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January 2017:

Transition to Positive Intentionality 

PL 198

Oops and Apology
A forcing current leads to mis-information

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Oops and Apology

In the December newsletter, I wrote that PL 257 was delivered in January 1973; it was actually delivered in January 1979.

I changed the December topic late in November while looking for guidance within the lectures regarding global tensions and the political turmoil within the US. At some point I read the date 'January 1973' which triggered a traumatic emotional memory for me. 

My distortion of the actual dates is an example of how a forcing current (the need to process a trauma) can distort perception (twisting facts to support emotional memory). 

I apologize for creating confusion, and for publishing my emotional correlation as fact. 

In addition, it feels important to admit that I knew something was 'up' when I tried to write about the connection, because it took dozens of rewrites to limit the reference to a single paragraph. Yet my forcing current had still managed to outwit my rational mind, which never questioned the obviously incorrect dates!  


Aspects of the Divine Influx PL 257

Video Intro -- December topic 6 mins

Cynthia Schwartzberg on The Process of Meditation PL 182  9 mins

Pathwork Foundation Newsletter 
December 2016: In Connection

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Will continue into February if there is enough interest

Transition to Positive Intentionality PL 198

Week 1:  The Great Transition
Week 2:  Recognizing Positive Intention
Week 3:  Recognizing Negative Intention
Week 4:  Transition to Positive Intentionality

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Week 1:  The Great Transition
How to Make the Great Transition PL 75
The transition from one state to the other is the most essential step on the path of evolution of an individual spirit entity.  At one time, in one life or another, it has to come.  When this transition is to occur, one can never determine.  It varies with each individual.  But on this path, a time has to come sooner or later -- and let us hope while you are still embodied in this life, in this particular incarnation -- when you do swing over from the one state to the other.
Phase 1:
At the very beginning of this path, you learn to recognize your faults, your weaknesses, your shortcomings on the most superficial, the most obvious level.
Phase 2:
 Find and deal with your complexes, your images, your unconscious confusions and conflicts, your misconceptions -- without judging yourself, without moralizing, without evaluating the right and the wrong, the good and the bad from an ethical standpoint, but rather to evaluate these findings as to correctness in thinking.
Phase 3:
You may find the very same faults you had discovered at the very beginning of your work and which you thought you have overcome.  And indeed you might well have done so on a surface level.  But you will undoubtedly find the same mistakes, or variations of them, deeply hidden within your innermost conflicts.

When you recognize their misconceptions, their wrong conclusions as compared with reality and fact; when also you understand where they came from and why; and when you further see what damage this unconscious wrong thinking causes you and others around you; if you can see and thoroughly understand all that without a feeling of guilt and oppression but rather in the spirit of joy, release, and victory that gives you strength and understanding about your own life and life in general; then the time has come for a new evaluation from an ethical and spiritual viewpoint.  Look inward to see and determine where you are selfish and proud, fearful and withdrawn.  Search deep within your inner conflicts, regardless of how otherwise it may appear on other levels of your personality.
Phase 4:
Searching deeply within your inner conflicts, misconceptions, you see and determine where you are selfish, proud, fearful, withdrawn. You acknowledge that there are two distinct states - the ego state and the love state.

You tune into, think, perceive, and feel the state of union with all.
How to Make the Great Transition PL 75
Week 2: Recognizing Positive Intentionality
December 1973 Christmas Message from the Guide,  PL 219

This extraordinary consciousness, the sublime consciousness, must be awakened within the course of the evolutionary journey of each entity.
Perhaps you can see your tree that you light, as a symbol expressing the many, many candles that have to be lit and be aflame within you in order to bring the total consciousness to its eternal glow on the outer level of your manifest existence.  Each recognition, each insight, each honest admission, each shedding of a partial mask, each breaking through of a defense, each step of courage and honesty where you take responsibility for your negativity is a lighting of yet another candle.  You bring light into your soul by bringing truth into your darkness.

But as long as you project your darkness outward in order not to face your own shadows, you cannot light the candles.  The great lighting of the whole "tree" ‑‑ the tree of life ‑‑ is an ongoing process.  And the more candles are being lit, the greater the joyousness and the glory becomes.

