Quotes pathwork lectures E2011
Week 1: Lecture 20: He who really walks the path actively and with open eyes will observe and test everything that happens to him in the course of the day so that he may further learn about himself.
Week 2: Lecture 228: A person cannot truly be active unless in that activity there is contained also the state of mind that is receptive, that is quiet, that is still, that is in a harmonious state of being. Then the active movement becomes what I sometimes term “effortless effort.”
Week 3: Lecture 245: Where you have fear, insecurity, anxiety, self-doubt, conflict with others, altercations with your environment, or any kind of unfulfillment or frustration, there must be the underlying cause in which you deny the call of your soul.
Week 4: Lecture 189: It is necessary to acknowledge the ugly aspects as part of you and take responsibility for them before you can truly understand that you are not these aspects. It is possible to be responsible for them without believing that they are your only reality.
Week 5: Lecture 240: When you love, you remain in a state of health. The lack of health is not necessarily a direct reflection of your hate. However, it may be a necessary by-product of your struggle to find the way out of hate and fear into love and trust. For that is always the inner struggle, again, whether you know it or not.
Week 6: Lecture 29: Each time you feel an unpleasant emotion, anger, anxiety, resentment, or whatever it may be — and your days are often full of it — stop rationalizing it away by thinking of the wrongs of others involved. Instead, ask yourself what you really want, because there is something you want the moment there is emotion in you. Otherwise you would not feel that way.
Week 7: Lecture 212: Only when you can truly give to creation of your unique contribution in a selfless spirit, can you also feel entitled to receive, to be fulfilled, to have abundance in all ways. If you feel inhibited and reluctant to claim this full self-expression, it would be good if you were to look at your selfishness, your lack of interest to add to the universe. You may conceal this under a pseudo-selflessness which may in fact be more selfish than overt selfishness. It may be part of your mask, your need to appear good in the eyes of others.
Week 8: Lecture 251A: Any difficulty that is being encountered by man should first of all be approached in the spirit of “What can I learn from it?” rather than the spirit of “Is this given me to punish me? Because of something wrong I did?” This latter spirit is quite pronounced in many individuals. There is always a sense of guilt that comes immediately to the fore when things do not go exactly as desired. Only when this attitude is no longer so firmly entrenched can you see the chain of cause and effect.
Week 9: Lecture 143: The act which appears to be the most difficult for man to perform, but which, in reality, is the easiest and most unstrained act possible, is to ask precisely “What is the truth of the matter?” The moment an individual is more bent on the truth than on proving his right, he contacts the divine principle of transcendent, unified truth.
Week 10: Lecture 213: The capacity to do without what you want will enhance your self-esteem and your integrity, and this will begin to enrich you from within your own resources. Then the fulfillment from without becomes a natural by-product of your inner state.
Week 11: Lecture 134: The limitations of the outer ego faculties exist only as long as it is ignored that these same ego faculties must be used for the purpose of directly contacting the inner man, who then in turn takes on the job of performing with and for all inner faculties — body, feelings, apparent fate. The outer consciousness must be used in order to activate the inner consciousness. In spite of the tremendous power of the latter, it responds only to a direct, deliberate effort of the outer mind.
Week 12: Lecture 135: The distortion of mobility and relaxation is the primary duality underlying all misconceptions, resulting in a situation in which you only see two equally unsatisfactory alternatives. This primary misconception distorts cosmic movement in its harmonious rhythm.
Week 13: Lecture 41: All the doubts and mistrust you have for others is in reality nothing else but the distrust you have for yourself. Remember that. Find out why you distrust yourself. You will always find that the root is that you do not live up to your own standards and you cannot accept this fact. So the first step must be to simply accept yourself as you happen to be at this time.
Week 14: Lecture 63: Only after fully understanding the inner causes, misconceptions and deviations with all their ramifications and chain reactions, will real faith, real love, real truth, real wisdom, and whatever all the other divine attributes are, become part of your being.
Week 15: Lecture 159: Experience of pleasure, as well as of unpleasure, cannot ever harm you unless you believe it will harm you. And the harm comes exclusively from defending yourself against experience, by closing yourself up against it. And that is the harm.
