P2 Two basic forces. One is the love-force, which gives out, communicates, and rises above the little ego, which considers itself the centre of all things, yet is only a part of a stupendous whole. The second basic force is the inverted, egocentric principle by which most human beings still live. In that state you suffer and “enjoy” life alone. No matter how many dear ones may be around you, loving and sharing with you, you experience your life as essentially unique, separate and peculiarly your own, unshakable and untransmittable.
P3 Ever since the world of matter began, all these feelings—good or bad, positive or negative, joyful or painful—have existed and people have experienced them. That you seem to produce a feeling does not mean that you have actually done so. What you do produce is the condition of tuning into the particular force or principle of an already existing emotion. As long as you harbor the illusion that you are producing the respective emotion or life-experience, you are still unique, alone, and separate.
When you begin to feel that you are tuning into what already exists, you automatically become a part of the whole and can no longer be the separate individual you have felt yourself to be. In the new state you will know deeply that all things, feelings, emotions, thoughts and experiences already exist and that you share in any of the existing currents because of self-produced conditions. These forces and principles work all around and within you. It is up to you which one will affect you.
Visualize all emotional experiences, from the lowest to the highest, as streams or currents. According to your personal frame of mind, state of emotion, general development, character tendencies, as well as passing moods or outer happenings, you tune into one of these currents, while you may simultaneously be partly tuned into another, conflicting one. You imagine with your limited thinking capacity that only as a unique individual do you have dignity and a chance for happiness. You also feel—often unconsciously—that if you are but a cog in a wheel, you do not count.
P4 In the new state you will see that being no more and no less than a part of a whole, and sharing with so many others something that already exists, makes you a happier person. Your dignity will increase to the extent that your pride of separateness decreases. The fullness and richness of life will increase to the extent that you leave your state of separateness in which you assume that in order to have more for yourself you have to take away from others.
P5 You may not even succeed in really resolving these conflicts (dissolving childhood conflicts) if their resolution is not a means toward the greater aim: the transition from the self-centered state of isolation into the state of union with all. This includes the recognition of yourself as an integral part of creation which strives endlessly and ceaselessly toward a greater fulfillment.
Only when you take the greater aim of union with all as your personal goal will you be capable of utterly fulfilling yourself. The basic resistance to transition is expressed in innumerable little ways in your everyday life. First it is necessary that you become aware of how you are struggling to maintain the isolated life, in which, at best, you want to share your life with a few chosen individuals. If you can give some manner of love to those few, you are already a step beyond many who cannot even do this.
P6 Automatically tune into that which corresponds to your own vibration, which is the sum total of your personality, character, and your general outlook on life. Your health or lack of it, your constructive and creative abilities or lack of them, your sense of being alive and fulfilling a purpose or the lack of it causes, in the aggregate, your personal vibration. That vibration, in turn, determines the forces or currents you tune into.
P7 All fears, with the exception of the healthy instinct of selfpreservation, are based on illusion and misconception. When you understand the basis of your fears, you will be able to give them up naturally. You will then have the transcendent insight that your fear is unnecessary, futile, illusory, and completely senseless. In that realization you will again, not abruptly but little by little, cease being afraid. Thus you will tune into a different current.
When you know that you are afraid it is so much better. So the first step is to be aware that you have fears. The second step is to pin down exactly what it is you are afraid of, why, and where the fear comes from. This is hard work, I admit. It needs patience and perseverance. It needs the absolute will to find out. Then you will encounter the original fear and its underlying misconception.
P8 The only way to master your fear is the willingness to go through it. It means acceptance of life as a whole, including the necessary manifestations due to one’s remaining imperfections. This is the only healthy approach. At any rate, you cannot impress yourself enough with the truth that you are never a helpless prey to the influence of others, nor are others to you. Broadly speaking, fear of success indicates a fear of not being adequate to the success. You all know that the child in you wants something handed to it on a silver platter, without the necessary responsibility, work, decision, and cost.
P9 So what creates fear of success usually is: (1) feelings of inadequacy; (2) lack of self-responsibility, even if only on a subtle inner level; (3) guilt: the feeling of “I do not really deserve it.” This too is connected with what I discussed here. If one is unwilling to assume mature responsibility, then one naturally feels guilty for desiring the goal. If a person accepts full adult selfresponsibility, is willing to pay the price for anything, and is capable of making a mature decision, there will be no such guilt. Self-honesty is the first step toward love.
—The Pathwork® Guide