In this message I want to convey to you that there is nothing whatever that need be rejected, nothing whatever you cannot accept and forgive.  The only thing that is truly destructive and makes you lose your bearing is not doing so and therefore acting out.

In every negative quality, there is imbedded a positive one. The negative traits are nothing but distortions of positive divine expressions. True strength, true creativity, true love, true security, all these are candles that spring aglow from your honesty, your courage, your truthfulness, and from the faith you cultivate little by little that makes you overcome your fear to go all the way with yourself, to go through the fear and keep the possibility open that there is no abyss.
PL 219

A dozen questions from the audience follow, around how to distinguish the positive within specific negative character traits. These are included in the full study guide, download from or They are also available in 1996 Edited Version of PL 219 at
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Film and Reading Suggestions

Secret Ingredient for Success
Self-examination is the key to noodle-making! 

The Global Seed Bank 6 mins
15,000 years of agricultural development stored in the permafrost of Norway.

Misidentifying Short-Term Issues => Long-Term Problems
Many countries will experience massive population changes over the coming decades. This unusual article suggests how extrapolating current census figures can help identify future international political tensions.

My Best Trick for Staying Fit: Just tell the truth.
I’d rather be rude and healthy than compliant and obese. It also feels really good to politely dissent against cultural norms that were going to kill me.

Writing Tools for Non-Written Languages 4 mins
A script developed by missionaries makes our alphabet look like a mess!

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking
Deliberately visualizing the worst-case scenario tends to reduce anxiety about the future: when you soberly picture how badly things could go in reality, you usually conclude that you could cope.

9 Ways to Improve Your Love Life
A complilation of articles on how improving your self esteem and identifying your values may improve all your relationships.

Computers Suck at Translation 5 mins
PL 233 Emphasizes paying attention to the words we use. But what happens if the words we use mean different things in different cultures?

Tragedy Offered Athlete Steve Kerr a Vision
“The truly civilized man is marked by empathy,” Malcolm Kerr wrote; “By his recognition that the thought and understanding of men of other cultures may differ sharply from his own, that what seems natural to him may appear grotesque to others.”

Communicating with a species that operates outside of time
The movie Arrival explores the premise of Man's Relationship to Time PRS28/PL112

The Birth of a Tornado 5 mins
Amateur video that feels more dangerous than any action movie.
My question - what is the spiritual meaning of a tornado?

What Made WestWorld a Success
I watched all 10 episodes of Season 1 over a weekend. The series is salacious and violent, and also a profound query on how human consciousness might have developed.

Want to make a flower bloom?
Tickle it. 2 mins

Thank You For Being Late Thomas Friedman 2016
Available through libraries on digital media or hard copy. Welcome the Divine Influx through practical applications of Positive Intentionality: i.e., take advantage of pauses (being stood up / late appointments / delayed transport / heavy traffic) and use the time for personal reflection. "It is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter), but harder than ever to be a leader or merely “average.” Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). 

A Slow-Motion Pile-Uo in Montreal
I am not a fan of videos where harm is inflicted, to people or property. What struck me about this one was the no-fault aspect: during the first snowstorm of the year: everyone seems to have had their brakes on and be driving carefully
-- including the police car and the snow plow....

Week 3:  Recognizing Negative Intentionality
Jealousy, envy, and competitiveness = Belief in a limited universe
Why are they never, never true, justified feelings or emotional reactions?  Almost all human beings to some extent and some degree suffer from these totally unrealistic feeling experiences.  Children suffer it with one of their parents, with their siblings and their peers.  Adults suffer it with much of their environment.  Whenever someone else has or experiences something that they have not; jealousy, envy, and competitiveness come in.
These feelings are unrealistic because the underlying thinking derives from the assumption that the universe has only a limited supply of desirable things and experiences and that therefore what someone else receives is being taken away from you
This is not at all obvious and clear in your mind ‑‑ not even in your adult mind, let alone in those vague, confused emotions that you experience without knowing their meaning. The moment you believe in the premise that you have reason to feel deprived because someone else has something that you do not have (this is jealousy and/or envy), you also negate the fact that it is you who cuts yourself off from what you could have.  It is not others who do this to you.
It would therefore be wise if you examined your areas of jealousy, envy, and competitiveness very closely; if you admitted that whatever it is you envy, you negate; if you examined how you negate it, how you reject aspects of it which are necessary for the "acquisition" of what you are envious about; if you realized that others whom you envy must obviously have fulfilled the natural law inherent in all creative experience.  The more you do so, the deeper will be your understanding that the universe yields unlimited good to all entities who are open to receive it.  Therefore nothing need be begrudged.
PL 198
Week 4: Transition to Positive Intentionality

