There is so much phenomenal information packed into this book. To help you get the most from these teachings, I would like to offer an orientation regarding some of the Pathwork Guide’s word choices. According to the Guide, human beings have a tendency to get used to particular words. Over time, certain words can become so abused and misunderstood they become negatively charged. As a result we develop an allergy to them. “Sin” and “evil” are two such words.
Other times, we will hear a word so often, we come to think we know what it means and then don’t think any further about all it represents. The word “ego” is in this category. So as you read along, the Guide will regularly change up the word he uses, even though he is still essentially pointing to the same thing. Here are other words the Guide uses to refer to our ego:
In this collection of teachings, the Guide will be presenting ideas regarding the awakened state—about how to wake up—which is something your ego may not yet be familiar with. In truth, every incarnated being on this planet has the same long-term goal: to wake up. So understanding more about it is incredibly important.
Here are some of the words the Guide uses to point to the part of our being that relates to the awakened state:
Real self (Higher Self and Lower Self)
True self (Higher Self)
Universal life force
Greater universal consciousness
Great universal power
As these teachings unfold, you will come to see how this word-changing strategy, if you will, helps us break up rigid structures in our mind—so our mind can expand beyond itself. For the ego mind has a tendency to believe it knows. But there is much the limited ego mind does not yet know, especially if we have not yet experienced this larger aspect of ourselves.
In many lectures, the Guide refers to the mind’s tightly held beliefs as “images.” It’s as though we took a picture of a thought, and then put it in frame and set it on the shelf of our mind. By now we’ve looked at it for so long, we don’t even notice it is there.
In our work, we must come to see our images, and take them out of the precious frames we have put them in. For they hold misconceptions and, being untrue, lead us into traps and painful life situations. But I’ll let the Guide tell you more about that. For now, just know that the Guide will point to our images in different ways, and when he does, we need to take notice. Here are alternative words used for images:
Tightly held convictions
Finding our images is key for unlocking our limited world and setting us free. Make no mistake, we are now prisoners—not of an unfair world, but of our own mind. And yet there is so much more to life we can experience, once we open to the truths presented in this book. There is so much more to discover about life—after the ego.
P.S. On your first pass, you may want to skip all the “learn more” links. Just drinking in these messages from the Guide—savoring the unique perspective of each chapter—will take you a long way. Then consider reading this book again. I guarantee you will get even more from the teachings the second time around. At that point, allow yourself to follow links that intrigue you. They lead to further teachings in the books I have created—all inspired and also assisted by the Guide—designed to make these profound teachings easier to access.