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Quotes pathwork lectures E2019

Week 1: Lecture 240: Let your consciousness align itself with the divine will of loving yourself; loving yourself without indulging yourself, without whitewashing your lower self; seeing it straight, and loving your beautiful structure, loving your incarnation, loving all that is around you, even that which seems to infringe in some way on you. Recognize its lesson and begin to love it.

Week 2: Lecture 162: You struggle against the fulfillment of being your true self as if this were the most horrible fate in the world. If the illusion about the separation between your true being and your momentary consciousness, or the separation between the universe and yourself, would not exist, there would be an instant awakening — a “click,” as it were — and you would know who you are and what life is.

Week 3: Lecture 175: You still overlook the tremendous significance of what you create with your consciousness. And your being disconnected from it causes the real, the worst, suffering. There is no other suffering as acute as the one when you do not know that you have created what you experience.

Week 4: Lecture 159: When the emotional awakening comes, it is world shaking. It is as though you would shed the burden of unnecessary shackles and discover the great freedom of the world, of growing, of being, of reaching out and experiencing life. Then nothing stands in the way any longer of growing and growing and growing — in more strength, in integrity, in love and wisdom, in the power to create, in awareness of things as they really are, in the ability to experience pleasure supreme.

Week 5: Lecture 258: Imagine that your true being — which means your being in truth, all in truth — observes that suffering part of you, the part that is squeezed into a smaller world in which you sometimes appear to suffocate. Your real being that is without any shades of untruthfulness, error, distortion (sin) is therefore in total well-being. There is no pain there. This true being observes your earth being that has undertaken to correct the distorted part. It observes with compassion for the momentary difficulties, but without tragedy, for it knows that all is well and that the temporary suffering must lead to salvation.

Week 6: Lecture 116: If you look outside in order to alleviate your isolation, you must become more isolated. If you look inside in order to alleviate it, you may appear to isolate yourself from others through this process of apparent self-concern, but you will then lessen the isolation and separateness that often causes so much suffering and loneliness.

Week 7: Lecture 189: Every minute of depression or anxiety, every hopeless or otherwise negative attitude towards a situation, contains various other options. But it requires an act of inner will on your part to waken forces in you that are now dormant and to make them available. Then, when the already available potentialities are being used, a much greater power of spiritual consciousness unfolds as an organic expression, gradually.

Week 8: Lecture 216: In the truly fulfilled life, difficulties are increasingly treated as stepping stones, doors to yet new liberations and finally cease to be experienced as difficulties.

Week 9: Lecture 165: You must learn to become calm with your mind and stop denying the feelings through the mind’s agitatedness of fitting the hurtful event into fixed images and theories. Let it be! Feel what you feel, without having to do anything, either in action or in reasoning it out. Then you will experience a wonderful process. The negative, painful feeling will by itself dissolve, very naturally.

Week 10: Lecture 156: When you no longer wish to hurt, you will no longer take for granted that you will be rejected. Therefore you will not be angry and frustrated and will, eventually, even begin to give out of your good feelings. The more you can connect your fear of others with the secret wish to hurt, the less this wish will exist.

Week 11: Lecture 211: As you know, connecting inner attitudes to outer events requires courage, humility, and honesty. It demands the utter integrity of self-responsibility. But the relief, safety, new energy, and creative strength that accrue from such a connection between the outer and the inner cannot be measured in mere words.

Week 12: Lecture 49: Without suppressions and self-deceptions, spring would revive you. Tiredness is a symptom that should be an indication for you that you are still suppressing knowledge and recognitions from yourself. Let it be an incentive that you set out twice as vigorously to break down your resistance to face yourself. For only then can you truly become whole and healthy in body, soul, and spirit, in your emotions and in your mind. Be grateful for any symptom that shows you where you are, whether it is tiredness or something else.

Week 13: Lecture 194: When you fulfill the law of truth and love, of honesty and openness, when you remove the defenses and face the lower self, when you are willing to change, then you will feel that it is your birthright to experience the intrinsic nature of the universe: absolute abundance.

Week 14: Lecture 174: If you can conceive of yourself as the essence of life with all its incredible powers, possibilities, and inherent potentials, as a forever changing expression of life, you will indeed know that you are deserving of your own esteem and acceptance. You will be able to see the traits you hate and still not lose sight of the fact who you essentially are.

Week 15: Lecture 154: Dip deep into that reality of the divine within yourself, to strengthen you in your determination to grow, to unfold, to expand, to unify, to correct the areas that block you from life, from all that is good. Let guidance come from within you to help you realize the futility, the unnecessary waste of resisting this growth.

