeology.

"'Faith cannot be given to man. Faith arises in a man and increases in its action in him not as the result of automatic learning, that is, not from any automatic ascertainment of height, breadth, thickness, form and weight, or from the perception of anything by sight, hearing, touch, smell or taste, but from understanding.

"'Understanding is the essence obtained from information intentionally learned and from all kinds of experiences personally experienced.

"'Understanding is acquired, as I have already said, from the totality of information intentionally learned and from personal experiencings; whereas knowledge is only the automatic remembrance of words in a certain sequence.

"'Not only is it impossible, even with all one's desire, to give to another one's own inner understanding, formed in the course of life from the said factors, but also, as I recently established with certain other brothers of our monastery, there exists a law that the quality of what is perceived by anyone when another person tells him something, either for his knowledge or his understanding, depends on the quality of the data formed in the person speaking.

"'To help you understand what I have just said, I will cite as an example the fact which aroused in us the desire to make investigations and led us to the discovery of this law.

"'I must tell you that in our brotherhood there are two very old brethren; one is called Brother Ahl and the other Brother Sez. These brethren have voluntarily undertaken the obligation of periodically visiting all the monasteries of our order and explaining various aspects of the essence of divinity.

"'Our brotherhood has four monasteries, one of them ours, the second in the valley of the Pamir, the third in Tibet, and the fourth in India. And so these brethren, Ahl and Sez, constantly travel from one monastery to another and preach there.

"'They come to us once or twice a year. Their arrival at our monastery is considered among us a very great event. On the days when either of them is here, the Soul of every one of us experiences pure heavenly pleasure and tenderness.

"'The sermons of these two brethren, who are to an almost equal degree holy men and who speak the same truths, have nevertheless a different effect on all our brethren and on me in particular.

"'When Brother Sez speaks, it is indeed like the song of the birds in Paradise; from what he says one is quite, so to say, turned inside out; one becomes as though entranced. His speech "purls" like a stream and one no longer wishes anything else in life but to listen to the voice of Brother Sez.

"'But Brother Ahl's speech has almost the opposite effect. He speaks badly and indistinctly, evidently because of his age. No one knows how old he is. Brother Sez is also very old—it is said three hundred years old - but he is still a hale old man, whereas in Brother Ahl the weakness of old age is clearly evident.

"'The stronger the impression made at the moment by the words of Brother Sez, the more this impression evaporates, until there ultimately remains in the hearer nothing at all.

"'But in the case of Brother Ahl, although at first what he says makes almost no impression, later, the gist of it takes on a definite form, more and more each day, and is instilled as a whole into the heart and remains there for ever.

"'When we became aware of this and began trying to discover why it was so, we came to the unanimous conclusion that the sermons of Brother Sez proceeded only from his mind, and therefore acted on our minds, whereas those of Brother Ahl proceeded from his being and acted on our being.

"'Yes, Professor, knowledge and understanding are quite different. Only understanding can lead to being, whereas knowledge is but a passing presence in it. New knowledge displaces the old and the result is, as it were, a pouring from the empty into the void.

"'One must strive to understand; this alone can lead to our Lord God.

"'And in order to be able to understand the phenomena of nature, according and not according to law, proceeding around us, one must first of all consciously perceive and assimilate a mass of information concerning objective truth and the real events which took place on earth in the past; and secondly, one must bear in oneself all the results of all kinds of voluntary and involuntary experiencings."

"All and Everything - Beelzebub`s Tales to His Grandson"

"And now, my boy, in order that what I am saying at this moment should become still more comprehensible to you, I find it necessary to repeat in another and more definite form about the difference already mentioned by me many times for different motives, between what are called 'knowledge' and 'understanding' present in three-brained beings in general.

"In order that this difference should stand out more clearly, I shall again take as an example the ordinary Reason of your favorites.

"If one makes an analogy between this as they themselves call it 'conscious Reason' of theirs which is completely fixed in contemporary beings, and that Reason of three-brained beings in general who breed on other planets of our Great Megalocosmos, then the former which they have in them might be called the 'Reason-of-knowing' and the latter the 'Reason-of-understanding.'

