Here are quotes from other sources that I have found nurturing for my journey. (Note, the downloads are in PDF format and when not included in their entirety here can be opened by clicking on the title) (Note: Most Recent is at the top of the list)
I find this short writing from The Way of Paradox-Spiritual Life as Taught by Meister Eckhart by Cyprian Smith OSB to be very helpful for grasping what the spiritual life is all about. What Smith says about reading Meister Eckhart’s sermons reminds me of how I read the Pathwork Lectures — in fact, Smith’s words are similar to those I use to introduce each of the Devotional Format of the Pathwork lectures.
“I invite you to slowly read and ponder this format of the text – with an open heart to experience the Guide’s Presence and Love emerging from among the words such that the wisdom comes to LIVE you.”
I find this short writing from The Way of Paradox-Spiritual Life as Taught by Meister Eckhart by Cyprian Smith OSB to be very helpful for distinguishing Phase 1 and Phase 2 Pathwork.
This is Chapter 4 — Basic Trust — from Facets of Unity – The Enneagram of Holy Ideas by A.H. Almaas (1998). Although over 20 years old and in a book about the Enneagram, I find this writing to be a helpful perspective on dualistic and unitive consciousness as treated in the Pathwork lectures (especially L81 and L82). (9/22/19)
In reading Alec Ryrie’s 2017 book Protestants, I was quite struck by Ryrie’s description of and quotes from Schleiermacher, named in Wikipedia as “The Father of Modern Liberal Theology.” Schleiermacher lived from 1768-1834 and wrote two books that Ryrie references: On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers (1799-age 31) and the more extensive The Christian Faith (1821-age 53, revised in 1830-age 62, two years before his death in 1834) (added 11/5/17)
While I was in a Ken Wilber group (2003-9) I was drawn to Spiral Dynamics as a way to frame growth in Consciousness. This article, an interview with Dr. Don Beck, the creator of Spiral Dynamics, struck me as a helpful description of this framing. It appeared in an issue of What Is Enlightenment magazine, a magazine no longer in publication. Another view of this is a presentation I made to our local Ken Wilber group on August 6. 2008– Third Tier — Overview of Defining the Leading Edge of Human Development. It is based upon an article in the October-December 2007 issue of What Is Enlightenment — pages 84-92.
In August 2000 Julie Murray, my spiritual director for a one-week directed retreat, led me to Pathwork and to the Sevenoaks Pathwork Center in Madison, Virginia, 20 miles north of Charlottesville. Her insight had a most profound impact on my life. She announced Pathwork to me by observing, “Gary, you are obviously quite serious about your spiritual journey, but you need an incredible amount of help. The only help I know that is strong enough to give you what you need is Donovan Thesenga at the Sevenoaks Pathwork Center.” With her words as encouragement, I enrolled in the five-year Pathwork Transformation Program at Sevenoaks in October 2000, and have pursued Pathwork tirelessly ever since. Pathwork nourishes me today as much or more than it did when I began nearly 16 years ago.
And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.
I remember these words as if they were given to me yesterday! Thank you Julie Murray. And yes, I, too, have received what I want from this life: To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. It has been a long and challenging journey!
For the past decade the idea of substitutionary atonement for sins has bothered me. To this end several years ago I was drawn to a clear statement in the Pathwork Lectures with which I resonated. Here is a link to: True Faith in Jesus Christ – An Experience Arising From Within; A View of Evangelical Christianity. I am now finishing an amazing biography of Bach titled Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by the conductor John Eliot Gardiner. In this deeply researched and scholarly biography where Gardiner emphasizes Bach’s Lutheranism and commitment to Martin Luther’s doctrinal stance, he refers to “The Satisfaction Theory of Atonement.” This statement got my attention! In this post I am including a section from Gardiner’s book as well as a reference from Wikipedia on this theory of atonement. This post allows me to see how many ways scriptures have been interpreted down through the centuries and how my particular upbringing in the Lutheran Church is but one such interpretation. The Pathwork quote aligns with my own sense of truth, especially in the context of the vague and ambiguous history of this central orthodox Christian doctrine.
A fascinating report by two Harvard Divinity School master’s degree candidates, Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile, addressing where milleneials go when they leave organized religion in search for meaning and purpose in their lives. Their report is “an early effort to understand the landscape of new institutions that millennials are creating to meet their needs for community, purpose and, in some cases, spiritual experience.”
Angie Thurston, MDiv ’16, is President of the Harvard Divinity School Religious Nones.
