How to Make Life Better by Changing What We Create

The whole point of walking a path of spiritual development is self-transformation. For it’s only by changing ourselves that we can change the life we’re creating—for ourselves and for others. So then by changing what we create, we can make life better.

Why does it work this way? Because each of us have some parts of our psyche that have become twisted, or distorted. As a result, we each have areas in ourselves—and therefore in our lives—that function in a discolored, negative way. So now we need to unwind them and restore them to their original bright and shiny condition.

And this, friends, is exactly what the teachings from the Pathwork Guide can help us do. They can help us change what we’re creating in life by helping us regain our inner light.

We cannot leave the illusion, if we are still living on Earth. But we can leave the darkness.

Yet, in their original form, the lectures themselves are not so easy to get through. At times, I have compared them with walking through tall grass. It can be done, but it’s often hard to see the way.

For several years now, I have been working closely with the Guide to make the original Pathwork lectures easier to get through. By rewriting them, reorganizing them, and adding various summaries and overviews, I hope to give people easier access to this rich, profound body of wisdom that the Guide has made available to all of humanity.

And don’t forget, the Guide gave us these teachings for a reason: To help us navigate the transition we are now in. Because we—both as individuals as well as societies—cannot keep going as we have been and expect everything to turn out well.

Yes, if we want to start making things better, we’ve all got some work to do.

Working With the Creative Process

What we’re going to talk about is the creative process as it exists in our universe. Already, this might sound like some lofty spiritual truth we’re going to discuss. But the teachings from the Pathwork Guide are not a bunch of heady generalities. They are always designed to give us something practical we can use, right here and right now. Indeed, every metaphysical truth offered by the Guide can be applied immediately to our lives, regardless of where we are in our spiritual development.

So although we’ll start out talking about some general concepts in Part One, in Part Three we’ll move into specific ways we can use these truths in our own personal lives. So please hang in there. In Part Two, we’ll explore the illusion of time. Also, we’ll look at what it takes—and what it means in terms of happiness—to live in the present.

PART ONE: Swirling Starting Points

PART TWO: Understanding Time and the “Now Point”

PART THREE: The Way Out of Misery

Keep in mind that what the Pathwork Guide is sharing is a highly simplified version of things. As such, I invite you to listen with your inner ears so you can hear the wisdom that echos the truth of a greater reality than the one we know.

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PART ONE: Swirling Starting Points

For creation to happen, two essential principles must meet. In human terms, we can think of these as the feminine and masculine principles. And they permeate through everything in all of creation. We can also call them the receptive and active principles, which are two aspects of one complete whole. It’s not possible to create anything without having both of them come together.

In order to make a positive creation, these two principles must meet in a way that is harmonious, flexible and mutually beneficial. Alternatively, when we make a negative creation, these two principles clash with each other and are mutually exclusive. Either way, the same receptive and active principles are involved.

Regardless of whether the interaction is constructive or destructive, when these two principles meet, the force created is tremendous. For they unite in a strongly concentrated form and converge into a single point. The Pathwork Guide calls these “psychic nuclear points.”

We can think of them as “nuclear” because each meeting forms a nucleus, or center starting point. And this nucleus is so highly charged with creative material that it can’t help but set off a powerful chain-reaction that is self-perpetuating. These points are the fundamental principle underneath every form that gets created.

We can also think of these points as being “psychic” in that they are not made of physical material. Rather, they are something that comes from consciousness. They come from our thinking, planning minds. This means we can’t see them in our 3D reality. We can, however, perceive them though inference, intuition and even by using our powers of deductive reasoning.

But don’t get confused. We’re not talking about “psychic phenomena” here. But we’re just pointing out that we can’t create anything without having a conscious intention somehow embedded in the force that is bringing it forth. After all, the universe is made up entirely of energy and consciousness. These two things cannot be separated, although the limited human way of perceiving things may see these two things as two separate factors.

Learn more about energy and consciousness in AFTER THE EGO: Insights from the Pathwork Guide on How to Wake Up.

The Power of Intention

So in principle, energy and consciousness are one. Said another way, consciousness can’t exist without also being energy at the same time. Consider then that every thought is also highly charged energy. What’s more, energy can’t be anything but an expression of consciousness. You simply can’t have one without the other.

It’s through our intention, then, that consciousness sends out energy by way of our thought processes. And our intentions are affected by our attitudes towards everything that is, as well as towards whatever it is that we’re creating. In short, we can’t create anything without having an intention, a purpose, a thought going on somewhere in the background.

Psychic nuclear points—which going forward we are going to call “psychic starting points”—are actually a series of psychic events. For there can’t be just one psychic point, or just one psychic event. Because one thought leads into another in a logical sequence.

