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"If you want peace, work for justice for your soul."

- John Dennison

Mantra of the Disciple

I am a point of light within a greater light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial fire within the fiery will of God.
And thus I stand.

I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength enabling them to stand.
I am a light shining upon their way.
And thus I stand.

And standing thus, I revolve.
And tread this way the ways of men, and know the ways of God.
And thus I stand.

- Djwhal Khul through Alice Bailey

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - The Problem of Union

Translated by the Tibetan Master Djwhal Kuhl from The Light of the Soul:
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Alice A. Bailey

The Problem Of Union
Pada I

1. AUM. The following instruction concerneth the Science of Union.

2. This Union (or Yoga) is achieved through the subjugation of the psychic nature, and the restraint of the chitta (or mind).

3. When this has been accomplished, the Yogi knows himself as he is in reality.

4. Up till now the inner man has identified himself with his forms and with their active modifications.

5. The mind states are five, and are subject to pleasure or pain; they are painful or not painful.

6. These modifications (activities) are correct knowledge, incorrect knowledge, fancy, passivity (sleep) and memory.

7. The basis of correct knowledge is correct perception, correct deduction, and correct witness (or accurate evidence).

8. Incorrect knowledge is based upon perception of the form and not upon the state of being.

9. Fancy rests upon images which have no real existence.

10. Passivity (sleep) is based upon the quiescent state of the vrittis (or upon the non-perception of the senses.)

11. Memory is the holding on to that which has been known.

12. The control of these modifications of the internal organ, the mind, is to be brought about through tireless endeavor and through non-attachment.

13. Tireless endeavor is the constant effort to restrain the modifications of the mind

14. When the object to be gained is sufficiently valued, and the efforts towards its attainment are persistently followed without intermission, then the steadiness of the mind (restraint of the vrittis) is secured.

15. Non-attachment is freedom from longing for all objects of desire, either earthly or traditional, either here or hereafter.

16. The consummation of this non-attachment results in an exact knowledge of the spiritual man when liberated from the qualities or gunas.

17. The consciousness of an object is attained by concentration upon its fourfold nature: the form, through examination; the quality (or guna), through discriminative participation; the purpose, through inspiration (or bliss); and the soul, through identification.

18. A further stage of samadhi is achieved when, through one pointed thought, the outer activity is quieted. In this stage, the chitta is responsive only to subjective impressions.

19. The samadhi just described passes not beyond the bound of the phenomenal world; it passes not beyond the Gods, and those concerned with the concrete world.

20. Other yogins achieve samadhi and arrive at a discrimination of pure Spirit through belief, followed by energy, memory, meditation and right perception.

21. The attainment of this state (spiritual consciousness) is rapid for those whose will is intensely alive.

22. Those who employ the will likewise differ, for its use may be intense, moderate, or gentle. In respect to the attainment of true spiritual consciousness there is yet another way.

23. By intense devotion to Ishvara, knowledge of Ishvara is gained.

24. This Ishvara is the soul, untouched by limitation, free from karma, and desire.

25. In Ishvara, the Gurudeva, the germ of all knowledge expands into infinity.

26. Ishvara, the Gurudeva, being unlimited by time conditions, is the teacher of the primeval Lords.

27. The Word of Ishvara, is AUM (or OM). This is the Pranava.

28. Through the sounding of the Word and through reflection upon its meaning, the Way is found.

29. From this comes the realization of the Self (the soul) and the removal of all obstacles.

30. The obstacles to soul cognition are bodily disability, mental inertia, wrong questioning, carelessness, laziness, lack of dispassion, erroneous perception, inability to achieve concentration, failure to hold the meditative attitude when achieved.

31. Pain, despair, misplaced bodily activity and wrong direction (or control) of the life currents are the results of the obstacles in the lower psychic nature.

32. To overcome the obstacles and their accompaniments, the intense application of the will to some one truth (or principle) is required.

33. The peace of the chitta (or mind stuff) can be brought about through the practice of sympathy, tenderness, steadiness of purpose, and dispassion in regard to pleasure or pain, or towards all forms of good or evil.

34. The peace of the chitta is also brought about by the regulation of the prana or life breath.

35. The mind can be trained to steadiness through those forms of concentration which have relation to the sense perceptions.

