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Commitment: Prison or Prayer?

Commitment: Prison or Prayer?

I recently taught in the Pathwork Transformation Program at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, and we concluded the year with a Community Commitment Ceremony. This is a tradition based on the Guide’s descriptions of four stages of commitment in the Pathwork. I find it to be a beautiful, moving ceremony, and yet I am aware that just the word “commitment” can bring up a lot of reactions.    What is it about the word commitment that spooks us? Here are some of the reactions this word can trigger in me:   What if I change my mind? What if I fail to live up to my Idealized Self Image’s version of this commitment? Will I end up acting from a “should” instead of from my heart? No one tells me what to do! Will I be required to do something I don’t want to do? What will I have to give up?   If I am honest, I know these questions originate from my Lower Self, convincing me that it is not safe or desirable to commit to anything or anyone. Always leave a backdoor open for escape.   So what does commitment really mean?   In Pathwork Lecure 196, the Guide says commitment “means, above all, a one-pointedness of attention; giving the self in a wholehearted way to whatever the commitment may be. If you are committed to give your best to whatever you do, you will focus on all aspects of the subject. You will not shy away from investing all your energies, all your attention. You will use your faculties of thinking, of intuition, of meditation. In other...
Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Check Out These Exciting Pathwork Events! Sunday, June 25th, 2017 FREE Event!   Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Event: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism Location: 5028 Park Commons Loop, Glen Allen, Va.       Perfectionism isn’t always defined by how clean your house is, how fashionable your clothes are, or how fit your body is. Sometimes perfectionism shows up in just wanting to be more than we are at the moment, and we may project a false image of ourselves to others in order to be more acceptable. Have you ever found yourself wanting to be more loving, charming or serene? Maybe you wish you were less needy, selfish, or vulnerable? Especially if you haven’t reached perfection yet, you are invited to join me for an evening exploring the pitfalls of perfectionism, and discover how we can relax into exactly who we are in this moment, and be perfectly lovable, warts and all. We’ll be working with Pathwork Lecture 97: Perfectionism Obstructs Happiness. You aren’t required to read the Lecture ahead of time, but you’ll get more out of the evening if you do. Following the presentation we’ll share a potluck dinner and fellowship. This is a free event, but if you are staying for the meal please bring a dish to share. Come out for the evening and discover the profound wisdom of the Pathwork Lectures! I look forward to sharing the evening with you! RSVP to Beth at: bethhedquist@gmail.com   ****************************   New Online Group Forming – Join in From the Comfort of Your Home!  Date: June 25th – Aug. 13th, 2017                          ...
Pathwork Profiles: Sharing Our Stories

Pathwork Profiles: Sharing Our Stories

Over the years I have marveled at how Pathwork attracts seekers from a diverse group of cultures, spiritual backgrounds, experiences, and worldviews. As an international community we are truly a melting pot that expresses both our individuality and our common humanity. Our stories weave us together like threads in a magnificent tapestry, and speak to the core longing we all share as we navigate our unique path on the journey back to union with all of Life. In times of such deep division, I find the International Pathwork Community an oasis of inclusion, tolerance, and rich celebration of differences. I have decided to feature the stories of various Pathworkers so that we might come together as a community to enrich each other through our shared experience. I hope you enjoy getting to know others in the International Pathwork Community through this online sharing! ******************************   Sucheta Jain, Helper Trainee Chapel Hill, North Carolina                                            Sucheta’s Advanced Pathwork Studies graduating class at Sevenoaks Retreat Center. She is in the center of the first row. I have always been very curious about various spiritual paths. Growing up in India spirituality and religion was everywhere. I learned to be connected to a God or higher power at an early age. That way of connecting was through rituals and reading religious scriptures. I was too young to understand but I was very curious. There was an aspect of devotion to my reading these books at that young age. I felt really good when...