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Pathwork Steps
June 2015 

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In this issue:

Love, Power, Serenity
as Divine Attributes and as Distortions
PRS 14 and PL 84


Note: the full study guide will not be available online until June 8th

Tool of the Month:
Interlocking Triads of Reason, Will and Emotion

Daily Review

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Love, Power, Serenity
as Divine Attributes and as Distortions
PRS 14 and PL 84


Week 1:  Pseudosolutions, Idealized Self Images, and Feelings
Week 2:  Love, Love, Love… All I need is Love
Week 3:  Power vs. Force: Leadership
Week 4:  Reason, Serenity, Wisdom

 
You may download the full month's study guide from www.janrigsby.com (2015 teleconference page) or from www.pathworksteps.org/teleconferenceschedules.
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Basic Pathwork Concepts

Everyone interprets the Pathwork lectures according to their own needs, preferences, gifts and abilities.  Yet we also filter out or misinterpret what we are not yet willing or able to understand.

The concepts of Three Basic Personality Types: Reason, Will and Emotion PL 43 offer a way to understand our unique divine essences, plus the baggage (in terms of defenses and distortions) that we mistakenly believe are necessary to safeguard and develop our gifts. Yet our task in this lifetime is not just to display what is best in us: the nitty-gritty task of the incarnatory process is to purify and transform the false beliefs and misconceptions that prevent us from being our best.

As a Will type who enjoys order (Reason), I see and appreciate the magnificent inner structure of the lectures. That is, I notice the connections made within each lecture to a few basic concepts, and I find that once clients and students gain a working knowledge of these basic concepts -- and practice them, as I still do on a daily basis -- the lectures are not as complex or challenging as they may seem at first.

My 3 basic spiritual concept list: Unity and Duality PL 143 + every lecture; Images PL 38-42, 57, 83, 83, and dozens of others; The Plan of Salvation PL 17-22, 34.

Then, on the level of personality, there are 3 themes on how we are working on our false beliefs, misconceptions, and distortions day to day: Childhood Hurts PL 73 plus the Image lectures; Relationship PL 180 plus every lecture about resistance; and Personality Types PL 30,43,83,84, and 248 and any lecture that suggests 3 alternate responses to life.

There is one more triad, on dealing with negative intentionality (our NO to growth and transformation PL 113, 176, 184, 195), negativity (resistance PL 139, 161), and acting out (Lower Self PL 14 and the destructive child consciousness masquerading as adult ego PL 97, 199). This area of study usually requires a strong commitment to the Pathwork way of working, including deep personal process work. Because these studies encourage us to expose our negative intent on a soul level, it is important to be grounded in how the spiritual and the human planes operate before putting our focus here. 

There is no 'usual' or 'normal' starting place. We begin at the place where we come into awareness. Some souls come into consciousness as the result of an epiphany, and seek the lectures which are spiritual oriented to understand their new perspective of life. Some are seeking answers to the disharmonies of human life in community, relationship, and inner turmoil.  Some are 'on the rebound', having embraced negativity and realizing the pain and destruction it creates.

During each annual teaching cycle, I try to include selections from each of these triads -- 9 elements in all -- so that everyone can find their own starting point for further exploration.

This month, we re-visit elements of the Three Personality Types of Reason, Will and Emotion.
 

Warm regards, Jan

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Love, Power, Serenity
As Divine Attributes and as Distortions

Excerpts from the Study Guide for Online Meetings


Pseudosolutions, Idealized Self Images, and Feelings
 
Love, power and serenity  are three divine attributes which encompass all perfection, harmony, and all other divine attributes.  In a highly developed entity, these three principles work side by side, in perfect harmony.  They complement and strengthen one another.  A flexibility of soul, a high degree of awareness, prevent these attributes from contradicting and interfering with one another.
 
In an imperfect being, these aspects seem contradictory and mutually exclusive.  If one of these attributes is (unconsciously) chosen as an exclusive, or predominant, solution to life's problems, distortion results, followed by inevitable conflict.
 
Distortion of love is submissiveness, appeasement, self‑betrayal, enslavement, subservience, loss of selfhood and integrity.  This price is paid in the vain hope that this "solution" is supposed to bring complete security and possession of the "loved" person. 
 
Distortion of power is aggressiveness, hostility, cruelty, being domineering, in the hope that this enables the person to master all situations in life. 
 
Distortion of serenity is withdrawal from involvement and commitment, and indifference, in the idea that this "solution" avoids problems.  
PRS 14

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Free Presentation in NYC June 12
 
The New York Region Pathwork sponsors a monthly Friday Night Lecture Presentation in Manhattan on the 2nd Friday of each month. On June 12th at 7pm, Jan will facilitate a discussion on The Spiritual Meaning of Relationship PL 180. Join us at Shetler Studios on 54th Street if you are in town!

