#12. Psychology of Wrong Work

Introductie in het gedachtegoed van 'De Vierde Weg'
op basis van fragmenten uit "Psychologie van Men's Mogelijke Evolutie"


The idea is that man is a machine and not one. He is not one in that he has many ‘I’ s  and he is not one in that he does not have one mind. It is not so hard to verify this idea when you start observing your behavior from the point of view of the system.

One way this ‘lack of unity’ in best seen in the way the different centers work. Every center is designed for a certain type of work. But centers very rarely do the work they were designed to do. Almost every instance one or another center leaves his own work and tries to do the work of another center.

For instance, moving center can, up to a point, imitate the work of the intellectual center, but it can only produce very vague and disconnected thoughts. In its turn, the intellectual center can work for the moving center. Try to write, for instance, thinking about every letter you are going to write and how you will write it.

The instinctive center works for the emotional centers when, for instance, you try to eat away your anxiety or boredom. The emotional center can do wrong work for the intellectual center when you are trying to take a sensible decision based on a strong emotion. The intellectual center can do the work of the instinctive center, although it can only do a very small part of its work, for instance, when you are voluntarily controlling your breathing. It is not so hard to see that many of our problems are a product of wrong work of centers. So, why do centers start interfering with the work of other centers?

The biological explanation for this phenomena is to make sure that the work of centers is continued and to protect the machine against sudden interruptions because interruptions can be fatal. When centers start to work rightly, though, it is possible to calculate the work of the machine and to foresee and foretell many future responses in the machine. This gives you some ability to direct your thoughts, feelings and actions, which is a breakthrough in your mechanicalness.

For ordinary man life is practically filled with only wrong work of centers. Our dull impressions, our vague impressions, our lack of impressions, our slow understanding of many things, very often our identifying and our considering, even our lying, all these depend on the wrong work of centers.

Ouspensky says:

“It is necessary to study and observe the wrong work of centers. It is necessary to know all kinds of wrong work and the particular features of the wrong work belonging to particular functions. It is impossible to know oneself without knowing one’s defects and wrong features. And, in addition to the general defects belonging to everyone, each of us has his particular defects belonging only to himself, and they also have to be observed and verified.”

Our insufficient understanding of ourselves and the wrong work of our machine is by itself an example of wrong work of the intellectual center. The system teaches us that, in order to get our machine to do the right work, we need to start to examine our thought and ways of thinking. The work starts in the intellectual center. Directing our thoughts, through the new way of thinking that the system of ‘The Fourth Way’ provides, we will, eventually, be able to correct the wrong work of the emotional center, which is, in many cases, the source of almost all wrong work of centers.

We can not change the workings of emotional center by just feeling in a different way. Only by thinking in a new way can we start to feel in a new way, which is the first step in defying the powers of the machine.

Wrong work of the emotional center shows itself either in having too many mechanical emotions and having no control over them or by being cut off your emotions, not being emotional enough. When one starts to think in a new way about one’s emotions, a new quality of feeling will emerge. This quality of emotions will not distract you from realizing your potential but guide and motivate you to unleash your innate and authentic potential.

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