36. By meditation upon Light and upon Radiance, knowledge of the Spirit can be reached and thus peace can be achieved.

37. The chitta is stabilized and rendered free from illusion as the lower nature is purified and no longer indulged.

38. Peace (steadiness of the chitta) can be reached through meditation on the knowledge which dreams give.

39. Peace can also be reached through concentration upon that which is dearest to the heart.

40. Thus his realization extends from the infinitely small to the infinitely great, and from annu (the atom or speck) to atma (or spirit) his knowledge is perfected.

41. To him whose vrittis (modifications of the substance of the mind) are entirely controlled, there eventuates a state of identity with, and similarity to that which is realized. The knower, knowledge and the field of knowledge become one, just as the crystal takes to itself the colors of that which is reflected in it.

42. When the perceiver blends the word, the idea (or meaning) and the object, this is called the mental condition of judicial reasoning.

43. Perception without judicial reasoning is arrived at when the memory no longer holds control, the word and the object are transcended and only the idea is present.

44. The same two processes of concentration, with and without judicial action of the mind, can be applied also to things subtle.

45. The gross leads into the subtle and the subtle leads in progressive stages to that state of pure spiritual being called Pradhana,

46. All this constitutes meditation with seed.

47. When this super-contemplative state is reached, the Yogi acquires pure spiritual realization through the balanced quiet of the chitta (or mind stuff).

48. His perception is now unfailingly exact (or his mind reveals only the Truth).

49. This particular perception is unique and reveals that which the rational mind (using testimony, inference and deduction) cannot reveal.

50. It is hostile to, or supersedes all other impressions.

51. When this state of perception is itself also restrained (or superseded), then is pure Samadhi achieved.

The Steps To Union
Pada II

1. The Yoga of action, leading to union with the soul is fiery aspiration, spiritual reading and devotion to Ishvara.

2. The aim of these three is to bring about soul vision and to eliminate obstructions.

3. These are the difficulty producing hindrances: avidya (ignorance) the sense of personality, desire, hate and the sense of attachment.

4. Avidya (ignorance) is the cause of all the other obstructions whether they be latent, in process of elimination, overcome, or in full operation.

5. Avidya is the condition of confusing the permanent, pure, blissful and the Self with that which is impermanent, impure, painful and the not-self.

6. The sense of personality is due to the identification of the knower with the instruments of knowledge.

7. Desire is attachment to objects of pleasure.

8. Hate is aversion for any object of the senses.

9. Intense desire for sentient existence is attachment. This is inherent in every form, is self-perpetuating, and known even to the very wise.

10. These five hindrances, when subtly known, can be overcome by an opposing mental attitude.

11. Their activities are to be done away with, through the meditation process.

12. Karma itself has its root in these five hindrances and must come to fruition in this life or in some later life.

13. So long as the roots (or samskaras) exist, their fruition will be birth, life, and experiences resulting in pleasure or pain.

14. These seeds (or samskaras) produce pleasure or pain according as their originating cause was good or evil.

15. To the illuminated man all existence (in the three worlds) is considered pain owing to the activities of the gunas. These activities are threefold, producing consequences, anxieties and subliminal impressions.

16. Pain which is yet to come may be warded off.

17. The illusion that the Perceiver and that which is perceived are one and the same is the cause (of the pain-producing effects) which must be warded off.

18. That which is perceived has three qualities, sattva, rajas and tamas (rhythm, mobility and inertia) ; it consists of the elements and the sense organs. The use of these produces experience and eventual liberation.

19. The divisions of the gunas (or qualities of matter) are fourfold; the specific, the non-specific, the indicated and the untouchable.

20. The seer is pure knowledge (gnosis). Though pure, he looks upon the presented idea through the medium of the mind.

21. All that is exists for the sake of the soul.

22. In the case of the man who has achieved yoga (or union) the objective universe has ceased to be. Yet it existeth still for those who are not yet free.

23. The association of the soul with the mind and thus with that which the mind perceives, produces an understanding of the nature of that which is perceived and likewise of the Perceiver.

24. The cause of this association is ignorance or avidya. This has to be overcome.

25. When ignorance is brought to an end through non-association with the things perceived, this is the great liberation.

26. The state of bondage is overcome through perfectly maintained discrimination.

27. The knowledge (or illumination) achieved is sevenfold and is attained progressively.

28. When the means to yoga have been steadily practiced, and when impurity has been overcome, enlightenment takes place, leading up to full illumination.

