Pathwork Lectures 50-99 Study Guides
Above: clip from Authority PL 46 / The God Image PL 52
PL 50 Vicious Circles
One of the most significant laws in the universe is the law of circular motion . Every movement, every energy current, follows this law. All created life is subject to this law.
When attitudes and direction deviate from reality and divine principle, vicious circles are the result. This vicious circle remains until a new energy current is created by consciousness ‐‐ a new impact which then forms a benign circle.
September 2014 Newsletter PRS21 / PL50
Study Guide:Benign and Vicious Circles
Explore: Factors that fuel a Vicious Circle; Emotional Dependency; How a Benign Circle differs; and the elements of a Breaking Point, from The Abyss of Illusion PL 60
PL 52: The God Image and PL 46: Authority
Our attitudes towards authority are based upon our relationships with our parents. Later, we project our experience with our parents and other human authority figures into an image of God (or 'whoever governs'). Both our real guilts (where we are self-centered and resist developing) and our false guilts (refusal to see the cause and effect dynamic of our own images, blaming the other) cause us to fear spiritual justice -- and God, as the ultimate judge. The realization of how you cause the effects of your life will dissolve the God image. This is one of the main breaking points.
2009 Study GuideThe God Image PL52 / Authority PL46
YouTube Presentation 1 hr 30 mins
August 2013 Newsletter PL 52
Use Worksheets to explore your inner beliefs, which are often not fully conscious
February 2021Newsletter PL 52
Explore: Images of Authority Become Images of God; The Reality of God vs. Images of God; How to Dissolve an Image; and The Reality of God vs. Human Projections
YouTube Video Summary 38 mins
PL 55 Three Cosmic Principles: Expansion, Restriction, Stasis
These three principles exist in the entire universe. They exist in nature. They govern and influence everything that has ever been created and ever will be created. There is no branch of human science where these principles cannot be found. And needless to say, they penetrate and form the human soul as well. In other words, they exist on all levels and all forms, from the subtlest to the coarsest. All three principles must work together harmoniously, must sustain, complement, and further one another if the person is harmonious.
PL 57 Mass Images of Self-Importance
Mass Images can be more powerful than individual images. We may need a broader perspective than we have ever imagined. Or, we may have always suspected there were deeper truths but never verbalized our feelings.
May 2015 Newsletter PRS11 PL 57
Study Guide Mass Images
Explore: Feminine & Masculine Images; Images of God; Finding Images & Your Resistance; and Mass Images in Society
YouTube Summary 13 mins
PL 60 The Abyss of Illusion
There are certain kinds of fear which cannot be gotten rid of, which cannot be discovered as unreal, unless the abyss is tested and one jumps right into the imaginary precipice. Only then will it be discovered that there was never any dangerous cliff or abyss, no precipice or chasm, and instead of being crashed, one floats in ease. This is the moment when the fear turns out to be imaginary. Going through the act seems, at first, to require some courage.
August 2014 Newsletter PRS20 / PL60
Study Guide: The Abyss of Illusion
Explore: Fear’s power = the illusion of danger; The abyss of illusion; Freedom without responsibility; the illusion of the child; Utopia; the illusion of compromise between infant and adult; and The soul’s search for true spiritual freedom, spiritual justice and the power of grace
PL 62 Man and Woman
To fulfill one's life, one must fulfill one's self. A human being cannot fulfill himself if he or she does not fulfill his manhood or womanhood. Both manhood and womanhood can only be fulfilled by recognizing your barriers and fears regarding the full functioning of your manhood or womanhood.
March 2020 Newsletter PL 62
Study Guide Man and Woman
Explore: The Duality of Man and Woman on the Earth Plane; Mass Images about Man and Woman; Misunderstanding the Message of Spirit; and Creating Union
YouTube Video Summary 24 mins
Subtitles added June 2020 Download Transcript
PL 64 Outer Will and Inner Will
You have all had the experience that you wish very much for something without achieving it. This is due not only to unconscious contrary will‑currents that divide your will, but also to something that is vastly overlooked. It is the fact that two different kinds of will exist: the inner will and the outer will. A knowing of this difference will open further doors for your understanding of self, of others, and of the laws of the universe.
July 2017 Newsletter PL 64
Study Guide: Outer Will and Inner Will
YouTube Presentation 29 mins
Explore: Man's personal spirituality is an eminently private affair; Foreground and Background Thought Processes; Meditations for Training Your Thought Processes; Different Phases of Pathwork – Structure of the Lectures
In the course of this work, you become aware of your emotions and their significance. Thus you find the unconscious, erroneous concepts that you have harbored so far.
You then become aware of the unreality in which you have lived (emotionally), and thereby you approach reality. This is, broadly speaking, the only possible way. You cannot ever sense absolute reality by studying and reading, be it the greatest wisdom of the ages. In that way, you would acquire only theoretical knowledge that has no real root in your inner world.
