P1 When the active forces are used in the channels destined for the passive currents, a congestion occurs, and the result is frustration for the human being. If the passive forces replace the active ones, entering the channels where the active principle should work and flow freely, there will not be congestion, but rather a standstill or stagnation.
P2 Whenever an emotion is felt and you follow that emotion through to its roots, you will discover that a desire is behind it. Desire means activity. Therefore the active force must be put in use in order to fulfill them. But there are also negative desires. Whenever resentment, fear, hatred, and the like are in your heart, there is a negative desire and therefore an active force is used instead of a passive one.
So the proper attitude would be to accept what you cannot change, namely the actions and attitudes of other people and circumstances outside your control. Accept these really and truly in your emotions as well as in your superficial knowledge, and you will rechannel the wrongly used active and passive currents. This also means to accept the imperfection of this earth sphere with humility, knowing that since you are not perfect, you cannot and must not resent others’ imperfections, even though they may be different from your own.
Right now you possess many imperfections you have not yet accepted in a conscious way and therefore you revolt against this state of affairs. In the act of revolting you set an active force in motion where a passive one should exist.
P3 Learn to recognize where your desires surge into wrong directions. If the active pressure of the wrong desires is relaxed, you will have much more strength left for the good and proper desires where an active force is badly needed but where you are presently too weak. Each time you feel an unpleasant emotion like anger, anxiety, or resentment—and your days are often full of such emotions – stop rationalizing it away by thinking of the wrong attitudes of others. Instead, ask yourself, “What do I really want?” Know that the moment there is emotion in you, there is something you want. Otherwise you would not feel that way.
P4 The answer will often be that another person has done something wrong or what seems wrong to you and you want that person to change. There you can actually observe close at hand that where you should be passive, you are active because you actively desire a change that you cannot bring about. You often wish at one and the same time for two impossible things and create a short circuit within, stemming from these conflicting desires. You often desire the impossible, like a child; you find yourself desiring something that cannot be had, or for which you are not prepared to pay the price.
P5 Examine the various chain reactions that led you to the present state, consider the repercussions, the significance, and the consequences of your desire and compare it with the spiritual laws as far as you know them. But the moment you ask more penetrating questions of yourself concerning underlying desires that may be responsible for your present state, the answer must evolve clearly, strongly, and self-evidently.
The first step, in addition to your sincere goodwill to purify yourself and do God’s will in all instances, is always your endeavor toward self-knowledge, self-honesty. You have to realize that there must be something in you that contributed to the undesirable circumstance to begin with and be willing to find what it is and change it. Do not forget that the wrong is not necessarily a sinful action or thought, but an unrecognized emotion that surges in a wrong channel or violates a spiritual law.
P6 An integral part of the process is to say, “In addition to my good motive, there is also a selfish or vain motive hidden under the good cause. Something in the chemistry of your body and soul begins to change with such clear self-recognition, because you approach truth. (Now that is health!!)
P7 For it needs the greatest and freest efforts of willpower to decide to live within spiritual law. In order to do that, as I have explained, it is necessary to recognize your innermost motives and hidden currents.
P8 The inner will must want the right thing and the ultimate goal. The outer will must be serene and give leeway for life’s hindrances and imperfections that make it impossible to proceed speedily and according to a certain plan.
P10 You can find the answer by testing your motives without any self-pampering or sensitivity for your ego, with utter and shattering self-honesty. That is the only procedure that I cannot advise strongly enough, even at the risk of boring you, my friends.
—The Pathwork® Guide