Quotes pathwork lectures E2010
Week 1. Lecture QA138: When man finishes his life, he then realizes that everything else is secondary to his attempts to find himself and to liberate himself from all that prohibits contact with his innermost self and with that of others. Then he will know that he has not lived his life in vain. Everything else is secondary, my friends. And anyone—regardless of what fulfillments where realizable— anyone who does his utmost will finish this lifetime in peace and in the deep knowledge he has fulfilled his life. Not how much is accomplished, spiritually, materially, emotionally, or intellectually, but how much have you really tried and overcome resistance, overcome those subtle elusive little tugs at you which want to pull you in the opposite direction.
Week 2. Lecture QA171: The healthier a person becomes—I mean healthier in mind and soul—the more he will see to it that he will also eat the proper food substances that further his physical health as well. While the person who continually eats the kind of food that will be detrimental to his body or not furthering for his body must have also a self-destructiveness, an inner will not to expand, not to feel energetic, not to live his best.
Week 3. Lecture QA184: “I do not have to fear the power, the energy, of the universal forces. They are benign, and to the degree I want to give my very best to the world, to life, to everything I do, to that degree I will be safe, and I will know that the power will carry me, and I will carry it. And it will be a blessed thing. I can trust it and surrender to it. And by surrendering to it, I will become all the stronger as a person. I will gain and not lose, because I can lose myself into this power. And I can lose myself into this power, because I want to give the best in love, in truth, in self-honesty and self-acceptance, in overcoming all the negative impulses.”
Week 4. Lecture QA142: “I want to look at myself in utter truth. I’m willing for that purpose to give up my preconceived ideas—all emotions and pseudosolutions and pseudosafety I hold on to—for the sake of truth, for the sake of integrity, for the sake of honesty. This is what I want. And my deepest inner being will furnish me with that awareness about this truth I need at this particular moment, which may be different than what yesterday’s moment was and what tomorrow’s moment will be.” And this is the yardstick. If man would constantly do that, then his path toward self-realization would be a relatively very short one. And he would, on this road toward this attainment, be in constant vibrating energy and peace.
Week 5. Lecture 212: To the degree you offer generously and trustingly the best you have to give to life, allowing God to take over, to that very same degree will you feel perfectly entitled to spread your arms wide to receive the best life has to offer. To the degree you hold back in puny fear that this might damage your self-interest, to that same degree you must hold back from receiving life’s riches. There can be no mistake in this calculation. There is this finely calibrated mechanism installed in the deepest regions of your psyche that works in absolute perfection.
Week 6. Lecture 253: There is a vast difference between hanging on to life because you fear annihilation of all you are, of who you have become, and between affirming life because you cherish the task your life on earth means.
Week 7. Lecture 25: You can reach perfection only by going through your imperfections, not by going around them! And this you should meditate on daily until this knowledge becomes part of you, until you are indoctrinated with this truth.
Week 8. Lecture 250: The very world you live in, the universe, all of creation, the way divine law is constructed, all are an expression of divine grace. You live and move and have your being in a universe that consists of such tenderness, such love, such personal care of the living God, the all eternal presence in all that is, that it simply defies description.
Week 9. Lecture 189: You are neither the negative traits nor your self-punishing conscience nor even your positive traits. But you have managed to integrate the latter into the fullness of your being. However, this is not the same as making them you. It is more accurate to say that that which managed this is you, that which integrated and determined, decided and acted, thought and willed, is you.
Week 10. Lecture 192: The unbearable, hard, and dangerous experience of pain is due to the false need that says “You must give me what I need, what I insist upon. If you do not, I will perish with a vengeance.” This voice, my friends, must be discovered. It exists, to some degree, in everybody without exception. The more concealed it is, the further away you are from dissolving it and transforming your energy currents. If you can, let yourself experience this voice and recognize it for what it is, rather than identifying with it.
Week 12. QA149: To the extent man learns to fully accept himself and his life, his immediate now, and no longer runs from the nucleus within himself, to that extent, the acceptance of death is not a hardship or difficulty.
Week 13. Lecture QA154: Any effects—any negative effects—that manifest in a person’s life can always and should always and must always be brought back to the point of “where am I looking away from myself? Where do I not accept something in myself? Where do I try to escape from where I am and what I am at this moment?” Whenever life is approached in this way, you have the basic key that opens the kingdom of heaven right now.