Explore: Showing up, or choosing to be present; Being in the Now; Feelings vs. Emotional Reactions; Paying attention to what has heart and meaning; Paying attention = Conscious Meditation
PL 72: Fear of Loving -- Three Aspects that Prevent Man from Loving
Explore the intricate push-pull of human nature, where you may resist opening to love. "Love is the one and only power. With it you are mighty, you are strong, you are safe. Without it you are poor, you are separate, you are in seclusion and in fear. But this knowledge cannot really help you unless and until you discover where, deep inside yourself, you cannot love; you do not want to love; and you do not know why this resistance to love exists."
Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 44 mins
Subtitles added June 2020 Download Transcript
2009 Study Guide PDF plus audio MP3 files:
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Explore: Aspects that Prevent Man from Loving from PL 107; The Twelve Steps adapted for Fear Anonymous by Emmanuel ("Fear is the only addiction on the planet")
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PL 73:The Compulsion to Recreate and Overcome Childhood Hurts
Unresolved conflicts from our childhood compel us -- on a mostly unconscious level -- to find or create similar situations, in an attempt to resolve the pain that we experienced and the pain we saw inflicted on others.
In addition to our primary intimate relationships, we may also experience this 'compulsion to recreate' with friends, co-workers, and authority figures.
2008 Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 44 mins
Note: video mentions Spiritual Principles PC10 Single Page Summary
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Explore several worksheets on finding patterns from your childhood that are repeating in your current life circumstances, openly and covertly; and 2 essays on The Role of Parents in Pathwork by Jan
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PL 77: Self-Confidence: Its True Origin and What Prohibits It
Focuses upon defense mechanisms known as 'Forcing Currents' and the distortions of submission, aggression, and withdrawal.
July 2013 Newsletter
Study Guide Self Confidence PL77 2013
Worksheets and articles on forcing currents and self confidence
October 2016 Newsletter
Study Guide Self Confidence PL77 2016
Explore: What is self‐confidence; What causes conflicts and deviations?; Forcing Currents; and
How We Collude with Self Doubt
YouTube Summary 6 mins
PL 80 Cooperation, Communication, Union
The highest, the most desirable state in the whole plan of evolution is union. If man is overeager, overanxious, if his desire for communication is an exaggerated craving, these soul forces will automatically become harsh, pointed, and rigid. Cooperation is simply a more superficial form of communication.
2008 Presentation on PRS 5 Constructive Attitudes in Self-Confrontation
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January 2015 Newsletter PRS5 PL 80
Study Guide: Constructive Attitudes in Self-Confrontation
Explore: Overview and Daily Review; Co-operation, Communication, Union; Recognizing inner Resistance; Collusion; Constructive Steps; Managing Difficult Conversations
Full Text: Chapter 5 of the PRS
PL 81 Conflicts in the World of Duality
The great opposites are life and death, happiness and unhappiness, love and selfishness, light and darkness. Your daily little fears, apprehensions, and anxieties all represent a form of personal death. Then see how you really react to it. Learn to become aware of everything you cringe from. Do not repress it.
April 2017 Newsletter PL 81
Study Guide: Conflicts in the World of Duality
Explore: Fear of Death-->Duality; Fear of Death-->Illusion, Irrational Beliefs;
Fear of Death-->Fear of Bliss; and Fear of Death-->Clinging to Life
YouTube Video Presentation 1 hr 3 mins
April 2017 Presentation Notes PL 81
PL 83: The Idealized Self Image
The most important countermeasure man resorts to in the false belief that it will circumvent unhappiness, unpleasure, death, never realizing that this very countermeasure not only does not avoid, but brings on the very thing that is most dreaded and fought against. This common, universal pseudo-protection is the creation of the idealized self-image.
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Charts and worksheets for understanding the concept
Listen to audio online:083-TC-ISI-Mask-2008-Pt1.mp3
PL 84: Love, Power and Serenity as Divine Attributes and as Distortions
How and why positive attributes become distorted. One of the many Pathwork Lectures on the personality types of Reason, Will and Emotion introduced in PL 43.
2009 Presentation on YouTube 1 hr 25 mins (Sample at end of page)
Audio only: 084-TC-LovePowerSerenity-2009-Pt1.mp3
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Additional charts and worksheets on Personality Types and their Qualities, positive and negative, as Constructive or Destructive
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June 2015 Newsletter PRS14 / PL84
2015 Study Guide Love, Power and Serenity
YouTube Video Introduction to PL 84 6 minutes
Intro references scenes from this 1950's film: 11 minute collage
Above: clip from Love, Power, Serenity PL 84
PL 85 & 86: Self-Preservation and Procreation
as Instincts in Conflict and in Distortion
These are my two favorite lectures. They are relatively unknown, not easy to teach or set into charts. Yet these were the keys that unlocked my understanding of Unity and Duality, the Idealized Self Image / Mask, Vicious Circles, Lower Self – just about every major Pathwork concept.
Robert Fulghum wrote this formula for self-growth based upon our instinctive verbal cues: Uh-huh + Oh-wow + Uh-oh + Oh, God = Ah-hah! Everyone has had an Ah-hah! moment, when a major life component suddenly becomes clear. Ah-hah! moments = conscious awareness of cause and effect.
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Worksheets and the Preface to Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum
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PL 89 Emotional Growth and Its Function
In order to know yourself on a deeper level, it becomes increasingly necessary to allow all emotions to reach surface awareness so as to understand these emotions and to mature them.