29. The eight means of yoga are, the Commandments or Yama, the Rules or Nijama, posture or Asana, right control of life-force or Pranayama, abstraction or Pratyahara, attention or Dharana, Meditation or Dhyana, Contemplation or Samadhi.

30. Harmlessness, truth to all beings, abstention from theft, from incontinence and from avarice, constitute yama or the five commandments.

31. Yama (or the five commandments) constitutes the universal duty and is irrespective of race, place, time or emergency.

32. Internal and external purification, contentment, fiery aspiration, spiritual reading and devotion to Ishvara constitutes. nijama (or the five rules).

33. When thoughts which are contrary to yoga are present there should be the cultivation of their opposite.

34. Thoughts contrary to yoga are harmfulness, falsehood, theft, incontinence, and avarice, whether committed personally, caused to be committed or approved of, whether arising from avarice, anger or delusion (ignorance); whether slight in the doing, middling or great. These result always in excessive pain and ignorance. For this reason, the contrary thoughts must be cultivated.

35. In the presence of him who has perfected harmlessness, all enmity ceases.

36. When truth to all beings is perfected, the effectiveness of his words and acts is immediately to be seen.

37. When abstention from theft is perfected, the yogi can have whatever he desires.

38. By abstention from incontinence, energy is acquired.

39. When abstention from avarice is perfected, there comes an understanding of the law of rebirth.

40. Internal and external purification produces aversion for form, both one's own and all forms.

41. Through purification comes also a quiet spirit, concentration, conquest of the organs, and ability to see the Self.

42. As a result of contentment bliss is achieved.

43. Through fiery aspiration and through the removal of all impurity, comes the perfecting of the bodily powers and of the senses.

44. Spiritual reading results in a contact with the soul (or divine One).

45. Through devotion to Ishvara the goal of meditation (or samadhi) is reached.

46. The posture assumed must be steady and easy.

47. Steadiness and ease of posture is to be achieved through persistent slight effort and through the concentration of the mind upon the infinite.

48. When this is attained, the pairs of opposites no longer limit.

49. When right posture (asana) has been attained there follows right control of prana and proper inspiration and expiration of the breath.

50. Right control of prana (or the life currents) is external, internal or motionless; it is subject to place, time and number and is also protracted or brief.

51. There is a fourth stage which transcends those dealing with the internal and external phases.

52. Through this, that which obscures the light is gradually removed.

53. And the mind is prepared for concentrated meditation.

54. Abstraction (or Pratyahara) is the subjugation of the senses by the thinking principle and their
withdrawal from that which has hitherto been their object.

55. As a result of these means there follows the complete subjugation of the sense organs.

Union Achieved And Its Results
Pada III

1. Concentration is the fixing of the chitta (mind stuff) upon a particular object. This is dharana.

2. Sustained concentration (dharana) is meditation (dhyana).

3. When the chitta becomes absorbed in that which is the reality (or idea embodied in the form), and is unaware of separateness or the personal self, this is contemplation or samadhi.

4. When concentration, meditation and contemplation form one sequential act, then is sanyama achieved.

5. As a result of sanyama comes the shining forth of the light.

6. This illumination is gradual; it is developed stage by stage.

7. These last three means of yoga have a more intimate subjective effect than the previous means.

8. Even these three, however, are external to the true seedless meditation (or samadhi) which is not based on an object. It is free from the effects of the discriminative nature of the chitta (or mind stuff).

9. The sequence of mental states is as follows: the mind reacts to that which is seen; then follows the moment of mind control. Then ensues a moment wherein the chitta (mind stuff) responds to both these factors. Finally these pass away, and the perceiving consciousness has full sway.

10. Through the cultivation of this habit of mind there will eventuate a steadiness of spiritual perception.

11. The establishing of this habit, and the restraining of the mind from its thought-form-making tendency, re- sults eventually in the constant power to contemplate.

12. When mind control and the controlling factor are equally balanced, then comes the condition of one-pointedness.

13. Through this process the aspects of every object are known, their characteristics (or form), their symbolic nature, and their specific use in time-conditions (stage of development) are known and realized.

14. The characteristics of every object are acquired, manifesting or latent.

15. The stage of development is responsible for the various modifications of the versatile psychic nature and of the thinking principle.