"The conscious Reason-of-understanding, which in general it is proper for three-brained beings to have, is a 'something' which blends with their common presence, and therefore information of every kind perceived with this Reason becomes forever their inseparable part.

"The information perceived with this Reason, or results obtained thanks to being-contemplation of the totality of formerly perceived information—however a being himself may change and whatever changes may proceed in the spheres around him—will be forever a part of his essence.

"And as for that Reason which for most of your contemporary favorites has become habitual and which I called the Reason-of-knowing, every kind of new impression perceived through this Reason, and likewise every kind of intentionally or simply automatically obtained result from formerly perceived impressions is only a temporary part of the being, and might result in them exclusively only in certain surrounding circumstances, and on the definite condition that the information which constitutes all his foundation and entirety should without fail be from time to time so to say 'freshened' or 'repeated'; otherwise these formerly perceived impressions change of themselves, or even entirely, so to say, 'evaporate' out of the common presence of the three-brained being.

"Although in respect of the Sacred Triamazikamno the process of the arising of both kinds of being-Reason flows equally, yet the fulfilling factors for the actualization of its three separate holy forces are different. Namely, for the formation of the Reason-of-knowing the formerly perceived contradictory impressions crystallized in any one of the three localizations which three-brained beings have, serve as the affirming and denying factors and the new impressions proceeding from without serve in this case as the third factor.

"And for the Reason-of-understanding these factors are as follows: the first, that is the 'sacred-affirming,' is the newly perceived impressions of any localization which has at the given moment what is called 'the-center-of-gravity-functioning'; the second or 'sacred-denying' is the corresponding data present in another of his localizations; and the third factor is what is called the 'being-Autokolizikners,' or as they otherwise call it 'Hoodazbabognari,' the sense of which name signifies, 'the results of the persevering actualizing of the striving towards the manifestation of one's own individuality.'

"All and Everything (Second Series) - Meetings with Remarkable Men (and Woman)"
Chapter X - Professor Skridlov

About the Third Body of Soul

"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 ez-ezounavouran concerning the second independently formed part of a man, namely, his spirit."

Unfortunately, Gurdjieff never did and his Third Series was never finished.

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.

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.

The order of the Buddha's Eightfold Path is assumed to be:

  • 1. Right View (samma ditthi) ('Reality' is the Cause of Suffering)
  • 2. Right Intention/Resolve) (samma sankappo) (Peaceful Non-attachment)
  • 3. Right Speech (samma vaca) (Not associating, but Comprehension)
  • 4. Right Action (Conduct) (samma kammanta (Golden Rule)
  • 5. Right Livelihood (samma ajiva) (Knowing ones Place in the Cosmos)
  • 6. Right Effort (samma vayama) (guarding the sense-doors)
  • 7. Right Mindfulness (samma sati) (Bare Attention)
  • 8. Right Concentration/ Contemplation) (samma samadhi)

However, the passing down of the true words of Buddha are as hazy as the New Testament, therefore the order is not necessarily correct.
So I have reordered them according the the physical organs associated with each (-) shown:

  • 'do','re','mi'
    • 6. Right Effort (guarding the sense-doors) - Five Senses
    • 4. Right Action (Golden Rule) - Vestibular System (Balance)
    • 5. Right Livelihood (Knowing ones Place in the Cosmos) - Proprioception System (Spatial Orientation)
  • 'fa','sol':
    • 2. Right Intention/Resolve) (Peaceful Non-attachment) - Parietal Lobe (processes information about temperature, taste, touch and movement)
    • 1. Right View ('Reality' is the Cause of Suffering) - Occipital Lobe (Vision)
  • 'la','ti':
    • 3. Right Speech - Temporal lobe (responsible for memory, speech, learning and sense of smell, manages the recognition of faces and other visual objects helps with remembering and understanding language, which is part of verbal memory.)
    • 7. Right Mindfulness (Bare Attention) - Frontal lobe (cognitive functions)
  • 'do'
    • 8. Right Concentration/ Contemplation) (samba samadhi)

Since the Buddhist teaching is related more to mental characteristics, it is assigned to the Soul octave.
And since the teaching of Jesus is related more to emotional characteristics, it is assigned to Spirit octave. (The twenty-third Psalm parallels this.)
Likewise it is assumed that music relates to Spirit and knowledge to Soul.

