From time to time I have given presentations on Pathwork or on Lectures or learned of other tools, etc. This page contains a number of them. For more information, please contact me. Note that some of these are all 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.
Beautiful 13-minute video clip that spiritual growth is 100% Grace! The separate self “searches” for happiness, but there is no separate self. The Essence is pulling on the illusory self — which FEELS this pulling as “desiring” happiness. Used by Marjorie Bair at April 14-17, 2016 Sacred Dimensions of the Pathwork Module.
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.
This 7/26/16 version change arose spontaneously in me as Pat and I came to realize that from very early patterning we have both unconsciously viewed our sexuality as unholy. We changed our prayer/blessing from “I am of God and I am holy” to “I am of God and all of me is holy.” This honors that our sexuality is, indeed, holy. The following sentence remains: “May I see and heal all that has split off from our holy essence.” Likewise we changed the the next line, the blessing line, to, “(Pat/Gary) you are of God and all of you is holy.” Open the audio to Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being). (Open the text to this meditation).
This 4/23/16 version changes the order or the Ho’ ponopono prayers. Before it began with “I love you” but after a workshop with Marjorie Bair we see a better order for us is to begin with “I’m sorry,” meaning that I’m sorry that in my limited humanity I have brought pain into the world — specifically and generally. This feels correct. Open the audio to Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being). (Open the text to this meditation).
This 3/11/16 revision changes item 5 Prayer Part 2 from “We open to the mystery that we are the heart, mind, body, and light of Christ” to “We realize that we are the heart, mind, body, and light of Christ.” Secondly we added what is now Part 6 — “I love this heart.” While the word changes are simple, the meaning feels deeper. Open the audio to Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being). (Open the text to this meditation).
This 4/16/15 change is simply a reordering of Version 4 below — we changed the order in the Ho’oponopono prayer to begin with “I love you” rather than “Thank you,” again because it feels correct now. Open the audio to Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being). (Open the text to this meditation). Revised slightly 2/16/16
This is simply a reordering of Version 3 below — we find that we do our sharing before our meditation. This is feeling comfortable for us. Open the audio to Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being). (Open the text to this meditation).
Our Morning Practice — Version 3
Our daily morning practice (our coffee time) has become increasingly central and sacred in our life together as “Pat and Gary.” It continues to evolve — here is the 2/12/15 version of the one below from 8/7/14. Open the Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being).
Our Morning Practice – Version 2
Our morning practice continues to evolve — here is the 10/6/14 version of the one below from 8/7/14. Open the Adyashanti meditation referred to (The Naked Simplicity of Being).
This is the 8/7/14 version of the morning coffee time that Pat and I have evolved over the past few years. It has served us well. It can be modified for one or for a larger group or in other ways that fit the situation.
Adyashanti Meditation - “Breath as Life and Death”
During the first quarter of 2014 Pat and I have used this 32-minute meditation by Adyashanti for our morning meditation. It is a beautiful way to start the day. It is from his 24-hour series on Jesus Christ given in April 2013. Please do not abuse copyrights in using this.
Beginning in May 2014 Pat and I began using this second 30-minute meditation — same source as preceding listing. We find it very rich.
Beginning in July 2014 Pat and I began using this third 30-minute meditation — same source as preceding two. We again find it very rich.
Here is the fourth 30-minute Adyashanti Meditation that Pat and I use in our meditation times. Same source as preceding three.
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.
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
This one-page summary is useful as a handout or turning into a poster.
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. (A Cincinnati class led by Gary Vollbracht and Pat Peterson July 12, 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.
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.
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.
Becoming Merely and Utterly Human, The Purpose of Life — a Depiction of the Moira Shaw, The 50-50 Work© Core Idea
This short presentation is a depiction of the Moira Shaw, The 50-50 Work© core idea . It includes examples. (Also expanded below with Lecture 165 ¶32-38)
Depiction of Pathwork’s Soul’s Journey Chart — developed by Moira Shaw (presented by Erena Bramos)
Presentation: Feeling All Feelings — the Doorway to Spiritual Aliveness (Pathwork Lecture 165 ¶13-27)
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 is a continuation of material from this Pathwork Lecture.
Presentation: Coming to Feel All Feelings by “Becoming Merely and Utterly Human” (Pathwork Lecture 165 ¶32-38; 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. 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.
Presentation on Pathwork Lecture 131 — Expressing and Impressing
This presentation (given here in three parts) 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.
This presentation was developed for a Pathwork Transformation Program class on March 8, 2012
Here is an example of a 90-120 minute Pathwork teleconference format developed by Jan Rigsby and Lea Itkin. It is based upon 12-step meeting techniques and integrates Pathwork lecture material — hence they named the program Pathwork Steps Teleconference. For more information about Jan’s and Lea’s Pathwork Steps Teleconference format from Jan’s website click here. For example click here. I have tried it and found it very effective. Jan and Lea encourage others to try it and are willing to help folks get started.
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)
Presentation used in a year-4 teaching of the Sevenoaks Pathwork Transformation Program (May 23, 2011)
This Pathwork Spiritual Practice is derived from the sacred ancient practice called Lectio Divina. While this adaptation may not capture the deeper meaning of this ancient spiritual practice, it seems a useful way to engage the Pathwork lectures in a devotional way each day.
Note: for Pathwork quotes you can use for this practice, go to the Pathwork Store.
Note: for an mp3 file of 4 bell sounds separated by 5 minutes of silence for this practice click here
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.)
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 Review. Make copies of the last page and use this form to track your daily disharmonies in life.
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 Desires. Make copies of the last page and use this form to track your daily motivations for action or reaction.
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?
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This lecture speaks to how communications among people deepens as our consciousness increases. (9/21/2010)
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)
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)
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. (Also available here as PowerPoint Slides)
This presentation was given at the Sevenoaks Jamboree in September 2008. It is a practical guide giving background on the Pathwork Lectures and suggestions for using them for spiritual and personal growth.
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. If you would like to engage in conversation on these ideas, please contact me. 6/15/09
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
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
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
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