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Are you Looking for Safety, or Adventure?

Are you Looking for Safety, or Adventure?

Yes, that is me on a wild whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River in Wyoming!   I absolutely love travel. It’s a deep dive into adventure, discovery, wonder… and sometimes, discomfort, disappointment, frustration, and fear. In spite of occasional uncomfortable experiences, it is the call to adventure and discovery that ignites my passion time and again.   As I reflect on my spiritual journey, I realize it’s much the same. While more of an internal rather than external journey, it is still an experience of stepping into the unknown with the intent to grow from each new experience, especially the ones I can’t anticipate.   So I have been thinking lately about safety. We talk a lot about safety in personal and spiritual growth circles. Creating a safe space, hanging out with safe people, and engaging in safe practices.   All that is true and necessary in creating a solid foundation from which to explore areas of the psyche that can feel vulnerable and frightening.   But safety isn’t the whole story, and if we are not careful, it can be a trap.   If we become overly focused on maintaining our safety, we lose sight of the fact that our safety does not lie somewhere outside ourselves, but inside. When we know ourselves intimately we can trust ourselves to handle whatever and whoever comes our way, and so we feel safe from within. We will set appropriate boundaries, pace ourselves appropriately, and not give our power away to someone else who is telling us what we should think/do/feel.   We can’t control every outcome, but we can...
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!   ************************   Pauline Hovey A “Journey of the Heart” serving migrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas Pauline (second from the left) with a few volunteers at the Nazareth hospitality center in El Paso, Texas.   From the beginning, my Pathwork journey has been about learning to trust. Trusting myself, trusting my inner authority, trusting God. It’s an ongoing process.   I started the Pathwork Transformation Program (PTP) in the fall of 2008 at Sevenoaks Retreat Center. Truthfully, Pathwork had spoken to me long before that, but I hesitated to commit to PTP because, after all, I hadn’t yet learned to fully trust my inner guidance and the clear messages I was receiving. But, in reality, I came to PTP exactly when I needed to....
Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Check Out These Exciting Pathwork Events! Sunday, Aug. 6th, 2017  FREE Event!     Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Event: What is Your Relationship with Relationship? Location: 5028 Park Commons Loop, Glen Allen, Va. “The greatest struggle for human beings is between their desire to overcome isolation and loneliness and  their simultaneous fear of close, intimate contact with another human being. Often the desire and fear are equally strong, so that people are pulled and pushed in opposite directions.”  ~ Pathwork Lecture 138   Do you avoid intimacy and deep connection? Do you dive in head first without testing the waters? Maybe you alternate between the two?   In order to deeply meet another, we must deeply meet ourselves. In order to be loved, we have to be willing to be seen in our entirety. If you are interested in a more fulfilling relationship with yourself, others, and Life in general, you are warmly invited to join me as we explore this challenging and yet deeply rewarding endeavor. We will be working with Pathwork Lecture 138: The Human Predicament of Desire for and Fear of Closeness.   All are welcome, and you are not required to read the Lecture ahead of time, but you will get more out of the evening if you do. We will follow the presentation with a potluck dinner and socializing. There is no fee for this event but please bring a dish to share if you will be staying for dinner. RSVP to Beth at: bethhedquist@gmail.com.   **************************** New Pathwork Group Forming: A Two Module Series  Event: Cultivating the Courage to Love Location: 5028 Park...