Week 16: Lecture 100: Running away from self-responsibility and the apparent risk of living and feeling is caused by an original sense of inadequacy, and it steadily increases that sense of inadequacy. Only as you change this pattern will you find your sense of adequacy and self-confidence.
Week 17: Lecture 145: What is your aim in life? What is your aim on this path? How far do you wish to go? Do you want to remove only a few symptoms? Or do you wish total self-realization, the activation of an inner center in which all good, salvation from anxiety, insecurity, and confusion exist? If so, are you willing to pay the price of perseverance, of total commitment?
Week 18: Lecture 5: You all have loved ones in the spirit world, closely connected with you. Some are on a higher level than you are, and they want to bring you light and love to draw you close to their sphere. Others are on a lower level; they listen to you, learn from you. You are never alone, none of you.
Week 19: Lecture 201: Let yourself feel the pain of inflicting pain: without crumbling, without exaggerating, without doubting your divine heritage. If you can do this, you have found the all-important key that will make you want to open up to your divinity with all its joy and its eternal reality of love. If you cannot bear the pain of your guilt and look away from it, then you cannot feel deserving, and you must block the contact with God in you. So this is one of the most important keys you need.
Week 21: Lecture 201: As you feel the pain of the guilt and the pain of what has been done to you, it will become one and the same pain. You will then forgive yourself, as you forgive others, as it was said in one of the greatest prayers. Then you will be free, free to let go and let God in you!
Week 22: Lecture 99: Check yourself wherever you do find resistance accompanied by the desire to look away from it. That is the very point, the very threshold that you must go through at one time or another in order to become free, in order to unclog the love channel and to live a productive life in which you feel useful, in which you feel that you fulfill a meaningful part. Only by tackling that which you most want to shy away from will you find the door, behind which lies the answer.
Week 23: Lecture 141: The desire to be with others instead of against them has to be expressed. This entire new attitude and way of life has to be actively wanted, embraced, cultivated. It does not happen otherwise, it does not come by itself unless the ego wishes for it. Only then can all your fears, all your sense of worthlessness vanish.
Week 25: Lecture 256: Ask yourself some deeply probing questions. Are you really willing to assume full self-responsibility, with all that this implies? Are you fully reconciled to the fact that you are still imperfect, are unable to avoid making mistakes? Are you truly willing to pay the price for them? The more willing you are to do so, the less expensive this price will be. The price will turn out to be a stepping stone, a threshold, a necessary lesson.
Week 26: Lecture 219: In every healthy life there must exist a harmonious balance between sharing intimately with others in a dynamic exchange on the one hand, and being in solitude so as to refuel from within, on the other.
Week 27: Lecture 98: To the extent that the person develops, to that degree will the most unpleasant truth have a liberating effect and thus no longer be contradictory to love. The less the person is developed, the more does he experience unpleasant truth as harsh and unloving.
Week 28: Lecture 240: As you love yourself in the true way, without indulging your lower self and its childish demands, you will find that being firm with yourself is as much an expression of love as is tenderness. If you can be firm with yourself, as opposed to self-destruction and unloving total self-devaluation, you can also be tender with yourself.
Week 29: Lecture 148: In man’s most secret sexual fantasies lie the secrets of his conflicts, as well as the key to their resolution. When you find the parallel between the outer problem and the pleasure current in your sexuality, you will be able to make the frozen energy fluid again.
Week 30: Lecture 151: The universal power must enter into all levels of the personality in order for it to function well. If the mental realm is too intense in its tightly held views, the fresh flow of the life force is prohibited. If the emotional realm is too intense through unreal emotional intensity, the life force cannot enter. If the physical realm is muscularly tense and taut, the life force cannot enter into the physical system. Thus gradual illness, decay, and physical death come about.
Week 31: Lecture 187: While you are in the painful feeling in a fully accepting spirit, slowly — and often even quite fast — the feeling of pain transforms itself into pleasure; the feeling of hate and fear into love; the feeling of distrust into confidence and even into the knowledge that life is as good as you choose to make it.