Beautiful interview with Roger’s wife’s Chaz on the second anniversary of his death. See also my blog entry on 4/5/15 for the meaning of Roger’s life to me as it was expressed in the video Life Itself.
In this brief introduction to his book, Bishop John Shelby Spong presents a starting point for looking at what it means to be Christian in the 21st Century and not be a Christian Fundamentalist.
These brief review sections from Paul’s book generated interest in me — I share for this reason. (Link to Dispelling Wetiko at Amazon)
This quote is from Paul’s book Dispelling Wetiko — the Afterword that gives his story that is the background of his book. If interested – link to his website)
This article by Paul Levy speaks to the role of the artist in the transformation of humanity.
This article by Eunice Russell Schatz (who gave permission to include it here) was published in the March 2015 issue of Spiritual Directors International’s publication Presence. I found that this article resonated with my own spiritual journey and with Pathwork. For the latter, see, for example, this quote from Pathwork.
This quote by the Quaker Douglas Steer has been one of my favorites. It describes the work of which I long to be worthy. It is framed and sits on my desk — as it has done off and on for 20 years. It is a theme for the couples work that Pat and I do in groups.
This quote is from Borg’s The Heart of Christianity. I found it very helpful in my own wrestling with God language. He distinguishes Supernatural Theism from Panentheism. Of course I relate most to the Panentheism model as Borg describes it.
This quote is Chapter 11 of Borg’s book The Heart of Christianity. Written in 2004, I found this chapter to be a helpful summary on why be a Progressive (as opposed to Conservative — Fundamentalist) Christian. I recommend reading the entire book to get his whole picture.
This quote is from one of his final books, Convictions – How I Learned What Matters Most. Here he describes his own religious experience and puts them in the context of William James’ The Variety of Religious Experiences and others.
Marcus Borg died on January 21, 2015 at the age of 72. I honor his life.
This is a quote from Joe Vitale’s 2013 book At Zero: The Final Secrets to “Zero Limits” – The Quest for Miracles Through Ho’oponopono. I find his simple Four Stages of Awakening helpful for integrating various levels of consciousness. I notice, for example, that I was never drawn to “The Secret” — seemed totally new age flimflam. But I like the way Joe positions it at stage 2 in the Four Stages of Awakening. Then stage 3 is the “merely and utterly human” level, and finally in Awakening “your ego merges with the Divine mind” could be right out of a Pathwork Lecture.
Pat and I are listening to this delightful book by Thomas Moore. It establishes the context for one’s own spiritual path — whether as part of a church or other group or on one’s own. Here is the Table of Contents to give you the outline of the aspects he includes as part of a spiritual path. Here is what he says about Reading Sacred Texts as part of a spiritual path — I find this applicable to Pathwork, especially the Devotional Version of the Pathwork Lectures.
I find this quote from Marcus J. Borg’s 2014 book Convictions is a helpful way to say who Christians are. It helped me see that I am indeed a Christian — a Progressive Christian. The book, written on the occasion of his 70th birthday, is a memoir of his memories, conversions, and resulting convictions. Thank you Marcus!
Preface to Living the Questions — the Wisdom of Progressive Christianity by David M. Felten and Jeff Proctor-Murphy — I resonate deeply with the stage set for Christianity in the 21st Century as laid out in the preface to this book.
This quote is the Author’s (Reza Aslan’s) introductory note giving his personal history with Jesus Christ. I relate to and appreciate his testimony. This popular book was released in 2013.
This quote is a short excerpt from Betrayal, Trust, and Forgiveness by Beth Hedva. In includes an interpretation of Jesus’ words “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” that I find helpful.
A short article by Bob Berman in the August 2014 issue of Astronomy. I very much appreciate his approach to this topic as a scientist. Two points he makes: 1) Atheists cannot prove God’s nonexistence, nor can religious folks prove the opposite, 2) When it comes to understanding cosmology, we’re still in our infancy and the fun is just beginning. But let’s leave stuff like religion out of it. Amen, Bob I would add, “When it comes to understanding religion, spirituality, and consciousness, we’re still in our infancy and the fun is just beginning. But let’s leave stuff like holding onto fixed dogmatics out of it and welcome science.”
I found this book Plato at the Googleplex – Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away a delightful background for any spiritual path — the author (Rebecca Newberger Goldstein) gives us a lot to think about. Many analogies with my own spiritual tradition (Pathwork) — and of course exceptions. I find her work brilliant and very creative in its presentation. This 10-page excerpt is typical. Posted 5/14/14
This is a great article on marriage from the 2/16/14 edition of the New York Times. It speaks to the richness of using marriage as a tool of self-actualization, but points to the time required to make it so.
