Anyone who has seriously studied the works of Mr Gurdjieff knows how difficult it is. There is a tendancy to rely on other peoples interpretations, read other books and follow others. This is not what Mr Gurdjieff intended or wanted. He was quite clear that his books provided everything required and even gave explicit instructions as to how to start. I spent two decades before coming across Mr Gurdjieff, searching into the semi-darkest corners of western and eastern spirituality, mystery schools, occultism and the like. Testing various strange and sometimes painful practices, indulging retreats and having private meetings with people such as a Lama and Amado Crowley - all pretty well to no avail in relation to my search for truth and awakening.
It all changed with Mr Gurdjieff and 'Beelzebub'. I could not put that book down and devoured it and all his other books. The result of this was a state of complete and utter confusion for quite a long time. This confusion resulted in and lasted long into an encounter with the Gurdjieff society only clearing after leaving regular contact with them and resuming my individual search.