Pathwork Lecture Study Guides 150-199
Above: clip from "The Spiritual Meaning of Relationship" PL 180
PL 150 Self-Liking: Condition for Universal Bliss
Man cannot be in the universal, general truth, the dynamic truth of life, unless he is in the truth of himself. Not only in those truths he has already faced, but also with regard to those factors that are still difficult to look at. As long as he refuses to face what seems most difficult, he is not in a truthful state. It is essential that man say to himself ‑‑ again and again and again ‑‑ "I want to look at everything, I want to see even that where I am most resistant."
November 2019 Newsletter PL 150
Study Guide: Self Liking: Condition for Universal Bliss
Explore: What is the Truth about Myself?; The Vicious Circle of Self-Doubt; Self-Liking Allows the Natural State of Bliss; and Transcending the Now
YouTube Video Summary 22 mins
Subtitles added June 2020 Download Transcript
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
Explore: The Universal Life Principle; Ego Intelligence vs. Universal Intelligence; Universal Life Power = Spontaneity + Individualization; and Shame of the Real Self
YouTube Video Summary 6 mins
Subtitles added June 202; Download Transcript of Video
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."
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
Explore: Fear of Self; Fear of Pleasure; Vicious Circles of Rage and Poverty Consciousness; and Misconceptions about Giving
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
Explore: Whatever possibility you can conceive of, you can realize; The Power of Negative Motivations; The Crippling Shame of Emotional Dependency; and When Your Soul is Fearless...
YouTube Presentation Emotional Dependence 46 mins
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PL 158 The Ego's Cooperation with -- or Obstruction of -- the Real Self
When man identifies himself exclusively with the ego, with the outer conscious self, when his sense of self is predominantly associated with the ego functions, he becomes completely imbalanced, and his life becomes emptied of substance and meaning. Since the ego cannot replace --or in any way come near the resourcefulness of the real self -- the individual must feel inadequate, and his sense of life, of living, of self must become very flat and unenjoyable.
June 2021 Newsletter PL 158
Explore: Ego’s Relationship to Real Self; Function of the Ego; Fear of the Real Self; and Transcendence Requires a Healthy Ego
Study Guide: PL 158 Part 2
Explore: Partnering with the Real Self; Real Self, Real Feelings; Pride, Self-Will, and Fear; and Four Fundamental Fears
Study Guide: Week 9 Extras -- Beyond the Lecture
Video Introduction to PL 158 35 mins
Demonstration: Jan's Personal Process from 1998 35 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."
Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 35 mins
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PL 161 Unconscious Negativity, and how it Endangers Surrender of Ego to Involuntary Processes
When man is primarily identified with and functioning out of the ego, he must be in imbalance. He must be enmeshed in problems. Therefore you have to look for new avenues and new approaches within yourselves to find it possible to let go in a healthy, harmonious way. This lecture can become a milestone; it can represent the culminating point you have needed, where a basic destructiveness will be abandoned through your squarely facing it. Hence, the divine can be activated. For you cannot abandon a negativity you ignore you have. You cannot give up a destructiveness you deny exists in you.
March 2022 Newsletter
Study Guide: Unconscious Negativity PL 161
Explore: Ego consciousness and the universal intelligence; Everyday Ways to Replenish and Restore; Why the Ego Fears Letting Go; and Real Love is Key
Monthly workshop newsletter for PL 161
Aspects of Reason, Will and Emotion summarized from PLs 43, 84 and 248
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.
April 2019 Newsletter & Outline of PL 162
Study Guide: 162 Three Levels of Reality for Inner Guidance
Explore Seeing Illusions From Different Angles;
1. What You Think Exists 2. What Actually Exists 3. What Could Exist
PL 165: Evolutionary Phases of Feelings and Emotions
Through many life experiences, through millennia of living under varied circumstances, each entity learns to develop his faculties of reason (seeing cause and effect of his actions) and of will (self‑discipline not to give in to these primitive impulses). Yet in overdeveloping faculties of reason and will, a lopsidedness comes into being.
Whenever emotions appear, they may seem by far more negative than positive. When feelings are feared (and therefore denied) aliveness is by necessity also denied, whether or not the entity is aware of this connection.