By stringing together a series of thoughts, this leads us to actions and reactions. And these cause new facts to be born. These, in turn, lead to even newer facts. And all these facts create a series of chain reactions that interact and are also interdependent.

Visualize it this way: We have a thought and it brings about a certain result. Then that result elicits a feeling and an attitude. These then lead to an action. And that action will bring forward a reaction. Which brings forward yet another reaction. And the process continues, on and on.

Swirling in Circles

These chain reactions don’t follow a straight line. Instead, they go in a circle. And don’t forget, they are highly charged. So instead of dying out, the chain reactions build momentum, growing stronger and stronger. And not only are they self-perpetuating, they are self-feeding. Meaning they grow with ever-increasing speed. Plus they are self-revolving. Meaning they form an ever-increasing swirl of energy that is highly charged.

Eventually, the momentum reaches its maximum charge, and then an explosion happens. This is the peak point for a specific creation. So now the creation takes form. And then a new set of chain reactions is kicked off.

Think of the momentum traveling around a spiral where the movement keeps going faster and faster until it finally converges into a single point. This point is so tiny that no smaller measurement seems to be possible. And yet, at the same time, this one point still consists of all those forces that went into the series of events that led up to this one creation.

Size Can Be Misleading

Note, terms like “size” or “time” or “measure” are part of the state of consciousness that we humans are in. But these no longer apply to the concepts we are discussing here. As a result, these teachings may be misleading if we don’t try to listen with our intuition and perhaps even consider all this symbolically, and not literally.

For example, big and small are not necessarily about size. Rather, these words can be used to describe the significance of a particular creation. So say, for example, that a thought which brings forth something new is very strong, very unified, and full of purpose for supporting the creative plan of evolution. There are no countercurrents going in opposite directions because the thought aligns with all universal spiritual laws.

In this case, the psychic point will be extremely large. That is, it will be powerful and will have a lasting impact. The charging and recharging of the cyclic movements will go on in a seemingly endless process.

On the other hand, if the thought that sets off a chain of events is insignificant and full of wrong beliefs, the result will be less intense. It might seem powerful, but it won’t have much impact.

Psychic Starting Points Are Everywhere

The entire universe is made up of these psychic starting points. They exist in the most simple creations as well as the most complex systems we can imagine. They’re in every particle of air and in every cell that is created. Each leaf comes from a complex reaction of many psychic starting points. Even a gust of wind has psychic starting points behind it.

So the air we breathe as well as our muscles, skin, bones and organs are all created from this same origin: a highly complicated system of intricate connections between psychic starting points. Which doesn’t mean that all psychic starting points exist on the material level. Many we cannot measure, but can only understand through logical reasoning.

Such nonmaterial psychic starting points are crucial for things that exist on the nonmaterial level. And they are just as important as what exists in our material world. For they also affect us. After all, our own beings are made up of the material parts—our bodies which we can see and touch—and our nonmaterial parts, such as our beliefs and attitudes. So we are just as affected by the psychic starting points we can’t see as the ones we can, regardless of whether we’re aware of our nonmaterial parts or not.

This means that whatever situations we find ourselves in right now, and whatever life we are creating for ourselves, come from very complicated systems made up of psychic starting points. Some of these points converge. Some of them contradict or fight with each other. Others reinforce each other. It’s all built on our long history of thoughts, intentions, actions, feelings and attitudes.

Changing the Patterns

What we are experiencing right now, in this moment, is basically a psychic explosion that has been running through thousands of years to arrive at the last half hour we just lived. And it all culminates in the exact thoughts we are thinking this very minute. Once the pieces of this psychic explosion fall into place, they will re-form and create the same pattern. Alternatively, they may create a new form, depending on whether we take a turn in our consciousness—in our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs.

For our minds can always be changed. There are, in fact, infinite possibilities for making infinite changes going on all the time. Meaning, we don’t have to live with negative creations. They can be altered.

It’s vitally important to realize that when we start working deeply with these teachings from the Pathwork Guide, we will start to uncover how we are the ones creating the chain of events that we are now experiencing as “my life.”

What we will discover—become aware of—is that these highly charged psychic starting points seem to have created a life of their own. For they are self-perpetuating. But they always begin with us. And we can learn how to change the course that our life is taking. So if we’re miserable, we don’t have to stay that way.

We Keep Making More of the Same

When we find ourselves lost in the illusion that we are helpless, what we’ve really lost is our connection to our intentions that created this situation. We don’t realize that we have the ability to change a psychic starting point that has now materialized. Because whether we create something positive or negative, it’s still the result of our thoughts and intentions.

