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Eva Pierrakos with her husband John Pierrakos.

Eva Pierrakos, here with her husband John Pierrakos, delivered monthly Pathwork lectures over a 22-year period.

What is Pathwork®?

The Pathwork Guide lectures are the original foundation of these teachings from Phoenesse, and they are all available online at

The 250 or so lectures from the Guide continue to unfold further each time you read them. The teachings also deliver universal messages that will pertain to everyone at some point on their journey. But how do you find the lecture that meets you where you are today? 

The Real.Clear. spiritual book series provides roughly 100 of the teachings rewritten in easy-to-read language and nicely organized for easier access. Or read an Overview of the Spiritual Teachings in the Real.Clear. spiritual book series. 

Discover Which Pathwork Teachings Are in What Phoenesse Books

“All you need is to be really in good faith and search deep inside your unexpressed consciousness. And that can be unearthed; with the help of someone, you can find it. Only in that moment do you become free, do you cease to experience yourself as a victim who is tied by circumstances beyond your control. That is always the key, my friends.

It is one of the basic principles of the teachings I am privileged to give you here. It is the basic principle of this Pathwork®. It is something that most people want to reject because it is uncomfortable, and they prefer to see themselves as a victim, at a tremendous cost. But the true freedom and liberation lies in always seeing what part you play volitionally in the situation you are in.”

– Pathwork® Guide, Q&A #201


Read Original Pathwork Lectures on the Pathwork Foundation website or by selecting any original lecture title below.