July 2020 Newsletter PL 89
Study Guide: Emotional Growth and Its Function
Explore: Emotional Growth is Spiritual Development; The Mechanics of Resistance; Prejudices About Emotional Growth; and Emotional Growth, Love, Spirituality
YouTube Video Introduction 7 mins
PL 90 & 91 Moralizing; Disproportionate Reactions, Repressed Needs
The topic of Moralizing is best studied once there is an awareness of emotions that have been repressed, and after they have, in part, been able to reach a surface awareness. These are generally prevalent, and every human being will have all of them in some degree. Often such moralizing does not appear outwardly at all. In fact, outwardly the very opposite may be true. But inwardly it exists to some extent with all human beings.
June 2023 Newsletter Summary PL 90 Part 1 of 2
Study Guide: Moralizing Part 1, highlighting Q&A in PL 91
Explore: Becoming Aware of Repressed Emotions; Mankind's Neglect of Emotional Development; Influence of the Idealized Self Image PL 83; and Morals vs. Moralizing
July 2023 Newsletter Summary
Explore: Morals vs. Moralizing; Tendency to Moralize; Exaggerations and Disproportionate Reactions; and Unfulfilled Needs - how these topics link together
PL 92 Real and False Conscience, Real and False Guilt
The more the pain of the unfulfilled legitimate need remains unexperienced, or only half experienced, unreal, false needs fill the personality which then will make demands on others. False needs, even if gratified here or there, leave you empty and dissatisfied.
June 2014 Newsletter PRS15 / PL 92
Study Guide: Real and False Conscience, Real and False Guilt
Explore: Repressed needs and their relationship to Man’s State of Consciousness; Real and False Needs; Repression, Manipulation, Displacement, Substitution; and Sublimation
PL 93 Main Image, Repressed Needs
Reviews concepts on Images, Repressed Needs, and Defensive Systems. "Resistance to change is one of the greatest hurdles to be overcome. It can be rationalized in many ways, but whatever is the conscious "reason" for such resistance, deep down you all battle against giving up the "glory" of your idealized self. That, especially, you fear above and beyond anything else."
Explore: Overcome resistance by making your work personal; How an image comes into existence; Repressed Needs; and Defense Mechanisms
PL 94 Real Self vs. Superficial Self
The real self is actually so much nearer to you than you realize. In fact, there are areas in your life where you do act out of your real self, but you do not know it because it is such a natural process. As yet, you cannot distinguish between this kind of action and the action coming forth from the superficial layers.
July 2018 Newsletter PL 94 Overview
Study Guide Real Self vs. Superficial Self
Explore: Real Self vs. Superficial Levels of Personality; Tension and Anxiety result from the Superficial Self; Sin and Neurosis; Split Concepts Create ConfusionYouTube Introduction to PL 94 20 mins
PL 97 Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a rigid, static, unrealistic picture of life, of others, of self. The stronger perfectionism, the harder the brunt of self‑condemnation. Perfectionism denies the temporary reality of imperfection in a most unhealthy way.
March 2015 Newsletter PRS9 / PL97
Study Guide Perfectionism
Explore: How Perfectionism originates; Manipulation of feelings -> Pseudosolutions;
No Current -> Yes Current = JOY; and Finding a dynamic balance
PL 98 Wishful Day Dreams
Every dream contains a message of the unconscious and indicates that something is going on in it that the conscious mind should know about. Every personal emotion, reaction, feeling, is represented in dreams in picture language. Hence, a series of dream events, containing a great many details and happenings, when summed up, can be expressed in a couple of sentences.
April 2015 Newsletter PRS27 / PL98
Study Guide Dreams and Day Dreams
Explore: Eva’s teachings on Dreams EP1; Day Dreams PRS27; Spiritual Purpose of Sleep / Spiritual Paradoxes Translating Spiritual Messages to the Material World; and How Wishful Day Dreams fit into these concepts.
YouTube Presentation PL 98 29 mins
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Four Stages of Spiritual Evolution PL 127
PL 127 suggests that process work usually follows a pattern as we become conscious of the spiritual meaning within daily life. Download full text here.
Stage 1: Automatic Reflex
Automatic Reflex describes living in a lack of awareness. Where we are in alignment with spiritual truth, we may not feel called to become more aware. Where we are out of alignment with spiritual truth, a sense of discomfort, defensiveness, or negativity must result.
Stage 2: Awareness
Awareness is an ongoing, intuitive process of awakening to truth. Gradually or abruptly, we begin to feel a discrepancy between what we believe (or desire) and what we experience.
Stage 3: Understanding
Understanding results from taking action to support our inner calling. Occasionally the process is simple, like finding the 'pea' under the mattresses and removing it. A moment of epiphany may allow us to feel the divine truth of oneness.
Stage 4: Knowing
We are able to accept what 'is'. We work with truth as we know it, accept who we are while continuing to gain awareness and develop understanding. Knowing is a paradox: a relaxed state enabled by an ongoing commitment to awareness (real-life, real-time, working with both internal and external feedback) and ever-deepening understanding.
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