This quote from B. Alan Wallace’s The Seven-Point Mind Training states that the purpose of our work is to change our hearts and transform our minds so that we can ” make the liberating passage from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others even more than oneself.”
This quote, like the one a few quotes below, is from Beethoven — His Spiritual Development by Sullivan. It includes the words: The man who has sincerely accepted a religious scheme in which all the major problems of life are provided with solutions is likely to go through life without ever experiencing the direct impact of those problems. Sullivan develops the role that suffering played in Beethoven’s life and how he integrated it by the end of his life by going through it rather than defying it. I found this very interesting
From New York Times 1/5/2014 —
Maybe someday some of us will live to be 200. But barring an elixir for immortality, a body will come to a point where it has outwitted every peril life has thrown at it. And for each added year, more mutations will have accumulated. If the heart holds out, then waiting at the end will be cancer.
From Mindfulness in Plane English by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana
While based on Christianity, this 12-point outline by Tony Morgan, based upon the book Move: What 1,000 Churches Reveal About Spiritual Growth, by Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson, raises discussion points that are useful for anyone on a spiritual path or any organization whose mission is encouraging spiritual growth. (Direct link to Tony Morgan’s posting of this list)
This quote from New Your Times 12/1/13 article by Daniel Callahan. See Blog Entry for 1/14/14.
This quote from Sullivan’s 1927 book Beethoven — His Spiritual Journey lays out Beethoven’s life in terms of his continuous spiritual development. I found it quite relevant as noted in my blog of January 13, 2014. Also included is Beethoven’s The Heiligenstadt Testament written in 1802 when he was 31.
This quote is from The Seven-Point Mind Training by B. Alan Wallace that Pat has been reading. Pat read what follows to me during our coffee time both on January 8 and January 9, 2014. It seemed to directly relate to where I am these days as captured in my Blog Entry for January 9.
This quote from The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues by Sandra Maitri describes the universal nature of fear as expressed in all personality types of the Enneagram that comes into being as we migrate from lower levels of consciousness where we fear superstitiously evil spirits, punishing gods, etc. but have not yet come to a level of consciousness that returns us to the experiential reality of our connection to our ground of Being or God.
This quote is from The Seven-Point Mind Training by B. Alan Wallace that Pat has been reading. Pat read what follows to me during our coffee time on December 17, 2013. It seemed to directly relate to where I am these days as expressed in my blog entry for December 19 titled: From Seeking Answers to Living the Mystery Beyond the Questions.
The Arizona Hopi Elders speak
Poem by Danusha Lameris — from The Sun October 2013
Quote by Daniel Ladinsky (Poet, translator of Hafiz et al) from Interview by Andrew Lawler – Sun Magazine Oct 2013 p6-7 Something Missing In My Heart – Daniel Ladinsky on the God-Intoxicated Poetry of Hafiz
This NYT article by Michael Benson gives a sobering view of what we are doing to our planet. I found his last sentence gripping: “[We need to] recognize that we face a species-wide threat, and use our scientific-technical genius to protect the only known home of life in the universe.” Amen! (Open NYT article directly here) (Link to Benson’s recent book: Planetfall: New Solar System Visions) (Michael Benson)
This quote from from Letters to a Dying Friend – Helping Those You Love Make a Conscious Transition, based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead (with foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama) by Anton Grosz, Ph.D (pages 90-91) is a beautiful description of Jesus the Christ — pointing to the universality of all truths as this was written not by a Christian from a Christian worldview but rather by a hospice counselor from a Tibetan Buddhist worldview.
This short clever poem by R. D. Laing quoted in Meeting the Shadow by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams establishes why we do daily review — coming to notice what we have not noticed — to change our life.
This article by Daniel Smith in the July 14, 2013, issue of the New York Times addresses anxiety. I experience it as “In praise of The 50-50 Work© of Moira Shaw,” that is, in praise of accepting our limitations in being “merely and utterly human.” (Click on the title above to open the quote or here to open the NYT article directly) (Open Erena Bramos’ Soul’s Journey Chart derived from Moira’s work)
Compiled by Joe Riley from various writings of Joseph Campbell; no web version due to restrictions by the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Of special meaning to Pat — it was the Joe Riley entry for Pat’s 67th birthday (4/16/13) — and since then referred to often in our morning coffee times.
