Pathwork Presentations

Through my years of Pathwork I have developed a number of presentations and group them as follows.

1) Pathwork Lecture Presentations

16 Pathwork Lecture presentations

2) Other Material Related to Pathwork

Including: What is Pathwork (one page flyer), What is Pathwork (Introductory Presentation), Soul’s Journey Chart, Three Ray Chart, The 50-50 Work© of Moira Shaw, Pathwork Commitment/Blessing Ritual

3) How to Use the Pathwork Lectures

Including: Growing Through the Pathwork Lectures, Lectio Divina, Dietrich Bonhoeffer approach to the bible. 

4) Pathwork Community Development

Including: A Vision for Mid-Atlantic Pathwork, Pathwork Program Framework, Pathworkers Together, Healing Fragmentation

5) Other Presentations on Spiritual Growth

Including: Spiritual Stepping Stones (Ira Progroff), Stages of Consciousness (for Ken Wilber Group), Evil (for Ken Wilber Group)

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1) Pathwork Lecture Presentations

Below are links to 16 Pathwork Lecture presentations – Lecture Number given first. I’ve created down through the years. Note that some of these are available as PowerPoint presentations if desired.  Here they are PDF files, 1 or 2 slides per page — click on the title to open the resource. 

Which Lecture Should I Begin With?

To get an overview of Pathwork, go to Lecture 204 What Is the Path? below.

17: Where’s The Joy? – A Pathwork Group Spiritual Exploration

(A worksheet, not a presentation) Isn’t Joy supposed to be the “beef” of life? So where’s the “beef”?  We’ll explore this as each of us contemplates his or her own joy, or lack thereof, and see how Pathwork Lecture 17 The Call – Daily Review helps us find the joy.

17: Daily Review

This brief write-up and form presents a key Pathwork Practice of Daily Review as a tool to grow in consciousness and awareness as we go from living our life on auto-pilot, numb to our true feelings, and clueless as to why we are doing what we are doing to living our life from a place of Knowing intuitively the truth of who we are. It includes a quote from Pathwork Lecture # 17 The Call — Daily ReviewMake copies of the last page and use this form to track your daily disharmonies in life.

45: Daily Motivation Review

This brief write-up and form presents Daily Motivation Review as a tool to grow in consciousness and awareness as we go from living our life on auto-pilot, numb to our true feelings, and clueless as to why we are doing what we are doing to living our life from a place of Knowing intuitively the truth of who we are. It includes a quote from Pathwork Lecture # 45 The Conflict Between Conscious and Unconscious DesiresMake copies of the last page and use this form to track your daily motivations for action or reaction.

47: The Wall Within

A Pathwork lesson built upon Pathwork Lecture 47 The Wall Within. It can be used by individuals or in groups. It would work best perhaps as a short series so that the material could be taken in deeply.  The lesson addresses identifying and overcoming some of the things that block us from fully realizing our destiny and manifesting all that God would call us to in our life on earth. It was used for a Pathwork class on 10/11/13

50: The Vicious Circle

This presentation was developed for a Pathwork Transformation Program class on March 8, 2012

89: Emotional Growth

This is a presentation of Pathwork Lecture 89: Emotional Growth and Its Function. It was given at Sevenoaks several times for various workshops.  9/27/09

105: What Is Prayer?

This is a presentation of a portion of Pathwork Lecture 105: Humanity’s Relationship to God in Various Stages of Development. It illustrates how our prayer life changes as we go through life, including even our possible stages of atheism.  It builds off the presentation of Pathwork Lecture 127.  9/27/09

127: Evolution’s Four Stages

This is a presentation of Pathwork Lecture 127: Evolution’s Four Stages: Automatic Reflexes, Awareness, Understanding, Knowing. It was given at Sevenoaks several times for various workshops.  8/20/09

131: Expressing and Impressing

This presentation was made in preparation for a Sevenoaks Pathwork Leaders Retreat in May 2012. It includes the role of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Pathwork in a Pathwork Transformation Program — or in life. This lecture has moved me deeply, as reflected in many of my April 2012 blog entries.