Week 32: Lecture 222: When negative intentions are secret, even from your conscious mind, you also secretly believe that you are all bad. This manifests in self-destructive patterns that you do not understand and cannot trace to their origins unless and until you have the courage and honesty to first bare the negative intentionality specifically. Then, lo and behold, something unexpected begins to happen. You accept and respect yourself more and know that this is only a minor part of your total self. You can identify aspects of the lower self without totally identifying with them.
Week 33: Lecture 113: He who never experiences his mortality as a reality is the person who is morbidly afraid of death. In this vital question, you will find a distinct symptom to be your lack of experiencing yourself as real. For if you do not feel your mortality as real, you cannot possibly feel your aliveness as being real.
Week 34: Lecture 158: Ego existence, pleasurelessness, and death are directly connected, as the real self, pleasure supreme, and life are directly connected. Therefore he who fears letting go of the ego, he who fears pleasure and denies pleasure because of this fear must court death. This is the true meaning of death. It is a denial of the true original life kernel.
Week 35: Lecture 222A: I say yes to the universe, to its beauty, to abundance, to love and fulfillment on all levels. I deserve it; I can have it; I want to give all of myself, the best of myself, to life and want to be guided in this endeavor by my innermost God. And I reach out receptively to all that is around me and within me. As a happy fulfilled individual, I can be an instrument of God and only as such—and help and give to others. I do not need my cases; I do not need my blame; I do not need my no. I say yes.
Week 36: Lecture 63: All human beings possess an inner storehouse of faith, love, truth, wisdom, but these are locked away by the obstructions and deviations. All these divine attributes are automatically released in the measure that the inner deviations straighten themselves out through the work on the path.
Week 37: Lecture 155: Mankind fluctuates between two extremes: to either remain the greedy, selfish child, demanding to receive exclusively and not in the least being disposed to giving out, or straining into the false concept of love. Since each of these two alternative proves undesirable, man usually changes back and forth although one element may be stronger. Only when you look at yourself with great honesty and a great deal of close discernment will you find both these distortions within yourself.
Week 38: Lecture 175: The will to happiness must become so strong that the causes for unhappiness must be seen and eliminated — and this too must truly be wanted. Then the creative power will grow; the divine self will inspire and show the way. You will learn to recognize it and receive it in your conscious brain.
Week 39: Lecture 254: Once you awaken to your inherent possibilities to create, to change, to effect your own soul substance, other people and your surroundings; you will know who you really are.
Week 41: Lecture 108: 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.
Week 43: Lecture 227: The planet earth has come to a stage of development in which the old structure can no longer be maintained. It cannot bear the tensions and restrictions of the old limited consciousness. A new vision must be gained where all is one, where the self and others are perceived as one. You have to look for this new vision beneath the limited vision to which the immediate consciousness is so accustomed. This new vision brings enormous peace, security, joy, self-expression.
Week 44: Lecture 67: The healthy soul will not call forth adversity because it has the inner will to be happy and does not wish to escape from life in any way. Adversity in any form is in reality a response to your destructive impulses, no matter how hidden and unconscious they are.
Week 48: Lecture 90: Your stringent need to be free of any imperfection, of any immoral instinct makes you hide their existence. You feel, “I should not have this,” and whenever it trickles into your consciousness, you do not forgive yourself. You hate and punish yourself. All this may be unconscious to a considerable degree, but that does not mean it is not so.
Week 49: Lecture 100: Running away from self-responsibility and the apparent risk of living and feeling is caused by an original sense of inadequacy, and it steadily increases that sense of inadequacy. Only as you change this pattern will you find your sense of adequacy and self-confidence.
Week 50: Lecture 41: From the moment you understand how you have directed your life, how you have caused events that so far you thought you were a victim of, you will gain the certainty that you are not a swaying little boat on a great stormy ocean that is thrown about by the winds. You will realize that there is no injustice, and that will make you strong and safe.
Week 51: Lecture 42: At this time of the year, the strong forces of love, coming from the King of the universe, touch all spheres, and whoever is open and in quiet harmony can receive this force that is a blessing for your body, your soul, and your spirit.
Week 52: Lecture 168: Fearlessness results when the individual knows that all good can be had and need never end as long as it is chosen.