Pathwork Lecture Study Guides 150-199

Above: clip from "The Spiritual Meaning of Relationship" PL 180

PL 152 Connection Between Eg and Universal Power

The meaningfulness and fulfillment of one's life depend, in the last analysis, entirely on the relationship between man's ego and the universal life principle ‑‑ the real self, as we also call it. If this relationship is balanced, everything falls into place.

November 2016 Newsletter PL152

Study Guide: Connection Between Ego and Universal Power

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PL 153 The Self-Regulating Nature of Involuntary Processes "Man's battle is in the holding on to his ego faculties. This is because he desperately fears the involuntary processes. He fears everything about it, either consciously or unconsciously or both. Study guide explores 4 sub-topics of the lecture: Overexertion of ego creates unbalance, The role of Images in unhappiness, Involuntary Processes that you already trust, and Fear of success / Fear of the Abyss."

PL 155 Fear of Self; Giving and Receiving

Anyone who constricts his natural soul movements does so because he is afraid of them, afraid of where they will lead him to and of what they may make him do.

Anyone who is aware of this fear has made a substantial step toward his liberation, for without being aware of the fear of self, it cannot be overcome.

November 2017 Newsletter PL 155

Study Guide: Fear of Self: Giving and Receiving

YouTube Presentation 22 mins

PL 157 Emotional Dependency Hinders Possibilities

It is being said by all great spiritual teachings, by all truth teachings, that creation is infinite in its possibilities and that man's potential to realize these infinite possibilities of happiness exists in the depths of his being.

Before man can create new possibilities of unfoldment and entirely new ranges of experience in his personal life, it is necessary that he first learns to apply these laws of creation to his problem areas, to those aspects of his life where he is troubled, limited, handicapped ‐‐ where he feels trapped.

February 2019 Newsletter PL 157

Study Guide: Emotional Dependency Hinders Possibilities

YouTube Presentation Emotional Dependence  43 mins

PL 159 Life Manifestation is Expression of Dualistic Illusion

          You see, my friends, the creative power at work within yourself is so immense, it is so constantly operative, that you have, so far, no notion of. It operates according to your consciousness. This includes, of course, the conscious and the unconscious mind -- your total being. ... When this is fully perceived, the law of life will be understood. 

November 2014 Newsletter PRS25 PL81/159 

Study Guide: Duality Through Illusion

PL 160: Conciliation of Inner Split

        This is a powerful lecture about cultivating the  emotional maturity that needed in order to support accelerated spiritual development. Study materials include an example of a vicious circle that develops when we try too hard to resolve dualities. "A very deliberate and yet relaxed attempt must be made to feel the underlying causes of the outer results in your life." 

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PL 162 Three Levels of Reality for Inner Guidance    

You are not only, by your presence, in the spirit of wanting to receive guidance and truth, but primarily by every single inner effort made toward the realization of your true being.  The more this realization is activated, the more blessings are generated from within. Elimination of error frees intuition and creative experience from within.  The lectures first give an impetus to this process and later fortify and confirm it when you read them again. 

Three Levels of Reality:

     The first level of reality is what you think exists

     The second level of reality is what actually exists

     The third level of reality is what could exist

April 2019 Newsletter & Outline of PL 162

Study Guide:  162 Three Levels of Reality for Inner Guidance

PL 168: Two Ways of Living; Away from and Towards Center

This blessing is the simple statement: truth brings love and love brings truth.  From whichever end you start it or are able to start it, one must lead to the other, and both become one

Two Basic Ways of Life PL168 Study Guide

Minutes from April meetings PL168

PL 171 & PC10: Spiritual Law  

          Spiritual Law, like forces of nature (such as gravity), is impersonal, constant, and perfect - concepts that we do not associate with human relationships and life circumstances. We experience authority and justice through the lens of Human Law, which is seldom free of agenda, ideology, and distortion. This can encourage attitudes of rebellion and resentment, along with a fear of being judged.

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2013 Study Guide and Audio File:

Handouts: Injustice & Spiritual Law PL249&171 - 2013

Minutes from 4 meetings:  June 2013 Meetings PL249&171

Audio file 249-TC-Injustice-2013.mp3

Spiritual Principles PC 10  Original 1978 Document 8 pages

Spiritual Principles PC10 Single Page Summary

Spiritual Laws mentioned in the PLs   9 pages / Anonymous

PL 176 The Overcoming of Negativity including

                              Chapter 6 of the Undefended Self by Susan Thesenga

Negative creation is an ongoing process in every human being.  For, if you were free from negative creation, if you were not negatively involved with creation, you would not be human; you would not live on this plane of consciousness, which expresses a certain degree of development. 