16. Through concentrated meditation upon the triple nature of every form, comes the revelation of that which has been and of that which will be.

17. The Sound (or word), that which it denotes (the object) and the embodied spiritual essence (or idea) are usually confused in the mind of the perceiver. By concentrated meditation on these three aspects comes an (intuitive) comprehension of the sound uttered by all forms of life.

18. Knowledge of previous incarnations becomes available when the power to see thought-images is acquired.

19. Through concentrated meditation, the thought images in the minds of other people become apparent.

20. As, however, the object of those thoughts is not apparent to the perceiver, he sees only the thought and not the object. His meditation excludes the tangible.

21. By concentrated meditation upon the distinction between form and body, those properties of the body which make it visible to the human eye are negated (or withdrawn) and the yogi can render himself invisible.

22. Karma (or effects) are of two kinds: immediate karma or future karma. By perfectly concentrated meditation on these, the yogi knows the term of his experience in the three worlds. This knowledge comes also from signs.

23. Union with others is to be gained through one-pointed meditation upon the three states of feeling-compassion, tenderness and dispassion.

24. Meditation, one-pointedly centered upon the power of the elephant, will awaken that force or light.

26. Perfectly concentrated meditation upon the awakened light will produce the consciousness of that which is subtle, hidden or remote.

26. Through meditation, one-pointedly fixed upon the sun, will come a consciousness (or knowledge) of the seven worlds.

27. A knowledge of all lunar forms arises through one-pointed meditation upon the moon.

28. Concentration upon the Pole-Star will give knowledge of the orbits of the planets and the stars.

29. By concentrated attention upon the center called the solar plexus, comes perfected knowledge as to the condition of the body.

30. By fixing the attention upon the throat center, the cessation of hunger and thirst will ensue.

31. By fixing the attention upon the tube or nerve below the throat center, equilibrium is achieved.

32. Those who have attained self-mastery can be seen and contacted through focusing the light in the head. This power is developed in one-pointed meditation.

33. All things can be known in the vivid light of the intuition.

34. Understanding of the mind-consciousness comes from one-pointed meditation upon the heart center.

35. Experience (of the pairs of opposites) comes from the inability of the soul to distinguish between the personal self and the purusa (or spirit). The objective forms exist for the use (and experience) of the spiritual man. By meditation upon this, arises the intuitive perception of the spiritual nature (the purusa).

36. As the result of this experience and meditation, the higher hearing, touch, sight, taste and smell are developed, producing intuitional knowledge.

37. These powers are obstacles to the highest spiritual realization, but serve as magical powers in the objective worlds.

38. By liberation from the causes of bondage through their weakening and by an understanding of the mode of transference (withdrawal or entrance), the mind stuff (or chitta) can enter another body.

39. By subjugation of the upward life (the udana) there is liberation from water, the thorny path, and mire, and the power of ascension is gained.

40. Through subjugation of the samana, the spark becomes the flame.

41. By the means of one-pointed meditation upon the relationship between the kasha and sound, an organ for spiritual hearing will be developed.

42. By one-pointed meditation upon the relationship existing between the body and the kasha, ascension out of matter (the three worlds) and power to travel in space is gained.

43. When that which veils the light is done away with, then comes the state of being called discarnate (or disembodied), freed from the modification of the thinking principle. This is the state of illumination.

44. One-pointed meditation upon the five forms which every element takes, produces mastery over every element. These five forms are the gross nature, the elemental form, the quality, the pervasiveness and the basic purpose.

45. Through this mastery, minuteness and the other siddhis (or powers) are attained, likewise bodily perfection and freedom from all hindrances.

46. Symmetry of form, beauty of color, strength and the compactness of the diamond, constitute bodily perfection.

47. Mastery over the senses is brought about through concentrated meditation upon their nature, peculiar attributes, egoism, pervasiveness and useful purpose.

48. As a result of this perfection, there comes rapidity of action like that of mind, perception independent of the organs, and mastery over root substance.

49. The man who can discriminate between the soul and the spirit achieves supremacy over all conditions and becomes omniscient.

50. By a passionless attitude towards this attainment and towards all soul-powers, the one who is free from the seeds of bondage, attains the condition of isolated unity.

51. There should be entire rejection of all allurements from all forms of being, even the celestial, for the recurrence of evil contacts remains possible.

52. Intuitive knowledge is developed through the use of the discriminative faculty when there is one-pointed concentration upon moments and their continuous succession.