Week 16: Lecture 66: Your true self is very often hidden behind a wall of stone. This wall of stone is not wickedness nor even selfishness. Neither is it the fear of being hurt and disappointed. Yes, all these also contribute, but to a lesser degree. The main components of this wall behind which you hide the real you is the shame of imagined weakness, of being yourself with all the tenderness and understanding, with all the sympathy and vulnerability of your loving heart.

Week 17: Lecture QA249: Christ demonstrated in symbolic terms through His life and death that giving out is a further selfenrichment. By sacrificing, even His very life, He was resurrected in eternity. In smallest measures every individual must experience this inexorable truth.

Week 18: 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.

Week 19: Lecture 151: The lighter and easier the flow of the personality is – it may first appear almost as “inconsequential” — the greater the influx of the cosmic force, and hence the more heightened the pleasure.

Week 20: Lecture 150: Self-liking is the key to a state of bliss. Here lies the vicious circle. The more he sells out, the less man likes himself, the greater his need to receive approval by others to assuage his self-doubts. The greater his attempt to have others give him what he himself can effectively supply, the more he is driven to betray the truth of the universe and the truth in himself.

Week 21: Lecture 169: Both men and women come across the identical patterns of false activity (aggression, hostility, violence, overactivity, impatience, not waiting for the powers to lawfully come to fruition) and false receptivity and letting go (denial of self-responsibility, laziness, the line of least resistance, seeking another authority to shoulder the brunt of accountability).

Week 22: Lecture 249: How can you trust and believe in and experience a just universe unless you see plainly how every one of your actions, thoughts, hidden intentionalities, feelings, and attitudes — positive and negative — has definitive results and effects?

Week 23: Lecture 94: Your often strong tendencies toward self-punishment and self-destruction made it necessary to foster for the longest time a spirit of self-acceptance and forgiveness and tolerance with yourself.

Week 24: Lecture 139: The more you are afraid of ruthlessness and separateness, of rejection and humiliation, of physical and mental cruelty, the more must these exact same aspects slumber within your self, as yet not fully acknowledged.

Week 25: Lecture 187: As you react, are frightened of and angry about painful experiences and feelings, so are you unable to live in the higher climate of pleasure, joy, bliss, and finally even ecstasy. The higher vibration, the raised level of functioning of these higher realms of life experience, can be attained only when you go through the self-produced negation and negativity. Otherwise the climate is too heady, the altitude too high, so that instead of security it must bring anguish.

Week 26: Lecture 123: You do not have to become perfect. You are perfect, in a sense, when you can calmly face, acknowledge, and in full understanding come to terms with your present imperfection.

Week 27: Lecture 130: When fear constricts the soul, man is incapable of entering into and becoming a part of the cosmic life force which gently guides him to fruition and which wants to envelop him. He stems against it as though it were his enemy. In reality, the enemy sits within himself, a product of false fears, misconception, unnecessary limitations.

Week 28: Lecture 162: Only when you realistically accept the limitation as it is now, can you transcend this limitation in the realization that it does not need to exist.

Week 29: Lecture 168: Only as you can give up and let go the specific desires that are behind the fear, will the fear vanish and will the soul movement relax. For the greatest inner pain is the cramped soul movement.

Week 30. Lecture 255: You must be willing to risk the imaginary dangers of truly feeling with your heart, of feeling your self, your lovingness, your vulnerability, the beauty of creation, the endearingness of others who struggle in their attempt to find the light. When you are willing, truly willing, the Christ spirit will take over and perform the “operation” of removing the tight lock — that has existed for millennia — from your heart.

Week 31: Lecture 82: If you meet that which is inevitable (such as physical death, as well as the product and result of your past wrong attitudes) in a spirit of relaxed passivity while at the same time wanting to grow and learn from it, you will recognize all the more where and in what way you unnecessarily choose difficulties that are not inevitable. You do this in the spirit of running away from that which is inevitable. The more you do that, the more do you invite and court extremes that should be avoided.

Week 32: Lecture 211: The inner reality is the wide, vast universe, and you, as a personality, stand on the borderline between this wide, vast, endless, infinite inner “space” of creation in which every conceivable state of consciousness, expression, and condition exists. On the other side exists the outer void that has to be “filled” with consciousness and light, with love and life. The material body is the boundary, the border state. The consciousness behind the body is the carrying agent whose task it is to bring inner reality into a void.

Week 33: Lecture 170: Whenever you do not accept your humanity, your present limitations, you violate a universal law. In doing so, the “climactic conditions” of the psyche, if I may use this expression, are incompatible with the state of bliss that you long for.

Week 34: Lecture 127: Only on a path, leading from blind reflexes to knowingness, can it truly be understood that control must first be given up in order to gain a relaxed inner control, that happens from deep inside — again from the solar plexus rather than from the upper mind.