The positive expression is, for example, to give up the jealousy because you can wish to obtain what you covet, and you are prepared to pay the price.  You wish to examine in what way you grab without the concomitant conditions, which you refute.  You then cultivate the thought: "There is enough for me.  I can allow others to have.  Let them have it.  Do I really want it?  Do I pay the price for what I envy?  Do I really make my commitment to whatever it is I resent and envy the other person for?  If I do not make these commitments, do I have the right to want to take it from him, to begrudge him?"  You can then pray for your ability to love rightly in this respect: to let them have their joy.  As you treat yourself, so must you inevitably treat others
PL 198
Step 1: Recognizing that you already have some awareness of inner negativity
The first step is to realize that your negative intentionality is really not unconscious in the strict sense of the word.  It is not at all deeply repressed material.  It is really a conscious attitude and expression, only you have chosen to ignore it until you finally "forget" that it is there.  Sustained, deliberate looking away from something finally results in really not seeing what is there all along.  The moment the eye begins to focus again, it immediately becomes discernible.  Such is not truly unconscious material.  This difference is quite important.
PL 198
Step 2: Recognizing connections between inner negativity and outer negative events
It is not only necessary to admit the mistaken, destructive, mean, unrealistic attitudes; the next step is that you know exactly why they are so, how, in what way they distort truth.  You then can intelligently discuss the realistic situation instead of your childish, distorted view of it.  If you can do that; if you can first express the totally irrational desire and intent, the totally destructive attitude, and then express in what way this opposes reality, fairness, truth; then whatever the negativity, you will have made another major step toward changing negative into positive intentionality. 
PL 198

Daily Review PL 28

"This daily review can be conducted any time of the day, most suitable to you. When you ponder over an accumulation of days, in which ou took notice of your reactions, you will undoubtedly find a recurrent pattern." 
Constructive Attitudes in Self Confrontation PRS5


1. Consider the events of the day during the last few moments before you fall asleep, or after you wake up. Recalling disharmonious events and feelings enables us to stay conscious of them.
2. Notice, from day to day, any experiences or feelings that re-occur. See if you can notice any feelings of deprivation in the moments beforehand.
3. At the end of the week, jot down a few words about each of the most common feelings and experiences. What is the common denominator in each case?
Week 1: What phase (1-4) of The Great Transition does each item on your list represent re:  your spiritual evolution?
Week 2: See if you can find the positive intentionality within your experiences of disharmony.
Week 3: Notice how, when, and where you experience the earth plane as limited.
Week 4: Notice, without judgment, when you can detect negativity in your thoughts, feelings or  actions this week. Can you appreciate your courage, love, and wisdom in doing this?
4. At the end of a month, see if you can notice any connections between the most common intense feelings and experiences and your childhood memories. Glance through the titles of Pathwork Lectures 30 to 165, which focus upon the connections between childhood struggles, images, and relating with others. Make a list of any lecture titles that seem relevant to the repetitive emotional patterns you have noticed. Notice any themes or overall concepts.

The Guide refers to Daily Review as ‘spiritual hygiene’.

Weekly Pathwork Lecture Quotes

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Week 45:  To fulfill a task demands a great severity with the self by the self. It means that you have to count, not with recognition from any human side for a long time, but with people who take your help for granted, at best, and at worst they will be against you. You have to count that for a long time nobody but God and yourself will know what you are doing.  PL 27

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