53. From this intuitive knowledge is born the capacity to distinguish (between all beings) and to cognize their genus, qualities and position in space.

54. This intuitive knowledge, which is the great Deliverer, is omnipresent and omniscient and includes the past, the present and the future in the Eternal Now.

55. When the objective forms and the soul have reached a condition of equal purity, then is At-one-ment achieved and liberation results.

Pada IV

1. The higher and lower siddhis (or powers) are gained by incarnation, or by drugs, words of power, intense desire or by meditation.

2. The transfer of the consciousness from a lower vehicle into a higher is part of the great creative and evolutionary process.

3. The practices and methods are not the true cause of the transfer of consciousness but they serve to remove obstacles, just as the husbandman prepares his ground for sowing.

4. The "I am" consciousness is responsible for the creation of the organs through which the sense of individuality is enjoyed.

5. Consciousness is one, yet produces the varied forms of the many.

6. Among the forms which consciousness assumes, only that which is the result of meditation is free from latent karma.

7. The activities of the liberated soul are free from the pairs of opposites. Those of other people are of three kinds.

8. From these three kinds of karma emerge those forms which are necessary for the fruition of the effects.

9. There is identity of relation between memory and the effect-producing cause, even when separated by species, time and place.

10. Desire to live being eternal, these mind-created forms are without known beginning.

11. These forms being created and held together through desire, the basic cause, personality, the effective result, mental vitality or the will to live, and the support of the outward going life or object, when these cease to attract then the forms cease likewise to be.

12. The past and the present exist in reality. The form assumed in the time concept of the present is the result of developed characteristics and holds latent seeds of future quality.

13. The characteristics, whether latent or potent, partake of the nature of the three gunas (qualities of matter).

14. The manifestation of the objective form is due to the one-pointedness of the effect-producing cause (the unification of the modifications of the chitta or mind stuff).

15. These two, consciousness and form, are distinct and separate; though forms may be similar, the consciousness may function on differing levels of being.

16. The many modifications of the one mind produce the diverse forms, which depend for existence upon those many mind impulses.

17. These forms are cognized or not, according to the qualities latent in the perceiving consciousness.

18. The Lord of the mind, the perceiver, is ever aware of the constantly active mind stuff, the effect-producing cause.

19. Because it can be seen or cognised it is apparent that the mind is not the source of illumination.

20. Neither can it know two objects simultaneously, itself and that which is external to itself.

21. If knowledge of the mind (chitta) by a remoter mind is postulated, an infinite number of knowers must be inferred, and the sequence of memory reactions would tend to infinite confusion.

22. When the spiritual intelligence which stands alone and freed from objects, reflects itself in the mind stuff, then comes awareness of the Self.

23. Then the mind stuff, reflecting both the knower and the knowable, becomes omniscient.

24. The mind stuff also, reflecting as it does an infinity of mind impressions, becomes the instrument of the Self and acts as a unifying agent.

25. The state of isolated unity (withdrawn into the true nature of the Self) is the reward of the man who can discriminate between the mind stuff and the Self, or spiritual man.

26. The mind then tends towards discrimination and increasing illumination as to the true nature of the one Self.

27. Through force of habit, however, the mind will reflect other mental impressions and perceive objects of sensuous perception.

28. These reflections are of the nature of hindrances, and the method of their overcoming is the same.

29. The man who develops non-attachment even in his aspiration after illumination and isolated unity, becomes aware, eventually, through practiced discrimination, of the overshadowing cloud of spiritual knowledge.

30. When this stage is reached then the hindrances and karma are overcome.

31. When, through the removal of the hindrances and the purification of all the sheaths, the totality of knowledge becomes available, naught further remains for the man to do.

32. The modifications of the mind stuff (or qualities of matter) through the inherent nature of the three gunas come to an end, for they have served their purpose.

33. Time, which is the sequence of the modifications of the mind, likewise terminates, giving place to the Eternal Now.

34. The state of isolated unity becomes possible when the three qualities of matter (the three gunas or potencies of nature) no longer exercise any hold over the Self. The pure spiritual consciousness withdraws into the One.

