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Pathwork Steps
April 2015 

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In this issue:

Dreams and Day Dreams PRS 27 & PL 98

Eva Pierrakos's Teaching on Dreams
Remembering Dreams

The Spiritual Purpose of Sleep

Spiritual Paradoxes:
Seeing only a small part of the whole
Hows the Water?
An impossible object

Day Dreams / WIshful Day Dreams

Pointers on Dream Interpretation EP1
Worksheet by Eva Pierrakos

March Issue of 'In Connection'
Newsletters from The International Pathwork Foundation

Film Suggestions
Learning New Dimensions
It's Groudhog Day in the Cosmos
Cognitive Dissonance

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Dreams and Day Dreams PRS 27 & PL 98

         Because March has 5 Sundays and both Easter and Passover are celebrated during the first week of April, I am adding a week to the April topic and starting a week early. 
          The next lecture in sequence would have been Mass Images PRS11. However, the way I approach Images requires some practice understanding the world of spirit. So I lept ahead to Dreams PRS27, which offers a number of practical and effective dream interpretation exercises. I hope these might be fun to play with during the holidays. Accessing the world of spirit introduces the concept of spiritual paradox, and how confusion between the spiritual plane and the earth plane results in Images.

Week 1:   Eva’s teachings on Dreams EP1
Week 2:   Day Dreams PRS27
Week 3:   Spiritual Purpose of Sleep / Spiritual Paradoxes
Week 4:   Translating Spiritual Messages to the Material World
Week 5:   Wishful Day Dreams PL98
 
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Eva’s teachings on Dreams --Remembering Dreams
 
             The sincere will to face oneself in honesty must be ascertained at such an occasion.  By having paper and pen handy, so that immediately upon awakening the dream is recorded in key words, (being filled in later), dreams will occur more easily.  It is advisable even to interrupt sleep for a few minutes in the middle of the night in order to write down the dream. A dream may appear strong and impressive at the moment, but may be completely forgotten a few minutes later. 

              This method has been proven effective again and again. People who were convinced that they simply could not dream, impressed their unconscious mind before retiring with this wish.  They were able to dream clearly, informatively and to write down the dream after awakening.  After noting down the dream instantly for a while they found later that they no longer needed this device.  They were able to remember quite well.

               As to frequency of dreaming:  the psychic mechanism, determining frequency, and even clarity, can be easily directed. After getting to know and understand the dream mechanism of one's psyche, one cannot help but marvel at the absolute genius of it.  The clarity, sharpness, accuracy of its observations, the wit and humor constantly displayed, the succinct proficiency with which a certain person, object, event, is chosen proves the superiority of the psyche's potential.  Several factors in one dream symbol are often cleverly combined to convey a truth that only this particular symbol could accomplish. 

              The conscious mind, with all its intelligence, could never duplicate this.  There is no better way to learn to believe in one's own, as yet unexplored, possibilities.  If the inner person can be such a genius in producing dreams, it can do other things as well.
PRS27

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The Spiritual Purpose of Sleep 
 
When you are unconscious, you are not aware.  Now, there are degrees, of course.  Do not imagine that your unconscious mind is either a perfect or wise super-creature, or a monstrous animal. As far as both [positive and negative aspects] are concerned, you may have different levels of awareness.  For instance, you may be conscious of certain factors in yourself or about general concepts, but you are not conscious of the entire significance.

The reason for being able to resolve certain problems during sleep, by instructing one's unconscious mind to do so, for instance, is due to the fact that knowledge exists in you of which you are not aware.  In certain states of relaxation and concentration (for instance, concentrating on the will before going to sleep), this unconscious knowledge can reach surface awareness.  Your entire striving on this earth sphere is to increase your own awareness of what is already stored in you.  In such a state of relaxation, it is also possible for spirit helpers to aid in bringing your own knowledge to the surface.  In other words, it is a combination of the spirit world working with your own real self.    PL98
 

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Spiritual Paradoxes; Seeing only a small part of the whole

The perception of the human mind is specifically faulty in that you take what you see as the whole.  Yet you only see small segments.  This then alters the nature of the perceived aspects of reality. 
PL211 Outer Events Reflect Self Creation -- Three Stages 
 
Dimensions: Just as the time element is so entirely different on earth from that in the true reality of spirit, so it is with dimension, or, if you prefer, with geographical denotations: above/below, right/left, etc., i.e., the dimensions which you are able to comprehend on earth.  When man sheds his body, he goes inside, into the spiritual spheres, because the whole universe is within man, factually! PL10

Colors: “there are more colors in the spirit world than you know of.  There are colors for which you do not even have a name and that cannot be described to you because this is impossible. I might compare it in this way.  If you have a long work of literature of a thousand pages and you write a synopsis of five pages, to give a very general idea about the contents, in that way you may compare the colors that have been given to mankind.” PL14

