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March:


Aspects of the Divine Light

PL 203



Index of Links to Self-Study Materials

Study Guide Outline Weeks 1 & 2
Samples from the 4 weekly notices

Film and Reading Suggestions

Study Guide Outline Weeks 3 & 4

Daily Review

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February Review: The Superstition of Pessimism PL 236
YouTube 6 mins
 

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Highlights from Aspects of the Divine Spark PL 203 

Week 1:   Feelings as an aspect of the Divine Light
Week 2:   Realities beyond human knowing
Week 3:  Creation as movement, movement as Creation
Week 4:   Pride, Self-Will, and Fear

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The formal name of this lecture is  Interpenetration of the Divine Light Spark in the Outer Regions – Mind Exercises”.  The Guide realized how abstract this topic may seem, and says “This is not just to give you information and teach you cosmology.  Whatever I say about creation must be of immediate, practical value for your own development.”

Consider the more abstract passages as poetry, reading them from a feeling level rather than intellectually. Exercises emphasize the use of mind to understand multiple levels of feeling.

Week 1:   Feelings as an aspect of the Divine Light                                                                                       
Each human being is an aspect of the greater consciousness, which is all one. On the very deepest level there is a consciousness "aspect," if you will, that surpasses in beauty, wisdom, strength, and love even your best intentions, even your best capacities of bringing into unity your inner and, consequently, later also into your outer dissensions.
 
It is the same with creation as a whole.  You are an aspect of the overall, total consciousness just as a specific aspect within you is an aspect of your total personality
 
For the more you realize you are all, the more you will be you, the more complete you will be, the more whole you will be, and not the less.
 
PL 203
Week 2:   Realities beyond human knowing

Once again I must repeat and remind you how difficult it is to put reality into the confines of human language.  For human language, its terms and concepts, are fashioned according to a much narrower aspect of reality.  Thus my words can always be misunderstood and therefore distorted or simply appear meaningless and not understandable if not confusing and contradictory.  The three‑dimensional terms can hardly contain verities of multi‑dimensions that the human mind is incapable of grasping. 
 
Nevertheless, if you deliberately allow the understanding of the soul and heart, of the deepest intuition, to fill you, my words will reach you to some extent.  There will be an echo of some inner understanding in you that again can hardly be put into words.
PL 203
The Power of the Word 
 
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.

Every situation you experience is the product of a word you have spoken and are perhaps still speaking constantly within in one way or another, on one level of awareness or another.  It is our aim on the path to make all these words you speak day in and day out, every hour and every minute of the day, conscious so that you can understand your creation.

The spoken word is the finished product of the thought behind it.  This finished product of the thought -- the word -- is not necessarily conscious or articulate or vocal.

Begin to see the words you speak behind the smoke screen, to yourself about yourself.  On those deepest levels you malign yourself.  You speak negative words about yourself.  Those words need to be crystallized.

Observe the shallow words. Observe the words of untruth. Consider in what way are they untruth.  And then have the courage to speak the word of truth.  
 
PL 233
Exercise:
Spend a few days noticing when and where you are negative about yourself.
Consciously change one or two recurring situations, even slightly.
How does your experience change?
What feelings come up when you attempt to speak more positively about yourself?

Film and Reading Suggestions

Explore Your Life in History
The Atlantic will create a timeline of your life, what experiences were unique even if you didn't know it, and how the world changed during your lifetime. Just enter birthdate (real, or close enough to have some fun).

My Friend, the Russian Ambassador
by Samantha Power NY TImes
The Divine Spark in an unusual friendship.

How to Say "I'm Sorry"  NY Times
A sincere apology can be powerful medicine with surprising value for the giver as well as the recipient. Yet apologies followed by rationalizations or a request for forgiveness are never satisfying, and can even be harmful. Non-defensive listening [to the hurt party] is at the heart of offering a sincere apology. 

How to Remember Your Dreams  NY Times
Repeat the phrase “I’m going to remember my dreams” three times before you drift off to sleep and drink 3 glasses of water. Keep a notebook and pen by your bed. On waking up, don’t open your eyes, don’t move, don’t say a thing — any sensory perception or movement tends to wipe out memories of a dream... 
2015 Study guide: Dreams and Day Dreams PL 98 PRS 27

Aliens as Immigrants
Review of Arrival by the Washington Post.  IMDB Info 
Award-winning 2016 film incorporates Pathwork concepts of time and language -- and how our brains may need to be rewired to understand life from a larger perspective.  Study guides:  2014 Man's Relationship to Time PL 112 PRS 28
2015 The Language of the Unconscious PL 124 PRS 08

What It's Like to Lose Your Short-Term Memory
A first-person account of how we remember our lives. NY Times