April 2016 Newsletter PL 176 US6

Study Guide The Overcoming of Negativity

YouTube Summary   7 mins

PL 180: The Spiritual Meaning of Relationship  

          "Relationship represents the greatest challenge for the individual, for it is only in relationship to others that unresolved problems still existing within the individual psyche are affected and activated." 

          The intensity and pleasure of Relationship is directly proportional to our willingness to learn what it has to teach us. 

2009 Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 4 mins 

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2013 Study Guide

The Spiritual Meaning of Human Relationship PL 180

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PL 182: Meditation for Three Voices: 

          Includes information from Chapter 4, Child, Adult Ego and Soul Self (US4) of The Undefended Self by Susan Thesenga.

          Encouraging greater consciousness around different aspects of ourselves can be likened to the process of Voice Dialogue©. It is often taught using three chairs or seating positions, and the process can be expanded to include many  combinations.

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The Process of Mediation PL182 - 2013

Minutes from July 2013 meetings PL182

PL 183 The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis

Crisis is an attempt of nature, of the natural, cosmic lawfulness of the universe, to effect change.  If change is obstructed by that part of the consciousness that directs the will, crisis must be the result in order to make structural change possible. 

June 2017 Newsletter PL 183

Study Guide: The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis

YouTube Summary 31 mins

PL 185 Mutuality

          Please see study guide on Abundance, PL 130.

PL 189 Identification with Self

The spiritual consciousness cannot manifest when the already existing consciousness is not fully put to use in the conduct of one's life.  

September 2015 Newsletter PRS24 / PL189

Study Guide  Identification With Self

PL 192 Repressed Needs, Real and False Needs

          To the degree you have not experienced fully your past as a child, you must attract similar experiences, at least in essence, later.   

October 2014 Newsletter PRS23 /  PL192

Study Guide: Repressed Needs, Real and False Needs

PL 193 Basic Principles of Pathwork: Its Aim and Process

          The aim of this approach to spiritual reunion is to help toward a re‐unification of everything that has ever split itself off, through developing awareness and working with all levels of the human personality: mind and thought; will; feelings; physicality and physical expression; and life experience.

Study Guide Basic Principles of Pathwork

PL 196: Commitment; Cause and Effect             
          "The ability to put cause and effect together also indicates the degree of awareness an entity has reached through his development.”  PL 196   When we ignore or misrepresent the connection between cause and effect, we disempower ourselves.  Consequences appear random and inexplicable, encouraging despair and self-doubt.

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August 2016 Newsletter PL196

Study Guide: Commitment -- Cause and Effect

YouTube Video Summary 4 mins

PL 196 Commitment: Cause and Effect

          The key to finding the way out is, for many, a complete understanding of the topic commitment, on the one hand, and the topic of cause and effect, on the other.  These seem like two unrelated subjects, and these two subjects, in turn, seem unrelated with negative intentionality.  But they are all intrinsically connected, as you will see when we go a little further.

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2009 Study Guide

August 2016 Newsletter PL196

Study Guide: Commitment -- Cause and Effect

YouTube Video Summary 4 mins

PL 197 Energy and Consciousness in Distortion: Evil      

          Energy can be an impersonal force that does not seem to be, or contain, or be an expression of, consciousness. The separated, dualistic human state creates the illusion that energy and consciousness are two different manifestations.  The same split in perception exists about life and self; God and man; cause and effect,  and many other concepts or phenomena of life.  Both are one.                 

          Since thought is movement and energy, it is impossible to separate consciousness from energy in their essence, although in their manifestation there might be an apparent disconnection.

YouTube Video Summary 27 mins

PL 198 Transitioning to Positive Intentionality

          A fundamental reason for the difficulty in changing negative to positive intentionality is that secretly the self identifies almost totally with the destructive part. Hence giving up this part of the personality appears hazardous, dangerous, and annihilating.

          The question, then, is how to proceed in order to shift that subtle, inner sense of identity. 

January 2017  Newsletter PL198

Above: Clip from Transitioning to Positive Intentionality PL 198

PL 199 The Meaning of the Ego and Its Transcendence

            Man's average state of mind is a fragmented piece of consciousness. In this fragmented state he is cut off from reality.  He inevitably lives in fear and limitation. He ardently protects this limited state of consciousness, while it is this very limitation that creates fear and suffering. 

             Every incarnation, on whatever level this may pertain, requires the entity to increase the scope of his "field of operation," to widen the fences around the fragmented ego, to bring in more reality from the world beyond the illusory confinement. 

March 2019 Newsletter PL 199

Study Guide "Ego Tricks" PL 199

YouTube Video Ego Tricks 26 mins

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