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1 The Sea of Life
2 Decisions and Tests
3 Choosing Your Destiny — The Will to Change
4 World Weariness
5 Happiness for Yourself or Happiness as a Link in the Chain of Life
6 The Human Role in the Spiritual and Material Universes
7 Asking for Help and Helping Others
8 Mediumship — How to Contact God’s Spirit World
9 Prayer and Meditation — The Lord’s Prayer
10 Male and Female Incarnations: Their Rhythms and Causes
11 Self-Knowledge — The Great Plan — The Spirit World
12 The Order and Diversity of the Spiritual Worlds — The Process of Reincarnation
13 Positive Thinking: the Right and the Wrong Kind
14 The Higher Self, the Lower Self, and the Mask
15 Influence Between the Spiritual World and the Material World
16 Spiritual Nourishment — Willpower
17 The Call — Daily Review
18 Free Will
19 Jesus Christ
20 God: The Creation
21 The Fall
22 Salvation

25 The Path: Initial Steps, Preparation, and Decisions
26 Finding One’s Faults
27 Escape Possible Also on the Path
28 Communication with God — Daily Review
29 The Forces of Activity and Passivity — Finding God’s Will
30 Self-Will, Pride and Fear
31 Shame
32 Decision-Making
33 Occupation with Self — Right and Wrong Faith
34 Preparation for Reincarnation
35 Turning to God
36 Prayer
37 Acceptance, Right and Wrong Way — Dignity in Humility
38 Images
39 Image-Finding
40 More on Image-Finding: A Summary
41 Images: The Damage They Do
42 Christmas Blessings — Objectivity and Subjectivity
43 Three Basic Personality Types: Reason, Will, Emotion
44 The Forces of Love, Eros, and Sex
45 The Conflict Between Conscious and Unconscious Desires
46 Authority
47 The Wall Within
48 The Life Force in the Universe
49 Obstacles on the Path: Old Stuff, Wrong Guilt, and Who, Me?

50 The Vicious Circle
51 Importance of Forming Independent Opinions
52 The God-Image
53 Self-Love
55 Three Cosmic Principles: the Expanding, the Restricting, and the Static Principles
56 Capacity to Wish — Healthy and Unhealthy Motives in Desire
57 The Mass Image of Self-Importance
58 The Desire for Happiness and the Desire for Unhappiness
60 The Abyss of Illusion — Freedom & Self-Responsibility
62 Man and Woman
64 Outer Will and Inner Will — Misconception About Selfishness
66 Shame of the Higher Self
68 Suppression of Positive and Creative Tendencies — Thought Processes
69 The Folly of Watching for Results While on the Path; Fulfillment or Suppression of the Valid Desire to Be Loved
71 Reality and Illusion — Concentration Exercises
72 The Fear of Loving
73 Compulsion to Recreate and Overcome Childhood Hurts
74 Confusions and Hazy Motivations

75 The Great Transition in Human Development from Isolation to Union
77 Self-Confidence: Its True Origin and What Prohibits It
80 Cooperation, Communication, Union
81 Conflicts in the World of Duality
82 The Conquest of Duality Symbolized in the Life and Death of Jesus
83 The Idealized Self-Image
84 Love, Power, Serenity as Divine Attributes and as Distortions
85 Distortions of the Instincts of Self-Preservation and Procreation
86 The Instincts of Self-Preservation and Procreation in Conflict
87 The Next Phase on the Path: Questions and Answers
88 Religion: True and False
89 Emotional Growth and Its Function
90 Moralizing — Disproportionate Reactions — Needs
92 Repressed Needs — Relinquishing Blind Needs — Primary and Secondary Reactions
93 The Link Between the Main Image, Repressed Needs, and Defenses
94 Sin and Neurosis — Unifying the Inner Split
95 Self-Alienation and the Way Back to the Real Self
96 Questions and Answers and Additional Comments on Laziness as Symptom of Self-Alienation
97 Perfectionism Obstructs Happiness — Manipulation of Emotions
98 Wishful Daydreams
99 Falsified Impressions of Parents: Their Cause and Cure