See Genesis-Sumerian Creation for the slight modifications to Creation.

This next table associates the three octaves with the physical organs, the related philosophies, myths, and religions.

(Note that the Hermetic and the parallel Genesis and Sumerian Creation bridge the three octaves of Body, Spirit, Soul at the points of action within each.)

There are three basic properties that describe an elementary particle: 'mass', 'charge', and 'spin'
Fibonacci Three Body Octave Gurdjieff
Physical Organs
Tarot Cards Genesis Sumerian Creation Eightfold Path/Lord's Prayer 23rd Psalm Music /Knowledge
1(1) do (Body) Stomach Magician
2 re Duodenum High Priestess
3 mi Liver Empress
4 AA AIR (Lungs)
5 fa Cerebellum Emperor
6 sol Cerebrum Hierophant
7 IA (being-Partkdolg Duty)
8 la Endocrine System Lovers
9 ti Sexual System Chariot
10(1) IA (DO) Completed 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 (Agape Love) Give us this day our daily bread He restoreth my Spirit
17 fa Spleen Devil 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 (DO) Completed Body
20 la Hypothalamus Death 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) IA (DO) Completed Spirit Thine is the Kingdom, Power & Glory Thou anointest my head with oil (kingship)
25(7) do (Soul) Five Senses 1.Microcosmos
(photon (having mass, charge and spin): spun up to ultra-violet photon, electron, meson, proton, neutron),
brain cell (neuron), and zygote (fertilized egg)
Angel Day 7 (left out of Creation Story)
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Male and Female are like God having procreation ('knowing' in the Biblical sense) (See Lecture:
The Soul is Sex but Sex is not Soul
(Kundabuffer and the Limbic System)
Genesis 2:16,17,18,21,22: And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 3:1-7: Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;
Sumerian Text
Initially human beings were unable to reproduce on their own, but were later modified with the help of Enki and Ninki. Thus, Adapa was created as a fully functional and independent human being.
Right Effort (samma vayama)
(guarding the sense-doors)
26 re Vestibular System (Balance) 2.Tetartocosmoses
neural networks, Man/Woman
Tower (Balance) Day 6. Genesis 1:26-31
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them...

Genesis 2:6,7 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(Man/Woman is created with the ability to contain a SPIRIT, born of Air)
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'. Right Action (Conduct) (samma kammanta)
(Golden Rule)
Processed Data
27 mi Proprioception (Spatial Orientation) 3.Tritocosmos
3rd order suns
(Planet Earth)
(Howling at the Moon)
Day 5. DNA experimentally creates the ANIMALS (moved up from Mankind) of the land, sea, and sky. (Chance and fitness determine survival.)
(Animals are symbolic of the Physical body)
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
Eridu Genesis: An, Enlil, Enki and Ninhursaga create the animals. Right Livelihood (samma ajiva)
(Knowing one's place in the Cosmos)
Structured Data
28 AA (Holy Planet Purgatory/Eden/Elysium)
29 fa Parietal Lobe (temperature, taste, touch and movement)
middle cosmos
(solar system)
Solar System (Moving Stars) Day 4. The LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE control the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.
Genesis 2:10-14 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads (Ganges, Nile, Tigris, Euphrates)
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.
Right Intention/ Resolve) (samma sankappo)
(Peaceful Non-attachment)
30 sol Occipital Lobe (vision, perception)
2nd order suns
Sun Day 3. The Sun's solar factory creates the building blocks of organic life.
Genesis 1:9-13 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
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.(Right View) (samma ditthi)
('Reality' is the Cause of Suffering)
31 IA (DO) (Completed Spirit)
32 la Temporal Lobe (contains the hippocampus, memory, speech, hearing, and comprehension)
large cosmos
(Milky Way)
Milky Way Galaxy Day 2. Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament (Megalocosmos - Neutral) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters (Holy Sun Absolute - Passive) from the waters (Perfected Souls - Active) and God called the firmament Heaven.
Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
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. Right Speech (samma vaca) Not associating,
but Comprehension
33 ti Frontal Lobe (cognitive functions & control of voluntary movement)
the first cosmos
All Galaxies (Megalocosmos) Day 1. The CREATOR is composed of active force (LIGHT) and passive force (DARKNESS) which creates the middle potential of CREATION (neutral force - TWILIGHT)
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night
Tablet 1a. Salt water Tiamat (The Deep) combines with Fresh Water (Apsu) to create the mud of fertility (Lahmu & Lahamu). Right Mindfulness (samma sati)
(Bare Attention)
34(7) (DO) (God) (Completed Soul) Day 8. PRAISE the CREATOR (The existence of Source (Father/Mother) Tablet 6b-7. Praise for Marduk. In heaven and netherworld he stationed 600 gods. Gods 1-50 are recited: Marduk is first. Right Concentration/ Contemplation) (samba samadhi)

