P1 Imagine, as an analogy, a vast picture of which you only glimpse a small part through a narrow opening because the rest of the picture is covered. What you see then is only a part of reality, but if you believe it to be the whole, your entire perception and understanding is faulty. It is also true that the same human mind is capable of infinite expansion and of transcending its present limitation. The mind conditions its own beliefs, perceptions, and observations and perpetuates them as long as these self-conditioning processes are not being challenged or questioned.
P2 In the first stage, all events seem totally disconnected from you. The world seems a fixed place in which your personal experiences come to you as a result of pure chance, luck, or misfortune. But along the curve of growing a progression takes place. You begin to distinguish events that you have created. You know you have caused the results you now experience. However, when it comes to “outer” events which seem to have nothing to do with you, you still cannot see this.
This is a very painful state because what happens to you appears undeserved and life becomes very frightening in its apparently unpredictable character. It also perpetuates the greatest human hoax: the conclusion that human beings are victims. Connecting inner attitudes to outer events requires courage, humility, and honesty. It demands the utter integrity of self-responsibility. In the second stage you can relatively easily see the outer event as a result of your attitudes. You need to expose and release a lot of pent-up energy and stagnant feelings before you begin to recreate your life.
You can see how an experience is a specific result of commensurate desires, defense mechanisms, and negative behavior patterns. Even if the personality still doubts at least the world no longer appears such a chaotic place. In the third stage your attitudes, actions, intentions, and feelings have become sufficiently purified, realistic, and productive to now create a mostly positive life experience. You may say that your dark mood is a result of so and so having done this or that to you.
Stage three means that you already know your mood is not caused by any outside factor, but simply occurs in you. 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, and on the other side the outer void that has to be filled with consciousness and light, with love and life. Your material body is the boundary. The consciousness behind the body is the carrying agent whose task it is to bring one’s inner reality into a void. Those in this border state often forget that the inner reality is the real world.
P4 Your physicists today know that the relationship of time/space/movement continuum of your world is relative and only one of many possibilities. When a human consciousness “dies,” it withdraws from its shell into another time/space/movement continuum, which is the inner world. Just as time/space/movement within your specific space reality are results of a corresponding state of consciousness, so are landscapes, objects, conditions, natural laws, the atmosphere, the climate, also results of specific states of consciousness.
Your inner world is thus a total product of your overall state of consciousness. In this inner world you connect with others whose overall state of consciousness approximates your own, so that you share a commonly created sphere of temporary reality. This same rule applies to this earth sphere, with the only difference that the inner states are externalized on earth in a way that is often more difficult to discern. You consist of many aspects of consciousness which may often be in total disagreement among themselves and whose state of development may vary widely.
When the real self takes on a task before it goes into an embodiment, it chooses to take certain aspects of consciousness along with it. Your ego, which is your active, determining outer consciousness, can choose to seek an understanding of these connections, or to evade it. Your ego consciousness is the borderline between the inner light world and the outer void. When the human mind becomes entangled in the partial reality of three-dimensional consciousness, it can easily forget the task.
Then the conscious ego self temporarily identifies with the aspects needing re-education and purification; it then loses a sense of its real identity. This extremely painful state comes about only when pride, self-will, and fear are allowed to rule the consciousness. The moment you have exposed, owned, and realistically evaluated those negative aspects you had exclusively identified with and therefore struggled against seeing, this shameful isolation ceases and the aspects are seen exactly for what they are: simply aspects of the total self.
P5 The more you expose the ugliness, the more you know your beauty. For hiding always requires projecting your real guilt on others, blaming, self-whitewashing, and hypocrisy. Your true task must begin by exposing all of you. A curious reversal begins to take place in your vision of self and life. The outer event which first seemed cause now becomes effect. A deep inner sense of security arises because now one’s thoughts, desires, feelings, and attitudes are seen as the creative agents.
P6 Throughout history humanity has created different answers to explain away the results of inner creation, in order to avoid taking responsibility for them. Once you have seen your negative creation, you have the tools to institute positive creation. You produce and create painful, debilitating, and frustrating experience. Then you pretend that your thoughts and your intentions have nothing to do with your experience. Only the more mature mind can discern an effect removed from a causal agent.
How much are you willing to be in truth with yourself? Take now the third stage in which you confront your moods. You can no longer blame it on others and thus escape from your truth. This seemingly causeless change is so frustrating that you inwardly start rebelling and objecting. The childish part in you declares that nothing pleasant should ever change. You do not allow yourself to connect with the inner movement of the flow. If you learn to listen into and follow the inner lifestream, you cannot fail to perceive that within you there is constant movement.
And so is your own personal path. It carries you through the landscape of your Higher Self, which is beautiful and brilliant. What happens when you withdraw after a lifetime into the inner universe with these various aspects of your personality? You live in them alternately. The aspects you have not succeeded in unifying with the Higher Self remain separated fragments in their own self-created worlds.
You must occasionally reside in these separate worlds. Each will indeed be a world like this material world, but with different conditions, dimensions, and laws. Instead of struggling against the darkness, accept it as a temporary state and move with it. By fighting it, you only stop the movement. If you accept the pain and consciously connect with its meaning, it ceases to be pain.
P8 You produce the mood, but you do not know it. It is a movement in you, an aspect in you; it is your own landscape. Commit yourself to comprehend the meaning of the mood. (tool is daily review of moods). As long as you do not know and do not want to know that part in you which is compatible with the mood that created and attracted the energy field which inevitably drew this outer event to you and you to it, you will feel disconnected from it.
How psychology and spiritual practice support each other. Historical progression of self-responsibility in humanity. The pendulum must swing until love and self-responsibility are no longer split into apparently mutually exclusive opposites, but become one comprehensive whole.
—The Pathwork® Guide