P1 Nothing can be unless it first exists in consciousness. No other suffering is as acute as the one felt when you do not know that you have created what you experience. This applies, to a lesser extent, even to positive experiences. Consciousness is not only the power to think, to discriminate, and to choose. It is not only the power to know, to perceive, and to feel. It is also the ability to will.
Where consciousness exists, knowing, feeling, and willing always exist as well. Its products (diminished consciousness) manifest as tangible life experiences and you feel at a loss, believing that what life brings is totally independent from your own willing and knowing. Willing an existing possibility, determining, formulating, knowing it, and perceiving these inner activities are the tools of your creative consciousness.
P2 The human being is the first entity on the upward evolutionary scale who can deliberately create with consciousness. This (pain and tension) is inevitable when you are not yet aware, generally and specifically, of how your life is the outcome of your mental activity. What you do not like you will invariably rebel against. The rebellion may not be entirely conscious either; it may manifest as vague discontent with life, hopeless longing, a sense of futility and frustration from which you see no way out. You have within you the purest wisdom, flowing toward ever-expanding bliss, toward an infinite variety of new life expressions and a fullness of dimensions. This is the universal spirit
I am not saying that the universal spirit is in you; I am saying that you are it, but most of the time you do not know it. In order to perceive and experience your true identity as universal spirit, three conditions are necessary: 1) You must tune into it. You activate the universal spirit by your deliberate attempt to listen to it. You must become very quiet within yourself and allow it to happen. Your mind requires training to become sufficiently calm without producing involuntary thoughts.
Once you have accomplished this to some degree, you will experience an emptiness. You will then seem to listen into nothingness—that may even be frightening or disappointing. The first manifestations may not come to you as a direct voice, a direct inner knowing, but through detours—through other mouths, and later as apparently coincidental ideas that suddenly occur to you.
P3 It will fill you with safety, with strength, with the knowledge that you never need to feel inadequate and helpless again, for the source of all life supplies you with every smallest detail of living that is important to you. The inner source fills you with rich feelings; it stimulates and calms you; it shows you how to handle problems. It offers solutions that unify decency, honesty, and self-interest; love and pleasure; reality and bliss. Since you were geared to experience the universal spirit only as a remote reality you find it impossible to experience its nearness.
2) You must fully experience and comprehend the part of your consciousness that has become negative and destructive. As you can now appreciate, it requires a great deal of honesty, discipline, and effort to overcome resistance to make this all important switch in your entire approach to life: from feeling helpless to seeing life as your own creation in all respects. 3) Your conscious thought processes give you the first possibility to contact the universal spirit. Though your consciousness is a separated fragment of the whole, it has the same powers and possibilities. The separation is not even real; it exists only because you experience yourself as separate at this time.
You can do this in two steps. First, you must clearly see how you have unknowingly used your mental processes negatively, thereby creating destructively. Then you can formulate what you now wish to produce in your life. You do this by creating the thought forms, by stating that this is possible, and by perceiving, knowing, and willing it with a relaxed attitude. This also includes the willingness to change faulty and dishonest inner attitudes, for otherwise you will block what you want. You are constantly creating your own world right now: it is the life you lead.
P4 Paying attention to your inner processes will reveal that much of what you thought was unconscious is not hidden at all. Observe this especially when you find yourself in a disturbing situation. Considering every detail of the situation, expanding the range of your attention by finding a fresh approach, will bring the insight you have been lacking so far. It would be an error to believe that your everyday thinking processes are easier to perceive than either your destructive willing or your divine nature with its endless power and wisdom.
They are all equally near—and seem far only because your vision is turned away from them. You can actually venture into them —by first formulating your thoughts as the blueprints of creating. Then the world begins to open. The opening must be achieved, to begin with, by thinking, by saying to yourself, “It does not have to be this way, it can be another way. I want the other way. I would like to eliminate whatever stands between me and the more desirable way. I have the courage to face it and go beyond the life experience I have given myself until now by taking for granted that it cannot be different.”
P5 Perhaps you want a positive result, and at the same time you do not wish to accept the logical consequences due to the misconception that they are undesirable for you. You can choose consciously in which direction to shape your thoughts once you are aware of their habitual patterns. This self-determination is your key to liberation.
P6 No matter how separate in time and space they may appear, thought, will, action, and manifestation are all one unit. In the state of being, where there is no confinement, where there is no tight structuring, this unit is experienced as a living reality of indescribable bliss and fascination. Since the possibilities are infinite, consciousness can also explore itself by confining itself, by fragmenting itself to “see what happens,” as it were. To experience itself it contracts instead of expanding; instead of exploring further light, it wants to see how it is to feel and experience darkness.
Then the creation begins to take on a power of its own. For everything that is created has energy invested in it and this energy is self-perpetuating. It takes on its own momentum. The consciousness who has created these pathways may experiment longer, and going beyond what is “safe,” it no longer leaves itself enough power at the moment to reverse the course. Thus the consciousness may get lost in its own momentum, unwilling to stop. It is all a play, a fascination, an experiment, from which your real state of being can be recaptured, if only you will truly try.
P7 Part of the power and momentum of consciousness is the quality of being “self-imitating.” Human beings frequently experience the urge to imitate others. It is a process of deeply imprinting something upon the substance of life. Haven’t you experienced the sometimes irresistible desire to imitate something that is highly undesirable for you? The power and the energies of creation have a self-perpetuating effect that only consciousness, with its knowing, will, and determination can alter.
Creating becomes so involving, and the pleasure of it so engrossing that, once set in a negative direction, the pleasure continues to keep the soul in its spell until consciousness steps in with its deliberate counterforce. Even if what is created is painful, the pleasure of creating is difficult to abandon as long as the individual ignores that positive creation is also possible. The ego, with its confinement, is the structure that protects the entity from its own destructive creating. It holds the destructive urges in check. Only when consciousness expands in bliss and truth can the structure be removed.
P8 The part of your universal self that has remained whole knows the pain is short and illusory, but the part of you that is in chaos does not know this and suffers. The climate of this (happiness, bliss) may first seem strange and unfamiliar. You need to acclimatize yourself to it. Picture yourself in such states and call upon the universal power within to fortify your conscious mind with the necessary creative energy. Do this not by willing in a tight, insistent, constricted way, but in a relaxed, confident way, contemplating that all possibilities exist as potential realities, realizable the moment you know and will them with your undivided being. Listen and tune in on it.
—The Pathwork® Guide