Here is the table ("Four Realm Chart") from my lecture Placing the Major Arcana Cards of the Tarot on the Kabbalah with Spirit and Soul organs added (also a slight adjustment to Realm 7):

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/Eden/Elysium)(passive) Holy Sun Absolute (Anklad)
(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 (Lungs)(do) Lungs (Strength: Ezekiel's Lion)(*IA*) (DO) Completed Spirit (Ternoonald)(*AA*) (neutral) Megalocosmos
(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)(IA) (DO) Completed Soul (Podkoolad)
(active) (Son/Sophia)
(la) Endocrine System (Lovers)(fa) Spleen (Devil)(re) Vestibular System (Tower)
(ti) Sexual System (Chariot)(sol) Kidneys:Adrenal (Hanged Man: Martyrdom)(mi) Proprioception ( (Howling at the Moon)
'Do' (Active); AA-Automated Activation ('mi' to 'fa') (Passive); IA-Intentional Activation ('sol' to 'la') (Neutral); Beyond Body (background lilac)

Here is the table ("Four Realm Chart") explained in order

Body (Realm 4)Spirit (Realm 5)Soul (Realm 6)God Consciousness (Realm 7)
(do) Stomach (Magician) (Ezekiel's Bull)
(re) Duodenum (High Priestess)
(mi) Liver (Empress)
(*AA*) Air (Lungs)(do) Lungs (Strength: Ezekiel's Lion)
(fa) Cerebellum (Emperor)(re) Heart (Hermit)
(sol) Cerebrum (Hierophant)(mi) Thymus (Wheel of Fortune)
(*IA*) (being-Partkdolg Duty)(*AA*) (Agape Love)(do) Five Senses (Ezekiel's Angel) (neurons)
(la) Endocrine System (Lovers)(fa) Spleen (Devil)(re) Vestibular System (Tower)
(ti) Sexual System (Chariot)(sol) Kidneys:Adrenal (Hanged Man: Martyrdom)(mi) Proprioception (Howling at the Moon)
(*IA*) (DO) Completed Body (*AA*) (Holy Planet Purgatory/Eden/Elysium)(passive) Holy Sun Absolute (Anklad)
(la) Hypothalamus (Death)(fa) Parietal Lobe (Solar System)
(ti) Pineal Gland (Last Judgement)(sol) Occipital Lobe (Sun)
(*IA*) (DO) Completed Spirit (Ternoonald)(*AA*) (neutral) Megalocosmos
(la) Temporal Lobe (Milky Way Galaxy)
(ti) Frontal Lobe (All Galaxies)
(IA) (DO) Completed Soul (Podkoolad)
(active) (Son/Sophia)
'Do' (Active); AA-Automated Activation ('mi' to 'fa') (Passive); IA-Intentional Activation ('sol' to 'la') (Neutral); Beyond Body (background lilac)