May 2020 Newsletter Outline of PL 165
Study Guide: 188 Evolutionary Phrases of Feelings and Emotions
Explore: What are Your Spiritual Goals?; Self-Realization and How it Manifests; Why Mankind Fears the Realm of Feelings; and Spiritual Studies Manifest Our Intentions
YouTube Review of PL 165 55 mins
Review of PL 165 Meetings in pdf format
Review of Issues discussed / participant contributions during the weekly online meetings
PL 166: Perceiving, Reacting, Expressing
A threefold principle exists that applies to all elements of any kind of relationship and determines its nature. It is perceiving, reacting, and expressing. When this threefold principle operates in health, truth, harmony, and reality, then relationship must be fruitful and joyful. When these three aspects of relationship operate in a distorted, unrealistic, disharmonious way, relationship cannot possibly be fruitful or joyful.
August 2020 Newsletter Outline of PL 166
Study Guide: Perceiving, Reacting, Expressing
Explore: Freedom = Facing + Experiencing + Expressing;A Threshold of Spiritual Development; Threefold Principle of Relationship;
and Self-Love Empowers Relationship
YouTube Summary of PL 166 47 mins
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.
PL 170: Fear of Bliss versus Longing for It -- The Energy Centers
The entire universe is constituted in such a way that each created individual is capable of being in a constant state of bliss. Each created individual is made in such a way that this is not only a theoretical possibility, but it is man's natural state of being. It is the natural law. When an individual is not in a state of bliss, it is an unnatural, disturbed condition.
The key to the universe is real love, not the binding love you often give forth. If you have the honesty of saying, "I cannot help but feel this way although I know I do not like it and I know it is destructive.," in that moment, you not only are truthful, but you make room for change.
Study Guide: Longing for Bliss PL 170 Part 1
Explore: Real Love is the Key to Bliss; Bliss is Your Birthright; Bliss is the Natural State of Being; and Distinguishing Bliss from Pleasure Using the Energy Center. with excerpt from Light Emerging ©1993 by Barbara Brennan
YouTube Summary of PL 170 Part 1 23 mins
Study Guide: Fear of Bliss PL 170 Part 2
YouTube Summary of PL 170 Part 1 22 mins
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.
2009 Study Guide plus audio MP3 files:
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A compilation of references from various PLs and contributions from Helpers on Spiritual Law
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Explore 4 Principles from PC10:
Law of Self-Responsibility; Law of Paying the Price; Law of Cause and Effect; and Law of Living in Truth (Facing Life). Also, exerpts from PL 249 The Pain of Injustice, and Everything is Perfect! A board game based upon Pathwork Concepts.
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 174 Self-Esteem
Put down in writing everything that you dislike about yourself. Have it down in black and white. Then feel into yourself and ask: "Do I really believe that this is all there is to me? Do I really believe that I must be these traits all my life? Do I believe I have the possibility to love? Do I hold forces locked up in me that contain all the good imaginable?"
By raising these questions seriously, you will get an answer on a deeply feeling level, a level where the answer is more than a theoretical concept. You will experience a new power in you that you do not need to fear, and a new gentleness and softness that does not need hostility or other defenses. Then you will know how much there is in you to love and respect.
October 2019 Newsletter
Study Guide: Self Esteem PL 174
Explore: Becoming Aware of Self-Rejection; The Power of Consciousness; Changing attitudes leads to painless personality changes; and Destructive traits oppose life
YouTube Summary 32 mins
PL 175 Consciousness
Creation is indeed a result of consciousness, and not, as generally assumed, the other way round. It makes no difference. Whether what you perceive and create and formulate in your consciousness is important, world forming, or just a passing insignificant attitude, the principle must be the same.
September 2021 Newsletter
Study Guide: Consciousness PL 175
Explore: Creation is the Result of Consciousness; Awareness Creates Power; Consciousness is Always in Motion; and Health and Emotions
YouTube Introduction 22 mins
December 2023 Newsletter PL 175
Study Guide: Consciousness PL 175 Part 2
Explore: Consciousness is Creation; Experiencing your True Identity; Accessing the Power of Your True Identity; and The Evolutionary Process of Consciousness
PL 176 The Overcoming of Negativity featuring The Undefended Self by Susan Thesenga, Chapter 6
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
Explore: Attitudes are Negative Creation; The Four-Step Process of Overcoming Negativity; Prayer and Meditation; and Defenses and Pseudo-Solutions
Study Guide The Overcoming of Negativity
YouTube Summary 7 mins
PL 177 Pleasure: The Full Pulsation of Life
He who blocks pleasure must perforce also block the deep connection with his spiritual self. Conversely, only he who is free enough to let go in one respect is free to do so in the other. These apparently "two" experiences ‑‑ spiritual self‑realization and the capacity for pleasure ‑‑ become one and the same. They are interactive and interdependent.