Lecture Titles

  1. The Sea of Life
  2. Decisions and Tests
  3. Choosing Your Destiny—The Will to Change
  4. World Weariness
  5. Happiness for Yourself or Happiness as a Link in the Chain of Life
  6. The Human Role in the Spiritual and Material Universes
  7. Asking for Help and Helping Others
  8. Mediumship—How to Contact God’s Spirit World
  9. Prayer and Meditation— The Lord’s Prayer
  10. Male and Female Incarnations: Their Rhythms and Causes
  11. Self-Knowledge—The Great Plan—The Spirit World
  12. The Order and Diversity of the Spiritual Worlds—The Process of Reincarnation
  13. Positive Thinking: The Right and the Wrong Kind
  14. The Higher Self, the Lower Self, and the Mask
  15. Influence Between the Spiritual World and the Material World
  16. Spiritual Nourishment—Willpower
  17. The Call—Daily Review
  18. Free Will
  19. Jesus Christ
  20. God: The Creation
  21. The Fall
  22. Salvation
  23. The Path: Initial Steps, Preparation, and Decisions
  24. Finding One’s Faults
  25. Escape Possible Also on the Path
  26. Communication with God—Daily Review
  27. The Forces of Activity and Passivity—Finding God’s Will
  28. Self-Will, Pride and Fear
  29. Shame
  30. Decision Making
  31. Occupation With Self–Right and Wrong Faith
  32. Preparation for Reincarnation
  33. Turning to God
  34. Prayer
  35. Acceptance, Right and Wrong Way—Dignity in Humility
  36. Images
  37. Image-Finding
  38. More on Image-Finding: A Summary
  39. Images: The Damage They Do
  40. Christmas Blessings—Objectivity and Subjectivity
  41. Three Basic Personality Types: Reason, Will, Emotion
  42. The Forces of Love, Eros, and Sex
  43. Three Basic Personality Types: Reason, Will, Emotion
  44. The Forces of Love, Eros, and Sex
  45. The Conflict Between Conscious and Unconscious Desires
  46. Authority
  1. The Wall Within
  2. The Life Force in the Universe
  3. Obstacles on the Path: Old Stuff, Wrong Guilt, and Who, Me?
  4. The Vicious Circle
  5. Importance of Forming Independent Opinions
  6. The God-Image
  7. Self-Love
  8. Questions and Answers
  9. Three Cosmic Principles: The Expanding, the Restricting, and the Static Principles
  10. Capacity to Wish—Health and Unhealthy Motives in Desire
  11. The Mass Image of Self-Importance
  12. The Desire for Happiness and the Desire for Unhappiness
  13. Questions and Answers
  14. The Abyss of Illusion—Freedom and Self-Responsibility
  15. Questions and Answers
  16. Man and Woman
  17. Questions and Answers
  18. Outer Will and Inner Will—Misconception About Selfishness
  19. Questions and Answers
  20. Shame of the Higher Self
  21. Questions and Answers
  22. Suppression of Positive and Creative Tendencies—Thought Processes
  23. The Folly of Watching for Results While on the Path; Fulfillment or suppression of the Valid Desire to Be Loved
  24. Questions and Answers
  25. Reality and Illusion—Concentration Exercises
  26. The Fear of Loving
  27. Compulsion to Recreate and Overcome Childhood Hurts
  28. Confusions and Hazy Motivations
  29. The Great Transition in Human Development from Isolation to Union
  30. Questions and Answers (Compiled from Private Sessions and Earlier Lectures)
  31. Self-Confidence: Its True Origin and What Prohibits It
  32. Questions and Answers
  33. Questions and Answers
  34. Cooperation, Communication, Union
  35. Conflicts in the World of Duality
  36. The Conquest of Duality Symbolized in the Life and Death of Jesus
  37. The Idealized Self-Image
  38. Love, Power, Serenity as Divine Attribute and as Distortions
  39. Distortions of the Instincts of Self-Preservation and Procreation
  40. The Instincts of Self-Preservation and Procreation in Conflict
  41. The Next Phase on the Path: Questions and Answers
  42. Religion: True and False
  43. Emotional Growth and Its Function
  44. Moralizing—Disproportionate Reactions—Needs
  45. Questions and Answers
  46. Repressed Needs—Relinquishing Blind Needs—Primary and Secondary Reactions
  47. The Link Between the Main Image, Repressed Needs, and Defenses
  48. Sin and Neurosis—Unifying the Inner Split
  49. Self-Alienation and the Way Back to the Real Self
  50. Questions and Answers and Additional Comments on Laziness as Symptom of Self-Alienation
  51. Perfectionism Obstructs Happiness—Manipulation of Emotions
  52. Wishful Daydreams
  53. Falsified Impressions of Parents: Their Cause and Cure
  54. Meeting the Pain of Destructive Patterns
  55. The Defense
  56. The Seven Cardinal Sins
  57. Harm of too Much Love Giving—Constructive and Destructive Will Forces
  58. Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances of Self-Realization
  59. Humanity’s Relationship to God in Various Stages of Development
  60. Sadness Versus Depression—Relationship
  61. Three Aspects That Prevent Loving
  62. Fundamental Guilt for not Loving—Obligations
  63. Spiritual and Emotional Health Through Restitution for Real Guilt
  64. Hope and Faith and Other Key Concepts Discussed in Answers to Questions
  65. Soul Substance—Coping With Demands
  66. Humanitiy’s Relationship to Time
  67. Identification with the Self
  68. Struggle: Healthy and Unhealthy
  69. Perceptions, Determination, Love as Aspects of Consciousness
  70. Reaching the Spiritual Center—Struggle Between the Lower Self and the Superimposed Conscience
  71. Shame: A Legacy of Childhood Experiences, Even Favorable Ones
  72. Duality Through Illusion—Transference
  73. Movement, Consciousness, Experience: Pleasure, the Essence of Life
  74. The Individual and Humanity
  75. Displacement, Substitution, Superimposition
  76. Self-Fulfillment Through Self-Realization as Man or Woman
  77. Liberation and Peace by Overcoming Fear of the Unknown
  78. The Language of the Unconscious
  79. Transition from the No-current to the Yes-current
  80. Contact with the Life Force
  81. Evolution’s Four Stages: Automatic Reflexes, Awareness, Understanding, Knowing
  82. Limitations Created Through Illusory Alternatives
  83. Winner Versus Loser: Interplay Between the Self and Creative Forces
  84. Finding True Abundance by Going Through Your Fear
  85. Interaction Between Expression and Impression
  86. The Function of the Ego in Relationship to the Real Self
  87. Love: Not a Commandment, But Spontaneous Soul Movement of the Inner Self
  88. The Concept of Evil
  89. Mobility in Relaxation—Suffering Through Attachment of the Life Force to Negative Situations
  90. The Illusory Fear of the Self
  91. Balance of Inner and Outer Control