We mentioned that psychic starting points are self-perpetuating. This means that the more we love, the more love there will be in us and coming to us. We’ll keep recreating a stronger and stronger capacity for loving, and it will just keep growing. The more love we give, the more we will have. This is why it is said in the Bible that “to those who have, more will be given.”

But weak, negative and counterproductive psychic starting points work the same way. They still build momentum until they explode. The impact, however, won’t be as great as a positive, focused psychic starting point. Because the explosion will occur before a greater force could gather.

Whatever it is we are creating, we will keep creating more and more of it. Because the momentum of a psychic starting point creates more and more of the same thing. That is, as long as our consciousness doesn’t change and just keeps going along with it.

This applies to everything. To knowledge, to negative intentions, to talents, to our attitude towards life. And it all depends on whether we are in truth or in error. What we are thinking will breed more of the same. Until we decide to stop going down the track we are on.

We Are All Amazing Creators

Most of the time, we are oblivious to these psychic starting points. What we notice is the end creation. The explosion. And then what we see appears to be a fixed thing. But when we start doing our personal healing work, we start to see our hidden inner attitudes.

We do this by dissolving our inner blocks and our resistance to seeing ourselves in truth. In this way, we tune into what amazing creators we are. And we start to see how we are living in a world of our own making.

It’s through these ongoing explosions of psychic starting points that we renew ourselves. This is the case when we go through significant changes in our lives. Which includes any crisis that seems, in the moment, to be traumatic. As such, an unpleasant event is an explosion that creates an opportunity to re-form our life, hopefully in a better way. Even if our minds stubbornly refuse to understand this, a crisis is a chance for renewal.

A major crisis can be a wake-up call. It’s a chance to struggle for more awareness of what’s really going on.

But let’s say we keep going down a negative road, creating and re-creating negativity. Ultimately, things will reach the point of absurdity, and then can no longer keep functioning. To be in a crisis, then, means we refused to heed the warning signs and we deliberately failed to find a way to steer ourselves in a better direction.

A major crisis then can be a wake-up call. It’s a chance to struggle for more awareness of what’s really going on. It’s a time to see how we are using our creative energies.

Working With the Creative Charge

Creation is endless. It is ongoing explosions, which are always a climax that releases new energies that form new spirals. These energies keep filling the void with the glory of divinity and consciousness. There is no end to this charge.

But the charge can be dimmed when we fear it. When we doubt it. When we counteract it with our preposterous ideas. Even then, though, the charge is not lost, but just held back and prevented from manifesting. Nonetheless, it keeps gathering steam behind the scenes, so to speak, and it will remain there until we are ready to use it.

Our task, then, is to figure out where we are blocking that creative charge. How are we diminishing the light in our own life? We can start right now to use the part of our mind that is able to observe our own thinking. We must start to see that what we are thinking—in the areas behind our negative creations—is absurd.

Facing Our Numbness

We might like to think that our thoughts don’t matter much. But they are the psychic starting point that leads to actions and creations. And therefore our thoughts actually have huge consequences.

Our work is to use our own mind to pinpoint the crazy or foolish starting points. And then search to find the corresponding truth. We can set our intention toward straightening ourselves out, using that same energetic power to shift our thinking into truthful channels. And then we can start to build positive self-perpetuating starting points.

Let’s say we find a part of ourselves that is deadened. Numb. And we are afraid of waking it up and bringing it back to life. What’s happening is that psychic starting points in our system are going in a negative direction, and these are frightening to us.

At some point in our past, we had the intelligence and a strong enough mind to realize that this was happening. And it seemed we had two choices. We could either express this flow of energy and act out, which would often mean extreme destructiveness. Or we could deaden these energies, and thus protect ourselves from them.

This is a common predicament for people to discover at some point in our development. What happens is that we feel this great rush of energy when we become enraged or destructive. This is something we simply never get to experience in a positive way.

When we start to do our personal healing work, we must learn how to express this energy in a way that doesn’t harm others. We can take responsibility for these expressions and vent them in an environment—with a trained healer, therapist or counselor—where no one is hurt by us. But then we’re stumped. Because we fear releasing them any further. We’d frankly rather be numb than destructive.

When we arrive at this juncture, we don’t yet realize that there is a choice.

The momentum of the charge that our negative attitudes created was frightening to us. So we slowed things down. Now it’s time to revive things. But it’s not enough to bring these energies back to life without also understanding the consciousness that lies behind the numbness. For all deadness comes from a negative intention.