October 2021 Newsletter PL 177
Explore: Pleasure is a Legitimate Human Need; Bliss as the Spiritual Level of Pleasure; and ‘I can’t’ conceals ‘I WON’T’
YouTube Summary 19 mins
November 2023 Newsletter PL 177 Part 2
Study Guide: Pleasure - The Full Pulsation of Life Part 2/2
Explore: What is Legitimate Pleasure? Obstructions to Experiencing Pleasure; Self-Barricades of Pride, Self-Will, and Fear; and Pleasure Has a Harmonious Rhythm
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
7 min segment (below)
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2013 Study Guide
Explore: 1. Start from a POSITIVE perspective 2. Disharmonious relationships are only effects: the underlying cause is our own inner split 3. Consider the airline in-flight safety warning: ‘Put your mask on first before you help anyone else.’ Then, Identifying resistance to growth and self-transformation; Are your disharmonies the result of an imbalanced relationship? and Inner and outer hypocrisy - Using disharmony as a yardstick / feedback mechanism
2021 May Newsletter PL 182
Above: clip from "The Spiritual Meaning of Relationship" PL 180
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.
2009 Study Guide PDF plus audio MP3 files:
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featuring Steps on the Spiritual Path from The Undefended Self by Susan Thesenga
Audio-only presentation 2009:
2013 Study Guide (see 2019)
Explore: Who is speaking: Higher Self, Adult Ego, and Child Consciousness? Identifying perspectives: Individualized Self Sphere or Universal Self Sphere? Working with the four stages of meditation: revealing and expressing what is, understanding, re-educating, visualizing what is possible going forward; and Integrating our voices with the help of the Observer Self. Plus film recommendations and materials on how to use Voice Dialogue©
2021 Study Guides and Workshop
Powerpoint charts for PL 182 & Three Spheres of Consciousness
2021 Study Guide (upgraded from 2013) - The Process of Meditation PL 182
Explore: Defining the Voices; using Four Stages of Mediation, including material from PL 194
2021 Process 'How to' and worksheets: A Meditation for Three Chairs PL 182
Explore: Basics of a ‘Three Chair Mediation’; Voices and their Different Energetic Perspectives; Noticing Voices in Real Life, Film, & Daily Review
May 2021 Newsletter PL 182
YouTube Playlist Includes a 22 min Introduction
plus 6 demonstrations of this process by volunteers!
Also see several 2022 Powerpoint presentations
that include instructions on how to use the techniques from PL 182:
PL 32 Decision Making
PL 116 Reaching the Spiritual Center
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
‘I cannot go on any longer’ => Crisis
YouTube Summary 31 mins
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PL 185 Mutuality, A Cosmic Principle and Law
No creation can take place unless mutuality exists. Mutuality means that two apparently or superficially different or alien entities or aspects move toward one another for the purpose of uniting and making one comprehensive whole. Mutuality is the movement that bridges the gap from duality toward unity. Wherever there is separation, mutuality must prevail or come into being in order to eliminate this separation’
See PL# tabs for 2009 video and study guide on Abundance PL 130 & Mutuality PL 185
July 2022 Newsletter PL 185 Part 1 of 2
Study Guide: Mutuality, A Cosmic Principle and Law Part 1
August 2022 Newsletter PL 185 Part 2 of 2
Study Guide: Factors that Prohibit Mutuality Part 2
Video Summary Parts 1&2 :50 mins
During August there were opportunities for following up on the June 2022 topic,
Stages of Commitment AD6, and making a public commitment.
See 'Additional Concepts' page by clicking the 'more' tab, above,
for audio and video of the July 29th 2022 ceremony.
PL 188 Affecting and Being Affected
Our mutual aim is to truly find the core of your real being and to thus find your real existence. This real existence is light and beauty. In this real existence there is nothing to fear. But you must go through the fear in order to find that it is illusion, and in order to choose whether or not you wish to continue living in this illusion -- or to give it up. 'Giving it up' requires some effort and willingness to change and chance some unknown modes of living and being, of reacting and acting.
