We know from the text in In Search of the Miraculous that the centers work at different speeds. What may not be immediately apparent — but it logically follows, if one applies just a little bit of thought — is that the parts within the centers also work at different speeds, since each one of necessity has to work at a different rate of vibration. It is, after all, the harmonizing of rates of vibration within and between parts, or centers, that creates what Gurdjieff would have called right work of centers.
What this leaves us with, after creating what is actually a fairly simple chart (above) is a hierarchy of rates of vibration which gives us nine different levels of vibration from top to bottom. This has direct implications for understanding why Gurdjieff said there were 27 types, in this quote from Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson.
The diagram is marginally deceptive, because a full extension of the system would include the two centers at the top and the bottom of the chart, extending the total table of rates of vibration within centers to 21. This explains why man's being, if fully developed, could span the entire range of cosmic vibration. (" “Man’s possibilities are very great. You cannot conceive even a shadow of what man is capable of attaining."— ISOTM, p. 145.)
It would take many years of work by a specialized school to completely understand how all of this functions, but one could rough out some general proposals for the structures within the various types, as below.
|diagram copyright 2012 by Lee van Laer|