The pathwork lectures teach a practical and insightful path to self-knowledge, self-development and self-realization. You learn to understand how you have created your life with your behavior, attitudes, beliefs, emotions and will-decisions. You can recreate your life by discovering how you often unknowingly sabotage your own happiness, your desires and your needs.
“People ignore what they most need to look at by seeking spiritual paths that do not emphasize this aspect of self-work. This is a convenient way to delude the self, because ‘spiritual development’ can become an escape, even though you may gain spiritual knowledge, achieve beautiful meditations and even gain genuine spiritual experiences of cosmic reality — for moments. All this can happen without dealing with the areas that give the person the most pain, discomfort, and guilt.” (from lecture 216)
The psychological approach supports the spiritual path which pathwork is in essence. Your awareness grows and you transform your darker sides into more positive attitudes, beliefs and feelings. You begin to experience the flow of consciousness and energy within you. The aim of pathwork is to connect to this Life Force, Cosmic Consciousness or God (or whatever name you prefer) and to know and feel inside you are Life and God. You are the Eternal Life all great religions and spiritual traditions speak about: East and West, Middle East and Middle Earth. Pathwork is the age old path and the New Age path.
When you are familiar with the pathwork lectures or when you start reading them you will understand that this immense body of psychological, philosophical and spiritual wisdom can not come from the human mind. The Pathwork Guide Lectures were given between 1957 and 1979 by a spiritual being who came to be known as the guide. Through the medium Eva Pierrakos the guide gave the lectures which were recorded and written down. The guide has stressed that not the mode of this communication is important but the teachings themselves.
Where do I start reading in these 2500 pages, you might ask. One answer is: with any subject you are interested in, so search for the word in the left column or in the original Pathwork Lectures Depth Search or browse through the titles of the pathwork lectures.
The second answer: the pathwork lectures can be roughly outlined as follows. The first 24 are mainly concerned with spirituality, cosmology, creation and evolution in language that connects with Western religious traditions. With lecture 25 the pathwork in its true sense starts:
– the search within yourself for your real feelings, emotions, thoughts and attitudes;
– the questioning of ideas you hold about yourself and life;
– psychological and spiritual self-development.
Gradually but clearer and clearer from about lecture 150 onward spirituality in a deeper and more scientific way comes to the fore, still alternating with depth psychology. Lecture 223 witnesses the start of lectures about the era of the New Age and the changes in the development of mankind it brings. Deep spiritual subjects are intertwined with these lectures. In general you can say the pathwork lectures go from relatively simple and superficial to deep and subtle subjects.
To my teacher Marieke Mars who taught me self-honesty. To my courageous and loving pathwork helper Dottie Titus.