Lecture 1 – The Sea of Life | Abbreviated Version

P1             There is hardly any group of people, be it a family or any other community, where at least one human soul will not be still so low in its development that that person becomes the plaything of the forces of darkness. This does not mean that he or she has to be an evil person. No, it is enough if such people do not accept the validity of certain spiritual laws in their lives, that they do not apply them to themselves, or that, in spite of certain very good qualities, they will not cultivate self-honesty.

Spiritual material resembles threads, fine, ray-like threads—in this case of somber color and texture—which are spun, knotted, and entangled, until there is such a tight ball of confusion that one can disentangle it only with the greatest difficulty. However, it is not only this one person who furnishes the material for the confusions, but all the other people involved in the group contribute their share, which arises from their own mistakes and weaknesses in those areas where they violate spiritual law.

P2             The spiritual laws can, and should, be made a living reality on three different levels—and the higher the person’s development, the deeper it is possible to penetrate into these levels. They are: Doing, thinking and feeling. The most difficult task is on the emotional level. This is the highest level, because, first of all, many feelings are unconscious and you need work, willpower, and patience to make them conscious, and furthermore one cannot control one’s feelings as immediately and directly as one’s thoughts or actions. The next stage is to cultivate one’s thoughts.

Quite often a person acts rightly, but the thoughts run another course; people act rightly because they comprehend that otherwise they would get into trouble with the outside world, but it is still difficult for them to control their thoughts, and they often desire things which are not in accord with the divine laws. They have not yet understood that the impure thoughts and feelings must lead them into the same conflict within themselves since all thoughts and feelings have a form and a substance in spirit and thus bring about outer effects and chain reactions, even though they are unable to perceive them as such right away.

P3             It is difficult enough to purify one’s thoughts. Therefore, to have to recognize that many of your feelings still deviate quite a bit from your thoughts or conscious intentions is rather painful. It is just this extra effort that God wants everybody to make. The knots and tangles are also spiritual forms which are a reality, my dear ones. We can always observe them around each group of people. Everybody adds his share to the tangle of threads, woven by the dark forces; and often one person contributes especially much to create tangles and achieve greater and greater confusion.

But if there is one person in a group who takes the direct and spiritual high road, who truly confronts himself day by day, he or she is the one who will eventually—I repeat, not from one day to the next—succeed in loosening one knot after the other, until there are none left and everything becomes clear. Then the weak person will not be able to deceive himself any longer either, which anyway was most detrimental to himself and had burdened his progress.

Of course, at first he will put up a resistance, because confusion feeds the Lower Self that prefers the road of least resistance and vanity, practices self-deception and thrives on discord. But, in the long run, even a weak person will feel liberated as the clouds disappear from his or her life. When truth illuminates with its clarity a previously obscure situation, there will be no more questions left as to what is the right attitude, what is just, and what is the right action.

Everybody has enough self-knowledge—or should strive to reach this point—to ask herself or himself, “What am I able to do to contribute my share to God’s Plan of Salvation?” Many do not have as their task anything that would create public attention. But quietly, for their own sake, everybody can and should start to fulfill their part. For all have their tasks within the plan, even the weakest. For them it may suffice and perhaps mean the maximum of achievement to cast off a particular fault, to set something right with a fellow human being with whom they were incarnated for that purpose, to align their actions with God’s laws, and to refrain from giving in to their lowest instincts.

For those who are more advanced in their development, this process of purification automatically leads to the ability to disentangle the knots in their surroundings and to clear up confused situations. Thus they accomplish something they were meant to do and contribute to God’s Plan of Salvation, in which each act of cooperation counts so much. Without the yearning for happiness and perfection in the human soul, there would be no spiritual development. But there are only very few who ask, “What can I give? What can I contribute to God’s Plan of Salvation?” You are always demanding something, not necessarily in direct prayer for the fulfillment of this or that wish, but with your self-will, your feelings, and often even in your thinking. Have you ever asked God, “What can I do for you?”

For those who claim their own happiness as the ultimate goal break the cycle of the living flow of energy which is the basis of everything that is spiritual. And the moment the cycle is interrupted, it is also dead. Let us suppose that a particular wish of yours has been granted. If the good you have received has its ultimate goal in yourself, it cannot remain alive in you, and therefore your happiness will be of short duration.

Only those who keep the cycle actively flowing by being constantly conscious of and inspired by the desire to put to spiritual use and into the service of God’s Plan of Salvation all that they have received in help and grace, in happiness and fulfillment, in divine intervention and guidance, and act and feel accordingly, will also be able to sustain and keep alive their own happiness. You can and should allow God to guide you, so that you can achieve this goal. A person who does this is indeed a participant in the divine order and his or her happiness will never become shallow, or dry out, or die, but will always be alive, pulsating, forever regenerating itself. And only a person with this kind of intentionality is worthy of special guidance and divine help.

—The Pathwork® Guide