There are also plans to create an in-person process group, meeting in Manhattan or Brooklyn. Each series will consist of six 2-hour bi-weekly meetings, just like the online process groups.  Please contact Jan if you are interested in receiving more details.

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Love, Love, Love… All I need is Love
 
  If the pseudo‑solution is "love," the feeling is "if only I were loved, everything would be all right."  Love is not only supposed to solve all  problems of life ‑‑ also those have nothing to do with love ‑‑ but the concept of it is utterly one‑sided.  The person does not recognize manifestations of genuine love because his demands are geared to a particular aspect of what seems proof of being loved; perhaps the fulfillment of all his desires; or demands for being indulged in and accepted without criticism, regardless of how justified it may be; or taking on the responsibility for the self.  No matter how much love is extended to this type of person, the slightest frustration, the most justified criticism, will convince him that he is not loved, maybe even rejected. PRS 14

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Power vs. Force: Leadership
 
Distortion of the divine attribute of power seems to have a diametrically opposite outer effect [than that of love = submission], but the effect on the psyche is similar.  The person who believes that power and sheer will solve all problems aims at being invulnerable, at always being in control of all situations, at never to lose, never to give in.  As this is impossible in life, the aim remains forever an illusion.  This personality's insincerity and self‑deception are just as great as the former's [love].

In this pseudo‑solution, all emphasis is put on the power drive.  Salvation seems to lie in dominion over others, winning at all cost, being right at all times; ruling in all respects (as far as this pseudo‑solution is extended in the psyche).  This personality's lie is claiming that the actual strength of being able to lose be weakness, and that the weakness of being unable to take a loss, or a frustration of will, be strength.  Moveover, the insincerity lies in claiming he never loses, he always rules ‑‑ which, of course, is not so.  In order to attempt this goal, aggressiveness, toughness, ruthlessness, hostility, un‑concern, inconsideration, competitiveness, flagrant selfishness, are glorified and their opposites looked down on.  These attitudes are as artificial and unreal as the softness and helplessness of the submissive type. PRS 14
 
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Reason, Serenity, Wisdom
 
Serenity in distortion means evasion from issues, from life, from difficulties or decisions, from risk.  It means withdrawal.  It does not commit itself wholly to anything, forever remaining on the fringes of any given issue or life situation.  It always acts, "as if," thus being fraudulent in a different way from the other two, mentioned before.
 
He who makes serenity his pseudo‑solution cannot stand pain, suffering and disappointment.  He goes to such length to avoid them that he must, finally, meet with them to a much stronger degree than if he had not cheated life and himself, as well as others, in order to avoid them.  As the other two, this does not lead him to search and find that he has adopted a faulty way of life.  On the contrary, he believes he was not good enough in living his chosen way of life, and tries to reinforce it. PRS 14
 
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Tools for the Month: 

Interlocking Triads of the Personality Types of Reason, Will and Emotion
 
PL 43 Personality Type of   Reason             Will                    Emotion

PL 30 Defense:                     Pride                   Self-Will              Fear
PL 83 ISI/Mask                     Serenity               Power                Love
PL 84 In Distortion                Withdrawal          Aggression         Submission
PL 43 Greatest Fear             Chaos                 Helplessness      Disconnection
=> Must have (at any cost)      => Certainty         => Control         => Connection
PL 248 Evil                          Materialism          Separation          Half-truths
PL 43 Divine Gift                 Wisdom &            Courage &         Unitive Love &
                                            True Serenity       Leadership         Compassion

Exercise: Complete each one of the following sentences at least 10 times:
     1. "I'm better than..." "When I am disappointed I..." "If I were loved..."
      2. " I must have..." "If I were in charge..." "If I became helpless..."
      3. "I'm afraid of..."  "If only I were loved..." "If only I could be like that..."
Which one to you tend to identify with most? Which answers feel 'charged', as if there is something important at stake? Do your answers have anything in common?  No one is a pure type, so our answers may seem to fit more than one category.
 
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Daily Review

Exercise: Become aware of your most common defenses. distortions, pseudosolutions, and idealized self image(s). For one week, notice any feelings of confusion, pain, dismay, or despair.

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. 

4. Notice any patterns or common denominators, based upon the above chart. Jot these 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. Can you identify the dominant personality 'type' acted out by your parents or other authority figures? Notice how your 'solutions' may have been in response to the defenses and solutions of others.
 
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In Connection

 
Read the Quarterly Newsletter of The International Pathwork Foundation

Topic: Love and Unity

http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=149b578a83345b140d3028616&id=5f715ef20d&e=48d93c7706
 
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P.S. to the May Topic

Images can be overw

Yet I found a movie to illustrate them! Had to edit it down to 11 minutes to remove the melodrama and subplots and expose the Images dialogue. Will be firming a video summary on this topic (including the 11 minute movie segment) this weekend for my YouTube channel.



Video Intro to Mass Images: https://youtu.be/4NgsNOozKr4 11 mins
Full playlist of topic summaries:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-sdW7uxVCY

 

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