What we must also come to see—and completely understand—is how our negative intent is based on a false idea. It’s only when we have this specific understanding that we can dare to revive all that energy that is living constantly in every particle of our being. Then we will be able to allow that charge to flow freely once again. But now it can start to feel good.

A Recap of the Phases of Self-Development

Let’s recap the phases we go through in the course of following these teachings from the Pathwork Guide. First, we search to find our conscious negativities. This is the stuff we already know about. Our hate, our spite, our angst, and our desire to make somebody else pay for our pain. Then we must seek out our hidden unconscious negativities.

Second, we need to own all of this in a spirit of wanting to be in truth. We don’t deny our negativities, but we also don’t annihilate ourselves for them, believing that that part of us is all of who we are.

Third, having discovered the false ideas that are buried inside our negative attitudes, we articulate them clearly. It can be a bit of a battle to become clear about what we currently think and believe. Then, in the last phase, we change our intention. This requires a clear formulation of our commitment to move from the negative to the positive.

These phases often overlap and don’t always go in this exact sequence. But you get the idea.

Beware of Stubbornness

In a moment, we’ll get to some practical steps for working through these phases. For now, just notice that we may find—illogical as it seems—that we resist this process. Despite our intellectual understanding that this is the way we must go, we are reluctant to energize the matter in us that is now numb.

The reason for this reluctance is that we aren’t quite clear yet about our specific false idea. What do we believe that is not true? In what way is it false? What’s the right idea? It’s only by answering these questions that we can embrace our positive intent. For as long as this isn’t clear, we will fear the energy that sets off a negative chain reaction. We’d rather remain numb and half-dead than risk blowing up our life.

Look out for stubbornness. It’s an inner wall that sides with our fear and scattered thoughts to shut out the divine guidance that wants to flow from within.

But don’t be too hard on yourself. For until we’re ready to become aware of ourselves and to raise our level of consciousness, this temporary numbing serves a neutralizing function. So we really can’t jump to any conclusions about whether being numb is good or not good.

It’s equally true that at certain stages in our development our negative intention will cause a crisis in our life. And this crisis will serve the purpose of helping us grow. When that’s the case, we waste time by stubbornly holding onto these stuck energies and needlessly procrastinating.

So be on the lookout for stubbornness. It’s an inner wall that sides with our fear and scattered thoughts to shut out the divine guidance that wants to flow from within.

Two Simple Examples of Psychic Starting Points

When we start to examine more and more deeply what we are creating with our mind and our intentions, we can explore both our positive creations and our negative creations. What we’ll find is that the same principles exist either way. So it will help us greatly to understand how this process works. Otherwise, we will see the world out of context, because we will fail to see how everything interconnects.

But by seeing how individual psychic starting points roll up to create a larger process, we start to see how we fit into the world. And we begin to see how our thoughts contribute to our environment. For every pattern is a creation within itself, and at the same time, is part of a larger pattern of creation.

Here are two fairly simple examples of how this works.

Example One: Walking to the Corner

Let’s say we decide to stand up, move through the room we’re in, walk down the stairs and go outside to a street corner, for whatever reason. We can look at this as one plan, one configuration, one spiral. When we get to our destination, the plan fully manifests, which is the explosive, climactic point. So this particular creation showed up on this level of reality.

But before it could fully come into being, we had to take many smaller steps. And each of those steps could be considered a plan in itself. For there had to be an intent to move our muscles, even though we do so automatically by now. Still, there was an intention to walk to the corner. And our movement was because of our intention to follow a particular plan.

Altogether, it was the purpose, the plan, and the execution of each step—of each smaller starting point—that led us to complete this small creation. But our walk to the corner is not an isolated creation. It too is part of a larger plan. This simple example is important to understand because it shows us how the scheme of creation works.

Example Two: Building a House

Here’s a second example. Let’s say we want to build a house. All the same principles will apply with a number of smaller psychic starting points converging into a whole. And then these keep rolling into larger spirals. So starting out, it may take many years to buy a property and hire an architect to design our house. The architect, in turn, will execute their own plan, and also hire contractors to organize the construction process. Various subcontractors will also be involved who will need to cooperate with each other. Then landscapers and interior decorators may be involved until the house is finally finished.

Each step along the way is a creation in itself. What’s more, the house itself is a single step in a series of creative events. It’s one small step that is part of a larger scheme in perhaps a neighborhood, a city and a state. So yes, it’s a house. But it’s also part of something bigger.

The Value of Seeing the Big Picture

These examples are simple. Yet they can help us get an intuitive feel for how many psychic starting points must weave together to form a whole network. They keep moving, creating, exploding, falling apart and reforming new patterns. And it’s all related to the larger plan.

