Lecture 256 – Focused Emptiness | Abbreviated Version

P1             Inner space is a vast reality. It is in fact the real universe, while outer space is a mirror image, a reflection of it. Everything you see, touch and experience is perceived from a very limited angle. But when a certain point of development and purification is reached, the new vision awakens—sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually. Human science has recognized that every atom is a duplication of the outer universe, as you know it.

Perhaps you can imagine that just as time is a variable, dependent on the dimension from which it is experienced, so is space. Just as there is really no objective, fixed time, so there is no objective, fixed space. When the spirit withdraws to the inner world, the relationship of measurement changes, just as the relationship to time changes. This is why you seem to lose contact with and awareness of so-called “dead” people. They live in the inner reality which, for you, is as yet only an abstraction.

Yet the actual abstraction is the outer space. When Jesus Christ came, He taught that God lives in the inner spaces and He must be found there. This is also why all meditational practices and exercises focus on inner space. Eastern religions usually approach it by long practice and discipline. These teachings (Pathwork) do not want to take you out of your world. On the contrary, the aim is to be in your world, in the best possible way. This can only be done when you fully know and understand yourself and when you traverse the difficult spaces, which must make you better equipped to function in the three-dimensional reality.

Then there is no split between the inner and outer spaces. As inner truth reigns, perception of outer truth increases. As understanding of self grows, so does understanding of the world. You take the other route in which you go right through the imperfections within and around you. Focused emptiness grows, both deliberately and spontaneously, as you remove inner obstacles. At the early stages, you experience just that: emptiness, nothingness. It seems to confirm the suspicion that there is nothing within you, that you are indeed only your outer, mortal self.

P3             You need to take the risk to allow the great quietude that is, at first, empty of meaning, devoid of anything that spells life or consciousness. Focused emptiness allows the emergence of what was hidden—the distortions, the errors, the lower-self material, and eventually the reality of your Higher Self and the vast world of eternal life in which it dwells. Focused emptiness is a heightening of consciousness. Your inner being always creates your outer conditions.

If relating the outer to the inner is not a constant way of life, the imbalance must create unfavorable conditions. In reality the stages often overlap. 1) You experience the noise and the busyness of the mind. 2) As you succeed in quieting the noise, you encounter emptiness, nothingness. 3) New understanding and with it heretofore unrecognized levels of lowerself material appear. Recognition of the Lower Self is always a manifestation of higher-self guidance.

4) Direct manifestation of higher-self messages, or what you call the opening of your channel. You receive advice, encouragement, words intended to give you courage and faith. It is not necessarily a total emotional and spiritual experience. 5) In this stage a direct, total, spiritual and emotional experience occurs. In the real world every sense perception is total. Seeing is never only seeing, it is simultaneously hearing, tasting, feeling, smelling—and many other perceptions you know nothing about on your level of being.

Focused emptiness is the ideal state to be filled by the Holy Spirit. The practice of focused emptiness must never be undertaken in an attitude of immediate expectations. Expectations are unrealistic, for it may take many incarnations of development before a human being can come anywhere near these experiences. Many of your meditations (impressing and expressing) have dealt with impressing, and should continue to do so. Impressing is a cleansing of the mind and serves to make the mind into a constructive tool. But you need to know that there are further stages, and you should approach them with patience, awe and humility.

P5             You need not spend hours practicing focused emptiness. But you may attempt it to some degree every time you pray and meditate, after you use your mind to impress your soul substance and align it with divine intent. Your primary aim is still reaching autonomy, in its fullest sense and meaning. Your ability to respect yourself and discover your values; your capacity for loving and finding the fulfillment you yearn for; your fulfilling the spiritual task you have entered this earth for; your experience of the living God within and around you; your ability to be a true leader and to be a follower as well; and, last but not least, your ability to let go of the mind and find the inner space which is your real home and which, alone, can convey eternal life to you and thus remove all fears from you forever.

You still crave an authority figure who will take over for you when life becomes hazardous, when your inevitable mistakes force you to pay the price for them, when your unavoidable imperfections create conditions that you need to experience, explore and fully understand on all levels. When autonomy exists, there is no need for rebellion against authority. There is no confusion. But the childish, dependent person abhors the patient way of probing and finding out, for this means labor.

P6             You want an infallible key handed to you that equips you with this kind of magic, while you still remain “free.” This “freedom” means to be able to do whatever you want, whether or not it is desirable for your real self or for others. To be specific, you blame them (authority figures) for infringing upon your freedom when limits are set. You refuse to see that these limits are the limits of reality, of life’s laws. Are you really willing to assume full self-responsibility? Are you fully reconciled to the fact that you are still imperfect, that you are unable to avoid making mistakes? Are you truly willing to pay the price for them?

All dualistic confusion will dissolve when your surrender to God is genuine and when you are willing to be your autonomous self. But the knowledge of their (new vistas) reality is important for you at this point. What prevents you most from going through these doors is exactly the problem of still avoiding full self-responsibility, autonomy, accountability. Your ability to let go in strength, rather than weakness, depends on that. Many of you are perfectly able to stand on your own two feet as far as earning your livelihood is concerned.

In this area you may be realistic and able to accept that you will also encounter difficulties, boredom or strife. This is precisely why you enjoy your work. But there may be other areas, more subtle, less easily noticeable, in which you still want to depend and not be your own self. The telltale sign is how you feel about authority figures in your life. Where do your intense feelings go?

Your positive feelings may tend precisely toward those who are not to be trusted, while you view with suspicion those who encourage your autonomy and deserve your trust. You want to believe that the line of least resistance and what feels momentarily most pleasurable is tantamount to your autonomy. True maturity—health and selfhood—is the prerequisite for a healthy, fully lived and satisfying life.

P8             Deep, intense, realistic contact with the Christ is possible in an extended way only when true autonomy exists in the human personality. From the evolutionary point of view, spirit can penetrate matter to the degree that spiritual truth, spiritual law, spiritual health are being established. The individual’s self-responsibility is indeed the key to this. Suddenly a new wisdom manifests, a new understanding and capacity to feel and love, a hitherto unsensed strength unfolds from you.

All these manifestations are the real you that lives in the inner space—the real world. They are a result of your outer manifest being making room for the inner, as yet unmanifest being. And, after a certain point in your development, it can be helped along by focusing on the inner emptiness until you discover that the emptiness is illusion. By approaching the void without fear, you also remove an obstruction to life. Focusing on the inner space means, to begin with, approaching what appears as emptiness.

P9             Every attitude, every way of thinking, feeling, being and reacting reflects directly on your participation in the greater scheme of things.

—The Pathwork® Guide