Spheres: “Spiritual spheres are all over the universe: the planets, the different stellar systems, and even in the space between.  But even right on your earthly sphere, you have all kinds of spiritual spheres just the same in the whole scale from the lowest to the highest.  For distance in the world of spirit is not measured by your geographical measurements.  Therefore, it is possible that many spheres exist on the same geographical or material spot.  They overlap one another.” PL15

Creation: “Your attitudes, your opinions, your feelings, your thoughts create the spiritual worlds even though you may still live on earth.  Thus you each create the world which will be yours.” PL 21 “For as you know, every thought, every feeling, every ambition, every act is form in spirit and thus creates a world.” PL 22

Spiritual Concepts: “these principles are visible, not only the entities but also the forces.  They are visible in the form of rays, fine threads running through the atmosphere.  They are noticeable not only by various colors and shades but also by scent and tone and other means of perception that you do not know of as human beings.” PL29

Jan's introduction to this topic can be watched on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/PxhMD0eFwPk 27 mins
          There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” David Foster Wallace 2005

          When we read the Guide’s descriptions of the spirit world, we unconsciously project our existing beliefs and knowledge into the description. Our 3D human paradigm is analogous to being a young fish in water.  How can we understand the limitations of human understanding,…if our human understanding limits us… from understanding it’s own limitations?
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An 'Impossible Object': 
Something that can be drawn in 2D but which cannot be created in 3D
An ‘impossible object’ is a type of optical illusion. In most cases, the impossibility becomes apparent after viewing the figure for a few seconds  Yet the initial impression of a 3D object remains even after it has been contradicted. The unsettling nature of impossible objects occurs because of our natural desire to interpret 2D Drawings.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_object
                    
This ‘unsettling’ sensation is cognitive dissonance, where we see two desirable outcomes that are in conflict with each other. With impossible objects, we want the rules of a 3D world to apply to the 2D drawing that defies those rules. We want to believe our imaginations.
 
 If we did not know what a 3D object looked like, we would not feel 'unsettled'.

So this illusion only works because we already know what a 3D object is. Similarly, when we feel ‘unsettled’ about a spiritual matter, it may be because we are remembering, but cannot access the knowledge.with our conscious mind.

One explanation for the fractured logic of our dreams is that when we return from from the world of spirit, the knowledge and learning that we have gained must be disassembled, because it can’t exist inside a 3-dimensional universe.  Our ‘fortified pictures’, visions, and constructs must be replaced with objects we can conceive of. 
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Day Dreams

QUESTION: Where is the line of demarcation between the artists concept and daydreaming?
ANSWER: That is a very good question.  I would put it this way.  When the artist puts his daydreams into actual creations, then it ceases to be a daydream.  And when the artist plays with these thoughts of fantasy only for the purpose of creating, of fulfilling, of giving something to other people and not in order to drug himself so as not to face an unpleasant reality, then he is on the right path and not going over the borderline.  And again, like in all these things, only the individual himself can determine where the borderline lies.  No one else can do it for him.  Only by very severe self‑testing can this be accomplished.    
PL15 Influence Between the Spiritual World and the Material World
 
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Wishful Day Dreams

Basically, there are two different kinds of wishful daydreams.  One kind comes from thoughts, and the thoughts come from drives.  These drives are connected with your idealized self‑image, your self‑glorification, inadequacy, your lack of self‑confidence.

The second category of wishful daydreaming is emotional in nature and comes from needs, as opposed to those from drives.  Your repressed, unrecognized needs may create an even stronger force just because they are repressed.  This force must have an outlet, which then occurs often through this other kind of daydreaming

QUESTION:  What is the difference between drives and needs?
ANSWER:  A need is a very basic function of the human entity.  A need is something real unless it is displaced and superimposed with an unreal one.  A drive, as I mentioned earlier, comes from compulsions which, in turn, come into existence out of misconceptions, out of your images, your lack of belief in yourself, your idealized self‑image, and from resorting to pseudosolutions.  All these create drives, while the needs may be wants that are utterly healthy. PL98
 

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Pointers on Dream Interpretation
by Eva Pierrakos EP1 (summarized)
 

1. It is most important that you make personal associations.  Therefore, it often takes a long time to really work a dream through and understand its full meaning.

2. No matter how ‘silly’, unimportant, or crazy a dream may appear, it always contains something of importance. 

3. If a dream is fully interpreted and understood, it always contains a special message, even if this message just repeats something the person already knows. 

4. There are general dreams that show the entire inner situation; past, present, and future. Since these dreams show the objective aspect, they are called objective dreams.They show but a momentary aspect of one’s inner life, and the are called subjective dreams.

5. The dream is often obscured in the constant battle of the personality between concealing and disclosing the truth. Gross exaggeration and repetition should be respected.

