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Pathwork Lectures 100-149 Study Guides

"I invite you to explore these materials as starting points for your own journey, rather than as answers. Talk back, argue, and debate them; voice your insights, your experience. The teleconferences are like snapshots, one person's way of expressing how concepts might manifest. The deeper purpose of the materials is to support growth, consciousness, and pleasure."      PL 119

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PL 101: The Defense

They may be subtle and hard to detect at first, but once you are aware of defenses it is easy to see that many of us are in defense most of the time. We defend against frustration of our will, against anything that does not go according to our wishes.

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July 2014Newsletter PRS19 / PL 101

2014 Study Guide: The Defense

PL 103 Constructive and Destructive Will Forces; The Harm of Too Much Love Giving

There can be no fulfillment of any sort without good human relationships. And good human relationships are impossible without love and without all the various aspects that are part of love.

December 2017 Newsletter PL 103

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PL 104 Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances to Self Realization

          It is sometimes advisable to use another word to experience the meaning behind the word. If  you cannot succeed, be aware that your innermost self does not, at the moment, recapture the inner meaning and the living experience.

          This awareness counts so much. When you experience the living spirit of a term, it is your real self that does so. While the repetition of a word is done by your intellect, memory is the will to recapture that which was once experienced. When this happens, the meaning becomes lifeless. The experience has become a repetitive pattern. Your real self no longer functions,

June 2020  Newsletter PL 104

Study Guide: Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances

June Meetings on PL 104  YouTube Review  1 hour

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PL 108 Fundamental Guilt for Not Loving

Meaningful restitution has no rules. I cannot give a formula for it. Each case has to be deeply examined, free from all superimposed standards, with a new and fresh approach, considering all angles. All issues have to be weighed from the point of view of all concerned, primarily the wronged person, but not exclusively.

Examine each case in its essentials, from the angle of what is really important. Request inspiration and guidance from the creative forces dwelling in your real self. They will not fail to manifest.    

January 2016 Newsletter PL108

Study Guide: Fundamental Guilt for Not Loving

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PL 109: Restitution for Real Guilt  

          Justice, self-responsibility, and spiritual law -- what are our mutual obligations? What does caring for our brothers and sisters look like? False, exaggerated guilt is often used to distract us from the truth.  'Self-respect and self-assurance can only exist if you do not hide from your impaired integrity."  

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PL 112 Man's Relationship to Time

          Man's existence on earth is bound by time.Time is a result of the three‐dimensional nature of this sphere of consciousness.  This is indicated by three segments: past, present and future. This dimension is a result of the overall state of consciousness of mankind as a whole. Man strives into the future for several reasons:

     --He does not like the present and hopes for something better from the future.       --He fears a certain aspect of life and wants it to be past. 

December 2014 Newsletter PRS28 / PL112

PL 116 Reaching the Spiritual Center:  Struggle Between Lower Self and Superimposed Conscience 
          You may not always be aware of it to the full extent and as to the significance of the continuous process of growth that you find yourself in. But I dare say that most of you will feel an extension of awareness, a raising of your consciousness in many respects.  Those thoughts may not be conscious, but it is an effect on the psyche after sufficient insight has been reached. 
February 2022 Newsletter PL 116
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PL 117  Shame as a Yardstick for Unresolved Problems; Seemingly Favorable Childhood Circumstances as Obstructive as Hurts

          When you pursue this path, you come to a point when you discover certain areas that you are ashamed of acknowledging even to yourself.  What you may be ashamed of may be faults, but not always and not necessarily.  You may be as ashamed of very legitimate needs as you are of faults, or of assets, for that matter.  

August  2017  Newsletter PL 117

Study Guide: Shame as a Yardstick for Unresolved Problems

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PL 118 & PRS 10: Transference, Parents, and Images

          Psychological transference describes how we recreate patterns of behavior towards authority based upon how we interacted with our parents. Spiritual transference refers to projecting our attitudes towards human beings onto God. Samples include finding our way through life (Blind Dog) and how differently adults see things, (White Lies). 