April 2020 Newsletter PL 188
Study Guide Affecting and Being Affected
Explore: There is Nothing to Fear; Affecting and Being Affected; Dynamics of Positive and of Negative Intentionality; and Living in Contact with Your Innermost Being = Living in Bliss
Video Summary 31 mins
Download Transcript of video as .pdf
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
Explore: Accepting the Self – As Is; Identifying with the Real Self; The Spiritual Cause of Pain; Three Spheres of Consciousness; and Group Dynamics
Video Introduction 16 mins
PL 190 The Importance of Experiencing All Feelings & The Dynamic State of Laziness
As far as it is possible to generalize, many of you are in a position to 1) acknowledge your destructive, negative, cruel, hostile, and selfish feelings and attitudes and 2) see the mechanisms of your defenses to some extent ‑‑ [even if not to the fullest extent]. Even this partial awareness makes so much difference! It shifts your entire position toward yourself. You no longer required to defend your defenses, to pretend to be so perfect that everything in you ought to be "right."
August 2023 Newsletter PL 190 Part 1 of 2
Study Guide: The Dynamic State of Laziness Part 1 of 2
Explore: The Double Illusion of Self-Illusion; Laziness as a Dynamic State of Being; Laziness as a Symptom of Self-Alienation; and The Gateway Prayer from PL 190.
Video Introduction to PL 190 https://youtu.be/fFevScbUYS4 11 mins
Personal laziness in the work of self-development: https://youtu.be/Dpks6HmGF9M 20 mins
September 2023 Newsletter PL 190 Part 2 of 2
Explore: The Dualistic Split; Feelings & the Abyss of Illusion; Feeling All Feelings Requires Preparation; and the process of Experiencing All Feelings, Including Fear
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
Explore: Repressed needs and their relationship to Man’s State of Consciousness; Real and False Needs; Repression, Manipulation, Displacement, Substitution; and Sublimation
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.
December 2019 Newsletter
Study Guide Basic Principles of Pathwork
Explore: Pathwork Approach and Aims; Accessing All Levels of the Human Personality; The Level of Experience; and Useful Concepts in the Pathwork Process
YouTube Video Summary Part 1 23 mins
January 2020 Newsletter Part 2
Study Guide Basic Principles of Pathwork Part 2
Explore: Three Levels of Reality; Mask Self / Idealized Self Image; Duality / Dualistic Thinking;
and Meditation and Prayer
YouTube Video Summary Part 2 41 mins
PL 195 Identification and Intentionality: Identification of the Spiritual Self to Overcome Negative Intentionality:
Whatever man fears, he unconsciously wants, and that whatever he experiences, he also unconsciously wants. This entire Pathwork is based on this truth, this fact of life.
October 2020 Newsletter PL 195 Part 1
Study Guide: Identification and Intentionality Part 1 of 2
Identification vs. Identifying WITH; Stages of Commitment / Cause and Effect; Intuition vs. Instinct; and The Spiral of Development starts with Awareness
November 2020 Newsletter PL 195 Part 2 of 2
Identifying Negativity vs. Negative Intentionality; Can’t / Won’t, & The Antidote: Positive Intentionality; and The Spiral of Development as an ongoing process
Study Guide PL 195 Part 2 of 2
196-TC-Commitment-2009.zip Includes audio files and study guide.
Or download separately: 2009 Study Guide
August 2016 Newsletter PL196
Study Guide: Commitment -- Cause and Effect
Explore: What happens when we don’t know what we don’t know?
Awareness, the most painful stage of our process
Understanding our part in creating our reality: cause and effect
Knowing – and how to recognize it
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.
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.
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
Explore : Ego as a Fragmented Piece of Consciousness; Ego Tricks; A Vicious Circle of Excuses; and Harmonious Movement Becomes Effortless
YouTube Video Ego Tricks 26 mins
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Approach and Aim
Our approach to spirituality and
to the realization of the spiritual self is
Shedding the light of conscious awareness and experience
on the inner distortions, the ugliness, the darkness, the evil, the suffering, as well as on the inner truth, the beauty, the love, the goodness, the joy.
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:
1. mind and thought
2. inner and outer will
4. physicality and physical expression
5. life experience.
When all these levels are conscious, when their inevitable divergence from each other is faced and accepted, a unification process can begin. When the lower self is understood, accepted, and dissolved, when the mask is dispensed with, then unification in the spiritual reality of being can take place in a realistic way.
Effective pathwork takes place on all these levels and with all these approaches. There is no outer rule that can determine when to change from one into the other. It is different with everyone.
The path must be allowed to express itself from within, as a living, organismic reality. All the various avenues offered on this path fulfill important functions in order to work on one or the other of these levels.
One's life does not lie. It expresses exactly what you really, inwardly believe. Hence, unconscious misconceptions can only be unearthed by looking at the person's life, his suffering, his frustration, his unfulfilled longings.