The more we know the more we don’t know. This 5/5/13 NYT article by Alan Lightman, a novelist and physicist who teaches at M.I.T., critiques Time Reborn by Lee Smolin. I was drawn to Lightman’s own writing in this article and await his forthcoming book The Accidental Universe to be published in January 2014. (Click here for NYT link)
This 5/5/13 NYT article commemorating the 200th birthday of Kierkegard led me to feel a resonance with his bold way of thinking outside the box about topics that excite me — religion, spirituality, etc. (Click here for NYT link)
This article in the Fall/Winter 2002 issue of What Is Enlightenment is a concise description of Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics. Note that this book is also available in audio.
This beautiful quote from David Grayson was shared with me by Moira Shaw as related to my helper session with her on November 29, 2012.
These two quotes are from Wake Up To Your Life — Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention by Ken McLeod. These two quotes are an interesting introduction to the nature of a spiritual path. I realize that they may not have meant much to me several years ago, but today I find I am intrigued by reflecting on them.
This intriguing and honest essay is Chapter 19 of Spiritual Growth with Entheogens, a collection of essays edited by Thomas B. Roberts. The essay is by Kathleen O’Shaughnessy. I appreciate the broad context her essay sets on the subject of Entheogens. Other authors represented in this volume include Brother David Steindl-Rast, Huston Smith, Stanislav Grof, and Albert Hofmann.
This quote from a letter by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, recorded in Eric Mataxas’ biography: Bonhoeffer — Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, establishes how theologian Bonhoeffer used the Bible in his every-day life, including using Biblical texts for his morning and evening devotions. This is very much how I related to the Bible 25 years ago and is how I relate to the Pathwork Lectures today. I find this quote very rich.
This quote — made by Meister Eckhart about 700 years ago — is central to our spiritual growth. It compares with a similar quote from Pathwork Lecture 165 Evolutionary Phases in the Relationship Between the Realms of Feelings, Reason, and Will (click here).
This quote from Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation — The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions — establishes the importance to the Buddha of developing and following inner authority over clinging to and following outer authorities.
Excerpts from an interesting article by Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen from EnlightenNext March-May 2009 Issue 43 pages 49 and 50.
This quote from Healing with Form, Energy and Light — The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen by Tenzin Wangyhal Rinpoche speaks to Soul Retrieval and includes mention of the influence of spirits on us humans. It is interesting to compare this piece with Pathwork concepts (Click here to see quote from Pathwork Lecture 15 as example)
A short piece by Joan Halifax. (For more on Joan Halifax, click here)
This February 2012 Newsletter by Robert and Diane Masters describes four stages of intimate relationships: 1) Me-Centered, 2) We-Centered Codependent, 3) We-Centered Co-independent, and 4) Being Centered. This article works well with a quote from Pathwork Lecture 80 Cooperation, Communication, Union which I titled Stages of Intimacy in Couplehood. (Link to Masters Center for Transformation)
This brief quote from Luminous Emptiness: Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Francesca Fremantle gives a feel for the teachings of the famed Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyan Trungpa Rinpoche. While very different from Pathwork, my path, one can see some of the same themes expressed in this tradition. Pat is very much enlivened by these kinds of Tibetan Buddhist sources used in her AIP spiritual development program while I am enlivened by Pathwork. However we meet in the same place in the end. Different keys for different locks to the Mystery that is the Cosmos.
Countless times retold, but every time worth listening to and contemplating about.
I never tire of the message of this familiar Rumi poem!
This is an interesting reflection, attributed to Albert Einstein.
Einstein’s view of Mystery and God aligns very much with my own. I certainly marvel in awe at the Mystery of the Cosmos, Life in all its forms, and Consciousness at all levels. The Mystery and God as Source are well beyond my capacity to grasp intellectually or, as yet, to experience adequately as a felt sense. I stand humbly before this reality.
An interesting quote by Teilhard De Chardin
A beautiful Pathwork-like quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955).
21 A Thanksgiving Quote by Melody Beattie
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
I found this a refreshing piece — a belief in uncertainty. Direct Link to This I Believe Essay 17183
For year I have done meditation and other spiritual practices “to get somewhere” or to “raise my consciousness.” Odier talks about finding joy in the practices themselves, and then doing them not out of duty or as an attempt to grow but rather because they bring us joy! He begins with conscious breathing — finding and experiencing the joy in conscious breathing.