100 Meeting the Pain of Destructive Patterns
101 The Defense
102 The Seven Cardinal Sins
103 Harm of too Much Love-Giving — Constructive and Destructive Will Forces
104 Intellect and Will as Tools or Hindrances to Self-Realization
105 Humanity’s Relationship to God in Various Stages of Development
106 Sadness versus Depression — Relationship
107 Three Aspects That Prevent Loving
108 Fundamental Guilt for Not Loving — Obligations
109 Spiritual and Emotional Health Through Restitution for Real Guilt
110 Hope and Faith and Other Key Concepts Discussed in Answers to Questions
111 Soul-Substance — Coping with Demands
112 Humanity’s Relationship to Time
113 Identification with the Self
114 Struggle: Healthy and Unhealthy
115 Perception, Determination, Love as Aspects of Consciousness
116 Reaching the Spiritual Center — Struggle Between the Lower Self and the Superimposed Conscience
117 Shame: A Legacy of Childhood Experiences, Even Favorable Ones
118 Duality Through Illusion — Transference
119 Movement, Consciousness, Experience: Pleasure, the Essence of Life
120 The Individual and Humanity
121 Displacement, Substitution, Superimposition
122 Self-Fulfillment Through Self-Realization as Man or Woman
123 Liberation and Peace by Overcoming Fear of the Unknown
124 The Language of the Unconscious

125 Transition from the No-Current to the Yes-Current
126 Contact with the Life Force
127 Evolution’s Four Stages: Automatic Reflexes, Awareness, Understanding, Knowing
128 Limitations Created Through Illusory Alternatives
129 Winner versus Loser: Interplay Between the Self and Creative Forces
130 Finding True Abundance by Going Through Your Fear
131 Interaction Between Expression and Impression
132 The Function of the Ego in Relation to the Real Self
133 Love: Not a Commandment, But as Spontaneous Soul Movement of the Inner Self
134 The Concept of Evil
135 Mobility in Relaxation — Suffering Through Attachment of the Life Force to Negative Situations
136 The Illusory Fear of the Self
137 Balance of Inner and Outer Control
138 The Human Predicament of Desire For, and Fear of, Closeness
139 Deadening of the Live Center Through Misinterpretation of Reality
140 Conflict of Positive versus Negative Oriented Pleasure as the Origin of Pain
141 Return to the Original Level of Perfection
142 The Longing for and the Fear of Happiness — Also, the Fear of Releasing the Little Ego
143 Unity and Duality
144 The Process and Significance of Growing
145 Responding to the Call of Life
146 The Positive Concept of Life — Fearlessness to Love — The Balance Between Activity and Passivity
147 The Nature of Life and Human Nature
148 Positivity and Negativity: One Energy Current
149 Cosmic Pull Toward Union — Frustration

150 Self-Liking: The Condition for Universal State of Bliss
151 Intensity: An Obstacle to Self-Realization
152 Connection Between the Ego and the Universal Power
153 The Self-Regulating Nature of Involuntary Processes
154 Pulsation of Consciousness
155 Fear of Self — Giving and Receiving
157 Infinite Possibilities of Experience Hindered by Emotional Dependency
158 The Ego’s Cooperation With or Obstruction of the Real Self
159 Life Manifestation Reflects Dualistic Illusion
160 Conciliation of the Inner Split
161 Unconscious Negativity Endangers Surrender of Ego to Involuntary Processes
162 Three Levels of Reality for Inner Guidance
163 Mind Activity and Mind Receptivity
164 Further Aspects of Polarity — Selfishness
165 Evolutionary Phases in the Relationship Between the Realms of Feelings, Reason, and Will
166 Perceiving, Reacting, Expressing
167 Frozen Life Center Becomes Alive
168 Two Basic Ways of Life: Toward and Away From the Center
169 The Masculine and Feminine Principles in the Creative Process
170 Fear of Bliss versus Longing for It — The Energy Centers
171 Spiritual Laws
172 The Life Energy Centers
173 Basic Attitudes and Practices to Open the Centers — The Right Attitude Toward Frustration
174 Self-Esteem

