Pathwork Steps
December 2015 

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In this issue:

Surrender PL 254

Week 1:  Surrendering to The Power of the Word PL 233

Week 2:  Surrendering to the Spiritual Meaning of Crisis PL 182

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Week 3:  Surrendering to Reality PL 230

Week 4:  Leadership as a form of Surrender PL 237

Tool of the Month: 
The Power of the Word PL 233

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Working with The Power of the Word

Language is not objective. Words communicate subjective interpretations and cultural paradigms. For instance, today the word ‘surrender’ is most widely interpreted on military, material, or emotional levels. As defined on

1. To relinquish possession or control of (something) to another because of demand or compulsion: surrendered the city to the enemy. See Synonyms at relinquish.

2. To give up in favor of another, especially voluntarily: surrendered her chair to her grandmother.

3. To give up or abandon: surrender all hope. 

In my experience, the use of ‘key’ words in the lectures tend to refer to the original use and meanings, which are usually closer to the etymology [=true sense of a word]. These last two definitions reflect the kind of surrender referred to in PL 254.

4. To give over or resign (oneself) to something

5. To submit to the power of another, especially after resisting;

[Etymology: from Old French surrendre : sur-, sur- + rendre, to deliver]

That is, in surrendering to God you are surrendering to the inherent spiritual power of truth, rather than to an authority figure.

We tend to project human nature onto other living organisms. Watch any nature program! We anthropormorphize deities – God is angry. We even use emotional words to describe natural events and laws of nature – the skies became threatening, nature abhors a vacuum.  
“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, 
people will believe it”
William James.

After a lifetime of projecting human feelings and desires onto every aspect of creation, we may not realize how such imaginary models distort our ability to understand spiritual matters.
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Week 1: Surrendering to The Power of the Word PL 233

 â€œYou often use the word surrender.  You sense that in this word is contained an important aspect of spiritual completion.  Yet there is also a great deal of confusion attached to this word which needs to be explored.  

A human being who is incapable of surrendering cannot find his core.  He cannot find his divine nature.  He cannot love.  He cannot truly learn and grow.  Such an individual is a very stiff, defended and closed up structure.  The ability to surrender is an essential inner movement from which all that is good can flow.

You need to surrender to the will of God.  Otherwise you will always remain attached to the very shortsighted and the much pain‑ and confusion‑ producing self‑will.  Surrender means a letting go of self, of cherished ideas, goals, desires, opinions ‑‑ all for the sake of truth.  For God is truth.

You also need to surrender to your own feelings.  If you do not, you will always impoverish yourself and shut out your feeling nature.  You become an automaton.  

You need to surrender to those whom you love.  This means trusting; giving the benefit of the doubt; being willing to yield if this serves the cause of the truth.  

You surely need to surrender to a teacher in any field you wish to learn.  If this basic surrender is lacking, no matter how much the teacher would have to give you, you could receive little, if anything.”
Surrender PL 254
Week 2: Surrendering to the Spiritual Meaning of Crisis PL 182

What is the real, 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. 

Change is an integral characteristic of life.  Where there is life there is unending change.  Only those who are still in fear and negativity, who resist change, perceive change as something that ought to be resisted.  They thus resist life itself, and the suffering closes more tightly in on them.   

Human growth means to free the inherent potentials, which are truly infinite.  Where negative attitudes stagnate, infinite unfoldment of these potentials is made impossible.  Only crisis can shake loose and tear down a structure that is built on wrong premises, contradictory to the laws of cosmic truth, love, and bliss. 
Crisis corrects the frozen state, which is always negative. 
The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis PL 182

Film Suggestions

Colorado: A Clock for 10,000 Years
Faith in Our Capacity for Greatness

From Syria: Faith in the Future

From Haiti: Transforming a Community's Energy with Color:
The Painter of Jalouzi

From Peru: Defending Our Communities and Our Heritage

From NYC: How anger Escalates into Mayhem -- A Cartoon about Traffic

Magazine Articles:

Dualistic Thinking vs Islamic Reality in Arizona
My Life in a Gray Zone 

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Week 3:  Surrendering to Reality
Humanity’s overall state of consciousness… is dualistic.  It is a combination of good and evil.  Man's belief system contains always this polarity.  Since his total belief system creates the environment, the earth sphere reflects exactly this polarity.  

If this world reflects the combination of the two polarities, there must also exist other worlds in which one side so overweighs the other that actually polarities no longer exist.  Spheres of evil (hell) would therefore only manifest pain, fear and suffering and no beauty at all, while spheres of good do not know any pain, fear, and suffering.
Art sometimes reflects this blissful world because the soul deeply knows it and longs to return to it.  Thus painters, musicians, poets, dancers give out a small measure of this complete world of bliss in which nothing ever dies or wilts; in which life gloriously finds forever new expressions without any break in consciousness that blots out the continuity of life. 
Those of you who are ready for or are closer to this state of consciousness will experience such artistic expressions, or the beautiful expressions of nature, as intensely healing and soothing, as encouraging and as incredibly desirable. 
But for those who are still deeply submerged in the darkness, such divine reminders and expressions are as painful as they are nourishing for the more enlightened spirit.  

