Introductory Topics for Self-Study

There is no requirement to study the lectures in chronological order. Many concepts that might have been seen as revelatory (or even revolutionary) in the '50s and '60s are more easily understood and accepted today. Allow the divine spark within you to lead you to the topic you are ready for!

List of Pathwork Lectures (2 page format)

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A list of lectures on key concepts

(and why Jan recommends them):

Introductory Lectures for Self-Study

January 2017 Suggestions for Self-Study Part 1: Getting Started

March 2017 Suggestions for Self Study Part 2: Reformatting

PST Bantam 1990

The most popular and widely-available book about Pathwork is The Pathwork of Self-Transformation, an overview of Pathwork concepts published by Bantam in 1990. It is available from the store at

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Four Stages of Evolution PL 127

Awakening => Understanding => Knowing

Presentation Notes PL 127

This lecture has become one of the foundations of my practice. 'Popping' into awareness before understanding has begun can feel like waking up and finding yourself in mid-air, plummeting and tumbling with no sense of where ground is. Knowing is an ongoing, sacred process of finding spiritual truth,. Before we have experienced conscious knowing, there can be a sense of mystery about the process. Yet examples abound in our daily life! Both driving a vehicle (including our own bodies) and reading are immensely complex cognitive tasks. You rely upon what you already know in order to focus your conscious attention on the current variable -- traffic, uneven ground, or new ideas.

Respect for the difficulties of coming in to awareness prompted the creation of Pathwork Steps, a series of free weekly teleconferences where participants can hear each others process on difference Pathwork concepts. See for details.

The Plan of Salvation PL 22 & 216

I find it useful to hold a larger perspective than the human mind is used to. Pathwork lectures 17-22 are knows as the 'creation' or 'plan of salvation' lectures. Around lecture 25, the Pathwork Guide indicated that a new course was being prepared that would focus more closely upon the human experience than attempts to explain spiritual reality. Lectures 26-165 form the basis of work with the personality, including issues that are reflected in our experiences as children. 165-199 address the universal human experience, and 200-258 again focus upon understanding and integrating our knowledge of the unitive (spiritual) plane into our humanity.

Study Guides and Notes: 216 PC08 Handouts

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Cosmology of the Path

PL 18-­22 are known as the 'creation' lectures. This summary was complied by Monica Rice Wendling and is catalogued as PC08 or Pathworker's contribution #8.

Cosmology of the Path PC08

Film Suggestions

Explore your understanding of the concepts!

Some films seem to be universally accepted for their vision, integrity, and message. Groundhog Day (1993), Defending Your Life (1991) and the original Matrix (2000) each illustrate profound abstract truths while entertaining us.

For those who have seen 'The Karate Kid', the phrase 'wax on, wax off' instantly communicates profound truths about the wisdom of gaining skills incrementally, a form of 'one step at a time', before learning to integrate them into a whole new stage of self-development.

Often a particular concept is best illustrated through one or two scenes ­­ or even a well­ done trailer. When these are available on YouTube, I include that link. Consider how you might visualize spiritual principles!

Pathwork Concepts - Film Suggestions 2017

Cosmic Principles PRS 07 Film Suggestions

Self-Search PRS 4 / PL 26 - Short Film Suggestions

Self-Confidence: Its True Origin and What Prohibits It PL77 Film Suggestions

Child Consciousness and Adult Ego PL182 Film Suggestions

Human perception and perspective: PL249 and PL171 Film Suggestions 

Three Basic Personality Types: Reason, Will and Emotion PL 43 Film Suggestions

Unity and Duality PL 143 Film Suggestions

Incarnatory Processes & Life Tasks PL216 Film Suggestions

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