How to Tap Into Limitless Focus, Energy, and Vitality ON COMMAND

Matt Karamazov
9 min readSep 1

Using the weird (but extremely practical) teachings of one of the most mysterious philosophical figures of the 20th century

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Tell me: Have you ever seen the movie The Usual Suspects?

Well, there was a man named George Ivanovich Gurdjieff who was basically the Kaiser Soze of 20th-century philosophy.

Nobody knows for sure where he came from…

His ways and mannerisms were mysterious and maddening to comprehend, his obscure teachings difficult to decipher…

But he exploded onto the European intellectual scene in the early-mid 20th century, and he made a massive, psyche-shattering impact on most of the people with whom he came into contact.

One of those people was P.D. Ouspensky, a Russian emigre who became transfixed by Gurdjieff’s presence and his ideas and traveled with him to spread his message throughout Europe, and later, the world.

The book I want to recommend to you today is the fascinating yet partly tragic story of Ouspensky’s life and work (and Gurdjieff’s) and what it means for all of us today.

It’s about the self-imposed mental slavery that people have succumbed to the world over, and the possibility of breaking free.

It’s about tapping into the vast reserves of energy and vitality that sit unused within each and every one of us, and you don’t have to believe a whole lot of spiritual mumbo jumbo in order to get a tremendous amount of value from reading this book.

Below, I share a short summary of The Strange Life of P.D. Ouspensky, as well as my complete book notes, along with some additional recommended reading.

There are lots of incredible insights to be found in this book, so let’s get into it!

If you sense that there’s more to life than waking up to a blaring alarm, going to work for 8 hours, coming home and watching Netflix, and then dying in your sleep, then you might love…

Matt Karamazov

🥇 The Most Disciplined Man on the Planet 📚 Read 1,197 Books in Just 10 Years 💪🏻 Strong Believer in Human Potential ⤵️