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January


Fundamental Guilt for Not Loving PL 108


Resolutions and Restitutions

2015: The Best Year in History

for the Average Human Being

Week 1 Restitution As An Ongoing Process PL 109

Week 2:  The Deeper Guilt - Not Loving PL 108

Film Suggestions  &
Pathwork Foundation Newsletter

The Butterfly Wing Theorem

Week 3:  Tool of the Month: Pride, Self Will, and Fear PL 30

Week 4:  The Process is the Medicine PL 108

Daily Review

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Resolutions and Restitutions

            In a nod to New Year’s Resolutions, a suggestion: make a list of those to whom you feel you owe restitution. Write a letter to each person. Do not send or share these letters.

            Spend some time reviewing PL 108 and/or this study guide. Consider whether there is a deeper source of guilt, from not loving.

            After a few weeks, review your letters. Have you had a change in attitude? Ask:, what would love do here? Can restitution honestly be made without a change in attitude?

2015: The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being
 

Daily news stories focus on what goes wrong. It can leave us with the wrong impression on how things are going overall.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/good-news-in-2015/421200/?utm_source=nl__link8_121815
Week 1: Restitution for Real Guilt PL 109

Restitution may often lie in a change of attitude, in increased concern for others, in less selfish pseudo‑protections, leaving others hungry for fulfillment.  Deep understanding of one's hidden conflict must, eventually, have this effect. 

In some cases, deeds, acknowledgement, admission, may be adequate restitution because it may heal a sore wound, restore impaired self‑doubt of the other person.  It may, thus, restore belief in mankind and give courage to go on with the struggle of living.  In some instances, restitution may give badly needed practical help. If restitution is not a glib, cheap disposal of a duty done in order to appease the conscience, as though it were an unreasonable taskmaster, fixed rules of conduct are not necessary.
Pl 109
 
The 12 Step Process of Restitution: Step 9
http://www.12step.org/the-12-steps/step-9/
 
Wherever possible, make direct amends / restitution to all persons you have harmed, except when to do so would injure them or others. Good judgment, a careful sense of timing, courage, and prudence – these are the qualities we shall need for Step 9.
 
Restitution As An Ongoing Process
Step 10:  … and when we are wrong to promptly admit it.
 
Wendy Davis, a former state senator and gubernatorial candidate from Texas:
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/wendy-davis-open-carry-gun-rights-texas-213423?o=0
 
Week 2:  The Deeper Guilt - Not Loving PL 108

Little and unjustified guilts are a substitute for the real guilt of withdrawal, nonloving, isolation ‑‑ in other words for violating the great cosmic inner forces, of breaking the flow, as it were.  This is a very deep‑rooted guilt that prevents you from freedom and self‑assertion, from the feeling that you deserve to be happy.  

I would like to point out, again, that deep within there is something that has not said yes to the fight, to the challenge, that life puts to you also in a good sense, not in a hostile one. 
Find this little voice, bring it out into the open, and then see its meaning and significance.  You will find that this voice belongs to a greedy child that wants everything and wants to give nothing.  Ascertain the selfishness and laziness in this voice after it is taken out of hiding. 

Once you understand its nature, see it without false moralizing and justifications, you will desire to change.  In mature responsibility is also love and unselfishness.  Find where, why, how, and in what respect these are lacking in your lazy resistance against the assuming of responsibility in your life (or only doing so because you have to), and then you will eventually change your inner attitude and thus be with life rather than against it.  
PL 108

Film Suggestions for Gaining New Perspectives:

What does it really look like to live on a blue marble?
http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/417309/our-place-in-the-universe/

What would our life review be like if we clumped all the similar experiences together?
http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/419508/sum-vignette-of-writer-david-eaglemans-work/

Magazine Articles

New Yorker - December 2015 issue on World Changers.
I was struck by the sacrifices that the profiled individuals may have chosen to make in order to offer their gifts to us.  Introduction HERE.


Pathwork Foundation Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from the Pathwork Foundation:

http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=149b578a83345b140d3028616&id=5b21c81c0c&e=48d93c7706
The Butterfly Wing Theorem
 
As for Mr. Mekas, at year’s end I asked him whether having experienced the Soviet invasion of Lithuania as a child and having been put in a Nazi forced labor camp, he was an optimist. He took a few stabs at an answer before giving up, then sent an email message the next day.