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PL 119 Movement, Consciousness, Experience

It is always that one aspect of the triad harmoniously combines the two others.  If harmony prevails in the living organism, the third factor blends, balances, and harmonizes. 

          If the life organism is in disharmony with the universal laws, the three factors will become a contradiction to one another, and instead of harmonizing the whole, they will be in opposition to one another.  So it is with this triad.     

February 2016 Newsletter PRS26 / PL119

Study Guide: Movement, Consciousness, Experience

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PL 120 The Individual and Humanity

         Deep insight, which comes as a result of relentless self‐confrontation, truly sets you free.It liberates you from confinement, compulsion, and enables you freely to choose your inner and outer course in life and being.  Visualize that humanity as a whole is an entity governed by the same laws as the individual which is a part of this bigger body ‐‐ mankind.

April 2018 Newsletter PL 120

Study Guide: The Individual and Humanity

Additional worksheet: If Life Was a Game of Cards... 

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PL 124 The Language of the Unconscious

The most powerful aspect in man's life is his unconscious.  …the unconscious is so much stronger than the conscious mind … because conscious misconceptions and unrealistic outlooks are more easily detectable in their unrealism and can therefore be corrected.  That which is hidden from awareness continues to govern you without your being able through your reason to change the unconscious outlook.  Hence it is of utmost importance to detect such hindering outlooks hidden within.

February 2015 Newsletter PRS8 / PL124

Study Guide The Language of the Unconscious

PL 125 Transition from the No-Current to the Yes-Current
           The yes‑current is the expression of the supreme intelligence and creative universal force.  It is the life force, whose aspects were also discussed in a separate lecture in the past.  It is all that strives toward union, wholeness, harmony, fulfillment, fruition.  It is truth and love in its substance and manifestation.  It is life embracing and accepting.  Its movements are smooth and harmonious ‑‑ to bring in still another of our past topics.
           The no‑current works and affects in the opposite manner, but not in the sense that it is evil. It consists rather of ignorance, blindness, distortion, lack of awareness of relevant factors ‑‑ relevant to the no‑current in whatever way manifested.  Ignoring truth, it must be in fear and spread fear.  Hence, it is the opposite of love, of everything that leads toward union, fulfillment, fruition.  It is discord and spreads disharmony, isolation. 
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PL 127 Four Stages of Evolution: Automatic Reflex, then...

Awakening --> Understanding --> Knowing

          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.

Presentation Notes PL 127

          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 the Pathwork Steps page on this website or www.pathworksteps.org.

PL 128 Fences Man Puts Up Through Limited Illusory Alternatives

          When you discover the freedom; when you find out that there are no chains, no fences, no prison walls, that you are not helpless, that you can constantly influence and mold your fate, your immediate life; then there is happiness that you cannot imagine ‑‑the fearlessness of living, the effortlessness of growing, the beauty of experiencing, the rich variety of experience without harassment, and the bliss of steadily growing.  This happiness cannot be described.   

August 2021 Newsletter: PL 128 Overview

Study Guide PL 128 Fences Man Puts Up

PL 129 Winner vs. Loser: Interplay between the Self and Creative Forces

        The attitude toward life of winning vs. losing is one of the greatest limitations. It s the most common of the either/or concepts. Both sides contain the identical misconception.  Some adopt the one alternative, some the other.  Each fears the consequences of the other side of his choice.  Neither one of the two choices is "better" or "worse" than the other.  Both end up with the identical results of loneliness, resentment, self‑pity, self‑contempt, frustration.

April 2022 Newsletter: PL 129 Part 1

Study Guide PL 129 Part 1: Winner vs. Loser.  Includes concepts from 

Unity and Duality PL 143 and Personality Types PLs 43 & 84

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May 2022: Newsletter: PL 129 Part 2

Study Guide PL 129 Part 2: Interplay between the Self and Creative Forces

 Interplay between the self and creative forces

PL 130 & 185: Abundance and Acceptance; Mutuality

          Abundance is an attitude, a state of mind. Like attracts like. 'Poverty consciousness' describes how we can unconsciously contribute energy to the very things we fear. The Pathwork Process focuses upon finding where we unconsciously believe what fear tells us, even if we consciously reject it.