140: Conflict of Positive Versus Negative Oriented Pleasure as the Origin of Pain

Contents: 1.Summary and Exercises (2) 2.Benign and Vicious Cycles (12) 3.The Negative and the Positive in Us (16) 4.The World of Positive and Negative Spheres (20) 5.Positive and Negative Pleasure Principles – Pain (26) 6.Dynamics, Oscillations, Interactions (32) 7.Evolution and Growth of the Soul Through Insidious Worlds of Negativity (39) 8.Steps for Growing From Negative to Positive (46) Intentionality 9.Closing Blessing (50) (created 10/14/2010)

165¶13-27: Feeling All Feelings — the Doorway to Spiritual Aliveness

This presentation from Pathwork Lecture 165 Evolutionary Phases in the Relationship Between the Realms of Feelings, Reason, and Will (¶13-27) was developed to help me crystalize the criticality of feeling my feelings. I share it with those for whom, like for me, this is a life issue. Note that the following presentation (165¶32-38) is a continuation of material from this Pathwork Lecture.

165¶32-38: Coming to Feel All Feelings by “Becoming Merely and Utterly Human” — Integrating Moira Shaw, The 50-50 Work© Concept

This presentation from Pathwork Lecture 165 Evolutionary Phases in the Relationship Between the Realms of Feelings, Reason, and Will (¶32-38) is a sequel to the preceding presentation from the same lecture (165¶13-27). This presentation integrates Moira Shaw, The 50-50 Work© with Lecture 165. As with the preceding presentation it was made to deepen my own understanding.

177: The Full Pulsation of Life

Presentation used in a year-4 teaching of the Sevenoaks Pathwork Transformation Program (May 23, 2011)

189: Self-Identification Determined Through Stages of Consciousness

Shows how confusion of our identity causes problems that we can recognize in areas of un-fulfillment in our lives. It also shows that we have choices as to how to resolve issues we face by using our mature healthy ego. (9/21/2010)

197: Energy and Consciousness in Distortion: Evil

This lecture shows how our NO to the Life Force derails our life, leading to suffering and un-fulfillment.  Crises that are necessary to resolve these YES and NO inner forces in our life are part of our evolutionary development.  (9/21/2010)

199: The Meaning of the Ego and Its Transcendence

This lecture shows how, as in the trauma of birth, we move through stages of growth that include feelings of safety, trauma, rebirth, and freedom.  Our healthy ego is necessary for this process to move smoothly.  (9/21/2010)

203: Practical Ways of Dealing with Conflict

These concepts from Pathwork Lecture 203 are very useful for dealing with conflict, especially going into situations where one anticipates conflict. How could your patterns of pride, self-will, and fear come up? How could you choose to respond differently and thereby arrive at a new creative approach to a problematic and conflictual situation?

204: What Is the Path? — An Introduction to Pathwork

This presentation, created in 2005, was used to introduce the framework of Pathwork to first-year students in the Sevenoaks Pathwork Transformation Program.  It includes an entrance exam to see if a person is ready for this level of spiritual and personal work.

257-1: Aspects of the New Divine Influx: Part 1 Communications

This lecture speaks to how communications among people deepens as our consciousness increases.  (9/21/2010)

257-2: Aspects of the New Divine Influx Part 2: Group Consciousness

This part of Lecture 257 describes our innate longing for oneness and the pain that we suffer when we deny this longing.  It applies to the various groups to which we belong. (9/21/2010)

257-3: Aspects of the New Divine Influx: Part 3: Exposure

This final part of Lecture 257 speaks to the importance of openly sharing our inner feelings and our lower-self shortcomings and faults.  It also speaks to the beautiful energy that flows out of connections where this deep sharing happens.  (9/21/2010)

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2) Other Material Related to Pathwork

Below are a number of presentations I created that relate to Pathwork and the Spiritual Path in General

What is Pathwork? — A One-Page Flyer

This one-page summary is useful as a handout or turning into a poster.

What Is Pathwork?

This presentation was given at Member’s Weekend at Sevenoaks Pathwork Center on July 11, 2009.  It gives an overview of Pathwork’s aim and purpose as a very practical spiritual path for overcoming life’s problems and finding true fulfillment and happiness.  It also gives an outline of the components of the Pathwork as a life practice, including the Pathwork Transformation Program.

Soul’s Journey Chart

Depiction of Pathwork’s Soul’s Journey Chart — developed by Moira Shaw (presented by Erena Bramos)

Three-Ray-Chart

This is a handy chart to illustrate how that which wants to manifest through our Divine Nature (Higher Selves) — Power (Drawn to Create), Love (Drawn to Connect), and Serenity (Drawn to Truth) in service to the Whole — gets distorted (manifesting as Self-Will, Fear, and Pride) when used in service to the separated ego. Because these Lower Self qualities don’t fit well in the world we become cultured and “nice” by putting on our Mask Self — the Pretense of our Divine Nature (Power Mask, Love Mask, and Serenity Mask). (Note that there are two versions of this chart — the second works better as a readable handout.)

