Lecture 52 – The God Image | Abbreviated Version

P3             It is very important, my friends, to find out what your God-image is. This image is basic and determines all other attitudes, images and patterns throughout your life. Do not be deceived by your conscious convictions. Rather try to examine and analyze your emotional reactions to authority, to your parents, to your fears and expectations. Out of these reactions you will gradually discover what you feel about God rather than what you think.

Your God-image reflects the whole scale between the two opposite poles, from hopelessness and despair—believing that the universe is unjust—to selfindulgence, rejection of self-responsibility, and the expectation that God will indulge and pamper you.

How do you dissolve any image? First you have to become fully conscious of the wrong concept. So the second step is to set your intellectual ideas straight. It is most important to understand that the proper formation of an intellectual concept should never be superimposed on the still-lingering emotional false concept. This would only cause suppression. Realize that the hitherto suppressed wrong concepts and ideas have to evolve clearly into consciousness; nurse the awareness of them in your surface consciousness, but realize that they are false. Formulate the right concept. Then these two should be compared. You need constantly check how much you still deviate emotionally from the right intellectual concept.

Do this quietly, without inner haste or anger at yourself that your emotions do not follow your thinking as quickly as you would like: Realize that your emotions need time to adjust, while doing everything in your power to give them the opportunity to grow. This is best accomplished by constant observation and comparison of the wrong and the right concept. Observe also your resistance to change and growth.

P4             You may dutifully pray for the recognition of your misconceptions, but inside there is a resisting block that you can feel if you look for it. Then, at least, you know that you yourself obstruct light and freedom, not God. Then you can begin arguing with that part in yourself that persists in being childish and unreasonable. The better you understand the magnetic force of images and the powerful strength of all psychological and unconscious currents, the better will you understand and experience the truth of these teachings, the deeper will you be convinced that there is no injustice.

Find the cause and effect of your inner and outer actions. You will see that it is not God, nor the fates, nor an unjust world order where you have to suffer the consequences of other people’s shortcomings, but your ignorance, your fear, your pride, your egotism that directly or indirectly caused that which seemed, so far, to come your way without your attracting it. You will deeply understand, not only in theory but in practice, that everything happening to you is a direct or indirect result of your attitudes, deeds, thoughts and emotions. Your own conconscious affects the unconscious of the other person. The guiltier you feel about possible wrongs you may have to face, the more do you escape reality and thereby inflict harm on your soul.

All faults, every kind of selfishness, is nothing but a misunderstanding and a wrong conclusion in itself. That you are not a victim; that you have power over your life; that you are free; and that the laws of God are infinitely good, wise, loving and safe. His love is not only personal in God-manifest, but also in His laws, in the being of the laws. The apparently impersonal love of the laws that are—understand what is implied in the words that are!—shows clearly in the fact that they are made in such a way as to lead you ultimately into light and bliss, no matter how much you deviate from them. The more you deviate from them, the more you approach them through the misery the deviation inflicts. The love of the law—and therefore of God—is also contained in the fact that God lets you deviate if you wish.

P6             Therefore, it is not God who is unjust, as your subconscious may believe, but it is your wrong use of the powerful current at your disposal. Enumerate the injustices of your own life, but do not examine the lives of others, or general conditions, for there you cannot find the answer. And in a personality problem of this type, the energy is used only negatively. That means, for instance, that the person becomes most alive in negative situations—in situations of fight, unrest, quarrel, and disharmony of any kind. Then something vibrates inwardly.

Yet, when everything goes smoothly, although a part of the personality may enjoy it—usually the conscious side—another part feels deflated and lifeless. This indicates that the distortion about God has progressed to a considerable degree. To a smaller degree, most people have this reaction.

P7             Each human fault contributes to separateness and is of itself a wrong conclusion; therefore a falsity, an illusion; therefore away from truth. If you analyze each fault, you will find that it exists because it is thought to be protective and advantageous. In truth it is not. For nothing can be to your advantage that is to the disadvantage of another person. As long as you fear the hurts, you do not become detached from them. Because the fear is worse than that which you fear.

P8             Whatever your extreme was so far, it might be wise to temporarily lean a little more in the other direction. You should be aware that this is also extreme, but it will have to be that way for a while until you can reach the right balance.

P9             Again and again I have to say, the right conduct we are all searching for does not lie in the action itself, it lies in the self-awareness and honesty. That is the key to all conflicts, be it lying or anything else. “If my neighbor chooses with his free will to commit a wrong, and I am affected by it, how do I come by it? How do I deserve it? Am I or am I not a victim of the arbitrary choice of my fellow-creature’s free will or self-will?”

The deeply hidden fear of dependence on other people’s actions and motives is a very important problem of humanity, which colors one’s attitude to life. The teachings and the path I show you must prove to you forever more that it is you yourself who inflict difficulties, conflicts and hurts on you, no matter how much the other person may be at fault. If you are free of images, illusions, wrong conclusions and wrong concepts, the wrong deeds of others can never affect you.

—The Pathwork® Guide