In 4th Way discourse, this is a function in man which is formed as esoteric work proceeds beyond exterior, sleeping man. This function guides this development while itself being formed and strengthened by this development. The magnetic center is the seat of discernment between influences which lead to esoteric development and those which lead to the outer world. Man 1, 2 and 3 live in a constantly shifting anarchy of centers. Man 4, one who has formed a stable magnetic center, has brought the functions of body, feeling and thinking into relative harmony and uses these for purposes of conscious work under the direction of the magnetic center. If man is compared to a house full of servants who constantly quarrel about the run of the house, then the magnetic center can be seen as a group of servants who begin to set the house in order in preparation for the arrival of the owner of the house. The magnetic center eventually becomes a steward who runs the house in the absence of the master. Only then can the master, i.e. the real I take possession of the house. Forming a steward or magnetic center is a necessary intermediate stage in reaching for 4th Way development. -
- Mouravieff's Gnosis series deals in great detail with little I's, centers and the magnetic center. Mouravieff is seen by the QFS as a worthwhile documentarian of the 4th Way, although he fell far short of Gurdjieff in his personal understanding and practice of this path.