Week 14. Lecture 139: When you finally find and connect the fact that your outer state, no matter how undesirable it may be, is exactly a result of what you are, and what you think, and what you feel, and what you want, and when you subsequently understand that your outer situation cannot be any different in view of what you think, feel, want, and how you act, react, and what your attitude is.
Week 15. Lecture 17: If all your inner currents were according to divine law, you would certainly be able to love.
Week 16. Lecture 81: By facing death squarely, not cringing from it, you will learn to come to terms with it as you should, thereby freeing the life force in you which remains bottled up so long as you do not learn to cope with death in a healthy way.
Week 17. Lecture 152: It is not a question of first having to have removed the defects so that then something else can happen. It is a question of being able to quietly see oneself in the defect. Then and then only is a person able to perceive the existential conflict between the ego and the universal consciousness.
Week 18. Lecture 31: So it is not a question of how good you are or of how many weaknesses you still have that determines your self-respect, but self-respect — and as a result of it, also the respect of others — can only be determined how true you are to yourself, or how much you deceive, how much you escape yourself, how much you hide behind a wall of pretense.
Week 19. Lecture 74: Outer, little confusions are the symptoms of the larger, hidden ones. Therefore one needs the outer happenings to point to the inner condition. Thus the little everyday confusions, the little insignificant by themselves, perhaps “unimportant” things are the very best ones to start with.
Week 20. Lecture 120A: This is the evil of this world—to reverse truth into falsehood and falsehood into truth and therefore let loose streams of hatred.
Week 21. Lecture 163: Since you treat the outer world in exactly the same way that you treat your own unconscious, you emanate the same climate onto those whom you are involved with. Other people retract from this onslaught of forcing, of saying, as it were, “you must,” as much as your own unconscious does.
Week 22. Lecture 53: No one who truly realizes that nothing happens that is not caused by himself (no matter how obviously outer circumstances may point to the opposite) and that cannot be changed by changing yourself will ever indulge in self-pity!
Week 23. Lecture 160: The moment any emotion is fully acknowledged, one begins to see it for what it is. It then dissolves, for it is always illusion. It then reconverts itself into its original substance. Anyone not having experienced this may misunderstand and confuse this acceptance with condoning and finality. It merely means stopping the struggle against what is, a struggle always conducted out of the motives of pride, fear, and self-will.
Week 24. Lecture QA174: In the giving lies the fulfillment. And the fulfillment is not then a reward or a holy, goody-goody attitude because you were a good child, now you can receive—heaven rewards you. It is not like that. But it is that the giving personality is open and susceptible for pleasure—for pleasure on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
Week 25. Lecture 250: Man’s entire bent of putting effect before cause creates such misperceptions and misinterpretations of life that this in itself prevents you from experiencing grace. The habit of automatically concluding this reversed way extends to a great deal and to many different issues and aspects of reality.
Week 26. Lecture 190: All that is evil, destructive, negative in human nature is a result of defending against experiencing painful, undesirable feelings.
Week 27. Lecture 41: The mature being knows he can control life only by going with it, by not demanding that life follows him, but he will follow life, adjusting to it.
Week 29. Lecture 141: Pain is the result of conflict. It is when two opposite directions exist in a personality that pain comes into being.
Week 30. Lecture QA157: All biblical analogies and symbolism is not a one-time historical happening. It is constantly recreated in the human soul. And if you think more carefully of that analogy and separate yourself from the distortion that the human mind and human religions have brought into this symbolic representation, you will find so much truth in it, as it exists right now in you.
Week 31. Lecture 109: Perhaps the most difficult thing for man is that of facing his lower self. And, after all, it is in connection with the lower self that real guilt exists. Man goes to any length to avoid facing the lower self. Or perhaps he is capable of and willing to face parts of it, yet certain parts he is absolutely unwilling to accept. He is so frightened by the possible implications and so eager to be better than he can possibly be at the moment, that he would rather produce much worse guilts that are untrue than accept the tiniest real guilt belonging to the area of the lower self that he is unwilling to accept.
