P1 In the sphere of your present reality every act has its consequences. It is much more difficult to see the same relationship between your thoughts, or your subtle inner attitudes, and your overall life circumstances. But if you malign another human being by questionable accusations, ill will, blindness or stubbornness; if you refuse to give him or her the benefit of the doubt and do not attempt to be open and create a different reality through honest communication with this person, your thoughts are killing him.
This secret “killing” has just as severe consequences as a physical killing. In your three-dimensional world, and in your present state of consciousness, you find yourself to be in many areas half-way. Your world and your personality is neither all good nor all bad.
P2 If some good exists in you and in your world, greater degrees of goodness must exist and a plane of all-pervading goodness must also exist. The same applies to the bad. You are also half-way as to cause and effect, or rather your perception of it. An act is irreversible. Its momentary consequences are irreversible. You may later modify the act, try to correct it if you see that it was a mistake, see the inner current that led you to the act, or use the act as material to raise your consciousness and widen your vision and perception.
This way you may, in time, neutralize the effects of a negative act. But at the moment the act is irreversible, the consequences cannot be annulled. If consequences exist at the moment as a result of the act, but can be eliminated in time, you can gradually begin to see that cause and effect is very much connected to time. Your state of development creates a corresponding reality, which contains three dimensions: It consists of time, space, and movement; it also contains the particular degree of cause and effect you can experience.
In time your perception will alter, you can undertake the correction of these thoughts, so that, again in time, the effects will be eliminated. In the same way, your life-affirming, positive and truthful thoughts, attitudes and actions have corresponding desirable effects. Let us say you are compelled by inner forces to commit an impulsive destructive act. The pain and remorse that this act will cause may be instantaneous.
You long for a state of being in which you can undo this act, as if it never happened. Yet you know that in the world you live in this is impossible. How then can it be that in higher realms there is no cause and effect? It is your Higher Self which is unaffected, the divine part of you that does not participate in any negative thoughts, and is not part of your destructive attitudes or actions. Your three-dimensional perception is an untruthful overall view of the world.
P3 Perception is the cause of certain actions, which create certain effects. The effects can be the medicine needed to overcome distorted perceptions which create the causes which in turn create these effects. In the highest state of consciousness there is no space to travel in-between cause and effect. This is why you can sense, at certain times of grace, that somewhere deep within exists a realm of being in which no matter what happens, you remain unalterably pure, divine and good in your essence. For your essence is the essence of all. It is God.
The resistance to follow this call (total surrender to God) of your soul is exactly what causes all discomfort, pain, suffering, anxiety and discontent. Surrender to God is an innate movement of the soul. Since it is the natural movement of your soul, surrendering to God means fulfilling your destiny. It brings about balance and harmony in your entire organism. Your mental organism will be ruled by truthful perception, clarity of vision, and realistic understanding.
On the emotional level, this mental clarification of opposites creates an entirely new mode of being, of reacting, of feeling. For example, loving no longer appears weakening and humiliating. On the contrary, it creates a healthy pride and dignity. By surrendering to God, one avoids one of the greatest pitfalls of humankind, which is the temptation to surrender to superior negative power structures.
P4 If you fear a human authority—whether this is real abuse or only your imagination hardly matters—it is because you depend on this authority in some tangible or intangible way. You may then respond either by submitting, selling out, and hating yourself for it, or by blind rebellion against the authority, in order to avoid self-hatred and to preserve your dignity. If your total surrender to God is genuine, all-encompassing, you will perceive with utter clarity the unworthiness of an authority who tries to subdue you, abuse you, or exploit you.
It does not matter whether this person is a boss on whom you are financially dependent, or a mate whose love you crave and need. You can then find the courage to risk losing the object of your need. Your autonomy can only grow out of total surrender to God. A further consequence of giving over to God will be a need to change your situation in order to fulfill your real needs without the enslavement of your soul.
This might mean a new position, a new boss, a new relationship or a new mate. Or you may even find that the very same people will react differently to your changed attitude. Rebellion against any authority often masks your own hidden desire to have power over others and to abuse this power. When your self-will governs your life, and you have strong feelings of humiliation and powerlessness whenever your self-will is not fulfilled, then you will be led to believe that you must either become the greatest power in your universe—God—or you must be annihilated.
To avoid total annihilation, you may tend to bow to substitute powers, rather than to God’s will. By serving them, you hope to gain the superior position yourself. Or you may seek the power of money or position, which then become substitutes for God.
P5 Resistance to your destiny to surrender all of yourself to God and His will for you must create a real, permeating and weakening guilt. So much of your weakness, hesitation, self-doubt, so many of your self-punishing patterns are a direct result of this. When this happens (surrender to God)—and of course it is not a one-time endeavor, but one that needs to be repeated daily and in all issues of your life—you will experience a new strength and a sense of self that you never knew before.
The wisdom to choose when to use positive aggression and when to give in gracefully, will be in you as an almost instantaneous knowing. Graceful giving in, yielding, following, accepting—even when your self-will may not like it—will replace humiliation, self-denial, submission based on fear and on distrust of life. Positive aggression is not only necessary to expose injustice and abuse, however. It is not merely a responsive, but must also be an initial action. Positive aggression is necessary to move out, to expand, to improve, to create, within and without. But this is only so with the appropriate, organic aggression that is in accordance with God’s will.
P6 Where you have fear, insecurity, anxiety, self-doubt, conflict with others, altercations with your environment, or any kind of unfulfillment or frustration, the underlying cause must be that you deny the call of your soul. Use this clear and simple gauge.
—The Pathwork® Guide