P1 With the exception of a very few enlightened ones, most people do not know of their dormant capacity to create and recreate their lives. When you adopt a human body and the ego state in this three-dimensional world, you automatically close off the memory of other states of consciousness. These forgotten states are much less confined, much freer, much more aware. The power of thoughts, feelings and attitudes is enormous.
Your present life expresses your inner state exactly, like a faultless mathematical equation. Fear and guilt are potent creative agents. They contain a great deal of energy. On the positive level, enthusiasm, joy, vitality, interestedness, stimulation are also potent energy agents. Your unconscious motives often create what you do not wish to experience at all because you do not know what you bargain for and what side-effects are attached to your unwise wishes, false assumptions and negative intents.
P2 You manifest and express yourself in this limited state for the purpose of purification and unification. The manifestation of certain aspects in an isolated form—which consists of the three-dimensional reality and the ego—affords possibilities of a focused awareness that is lacking when these unpurified aspects are submerged in the largely purified personality.
Your purified spirit can easily overlook small but significant distortions that nevertheless act as hindrances to further developments surpassing the scope of human consciousness. It is, however, possible to activate the capacities of the larger self, to focus on it and be receptive to its ever-present inner voice. For only when you focus your attention on the reason for coming into this plane in the first place can you find your place in life.
P3 Since the ego state is a concentration of the less purified state—in combination with already purified aspects which come to the aid of the personality in the task of this life—the power to create takes on a distorted, undesirable form. Everything the ego does is always either against or in competition or in comparison with others. The ego makes power a dangerous weapon. You experience power as something you fear in others and feel guilty about in yourself. Power is thus always exclusive of love and joy.
But when you conciliate your ego-split with the real self and thus discover the unitive principle, you discover that your interest is never in opposition to the interests of others. You also discover that power and love need not be opposites. One of the tasks of most humans as isolated ego aspects is to learn trustful patience, flowing with the stream, unwillful receptivity. Memory of the power to create must be temporarily cut off so that you can learn what you came here to learn.
Evil does not exist as a reality in itself. Evil is always a distortion of divine truth. Every destructive, negative attitude can easily be explored to find its root manifestation. It can then be seen that only in its ego manifestation, in its separateness, is such a distortion destructive or evil.
P4 You will learn to be careful what thoughts you think without either repressing or suppressing undesirable and destructive thoughts. This does not help. You will learn to deal with such material, to challenge its accuracy and be open for other alternatives. Learn to understand what it is in you that makes you want to think that way and what price you pay. The soul does not develop harmoniously when the personality works on that which is already free and neglects that which needs attention.
P5 You have come to fulfill your task by concentrating on those very aspects you feel least inclined to deal with. That is the very reason you squeezed yourself into this narrow, uncomfortable, confining and often painful state in which you temporarily dwell. Only aspects of you are here, to be sure, but that which identifies with these narrow aspects must suffer when the total reason for being in the human ego state is not yet conscious. Focusing constructively on the undeveloped aspects in you means that you fulfill the task for which you came into this particular world.
You create with every breath you take, with every thought you think, with every attitude you display. When you meditate, you create. But meditative and other creating techniques must be a secondary preoccupation for the reasons just mentioned. However, when a certain foundation of inner self-purification and self-awareness exists, these techniques can be expanded.
Your helper may suggest a specific meditation and commitment in meditation to a positive self-expression that you deeply desire because you miss it. Yet as you pursue that selfexpression, you experience an inexplicable resistance to follow through. What is this block?
P6 (Example of feeling lonely and longing for a fruitful relationship.) It may hardly even occur to you to actively sow the seed in meditation—which means creating it—by a clear, definite thought in that direction, by a commitment to wanting it, to experiencing it, to realizing and bringing this experience into actuality. It is as though a wall in you prevented you from the clear, concise commitment to what you most ardently yearn for.
The reason is the same self-protective, finely calibrated mechanism that knows that something in you is not yet ready for this experience. You yourself have put obstructions in the way. Perhaps there is an unwillingness to give and to accept reality on your level. Perhaps there is a concealed negative attitude toward the other sex you are not prepared to resolve. Whatever the obstruction is, confront it, explore it, understand and dissolve it.
Willpower, the outer will, can indeed be effective up to a certain degree. It creates matter, sub-matter and experience, but not to your blessing. It creates with a willfulness that lacks wisdom, understanding, vision and depth. You cannot create anything that does not already exist in the universe. Everything exists within you already. All the answers, all the knowledge, all the power to create, to feel, to enjoy, to experience—all worlds exist within.
For the true universe is inside, while the exterior world is but a reflection like a mirror image. If you want to create from your inner being, it must be a relaxed focusing. It will be relaxed precisely because you do not skip any steps. You listen into your inner self, and if you detect obstructions, you will heed and then deal with them. To the degree you are aware of wanting one answer and not another, you will avoid confusion and diffusion.
All of you can listen into yourself and ask your innermost being where to go, in which direction to focus. It requires awareness of your wishful thinking, of your stake in wanting a certain answer and not another, of your fear of getting a different answer. State how your self-will manifests, what you want and don’t want to hear. Then express your trust in the divine voice. Impatience is another distortion from a fuller state of consciousness, in which creation is immediate.
P8 Part of the creating process is the patience to let things be, learning to trust life to express back to you what you put into it. That requires waiting for the seed to grow. Do you wait in doubt? Do you wait with impatience? Do you wait in fear? Do you wait in tension? Or do you wait in quiet trust? Or is your trust perhaps a gullibility and an expression of wishful thinking, so that you cannot possibly trust your trusting? Do you want whatever it is so badly that you create a forcing current which prohibits fulfillment because its tension and its emotional mind-content defeat creation?
The recreating process unfolds forevermore when the ego personality unites with the other aspects of self that had previously not manifested on the surface. The more this happens, the more joyfully you will create. Let me close by saying that you are a great deal more than you can possibly believe now. With every breath you take you fill yourself with its potent love and wisdom. There is nothing that surrounds and permeates you that does not express the magnitude of a divine and benign creation.
—The Pathwork® Guide