The Sixth Sense


A new e-book in .pdf format

72 pages. Text and illustrations.




The ibooks format (apple book format for ipad, iphone, and mac) will be available shortly.


For the .pdf format (compatible with both PC and Mac readers), click below.





The .pdf is a zipped file which will self-extract once downloaded and clicked.



Other Books by Lee van Laer




Introduction to The Sixth Sense


This isn't a very long book. At 72 pages, it's more of a monograph.  Yet the subject will certainly be of interest to the Gurdjieff community, especially those interested in studies of the enneagram and the question of why Gurdjieff said man has six—and not five—senses. 

During some discussions earlier this year, it dawned on me that most people have no idea of what Gurdjieff meant when he said this. The discussions covered a wide range of what amounted to ultimately unfulfilling speculation. 

 It occurred to me that it would be a service to the community to investigate what the sixth sense really is, since material one can draw on to support such an explanation is abundant. While this monograph will hardly be the last set of notes on the subject, it lays a foundation for more discussion on the subject. 

 If you have ever wondered what your sixth sense is, what it ought to do, and whether or not we even have any connection to it, this monograph will (one hopes) raise questions, provide paths for further inquiry, and help move us towards a deeper understanding. 

Click the link below to buy a copy of the monograph.



Lee van Laer, Sparkill, NY
Sept. 2017

About the Author


Lee was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1955, and spent a good deal of his childhood in Hamburg, Germany. He has spent the majority of his adult life in the Gurdjieff work, and is an active associate of the New York Gurdjieff Foundation.

Lee is an import professional by trade, and has traveled extensively, particularly in China and other parts of the Far East. He holds a degree in fine art from St. Lawrence University, and is an artist, musician, photographer, poet, and writer... sometimes.

He is currently a senior editor for Parabola magazine.

His principal web site is at

His blog is at



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