The Intentional Activators at 'sol'-'la' are:

  • Being Partkdolg-duty (Impartiality-Mindfulness) in the Body Octave
  • Completed (higher 'Do') of the Body Octave in the Spirit Octave
  • Completed (higher 'Do') of the Spirit Octave in the Soul Octave
  • Completed (higher 'Do') of the Soul Octave is the Active Force of the Triune God

The Automatic Activators are:

  • Air in the Body Octave - Also begins the 'do' of the Spirit Octave
  • Agape Love (Flowing from God) in Spirit Octave - Also begins the 'do' of the Soul Octave
  • The Holy Planet Purgatory in the Soul Octave
  • The Megalocosmos which is the Neutralizing Force of the Triune God

The Holy Sun Absolute is the Passive Force of the Triune God

Of interest in the Spirit octave is that the Hypothalamus and Pituary Glands are past the point of the death of the Physical Body which would occur at the preceding 'do'.

Hypothalamus-Pituitary Complex

The Spirit Body of a person whose physical body has died, if not completed in the person's lifetime, can still be sustained by their loved ones (love being the key word as it is the energy of the emotional body) by means the hypothalamus-pituitary energy of their descendants. It is this 'loving memory' which can sustain the non-completion of the 'deceased' person's Spirit Body at 'la' and 'ti' so that it can continue to exist in Spirit-bliss for, possibility, three generations. However, for those who failed to complete a Spirit body or who died unloved, upon the death their physical body, their spirit, assuming that there is any, will disintegrate and be recycled into cosmic dust or else this incomplete spirit-ghost will torment them forever. This is the true meaning of Hell. Your Spirit Body will remain tied to Earth because it was built from the air in the Earth's atmosphere.

The Soul Body of the 'deceased' person could have begun its infancy, while living, at 'do', 're', 'mi' of the Soul Octave (the Five Senses plus the Vestibular System and the Proprioception System) provided that being-Partkdolg-duty or 'Aiessirittoorassnian-contemplation' was performed at the intentional activation point at 'sol' - 'la' of the Body Octave. In this situation, the Spirit Body, at the death of the physical body, can provide support for the Soul positions of 'fa' and 'sol' (Parietal and Occipital Lobes) and also supply the intentional activation point between 'sol' and 'la' of the Soul Octave if the Spirit is complete. As to the completion of the Soul at 'la' and 'ti' (Temporal and Frontal lobes), this would clearly be more difficult (truly the "dark night of the Soul'). This realization should act as the incentive to work on one's Soul while still in the physical body.

The Parietal Lobe builds substances that are of the Solar System and the Occipital Lobe substances of the Sun. Since the Temporal lobe builds substances of the Milky Way Galaxy and the Frontal Lobe substances of the Protocosmos, they are permanent. When completed the Soul Body acts as the Active Force with the Holy Sun Absolute as Passive to create the Megalocosmos as Neutralizing.

As to Gurdjieff's concept of the 'Hasnamuss' individual (Chapter 28) this is 'tongue-in-cheek', meant to scare off those persons like Ouspensky and Bennett who set themselves as teachers using his stolen teachings. Also, contrary to Gurdjieff's implied concept of 'Choot-God-Litanical' (Chapter 39 "The Holy Planet "Purgatory"), stemming from a similar lament of those who are distorting his teaching, the individually of the Soul does not need to be forced to conform to the Absolute. Without the individuality of the Souls, the Megalocosmos would be just 'harps and soul-music rap'! However, the existence of the Holy Planet Purgatory/Eden/Elysium is still necessary, as you can see in the charts above, to supply the Automatic Influence to help the Soul continue its completion thru the last two positions of 'la' and 'ti'. (Note that the Holy Sun Absolute exists in the higher dimension parallel to this point.)

Being built of substances beyond the Earth, the Soul can exist forever anywhere in the Universe. Whereas, the Spirit Body would have a resemblance to the individual's physical body, certainly the Soul Body would appear to look more like the spiral galaxy of the Milky Way, thus resembling the brain rather that the body.