175 Consciousness: Fascination with Creation
176 Overcoming Negativity
177 Pleasure — The Full Pulsation of Life
178 The Universal Principle of Growth Dynamics
179 Chain Reactions in the Dynamics of Creative Life Substance
180 The Spiritual Significance of Human Relationship
181 The Meaning of the Human Struggle
182 The Process of Meditation (Meditation for Three Voices: Ego, Lower Self, Higher Self)
183 The Spiritual Meaning of Crisis
184 The Meaning of Evil and its Transcendence
185 Mutuality: A Cosmic Principle and Law
186 Venture in Mutuality: Healing Force to Change Negative Inner Will
187 (The Way to Handle) Alternation of Expansive and Contracting States
188 Affecting and Being Affected
189 Self-Identification Determined Through Stages of Consciousness
190 Importance of Experiencing All Feelings, Including Fear — The Dynamic State of Laziness
191 Inner and Outer Experience
192 Real and False Needs
193 Resumê of the Basic Principles of the Pathwork: Its Aim and Process
194 Meditation: Its Laws and Various Approaches — A Summary (Meditation as Positive Life Creation)
195 Identification and Intentionality: Identification with the Spiritual Self to Overcome Negative Intentionality
196 Commitment: Cause and Effect
197 Energy and Consciousness in Distortion: Evil
198 Transition to Positive Intentionality
199 The Meaning of the Ego and its Transcendence

200 The Cosmic Feeling
201 Demagnetizing Negative Force Fields — Pain of Guilt
202 Psychic Interaction of Negativity
203 Interpenetration of the Divine Light Spark into the Outer Regions — Mind Exercises
204 What is the Path?
205 Order as a Universal Principle
206 Desire: Creative or Destructive
207 The Spiritual Symbolism and Significance of Sexuality
208 The Innate Human Capacity to Create
209 The Roscoe Lecture: Inspiration for the Pathwork Center
210 Visualization Process for Growing Into the Unitive State
211 Outer Events Reflect Self-Creation — Three Stages
212 Claiming the Total Capacity for Greatness
213 The Spiritual and Practical Meaning of “Let Go, Let God”
214 Psychic Nuclear Points
215 Psychic Nuclear Points Continued — Process in the Now
216 Connection Between the Incarnatory Process and the Life Task
217 The Phenomenon of Consciousness
218 The Evolutionary Process
219 Christmas Message — Message to the Children
220 Reawakening from Pre-Incarnatory Anesthesia
221 Faith and Doubt in Truth or Distortion
222 Transformation of the Lower Self
223 The Era of the New Age and New Consciousness
224 Creative Emptiness

225 Evolutionary Stages of Individual and Group Consciousness
226 Approach to Self — Self-Forgiveness Without Condoning the Lower Self
227 Change from Outer to Inner Laws in the New Age
228 Balance
229 Woman and Man in the New Age
230 The Universality of Change — Reincarnative Process in the Same Life Span
231 New Age Education
232 Being Values versus Appearance Values — Self-Identification
233 The Power of the Word
234 Perfection, Immortality, Omnipotence
235 The Anatomy of Contraction
236 The Superstition of Pessimism
237 Leadership — The Art of Transcending Frustration
238 The Pulse of Life on all Levels of Manifestation
239 Christmas Lecture 1975
240 Aspects of the Anatomy of Love: Self-Love, Structure, Freedom
241 Dynamics of Movement and Resistance to its Nature
242 The Spiritual Meaning of Political Systems
243 The Great Existential Fear and Longing
244 “Be in the World but Not of the World” — The Evil of Inertia
245 Cause and Effect on Various Levels of Consciousness
246 Tradition: Its Divine and Distorted Aspects
247 The Mass Images of Judaism and Christianity
248 Three Principles of the Forces of Evil — Personification of Evil
249 The Pain of Injustice — Cosmic Records of All Personal and Collective Events, Deeds, Expressions

250 Inner Awareness of Grace — Exposing the Deficit
251 The Evolution and Spiritual Meaning of Marriage — New Age Marriage
252 Privacy and Secrecy
253 Continue Your Struggle and Cease all Struggle
254 Surrender
255 The Birthing Process — Cosmic Pulse
256 Inner Space, Focused Emptiness
257 Aspects of the New Divine Influx: Communication, Group Consciousness, Exposure
258 Personal Contact with Jesus Christ — Positive Aggression — The Real Meaning of Salvation

“All you need is to be really in good faith and search deep inside your unexpressed consciousness. And that can be unearthed; with the help of someone, you can find it. Only in that moment do you become free, do you cease to experience yourself as a victim who is tied by circumstances beyond your control. That is always the key, my friends.

It is one of the basic principles of the teachings I am privileged to give you here. It is the basic principle of this Pathwork®. It is something that most people want to reject because it is uncomfortable, and they prefer to see themselves as a victim, at a tremendous cost. But the true freedom and liberation lies in always seeing what part you play volitionally in the situation you are in.”

– Pathwork® Guide, Q&A #201