Yet it’s hard for us to imagine the purpose and meaning behind all of this. Nonetheless, doing so can give us a glimpse of the Divine Mind that is always at work, bringing forth its loving wisdom through the power of creation.

Walking to the corner may not seem like much. But it is indeed a creation that requires setting brilliant creative genius into motion. It requires the coordination and control of muscles in addition to innumerable other components. Yet this walk to the corner is not an isolated creation. We must have a reason to walk there. And that reason is also part of a bigger plan.

In life, we are forever weaving and enlarging these creative patterns that are self-perpetuating. Each fragment is a little piece of perfection that helps form a larger fragment. Imagine the complexity involved in creating a human being. A mathematical system. How about a galaxy? There are systems within systems within systems. And yet it’s always this same creative process at work.

Now let’s go back to looking at our inner thoughts and reactions, and our tendency to see the world out of context. The less we are able to see that each smaller part of creation is a fragment of a whole, the more we’ll believe that the smaller particle is all there is. That it has no connection to anything else.

Many of us feel separate simply because we can’t perceive more. This is a reflection of how fragmented we are inside ourselves, in our current state of awareness or consciousness.

But the more we are able to perceive that everything we experience is just a smaller part of a bigger, ongoing plan—just like the steps we take in our walk to the corner, and how that walk was part of a larger plan in our mind—the more aware we will be of how we’re connected with the Whole. That we’re part of the All-is-One Consciousness. And that, friends, brings us closer to bliss.

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PART TWO: Understanding Time and the “Now Point”

Time is another thing that results from fragmentation. For time is really just the illusion that gets created by having a disconnected view of reality. To continue using one of the examples for this topic, time is the perception of only the partial steps, those smaller creative units. Too often we can’t see the whole structure that this particle of time is part of. And this causes us to suffer from the feeling that things are senseless.

Part of the issue is that we only see things in a linear way. For that is what our limited human minds are capable of, living in this limited state of consciousness. In this state, we are fragmented, so we can’t perceive any more fully than we do. We are oblivious to the larger process.

This means we can’t take in endless dimensions of width, depth or scope. So when we experience time, we are experiencing what is happening as a sequence, rather than seeing it as part of a whole. Yet each moment of time—each fragment of a second—is one of those psychic starting points that contains meaning and consciousness, along with purpose.

If we were able to string together seconds, not just in a line but also in depth and in width, we would be able to perceive that there is no time. We could see that each point in time—each “now point”—is a point of creation that is endless and always there.

Occasionally, we may get a sense of this “now point.” But to live there all the time requires we reach higher states of consciousness. And that we must work for.

But as we keep growing and maturing—transforming more and more of our conscious and unconscious negativity—we will perceive that life is made up of not only the immediately obvious fragments. We will begin to sense how each fragment is part of a larger fragment. And eventually, we will become ready and able to experience the “now point.”

Perhaps we’ve already had inklings of this kind of perception. If so, that will be enough to imprint in our minds that there’s so much more to life than what is in front of our eyes.

Being in the Now

What does it look like to live in the “now point” and be completely in the now? It is to have a sense of the eternal. And that is true bliss. For then we are fearless, truly secure, and totally certain of the meaning of life. We know—not as wishful thinking but rather with absolute certainty—that life does not stop simply because a certain momentary manifestation stops.

When there is no longer any fear, there can be complete relaxation. This is an entirely fearless state in which there’s no tension and no contraction. But this doesn’t mean we’re in a totally passive state. We’re not flaccid or motionless. Rather, we’re in an ever-moving flexible state that is open and receptive.

We tend to associate flexing with tightening and defending. But in the pure state, tightening is what gives spring to the creative movement. It’s a kind of charge. By alternating between charging and letting go we have a creative whole. But both movements are relaxed, without fear or defensiveness.

In such a state, we are susceptible to experiencing bliss. And we are in a deep state of knowing that all is well. Deep down, we all long for this. But then along the way, we fragmented our consciousness. And so we are now creating this false reality we call our three-dimensional world.

Way deep down inside ourselves, though, we never lose our connection with the greater reality of our eternal being. That’s the part of us that’s still capable of experiencing the “now point.” And our human consciousness continually strives to regain this eternal state, whether we realize this or not.

Learn more in BLINDED BY FEAR: Insights from the Pathwork Guide on How to Face Our Fears.

Our Motivation to Make Things Better

It’s our striving for this other, better state that motivates us to keep growing, keep searching and keep moving. Along the way, we must accept that we are facing temporary hardships which we ourselves have created. And we must walk through them as we would go through any tunnel, as a way to free ourselves from our inner obstructions.

No doubt, this will require a bit of motivation.