This selection from Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Meaning of Mary Magdalene speaks of the unitive state — the causal level, the integrated state of vertical and horizontal. Speaks of a deeper Knowing, a Knowing that has the power to emanate Love, Wisdom, and Peace.
This brief writing by Bert Hellinger beautifully states the position of the Pathwork Helper working with the Worker, standing before the mystery of it all.
These words from Cynthia Bourgeault in her book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene beautifully explain gnosis and Knowing, the latter as I have come to experience it and based upon Pathwork Lecture 127 Evolution’s Four Stages: 1. Automatic Reflexes, 2. Awareness, 3. Understanding, 4. Knowing. I have added some of my own understanding at the end of this quote, along with a diagram I use to depict this transformational process of spiritual growth in consciousness.
These excerpts from Ira Progoff’s book The Practice of Process Meditation strike me as a clear overview and helpful framework of how one’s spiritual depth grows as one brings deeper consciousness to life experiences. Depth Beyond Doctrines is the title of this section of his book, and in this section Progoff explores how one’s journey may begin with doctrines from any of several religions, but then drops to deeper levels by meditation and other practices aimed at getting beyond the mind. He includes experiences of the anonymous monk who authored The Cloud of Unknowing, a work that speaks of the empirical nature of spiritual growth and identifies phases that people circle through on the spiritual journey. 4/20/11
This is a beautiful summary of the limitations of the ego and the role of the Higher Self — 4/15/2011
13 The Mystic
Mystics are less interested in formulaic or dogmatic definitions than they are in being aware of their participation in the unfolding of creation as it advances up the ladder of human-planetary consciousness. I think, among other reasons, this is what Karl Rahner was thinking when he said that the future spiritual seeker will be a mystic or nothing at all. … Marv Hiles in The Way Through Autumn 2010-Winter 2011 p.6
12 Equanimity in Mystery — Goethe
The greatest happiness for the thinking person is to have explored the explorable and to venerate in equanimity that which cannot be explored.
Definition: Equanimity — mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness.
Definition: Venerate — to regard or treat with reverence.
This is an interesting article on Know Thyself, and then Be Who You Are and Do What You Do Best. (Newsweek 9/30/85 article referred to)
This story, recorded in The Week magazine in November of 2010, is about Portia de Rossi’s journey from severe anorexia to happiness. Anorexia nervosa, its full medical name, is defined as an eating disorder primarily affecting adolescent girls and young women, characterized by pathological fear of becoming fat, distorted body image, and excessive dieting, and emaciation. She was also an extremely closeted lesbian and terrified of coming out. When she faced and lived through her two greatest fears, all made possible by love, she found happiness. A good model for some of the principles of Pathwork — including negative pleasure from controlling food intake.
William Falk is the Editor-in-chief of THE WEEK magazine, a weekly news magazine that I have enjoyed for two or more years now. Because THE WEEK is a secular news magazine I was quite surprised to read Falk’s commentary on the year 2010 — including words like Life Force, spark of the transcendent within us and we are part of the unfolding of something wonderful and mysterious. Seemed to fit right in with my sense of the cosmos as formed from many sources, including Pathwork, all of which have quickened my own sense of inner truth.
8 The Montessori Philosophy of Teaching
Mothers, fathers, politicians: all must combine in their respect and help for this delicate work of formation, which the little child carries on in the depth of a profound psychological mystery, under the tutelage of an inner guide. This is the bright new hope for mankind. (Dr. Maria Montessori)
This quote from The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality, an excellent book of understanding Spiritual Styles (within Christianity), explains the Mystical Style in a way I found helpful… (See my blog on 4/24/2010 My Cup Overflows)
Excerpt from the Epilogue to The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram by Sandra Maitri©
Pat and I read this book together and got a lot out of it. We both felt the truth and wisdom of Maitri’s closing words about the nature of spiritual work. While Maitri applies these words to the enneagram, Pat and I realized that her words apply to all effective spiritual paths, including Pat’s AIP program and my Pathwork. Substitute the name of your spiritual path for the word enneagram in the attachment, and I think you will see Maitri’s wisdom.
To “listen” another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.
Douglas Steer — Gleanings: A Random Harvest
Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?
Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu and Stephen Mitchell
3 Your Calling
The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
Quote from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (1903), a long time favorite quote of mine.
I find this quote from the Introduction to Facets of Unity — The Enneagram of Holy Ideas by A.H. Almaas to be very well said. I find that Pathwork says the same thing in many ways and in many lectures, but I was drawn to this particular set of paragraphs by Almaas as a great summary of what Transformation and Growth are all about.