6. Almost all people or situations in a dream are part of oneself. They represent an aspect of the self, or they show one’s reaction to a person or situation.

7. A dream situation, a person or an object has to be analyzed by free association as to its general or specific meaning to the dreamer. Any dream event or action or happening that cannot be analyzed by personal associations should be tackled from this approach: What does the event or action generally mean? What does it stand for? Brought in this way to its simplest terms, a striking answer can usually be found and then applied to the dreamer’s personal inner life.

8. There are general dream symbols that may apply to everybody. By thinking and feeling through, by free association, and by looking into the concept on such, one is inevitably bound to find the solution. For example, one dreams about an animal. It is much better to disregard the knowledge that this may be a part of the instinctual nature, which may lead to a pat answer that is not felt through. Rather investigate: What does this animal mean to me? Do I like it or fear it? Is it destructive or useful? Is it low or noble? What are my opinions and emotions in regard to it? 

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In Connection

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Film Suggestions

Learning New Dimensions: The 4th Dimension with Carl Sagan:
          In the TV documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan recounts the fable of ‘Flatland’ by William Abbot, using cardboard cutouts on a desktop to illustrate how beings might live and move in a world of only 2 dimensions. Abbot was trying to demonstrate the difficulties of understanding dimensions beyond the three that humans perceive, by showing us how frightening and incomprehensible it would be for 2-dimensional being to encounter a 3-dmiensional sphere.
          Then, Sagan describes a tetrahedron, a 4-dimensional cube. He cannot show it to us because it can only exist in a 4-dimensional world. Yet this hidden reality can be seem by shining a light through a plastic model. The 4th dimension can only be experienced indirectly, in the objects shadow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnURElCzGc0 7mins

Einstein's Theory of Gravity = It's Groundhog Day in the Cosmos
http://nyti.ms/18mh9Mn 3mins
Steve Jobs' genius may have been in making hon-human things intuitive to humans. Some of the shortest films I find are examples of the same kind of genius. Enjoy!

An explanation of Cognitive Dissonance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z-0QNhf6eM 3 mins
 â€œThe test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
 

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Daily Review

Exercise: Keep a daily review (PL28) for one week focusing upon your dreams daydreams, or wishful thinking / wishful daydreams.

Day dreams and wishful thinking may be captured succinctly, but sleep dreams often don't make sense, so can't be described as briefly. See 'Remembering Dreams' above for suggestions on how to remember your sleep dreams, as well as what to do if you don't seem to have any.

All you need is a ½ page of lined paper per day.  Create 5 columns. At some point, jot down each day these brief notes about each incident (limit:4-5 per day).

1. Two to three sentences to identify each incident, or your notes
          Only translate your dreams into stories or sequences in this step!

2.  What feelings or emotional reactions were expressed

3.  The judgments or conclusions that felt obvious to you

4.  Notice if having had the dream creates a sense of relaxation, pleasure, or relief

5.  At the end of the week, read through your entries. Go through the 8-point list of 'Pointers for Dream Interpretation' for each dream and notice repetitive elements or exaggerations.  You may also mark S for subjective, for objective, and W for wishful if you can tell which elements were present.

6.  See if you can find any patterns. For Instance, legitimately expressing negative emotions, including grief, or positive ones, without shame; being seen as a savior or hero, or being exposed as not good enough; getting everything just the way you want, or losing everything. Jot these down in the last column. 

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Origins of The Path to the Real Self
 
During 2014-2015, I have been using chapters from The Path to the Real Self  (PRS) by Eva Pierrakos as the jumping-off point for exploring Pathwork concepts.  These study guides include portions of the PRS chapters as well as quotes from the free, numbered lectures that describe the concept in greater detail. This month, I also summarized ‘Some Pointers on Dream Interpretation’ by Eva from the Additional Materials collection, catalogued as EP1.
 
The PRS is considered ‘advanced material’ because each chapter synthesizes the concepts into a holistic perspective. For instance, once Unity and Duality (PRS 25 and PL 143) is understood (through personal experience) it becomes easier to notice that it is referenced in every single lecture. The last chapter is dated December 1967, just after PL 158 was delivered. The book is available as a Kindle title on Amazon, and is included with the DVD-Rom of Pathwork lectures and Additional Materials from www.pathwork.org.
 
The PRS can feel confusing, because authorship changes back and forth between Eva to the Guide. There is a clear difference in syntax between the two; it is easy to tell that Eva is the author of the Preface, where she describes her 5-year process of becoming a medium (download from www.janrigsby.com ). Chapter 1 went missing early on, and by Chapter 2 the Guide seems to be the primary ‘voice’. There are even Q&A sessions at the end of several chapters, just like the lectures.
In PRS 27, Eva’s teachings on dream interpretation, based on advanced trainings, are clearly delineated. The Guide’s portion starts on page 6 as ‘Day Dreams --continuation of the lecture’.  
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