A big part of walking a spiritual path has to do with the battle we face between wanting to move ahead—following our longing for freedom and peace—and our resistance. And yet we are struggling against our own freedom when we give up our striving for what our heart knows could be possible. We all have to go through such an inner war.

Until at some point, we win this struggle. We commit to movement, even if that brings momentary hardship or discomfort. Of course, it’s an illusion that we can avoid hardship or discomfort. These things are going to happen, whether or not we decide to move in the direction of our own inner divinity or not—even though this is always our final destiny anyway.

Actually, though, it’s only by following the way of movement that we can understand what the hardships we experience are about. And this needs to happen for us to really dissolve them. So while denying any hardship may seem to temporarily eliminate it, later, when we decide to turn inward and face ourselves, it will seem turning inward is what creates the hardship. But this is also an illusion.

Our Many Shortcuts to Bliss

Our striving to make life better motivates us. And eventually this inner motivation is what tips the scales in this battle between moving and stagnating. Between reality and illusion. And between feeling fulfillment or despair. Keep in mind, when we choose movement and reality, we find fulfillment. And in the end, this is what we’re all really searching for.

At one stage or another, we’ll get there.

But we’re still also human. And so we look for shortcuts. We think we can get the goodies—fulfill our deepest longing—and not have to pay any price for it.

What is the price we must pay? It’s the hard work of searching and finding, of learning and growing, of changing and purifying ourselves. We must travel through all the pain we have created for ourselves. We must see where darkness—and all darkness is some form of evil—lives in us.

So what are some of the shortcuts we try to take? Here are a few.

Sexual Activity as a Shortcut

We’ll start with sexual activity. In the sexual experience, we can experience the blissful experience of now, but rarely can we sustain it. As such, we may try to use sexuality as a way to escape our problems. When we use sex—by itself—as a way to avoid the unpleasant parts of reality, this is basically a cheap way to get some semblance of bliss. Of course, any kind of cheating can never work. As such, this bliss will be short-lived and likely problematic.

Alternatively, when two people experience honest growth together, their sexual union will be an expression of bliss. For it will result from two people relating deeply and fusing spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. So through mature, healthy sexual union, the true “now point” can be temporarily experienced.

Drugs as a Shortcut

The most blatant way that people search for an experience of the “now point” is through drugs. For drugs have a way of removing our three-dimensional physical boundaries and revealing what lies behind the great veil. But when we have such a revelation without earning it—which can only be done by making our state of consciousness compatible with such an experience—then the price we pay will be very high. The same thing goes for using alcohol as a shortcut to bliss.

People choose such shortcuts because their soul remembers that such a blissful state exists. But at the same time, the person is resistant to doing the work to get there. So escaping into drugs and alcohol are an attempt at a compromise that doesn’t work. Worse, the inevitable fall from the state of bliss feels all the more painful. And the person’s ordinary state of consciousness is all that much more dark.

The Fall of the Angels tends to be seen as a one-time event. In truth, the Fall keeps on occurring any time we cause our consciousness to fragment.

HOLY MOLY: The Story of Duality, Darkness and a Daring Rescue tells the story about the Fall of the Angels. As in Scripture, the Fall tends to be seen as symbolizing a one-time event. In truth, the Fall takes place outside of time. So it occurs—and keeps on occurring—anytime we violate spiritual law, causing our consciousness to keep fragmenting.

Whenever we search for the “now point” in a false way, we are trying to gain the result without paying the price. We insist on wanting to be in heaven, but we don’t want to work to make ourselves ready for it. And so we end up plunging ourselves into hell.

Meditation Exercises as a Shortcut

A third shortcut that some people use is through meditation exercises. At first glance, this appears to be an honest search. After all, it typically involves a long practice of concentration exercises. Sometimes there will also be an ascetic lifestyle designed to prepare a person for this kind of experience. But sometimes, this is also all an illusion.

For it is possible to produce “results” through extended fasting, chanting, reciting self-hypnotic meditational phrases and doing concentration exercises. By way of such techniques, one can have a short-term experience that, once again, reveals what lies beyond the veils.

But if we’re doing these things as a substitute for true self-development and deep self-transformation—for the kind of self-searching that leads to real change in our deeply hidden distortions—the result will be similar, in essence, to the more obviously destructive shortcuts just mentioned.

Reaching the blissful “now point” can only truly happen as a result of unification. And this we must earn slowly through our personal development work for it to truly be ours. Otherwise, we’ll put a lot of effort into something—like meditation exercises that are mechanical—that we can’t maintain with a feeling of ease.