Duality always spells conflict and strain, in one way or another.
Surrender PL 254
Week 4  Leadership as a form of Surrender
Leadership: The Art of Transcending Frustration PL 237
A leader, in the best sense of the word, has to, above anything else, want to give unselfishly -- not just theoretically and in principle while in practical life pettiness, ungivingness, and selfishness are expressed and even all too often denied and projected, but unselfish giving must exist really and truly in the smallest acts.  If you do not want to give unselfishly, you cannot assert your own leadership.  If you give grudgingly and unwilling because you pretend it is demanded of you, it cannot be called giving....  Your giving is no longer giving, and therefore it leaves others and you empty.  When you take the next step and say, "You see, I gave, and what do I get from it?" you negate the fact that your giving was never giving in the first place.  Thus you cunningly reinforce your resistance to giving. 

Another quality extremely necessary for the leadership that is awaiting many of you -- many of you -- is the ability to be impartial and objective.  

Another quality of leadership is the willingness to risk exposure and criticism.  

Still another absolutely essential quality of leadership that the infant or the infantile personality lacks and is unwilling to even consider is the attitude toward frustration.

So the first step is to make room for relaxing your reaction of utter disgust and outrage about frustration, your fear and anger about it; to challenge and question this reaction; and to consider it as being possibly faulty and erroneous. 

Thereby you make room for new faculties in you: the faculty that you can perhaps allow things to happen; the faculty that you find a new strength and wisdom to deal with something that does not bend according to your self-will.  This gives immense self-confidence and self-reliance that constant obedience to your self-will could never confer on you
PL 237
Tool of the Month

The Power of the Word PL 233

Let us first understand -- what is the word?  

The word is indeed the creative agent.  The word is a psychic nuclear point or a psychic nuclear explosion that creates movement and a systematic chain reaction, one link logically and inexorably following another until the word has become deed, fact, and finished creation.  

The word creates an energy pattern of further psychic nuclear points, each link, each point being a "word" too, a "sub‑creative agent," as it were.  Each word is a blueprint without which the structure cannot be built.  The word is expression and creation.  It is plan, knowledge, opinion, consciousness.  

The word is feeling, attitude, and intentionality.  The word carries immense energy powers of its own kind, differing from other energies.  The word is what is behind all creation.

 Creation cannot exist without a word spoken, known, held, believed in, and committed to in the area of that specific creation.  The word is a conglomerate of all of these and more.  

The word that is spoken reveals the will that motivates this particular word.  It can be the divine will or the will of the cut‑off, ignorant, and destructive particle of consciousness.  The word is the sum total of your beliefs in any given area where you speak the word ‑‑ be it conscious or not.  The word is the sun that creates the planets.  It is the energizing force and it is design.

You can say a word with a loud voice, or you can say a word inside of you.  The word that is not uttered by the voice, that is not heard by the ear outside, is not necessarily less powerful than the uttered word, pronounced with the vocal cords.  
PL 233

Daily Review PL 28

Exercise: Keep a record of incidents that disturb you. Focusing upon subtleties may help us from becoming distracted by exaggerating or over-dramatizing a situation. Notice feelings of discomfort, where your suspect you may be uninformed, ignorant, unprepared, or unaware. 

Each week, relate your observations with one the four sub-topics.

Week 1: Words that cause emotional reactions, anxiety, or discomfort. Look them up at, or use the Online Lecture Word Search to see how the word is used in the lectures.
(above). What differences do you notice between how you use the word. amd how you interpret it when others use it?

Week 2: Behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs that must change because of a crisis. Look at areas in your life where you feel stressed or threatened, and try to see them in terms of The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis. Where are you stuck, stagnant, lost? How might a negative event be an angel in disquise, offering to free you, or bring you back into alignment with your beliefs and values?

Week 3: Reluctance to face reality. Allowing dualistic thinking to unconsciously label uncomfortable or undesirable choices as bad, wrong, 'deadly' so that we can avoid considering them.

Week 4: Not wanting to give, yet wanting to be admired. Claiming objectivity when we know we are being subjective or even selfish.

All you need is a ½ page of lined paper per day.  Create 4 columns. At some point, jot down each day these brief notes about each incident (limit:10 per day).

1. Two to three words to identify each incident (no details
2. What feelings or emotional reactions came up
3The judgments or conclusions you came to at the time

At the end of the week, read through your entries and complete the last column:

4. What do I notice today about these moments?  Notice any patterns or common denominators. Jot these observations down in the last column.

5. Using your preferred form of meditation (sitting, walking, or while doing 'mindless' chores) reflect upon your early childhood experiences and how they might relate to any patterns you have become aware of.

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