Love, Eventually...
"Had the possibility of this loving bi-disability marriage presented itself to us years earlier, I don’t think either of us would have been ready. We needed the right combination of fallacies, wrong turns and formative relationships to lead each of us exactly here."  NY Times

The Age of Rudeness
An article about the effects of duality. That is, once we have fallen into 'us vs. them' dualistic thought patterns, social techniques developed to create a sense of 'us' may no longer feel valuable enough to retain / maintain.  From LongReads

A Dancer in the Desert
How far would you go to live your dream? Marta Becket went to Amarosa NM, visualized a new life, and never left. NY Times

PBS NewsHour on James Baldwin
"I Am Not Your Negro" was nominated for an Oscar. It is based solely on Baldwin words, and addresses racism by suggesting a shift in perception -- changing our own point of view instead of trying to address or change others. 
The Atlantic covered the documentary as A Film that is called a Bomb.

Mid-Life Crises Circa 2017:  Unraveling Love Stories
...aspirational tales dominate the first chapter of our lives....then we wake up to realize that so much of life has simply happened to us, and that it is too late. We fell into lock step without even knowing it. A crisis is a crack in the code. It can come with the realization that life trickles away quickly, and there’s no going back. A destructively liberating drive may arise, derailing you from the course of playing out your pre-established roles...  NY Times

An Experience of Drowning
A young woman caught in a rip tide 40 years ago had a spiritual epiphany, later recanted it, and yet is still wondering... Also useful whys and hows of drowning. The Sydney Morning Herald

Week 3: Creation as movement, movement as Creation
 
It is one of the essential by-products of aliveness, of the unitive state, to be in movement.  The vacuum is fixed, the spark of the All is constant movement. Man is constantly battling between these two states. Yet the life spark within pushes toward movement.
 
Hence you, on your path, are learning to move your body; learning to move your feelings; learning to move your mind so that your spirit can move you. The moving spirit must be allowed to manifest.  Therefore all other personality levels must align with spirit's innate nature ‑‑ movement.

Thus what you may now believe to be emotions or feelings are often merely fixed opinions.  And where your feeling capacity should unfold, you are paralyzed and unable to let the flow come and move you.  The task of any pathwork is to bring the whole system into movement.

•  Deliberately produced feelings may be distorted into a dramatization, exaggeration, fake feelings. 

•  Selfwill may be used to put up a good show and foster the illusion that the soul is flexible and in a state of flux.

•  When the mind exercises itself by trying out new alternatives of seeing a situation with the ulterior motive to get away from facing blame, accusation, and self‑justifying victimization; this may lead to a false, superimposed serenity that covers up a great deal of negative feelings that have not yet been dealt with. 
PL 203
Exercise: exploring judgment and opinion
 
You wish to believe that your judgments, thoughts, and opinions are a result of a specific disturbing situation.  I say that it is the other way around.  The disturbing situation is a result of your tendency to harbor just such thoughts, judgments, and opinions because of an underlying motivation and intentionality.
 
•  Take any situation you are in now that is of bother to you, that is disturbance in your life, and look at the construction you have built in your mind. 

•  How have you built a certain form with your mind by your conclusion, which you fix forever tighter so as to convince yourself and eliminate your disturbing self doubts?

•  Probe with your active, deciding faculty to envisage other alternatives from the one you chose.  Play with these other alternatives.
 
•  Allow your spirit to inspire and guide your mind into new channels, channels in which you are neither annihilated (as you think would happen if you should abandon your fixed view), nor are you holding on to the present interpretation.  The latter is to a considerable extent responsible for the very disturbance that you suffer.  See this. 
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Week 4:   Pride, Self-Will, and Fear

It is a distortion to aim at getting completely rid of negative feelings.  As long as you cultivate your capacity to produce and experience any feeling, then this feeling, even if undesirable, will have no power over you.  Nothing ever gets fixedly and definitively "behind" you.  There is no future state where it is all accomplished and you no longer need to move. 
 
This concept arises in itself out of fear of movement, rejection of movement, hence out of the illusion that movement is undesirable.  If you are in a state of truth, movement is desirable, while non‑movement is to be avoided.
 

Daily Review Pathwork Lecture 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." 

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 you suspect you may be uninformed, ignorant, unprepared, or unaware.
 
Each week, see if you can relate with the sub-topics or suggested exercises.

All you need is a ½ page of lined paper per day.  Create 4 columns. At some point during each day, jot down brief notes about each incident (limit:10 per day). Eventually, this can become a thought process. The Guide refers to Daily Review as ‘spiritual hygiene’.

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

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

4. What do you notice today that you did not notice at the time? Are there patterns?

5. Using your preferred form of meditation (sitting, walking, or while doing 'mindless' chores) reflect upon your early childhood experiences. 

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


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