Eventually, this part splits off from our parts that remain undeveloped, which we push out of our conscious awareness. So now a big inner fracturing happens. For due to pursuing our shortcuts, instead of becoming more unified, we have become even more split. The personality of someone following such a shortcut was actually less split when it began than it will be after sampling and savoring the blissful “now points” achieved by artificial means, such as through mechanical practices and exercises.

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PART THREE: The Way Out of Misery

If we truly want the unlimited dimensions of reality to be revealed to us—if we want to attain the blissful “now point”—there is only one safe and secure way to do it. Simply put, we must fulfill the task we have come here for. And it is by walking an authentic spiritual path—such as the one laid out for us by the Pathwork Guide—that we can do so.

We have to learn to travel through our pain. This includes the pain of our guilt, of our illusions, and of our side that is still undeveloped. Ultimately, that’s what it really all comes down to.

Living Outside the “Now Point”

If we’re not currently living in bliss, this means we have lost our connection with the “now point.” In other words, we feel cut off from spiritual reality. As a result, we think that the temporary reality we’ve created for ourselves here on Earth is the only reality. But this land of duality is an illusory reality, if we may use such a seemingly paradoxical phrase.

Now here’s the most important part of this teaching to understand. Being in the “now point” means we are intensely aware of what this “now point” means. Anytime we try to run away from the “now point,” we lose our awareness of what it means. So then we create a false reality that we superimpose over our life.

We do this in several ways. First, we live in either the past or in the future, not in the present. Sure, we might be present to some degree, but we’re not truly aware of the “now point.” In each minute, our mind is already running ahead—perhaps into the next minute, the next hour, the next day. We might even be in some faraway future, in a wishful daydream of how it could be one day, or should be, or might be if we only had some magic.

As a result, we bypass the “now point” that could give us the key to actually reaching that future point we cherish so much. Either that, or we hang onto something from the past that has a hold on us, possibly without our even realizing it.

When we begin to work deeply with the teachings from the Pathwork Guide, we start to come into contact with both of these. Most notably, after much hard work, we begin to see how our past is still influencing us. This influence makes us react to something happening now as if we were still living in the past.

Because we are caught with distorted vision, we actually believe that what’s happening now is the same as what happened in the past. Not that we are aware of this belief. If we were aware of it, we would be a lot closer to that “now point.” The fact that we think the way we’re reacting now is appropriate is a good ruler for measuring how alienated we are from the “now point.”

How to Stop “Time Projection”

In short, we lose touch with the “now point” by being lost into the past as well as the future. And we are doing this kind of “time projection” all the time. We often believe we are acting freely, based on what’s currently going on. But our behaviors are not actually freely chosen at all.

They are reactions determined by events in the past. And our reactions may or may not have been appropriate back then. Regardless, they are not appropriate now. And they lead us to distort reality, meaning we blot out our connection with the real reality happening now.

To put it frankly, it’s our lack of awareness about what’s really taking place in the moment that creates the illusion we call time. To put it another way, our lack of awareness and the false reality that accompanies it causes fragmentation. And this fragmentation is the reason we’re disconnected from living in the present moment.

The way forward, however, is not something we can determine by using our mind through an act of will. The use of our will comes into play by using our mind to develop more self-awareness regarding those parts of ourselves we don’t want to face and deal with. For that’s the only way to bring ourselves back into alignment with the truth. We can only make life better by establishing a better sense of reality.

Once we do this, a new sense of timelessness will come about on its own. It will happen almost effortlessly, when we least expect it. Because it comes as a byproduct of our searching to be in truth.

Over time, after we go through some of our self-exploration, the past will stop bleeding into the present. When that happens, we will be able to trust that the future will be fine, since it can only be an extension of the now. Once we no longer feel the need to escape the present, we will stop toying with the future with our wish-making mind. Then the now turns into our new reality, forever.

Three Common Ways We Escape the “Now Point”

There are three fairly well-known ways that we lose the “now point.” They are:

1) Displacement
2) Projection
3) Denial

Displacement

First let’s look at displacement. Say we love someone dearly, but they do something to hurt us or make us mad. We don’t want to offend this person, and we know that if we let them see how we feel, they might push us away. And we need them and depend on them! So we want to avoid such a pain.

Still, they did something that causes us pain and anger. We fear that if we acknowledge our pain, we might destroy our little bubble of illusion, which we don’t want to give up. Our illusion might be that our beloved person really should be perfect. They should never do anything that would hurt us. The reason we have this illusion is so we can avoid anything unpleasant ever happening. In this case, confrontation would be very unpleasant. And we sure don’t want to risk losing their love.