Week 32. Lecture 109: On the one hand, I invite you to face your lower self, your real guilts, and to make restitution for them, to purify yourself; while on the other, I emphasize how dangerous perfectionism, self-condemnation, moralizing, false guilt feelings are.
Week 33. Lecture 115: Consider your feelings as a child toward your parents; and then see how your responses still react according to the same feelings you once harbored toward your parents.
Week 34. Lecture 181A: To really allow yourself to be irrational, to know it, to observe it, to own up to it, and yet not be drawn into it—that is the art that you learn on this path.
Week 35. Lecture 182A: Whatever you experience, life communicates something to you about your inner being that you may be unwilling to or afraid of seeing. And this fear is always unjustified, because if you drop your defenses, you will not become annihilated as you fear. You will not become humiliated as you fear. But you will truly find the safe and firm ground that knowing yourself, that understanding yourself, that being open about yourself and unconcealed about yourself will give.
Week 36. Lecture 180A: No matter how many impairments of integrities must be faced along the way, the self is never worthless. It could never be worthless. And this truth must be kept in mind, for otherwise the surrender of the ego is impossible.
Week 37. Lecture 184A: Your innermost being is always expressing itself. It always talks to you, only most of the time you choose not to listen to it. And once you train yourself to listen to it, you will become very much attuned to it, and it will become loud and clear—what your innermost being says to you, constantly, constantly. Once this happens you have truly found your core.
Week 38. Lecture 53: By not loving yourself would mean that you do not honor the divine manifestation that you represent. Not loving yourself means self-punishment, masochism, denial of your personality. Not loving yourself prohibits your functioning as you should. It prohibits your capacity to love and to help others. So beware of the misconception that to love yourself is wrong. So distinguish between the sick and the healthy way — that is, between self- respect and distorted self-love.
Week 39. Lecture 133: All the fulfillment of the universe does not exist away from you, my friends, not in the distant future, not in a state beyond your physical life, not in attaining something through arduous means. It lies only in the acknowledgment of what you really feel and think at this moment. It is this great simplicity that seems so hard to comprehend.
Week 40. Lecture 187: As you let the negative emotion be and be carried by it without fighting it, so you become capable of the identical attitude toward bliss.
Week 42. Lecture 253: Life is feared as much as death; pain as much as pleasure; failure as much as success. Out of this “reverse unity” a real unity can grow, when you comprehend the nature of the fear at both ends of the spectrum.
Week 43. Lecture 190: What really prevents you from fully living is your fear of and resistance to living the feelings you did not accept when they painfully came to you.
Week 45. Lecture 212: No human being, no individual, no entity can ever find peace and inner fulfillment, joy, wholeness, security, and his intrinsic genius with which he uniquely contributes to creation unless he can be dedicated to a cause outside himself.
Week 48. Lecture 184: As long as you try to become good by denying evil, by forcing yourself to be what you cannot yet be and what you can in fact never be, you remain in a painful state of inner split, partial self- denial, and paralysis of vital forces within you.
Week 49. Lecture 249: You are the director of your thoughts. Your thoughts do not befall you. Through your thoughts, you create the flow of feelings and the direction of your vital energies.
Week 50. Lezing 249: De grote wateren van waarheid, liefde, wijsheid, van goddelijke werkelijkheid en van Christusbewustzijn zoeken hun kanalen en breken door belemmeringen heen. Ieder van jullie kan een instrument zijn om meer van deze belemmeringen te verwijderen en de vervuiling van deze zuivere wateren tegen te houden.
Lecture 249: The great waters of truth, love, wisdom of divine reality, of the Christ consciousness, seek their channels and break through obstructions. Every one of you can be instrumental in removing more of the obstructions and the pollution of these clear waters.
Week 51. Lecture 239: You can give birth to the Christ in you. At the same time, this joy, this ecstasy, this total peace cannot be experienced unless you purify your soul, for otherwise you become anxious and contracted in a negative way, and you reject the experience of joy and ecstasy.
Week 52. Lecture 104: Jesus spoke of not resisting evil. This is what he meant. If you resist the evil, the confusion, the distortions, you only drive it underground. If you do not resist it, you can see it. You automatically have the humility of not trying to be more than you are, and thereby you have the basic prerequisite to grow out of it — to be reborn into your real self.