Week 35: Lecture 216: Inwardly, deep inside your nucleus is an unending essence. This essence is eternal life, eternal reality, eternal beauty, limitless wisdom and love, but your outer consciousness is not knowingly connected with it. Although it is connected with the essence, your outer consciousness ignores this fact and seems to be disconnected from it. You seem to be an isolated “piece of consciousness;” this is what makes life appear so frightening.

Week 36: Lecture 96: If you were more accepting of the world, you would be more accepting of yourself. And if you were more accepting of yourself, you would have more trust in life, in the life force, in God, in the wisdom and love that Creation is. But your lack of acceptance makes you blind, self-centered, and fearful. Only in learning acceptance can you attain the state of inner relaxation that is so badly lacking.

Week 37: Lecture 45: You cannot change your feelings and emotional reactions by an act of will. You can use your will to do the necessary and often tedious work of searching for a clear-cut meaning of your confused emotions; you can certainly use your will in order to decide fully for this path. But the emotions can only change after you have had the humility to repeatedly recognize their lower nature.

Week 38: Lecture 91: It goes without saying that if the compulsion to be happy and perfect is eliminated, you will be much happier and more perfect than you were before. Thus you will approach your progress with the right kind of discipline — not by attempting perfect action, but by giving up the resistance to face what is usually right in front of you and yet hardest to see.

Week 39: Lecture 115: Self-acceptance for inherent value is sometimes as difficult or even more difficult than facing destructiveness.

Week 40: Lecture 167: You must accept yourself and experience yourself as you are now even if it means to go through pain, fear, anger. This experience cannot be avoided. Only by learning to do this can you come to your life center. By this very act of self-acceptance do the unwelcome emotions and attitudes begin to gradually dissolve.

Week 41: Lecture 201: The hurts of omission are no less hurtful than those of commission. Have you not been deeply hurt by what was missing in your life as a child, by your parents’ inability to give more warmth, good feelings, closeness? Well, you perpetuate the same onto others by your vindictive imitation of the attitude that hurt you most.

Week 42: Lecture 128: Man puts himself in the paradoxical position of wearing himself out in a nonexistent prison. He labors and slaves and chafes under the effort of rattling at the prison bars that have no reality, while he refuses to step outside and freely move toward further expansion, joyful mastery of self and universal forces, and bliss.

Week 43: Lecture 47: The moment you fully accept the idea that selfishness still has a larger place in you than you were ready to admit before, and are willing to let go of wanting to be more perfect than you presently are, you have begun to face yourself in the true sense of the word. Coming off your high horse is healthy; and health, emotional or otherwise, must have a very good effect on you. Truth is always healthy and soothing when one has made up one’s inner mind not to fight against it anymore.

Week 44: Lecture 25: Each time of woe means something very particular. It conveys a particular message; there is something quite special to learn about the self by each difficult period, by every hardship you are going through.

Week 45: Lecture 258: If you work, rest, play, live, move, and have your being in harmony with your unique rhythm pattern, you will live a much more fruitful, creative, joyful, and peaceful life.

Week 46: Lecture 133: It is not the problem itself or the conflict or even the misconception which create turmoil in your soul, but it is your running away from yourself; your not being in the immediate now; your fighting and struggling against it in an unconstructive way; your nonacknowledgment of the immediate now that causes so much soul hardship.

Week 47: Lecture 231: To the degree you accept yourself totally and see yourself in truth both as the lower self and the higher self while the mask begins to dissolve, your perception of the other person’s lower self exists in a very different way. You are very free. You understand it without turmoil. You perceive it without being upset. You see it with a clarity that does not create hate and fear in you.

Week 48: Lecture 213: You are entitled to want to be loved or to have money or to have fulfillment, but if you go about it any other way, your means become prohibitive and, in the deepest sense, dishonest. Because you feel poor you think you must steal and because you continue stealing, you remain poor, for only the honest can feel deserving of riches.

Week 49: Lecture 256: The often weakest voice of the higher self, at least at the beginning, needs to be listened to rather than listening only to the loud clamoring of the part that never wants to tolerate any frustration.

Week 50: Lecture 195: Do not believe that you have to become a different person. You become the best that you already are. When you become it, you will recognize it, you will experience its familiarity, and you will feel how safe it is, how much you it is! It is the best of you.

Week 51: Questions QA114: The practice of the so-called “positive thinking” will not work. But it will not necessitate any kind of practice or cultivation. True positive thinking does not have to be cultivated. It is a natural, effortless process that comes automatically from eliminating your problems.

Week 52: 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. However, it is so difficult in many instances for this force to penetrate into your soul. This golden ray must rebound if your emanation is not harmonious.

Xmas quote: Lecture 258: Jesus Christ is here to give you eternal life, safety, and total fulfillment if you only trust Him and give yourself to Him. You will be sustained with all the juices of life and joy in a constant flow of renewal.