2009 Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 15 mins 

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PL 132: The Function of the Ego 

          A healthy Ego chooses to accept life and chooses to want to understand itself. A weak Ego tends to rely upon others and often takes on their point of view; overblown Egos prevent us from finding our way to the Real Self, by holding onto a social or material identity. 

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2013 Study Guide Function of the Ego PL132

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PL 133 Love: Not a Commandment, but Spontaneous Soul Movement of the Inner Self 

        All religions, all philosophies, and all psychology agree that love is the key to everything, to fulfillment, to security, to creative growth. And yet, love cannot be commanded, nor can it be a commandment. It is a free, spontaneous soul movement. The more it is tried, due to conscience and obedience, the less does it succeed. 

October 2018 Newsletter Overview PL 133

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Study Guide Love: Not a Commandment

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PL 134 Facing the Lower Self

          A synthesis of many Pathwork lectures on the Lower Self, negativity, and and transformation. Includes quotes from Chapter 7 of The Undefended Self by Susan Thesenga.

2009 Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 36 mins

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PL 136 The Illusory Fear of Self

            In the last analysis, all fears derive from the fear one has of his innermost being ‐‐ that part which he does not yet fully know and acknowledge.As long as an individual keeps a part of himself hidden and secret, he cannot possibly be free. He then must constantly be on guard, and he must pretend. 

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November 2018 Newsletter / Overview

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PL 137 Balancing Inner and Outer Control

          The separation of matter and consciousness is illusion.  This is the real meaning of what religion refers to as separation from God, or the "fall of the angels."  Working oneself back to the state of bliss which results from being in contact and integrated with the inner center is the "goal" ‑‑ not only the goal of such a path, but the unconscious goal of every living being.

October 2022 Newsletter Summary PL 137

Study Guide Balancing Inner and Outer Control


PL 140 Negative Pleasure: Conflict as the Source of Pain

          Pain is the Result of Conflict. When two opposite directions exist in a personality, pain comes into being. One direction ‐‐ the direction of the universal, creative forces ‐‐ strives towards light, life, growth, unfoldment, affirmation, beauty, love, inclusion, union, pleasure supreme. Whenever this direction is counteracted by another direction, a disturbance is created. 

June 2019 Newsletter - Lecture Outline

Study Guide PL 140 Negative Pleasure: Conflict as the Source of Pain

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PL 143: Unity and Duality 

          "The dualistic plane means that man sees, perceives, and experiences everything in opposites. The unified principle combines both opposites of the dualistic plane. Few human beings transcend the dualistic plane and experience only occasionally a taste of the wide, limitless outlook, the wisdom and freedom of the unified plane. 

          In the unified plane of consciousness, there are no opposites. Yet it is not the kind of good or the kind of right or the kind of life that comprises but one of the opposites of the dualistic planes. It transcends it and is of a completely different nature." 

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2013 Study Guide Unity & Duality PL143 - 2013

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January 2019 Newsletter - Overview

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PL 146  Spiritual Fearlessness: The Positive Concept of Life; Fearlessness to Love;

The Balance Between Activity and Passivity

All these conditions form a comprehensive whole in order for an individual to be in harmony with himself and with life, and thus fulfill himself in every possible way.  

March 2021 Newsletter PL 146

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PL 149 Cosmic Principles Manifest in Soul Currents

           Let us begin with the threefold principle of reason, emotion and will. [See PL 43 plus 30,84, 248]   Another set of cosmic principles are the expanding, the  restricting  and the  static principles.[See PL 55 plus 187, 235]     

April 2014 Newsletter PRS7 PL 149

Study Guide: Cosmic Principles Manifest in Soul Currents

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