The 50-50 Work© of Moira Shaw

This short presentation is a depiction of the Moira Shaw, The 50-50 Work© core idea that was created after Eva’s death in 1979. It includes examples. (Also expanded in Lecture 165 ¶32-38 above)

Pathwork Commitment/Blessing Ritual

This is a Pathwork Ritual for ending events needing a commitment from people for their personal growth as well as for their service to a purpose greater than themselves.  It has been used at a helper retreat at Sevenoaks. (5/30/11)

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3) How To Use the Pathwork Lectures

There are many ways to work with the Pathwork Lectures. Here are some suggestions (click on the title to open)…

Growing through the Pathwork Lectures

This presentation describes several ways of working with the Pathwork Lectures. This includes the importance of being clear about the life-issue you are confronting just now (perhaps from the Pathwork practice of Daily Review), ways of using the audio, joining or forming lecture study groups, finding a Pathwork Buddy, etc. The key in all cases is to apply the material to everyday life rather than to make the material into dogma concepts to understand and teach. There is nothing wrong with the latter, but this is not the power of the lecture material applied to the here and now of one’s life.

Praying with the Pathwork Lectures (Lectio Divina)

This is a practice that systematically integrates a devotional reading of the Pathwork lectures into a daily practice that is often used with Bible verses. It is subtitled “Praying with the Pathwork Lectures.” Perhaps this is a way to put into practice with the Pathwork Lectures how Bonhoeffer read and applied the Bible.

Note: for an mp3 file of 4 bell sounds separated by 5 minutes of silence for this practice click here

Comparison to Devotionally Reading the Bible

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran theologian who stood for the truth in Nazi Germany and because of his strong opposition to Hitler was executed just days before the end of World War 2, used the Bible as his guide to his everyday life. I was inspired by his practical approach that meant the Bible truths leading to actions, not just beliefs or understanding without actions following in one’s life. Up until 25 years ago that is the way I used the Bible. Today I find that this is the way I use the Pathwork.

This does not make study and formulations of Pathwork concepts and teaching said concepts wrong, but rather establishes that the real power of the Pathwork teachings is in their application to daily problems, perhaps sentence by sentence. So it is a BOTH/AND, not just learning and teaching concepts OR reading deeply and applying a few sentences at a time, but rather doing both of these practices.

More of Bonhoeffer on Reading and Teaching the Bible

This quote spells out more of how Bonhoeffer read and applied the Bible for personal growth, and how he taught seminarians how to read the Bible. I find more comparisons to how I read and apply the Pathwork Lectures.

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4) Pathwork Community Development

For a few years I was involved in leadership in the Mid-Atlantic Pathwork and created material for various community activities that I share below:

A Vision for Mid-Atlantic Pathwork — 2013

This was written over the Christmas holidays of 2012 and is based upon interactions with fellow members of the Mid-Atlantic Pathwork Council and my understanding of the wisdom of the Pathwork Lectures. It is a work-in-progress.

Pathwork Program Framework — A Vision for Mid-Atlantic Pathwork: A Discussion Document

This presentation, created in August 2012, is a vision for Mid-Atlantic Pathwork. It integrates regional and centralized programs, the beginning and advanced programs and provides seven keys for a successful program. It also creates a context for a new Graduate Pathwork Program for Pathwork Transformation Program graduates, including helpers. It is intended to be a document for stimulating conversation and engagement and as such is a work in progress.  Comments welcomed. 

Pathworkers Together

This short presentation is a white paper created as a basis for  discussion concerning how Pathworkers are together in three venues: Community, Growth Groups, and Service Teams.  6/15/09

Healing Fragmentation

Fragmentation is a challenge facing our Pathwork Community.  I had a supervision session with Michael Roblee to help me work with our community in this matter and summarized Michael’s and my own thoughts in this brief presentation.  7/8/09

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5) Other Presentations on Spiritual Growth

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Spiritual Steppingstones

This practice is usually part of a journaling workshop, but can be insightful doing it on its own. Included here is a description of the process and an example.

Stages of Consciousness — a Ken Wilber Group Presentation

On August 6, 2008, I made this presentation on stages of consciousness. It was not intended as a presentation but rather as a basis for discussion.

Evil and the “Fall,” a Pathwork Perspective

This is a presentation I gave in 2008  to a Ken Wilber to which I belonged for several years. The presentation attempts to integrate some of the Pathwork concepts on evil with Wilber/Beck’s Spiral Dynamics. A bit heady. (11/5/2008)