“I would say, that I am applying the ‘butterfly wing’ theory to my everyday life,” he wrote. “It’s a kind of moral dictum, moral responsibility to keep in mind that whatever I do this second affects what the next second will be. So I try not to do anything negative, which is my best insurance that the world will be better next second, or at least not worse. But of course, my positive action may be undermined by 100 negative actions of others and so it may mean nothing. But I still have to follow that dictum. You can call it optimism.”

From The Wisdom of the Aged, last in a series of articles from the NY TImes by John Leland. To read the full article click:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/27/nyregion/the-wisdom-of-the-aged.html?emc=edit_th_20151227&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54982637

You have no idea about the strength of your own spirit. 

You constantly underestimate it and believe yourself to be much weaker and much more ineffectual than you actually are.  Since you must experience according to your belief, it is difficult to find out how strong you really are. 

You can create anything, for you contain all divine creative tools.  And of course you do exactly that.  Some of your creations are, as we know, undesirable, springing from negative beliefs and distorted notions. 

If only you could see the immense power that lies in your thoughts, in your beliefs, in your attitudes, in your desires.

PL 254, Surrender

Week 3:  Tool of the Month

Pride, Self Will, and Fear PL 30
Based upon a worksheet by Elizabeth Mylonas
 
1. Sentence completions. Say each one several times. Notice which one(s) generate the most real-world answers, feel most justifiable, are most comfortable to express:
                                                Pride: ‘I’m better than…’
                                                Self-Will: ‘I must have…’
                                                Fear: ‘I’m afraid of…’
 
2. Notice if specific relationships tend to activate different attributes. What does this tell you about yourself? About your relationship to your mate? Boss? Parents? Children? Etc.

Quotes from PL 108:

As I said, they are the fundamental aspects that prohibit love and thus make the soul disturbed. In each individual case, you will have to start from wherever you are conscious of feelings and reactions that indicate this condition.  You may first find these aspects in your own terminology. 

They may at first appear to have no similarity with either pride, self‑will, or fear.  Yet, when you look at it closely and analyze the significance of these findings, you will always come back to this triad.  And when you go even a step further, you will see that these three attitudes directly prohibit love and are the contrary of it.  Because of it, you harbor this deep‑seated guilt somewhere, whether or not you are now aware of it. 

Hence you take burdens of attitude and behavior upon yourself that are infinitely more difficult than the original state of love your soul wishes to grow into.
PL 108
 
Week 4:  The Process is the Medicine PL 108
 
A paradox: 

The more the soul, due to its development, due to its characteristics, is ready for loving [paradoxically] the greater the potential for spiritual development. And the more this [readiness for loving] is obstructed, the greater is the protest. 

Therefore the protest itself, unpleasant as it may feel, is the medicine. 

Human psychologists [do not] sufficiently understand that the neurosis itself is, in a sense, the first step to the cure of the soul. 

The sickness is not caused by outer events, but by violation of the soul, preventing it from developing its potential.

Without painful manifestation, the person would be unaware that something is amiss.  What is considered an illness is, at the same time, a medicine.  It is both.  
PL 108

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, wee if you can relate with the four sub-topics.

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

4. At the end of the week, read through your entries and complete the last column: Jot these observations down in the last column.

4. At the end of the week, read through your entries and complete the last column:
 
Week 1:  If, now or later, I realized that I contributed something to these disharmonious events, what would restitution look like in this case? Jot these observations down in the last column.
 
Week 2:  How could a more loving attitude on my part might have changed the dynamics of the disharmony, either in my attitude towards myself or to others?
 
Week 3:  Consider which element – Pride, Self-Will, or Fear – might have been most prevalent in the interacdtion.
 
Week 4: If the process is the medicine – we may need to understand the illness better in order to use our understanding as the medicine. What personality faults in me tend to precipitate or aggravate these disharmonies? What undeveloped (or underdeveloped) aspects am I better able to see because of these disharmonious events? 

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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