P1 Whatever is hidden from awareness continues to govern you without your being able, through your reason, to change it. It is often forgotten that the unconscious not only harbors petrified wrong conclusions, destructive behavior patterns resulting from images, and negative emotions due to unresolved problems, but also utter wisdom, divine truth, and the most constructive elements in the universe, constantly building them with unending creativity and love.
P2 Your personality is a repetition, in smaller form, of the whole universe. Both the individual and the universe exist because of a certain distribution of various cosmic energies. The way these energies interact and are arranged determines the harmonious or disharmonious existence of the created being—human, universe, plant, or leaf. The regulating universal forces must be the same for all. When a stellar system disintegrates, it is because contrary forces are at work—the opposite of truthfulness, realism, awareness, and consciousness. The two opposing forces create such tension through the pressure of two opposing energy currents that finally an explosion occurs and the entity annihilates itself.
To put it simply, the universe, up to a certain degree of development or awareness, consists of two primary currents: a yes-current and a no-current. It is easy and absolutely feasible to detect the yes-and no-currents within yourself, in your daily lives, if you learn to understand and to interpret the language of your personal unconscious. Whenever you find yourself disturbed because of a persistent unfulfillment, you can be sure that both currents must be strongly at work, thus inhibiting each other. Consciously the yes-current is stronger and blots out the unconscious no-current.
P3 It is not sufficient to gain, or have gained, understanding of your images and misconceptions, nor how and why they came into existence in the particular circumstances of your childhood. But it is not sufficient, for you are all mistaken when you believe that having found the misconceptions, the erroneous conclusions, will automatically change your innermost, subtle emotional reactions. It does not work that way, because this assumption only leads to the illusion that your finding and your momentary relief has already liberated you, while you continue to react in the old way without being aware of it.
You may even have discovered a fear of the very fulfillment you wish and consequently a subtle attitude of rejecting it. The fear may be based on an entirely illusory premise and therefore be unnecessary. It may be due to the childish desire of not wanting to pay the necessary price connected with the fulfillment. It may be a feeling of not deserving this happiness.
P4 You will discover how you slightly cringe at the thought of the fulfillment whenever it approaches. You may detect a vague feeling of familiar uneasiness which you used to push aside, when you thought about the fulfillment. Is it a feeling of fear or false guilt that you do not deserve it? Whatever it is, try to take these vague, hazy emotional impressions and question them in the daylight of consciousness. But in this fantasy, do you wish for the impossible in that you do not take into consideration the human imperfections in all concerned? Do you fantasize in the spirit of having it all your way, which may not be bad or wrong, but, upon closer examination, is rigid, one-sided, unreal?
In this fantasy, do you expect being favored, at the expense of flexibly adjusting to new circumstances? In these circumstances you could give of yourself as you compromise and renounce your expectations. Or, do you subtly feel that life should furnish you with the ideal fulfillment without necessitating change, adjustment, and relinquishing on your part? This prevalent attitude may be extremely subtle and require all your discernment to discover it. When you do, you will have found a reason for the existence of the nocurrent which functions exclusively when it comes to reality, but not in your one-sided fantasy.
Reality requires you to be ready with your flexibility when necessary. You will now detect the destructive feelings in the service of the no-current: fear, guilt, anger, frustration, hostility, etc. The frantic fear that the desperate urgency will not be fulfilled always heralds an underground no to the fulfillment. Absence of such a no produces an easy, relaxed yes-current, without a tinge of desperation. It is a yes-current that wants the fulfillment, is wholly ready for it, but is quite capable of leading a constructive life without it, regardless of how welcome the fulfillment would be. If the fulfillment cannot take place for various outer reasons, if the detection of the no-current happened too late, the person will still know that other ways are open for the experience of a productive life.
P5 You may be sure it exists if frustration remains in your life in spite of having found relevant images. You may also be sure about its existence if you are desperate in your yes-current; if you fear that the fulfillment will never come; if you believe your life is dismal without it. Close scrutiny of your emotions is a number one prerequisite. As I have said, this stirring occurs partly through the unavoidable life circumstances and partly through deliberate processes in the pathwork.
The concise formulation of previously vague feelings is invaluable and needs to be learned in the early stages of this path. First, observe those layers that are easily accessible when you focus your attention on them. There are the half-conscious thoughts, the vague and diffuse attitudes and expressions that are almost second nature and therefore so easily overlooked because they have become a part of you. The half-conscious material comprises your immediate emotional reactions as well as your fantasy life. Comparison of both often demonstrates your discrepancies and contradictions, as well as your immature expectations.
P6 You weaken it merely by observing it. Become very quiet and relaxed and begin by observing your thinking process, and even your initial inability to do so. This eventually leads to keeping thoughts out for a short while and making yourself utterly empty. In the emptiness it is possible for hitherto checked and repressed material to surface, if you express this purpose and desire it strongly enough without shying away from the effort to reach the goal. In occult literature, the expression “the third eye” is often used. Through establishing contact with the hidden unconscious and understanding the language of your unconscious obstructions, you develop “third” perceptive organs and forms of communication in every respect, not only eyes with which to see more clearly, but ears and other senses of perception as well as a new form of speech.
In other words, the brakes you inadvertently put on your consciously desired fulfillment because of some unknown fear manifest in your Pathwork in various ways: lack of energy and desire, laziness, being blocked, not understanding, projecting anger on those who help, dramatizing and exaggerating actual difficulties until the Pathwork is no longer possible, or can continue only in such a way that the real problems remain untouched.
P7 Every one of you is constantly involved in a no-current. It is not a question of whose nocurrent is stronger and whose is weaker. The determining question is whether it is detected, observed, and followed in its machinations, which must be clearly understood. (1) Ask yourself: What goal do I want now? Where am I dissatisfied? What would I want to be different? (2) How much do I want it? (3) To what extent is there something in me that does not want it or fears it or, for one reason or another, says no to it? (4) If the no-current exists regarding the very thing I wish, it must also exist in my Pathwork itself. How does it manifest there? (5) How can I detect the various forms and manifestations of the no-current in my daily life?
P8 If you can acknowledge this, calmly stating to yourself, “I’m too nervous and restless to relax and do this part of the very process I want,” your restlessness will abate because you are in the truth of the now. You will see that what threatens you in others, and makes you tense and defensive, can be observed calmly, in the way you have learned to do with your own self.
—The Pathwork® Guide