  92. The Human Predicament of Desire for, and Fear of, Closeness
  93. Deadening of the Live Center Through Misinterpretation of Reality
  94. Conflict of Positive Versus Negative Oriented Pleasure as the Origin of Pain
  95. Return to the Original Level of Perfection
  96. The Longing for and the Fear of Happiness—Also, the Fear of Releasing the Little Ego
  97. Unity and Duality
  98. The Process and Significance of Growing
  99. Responding to the Call of Life
  100. The Positive Concept of Life—Fearlessness to Love—the Balance Between Activity and Passivity
  101. The Nature of Life and Human Nature
  102. Positivity and Negativity: One Energy Current
  103. Cosmic Pull Toward Union—Frustration
  104. Self-Liking: The Condition for Universal State of Bliss
  105. Intensity: An Obstacle to Self-Realization
  106. Connection Between the Ego and the Universal Power
  107. The Self-Regulating Nature of Involuntary Processes
  108. Pulsation of Consciousness
  109. Fear of Self—Giving and Receiving
  110. Questions and Answers
  111. Infinite Possibilities of Experience Hindered by Emotional Dependency
  112. The Ego’s Cooperation With or Obstruction of the Real Self
  113. Life Manifestations Reflects Dualistic Illusion
  114. Conciliation of the Inner Split
  115. Unconscious Negativity Endangers Surrender of Ego to Involuntary Processes
  116. Three Levels of Reality for Inner Guidance
  117. Mind Activity and Mind Receptivity
  118. Further Aspects of Polarity—Selfishness
  119. Evolutionary Phases in the Relationship Between the Realms of Feelings, Reason, and Will
  120. Perceiving, Reacting, Expressing
  121. Frozen Life Center Becomes Alive
  122. Two Basic Ways of Life: Toward and Away From the Center
  123. The Masculine and Feminine Principles in the Creative Process
  124. Fear of Bliss Versus Longing for It—The Energy Centers
  125. Spiritual Laws
  126. The Life Energy Centers
  127. Basic Attitudes and Practices to Open the Centers—The Right Attitude Toward Frustration
  128. Self-Esteem
  129. Consciousness: Fascination with Creation
  130. Overcoming Negativity
  131. Pleasure—The Full Pulsation of Life
  132. The Universal Principle of Growth Dynamics
  133. Chain Reactions in the Dynamics of Creative Life Substance
  134. The Spiritual Significance of Human Relationship
  135. The Meaning of the Human Struggle
  136. The Process of Meditation (Meditation for Three Voices: Ego, Lower Self, Higher Self)
  137. The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis
  138. The Meaning of Evil and Its Transcendence
  139. Mutuality: A Cosmic Principle and Law
  140. Venture in Mutuality: Healing Force to Change Negative Inner Will
  141. (The Way to Handle) Alternation of Expansive and Contracting States
  142. Affecting and Being Affected
  143. Self-Identification Determined Through Stages of Consciousness
  144. Importance of Experiencing All Feelings, Including Fear—The Dynamic State of Laziness
  145. Inner and Outer Experience
  146. Real and False Needs
  147. Resume of the Basic Principles of the Pathwork: Its Aim and Process
  148. Meditation: Its Laws and Various Approaches—A Summary (Meditation as Positive Life Creation)
  149. Identification and Intentionality: Identification with the Spiritual Self to Overcome Negative Intentionality
  150. Commitment: Cause and Effect
  151. Energy and Consciousness in Distortion: Evil
  152. Transition to Positive Intentionality
  153. The Meaning of the Ego and Its Transcendence
  154. The Cosmic Feeling
  155. Demagnetizing Negative Force Fields—Pain of Guilt
  156. Psychic Interaction of Negativity
  157. Interpenetration of the Divine Light Spark into the Outer Regions—Mind Exercises
  158. What Is the Path?
  159. Order as a Universal Principle
  160. Desire: Creative or Destructive
  161. The Spiritual Symbolism and Significance of Sexuality
  162. The Innate Human Capacity to Create
  163. The Roscoe Lecture: Inspiration for the Pathwork Center
  164. Visualization Process for Growing into the Unitive State
  165. Outer Events Reflect Self-Creation—Three Stages
  166. Claiming the Total Capacity for Greatness
  167. The Spiritual and the Practical Meaning of “Let Go, Let God”
  168. Psychic Nuclear Points
  169. Psychic Nuclear Points Continued—Process in the Now
  170. Connection Between the Incarnatory Process and the Life Task
  171. The Phenomenon of Consciousness
  172. The Evolutionary Process
  173. Christmas Message—Message to the Children
  174. Reawakening from Pre-Incarnatory Anesthesia
  175. Faith and Doubt in Truth or Distortion
  176. Transformation of the Lower Self
  177. The Era of the New Age and New Consciousness
  178. Creative Emptiness
  179. Evolutionary Stages of Individual and Group Consciousness
  180. Approach to Self—Self-Forgiveness Without Condoning the Lower Self
  181. Change From Outer to Inner Laws in the New Age
  182. Balance
  183. Woman and Man in the New Age
  184. The Universality of Change—Reincarnative Process in the Same Life Span
  185. New Age Education
  186. Being Values Versus Appearance Values—Self-Identification
  187. The Power of the Word
  188. Perfection, Immortality, Omnipotence
  189. The Anatomy of Contraction
  190. The Superstition of Pessimism
  191. Leadership—The Art of Transcending Frustration
  192. The Pulse of Life on all Levels of Manifestation
  193. Christmas Lecture 1975
  194. Aspects of the Anatomy of Love: Self-Love, Structure, Freedom
  195. Dynamics of Movement and Resistance to Its Nature
  196. The Spiritual Meaning of Political Systems
  197. The Great Existential Fear and Longing
  198. “Be in the World but not of the World”—The Evil of Inertia
  199. Cause and Effect on Various Levels of Consciousness
  200. Tradition: It’s Divine and Distorted Aspects
  201. The Mass Images of Judiasm and Christianity
  202. Three Principles of the Forces of Evil—Personification of Evil
  203. The Pain of Injustice—Cosmic Records of All Personal and Collective Events, Deeds, Expressions
  204. Inner Awareness of Grace—Exposing the Deficit
  205. The Evolution and Spiritual Meaning of Marriage—New Age Marriage
  206. Privacy and Secrecy
  207. Continue Your Struggle and Cease All Struggle
  208. Surrender
  209. The Birthing Process—Cosmic Pulse
  210. Inner Space, Focused Emptiness
  211. Aspects of the New Divine Influx: Communication, Group Consciousness, Exposure
  212. Personal Contact With Jesus Christ—Positive Aggression—The Real Meaning of Salvation

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