Our goal is to avoid all discomforts, risks and pains. To do this, we must build an illusion. And then we must invest quite a lot of energy into maintaining this fictional version of reality. Nonetheless, the energy of the pain and anger we’re feeling is real. So we need to get rid of it.

For it’s also an illusion to think that just by ignoring our pain and anger, it will go away. So how do we “solve” such a problem? Often, our solution is so automatic, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. We dump our feelings onto someone else, possibly for an entirely different issue.

After all, this other person may not mean nearly as much to us. If we make this other person mad, their retaliation or rejection might not matter so much. The outcome is less “dangerous.” Or maybe we’re so secure in this other person’s love and tolerance for us that we can safely unload on them and get away with it. In this way, we solve our problem by finding an outlet for this tight ball of energy, and we don’t put our relationship with the all-important person at risk. That’s displacement.

Not only does this shrewd device cause us to feel guilty for our dishonesty, it creates a false version of reality. So now we are living in a world that’s really not based on reality. And there’s no way for us to be aware of the “now point” with this going on. Whatever meaning or message might come to us about ourselves in this situation, we won’t be able to hear it until we set everything straight.

Here’s something else that’s helpful to realize. After we get underway in doing our personal development work, we will discover that by fully facing into even the most undesirable, dishonest and sideways pieces of untruth in ourselves, we arrive into a feeling of bliss. We reach it even before we’ve had a chance to change that part of ourselves. Bliss arises from simply dealing honestly with an issue.

Why does this happen? Because we’re now in the specific “now point” of our untruthfulness. We’re in the “now point” of our negativity and our deceitfulness. Displacement, on the other hand, turns everything into chaos and disorder. It takes what is really happening and turns it into total confusion. It completely disconnects us from our inner divine self, and that always creates fear and fragmentation.

We do this displacement thing much more than we think. We shift something off one person and put it on someone else. Or we take things from one situation and move it to another. Sometimes we’re just too lazy to deal with the real situation. Or maybe we have a habit of being resistant. But if we don’t stop doing this, we can never shift into the ongoing “now point.”

To get started, we must make up our mind that we want to see what we are doing. And we want to see the full extent to which we are doing this. For our lack of awareness makes every problem bigger. The minute we realize that we have a problem with automatic displacement, our problems already come down a notch.

Projection

We are likely a little more familiar with projection, which is about seeing in others what we aren’t willing to see in ourselves. Nonetheless, we are still often blind to how we’re reacting to others when there’s something in ourselves we don’t wish to see. At times, the other person might actually have the undesirable trait we don’t want to see. Other times, they may not. But whether or not they do or don’t really doesn’t matter.

What matters is that when we’re projecting, we’re abusing the energy that should go toward facing ourselves. We need to be turning our attention toward confronting and dealing with something unpleasant in us. Instead, we become angry and annoyed by the other person. In this case, we want to maintain an illusion about ourselves—namely, that we don’t have the trait in question.

Denial

Last is denial, which doesn’t need much explanation. We don’t displace and we don’t project. We simply attempt to deny a problem exists at all.

In all these cases—whether we’re running from the past, pretending about the future, or displacing, projecting or denying—we are trying to get away from the “now point.” We’re buying the illusion that we can avoid anything we think is unpleasant.

When we do this, the new reality we are creating—using the force of our will—is not based on truth. And that, friends, is an abuse of the creative process. All we actually accomplish is to create more fragmentation, and we become further and further alienated from the center of our own being. We lose our connection with our “now point,” with all its amazing meaning and relationship to the whole. To the greater One.

Approaching More Joy

The Pathwork Guide points out that these two lectures on Psychic Nuclear Points and the process of being in the now were especially joyful to give. In fact, he said, the Spirit World had been preparing them for a “very long time”—with time, of course, being a very human way of understanding their considerable effort.

For one thing, those who would hear these lectures needed to be ready to receive them. Also, it took some work to massage the terminology so that humans could even understand them. This was not easy to do. Because human language does not make much room for talking about such ideas.

Yet if we can understand this material, simplified as it may be, it can help us to raise our level of consciousness. It can help us to intuitively understand how the creative process works, and that can make it easier to deal with ourselves.

Accelerating our spiritual progress is tremendously joyful for everyone. Not only is this the way to create more joy, it leads to more peace, more excitement and more fulfillment in our lives. Until one day we realize that it’s totally safe to live in a highly charged state of being, as long as the charge is a positive one.

We can all start today by actively working with the creative process to make life better. For all of us.

“Be blessed in the world of love that surrounds and permeates you.  This is the only unalterable reality that ever exists. Be blessed.”

–Pathwork Guide, Lecture #215

Jill Loree

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