Pathwork: A body of contemporary spiritual teachings that create an integral map of evolutionary...
Pathwork: A body of contemporary spiritual teachings that create an integral map of evolutionary development. The most important map on my spiritual quest. Soul Whispering is the way I describe the process it suggests. This link will take you to all 258 lectures and additional material at the International Pathwork Foundation website. http://pathwork.org/the-lectures/
This is is a body of spiritual wisdom that encourages you to live in truth, to accept all that you are and have been, and all that you feel, and to trust and follow your own unfolding as a spiritual and personal evolution. Several approaches have been developed towards learning and living this material. I attended the Mid-Atlantic Pathwork School to learn to be a helper/coach in this method and wisdom. I have been working with this material since 1984. It has always been the key I needed to move through what ever life was revealing.
If Life speaks a Language of its own, The Pathwork is the rosetta stone that helps us understand the deep inner movements of every life journey.
If Life is a Treasure Hunt, the Pathwork is the Treasure Map you are lost without.
If Life is a mystery school, then the Pathwork is the forgotten codex, re-earthed in the mid 20th century by a modern day oracle, named Eva, giving modern day seekers a spiritual school to relearn the ancient wisdom.
If Life is a Hero’s Journey, the Pathwork is the most amazing charm, a gem with many facets. It can be used to break old spells, compost harumphitudes, create new portals or perspectives and it is a hyper-link to the world of Truth and Guidance, the larger wisdom of the whole.
I don’t know if people wonder about life anymore? Why are we here? How do we make the most of this time? What do we do with all the suffering and struggle we encounter? Why do bad things happen to good people. Why do good things happen at all? How do we really know what is good and what is bad anyhow? Who am I? and what does this life want of me?
I remember from a very young age sensing the Great Mystery of Life, especially of the beauty that is Nature. With such a huge mystery as Nature, which is life itself, I mean your very own life, there must be some great purpose and a way of participating fully in this mysterious adventure. I wanted to know how to meet my life and all life, and dance with it.
I knew somehow we were all meant for greatness and of course in my child mind I expected I would be especially great….
So here is where I met with deep frustration. I didn’t have a TV script writer giving me my lines. As a “heroine”, I fell short time and again. The human world around me didn’t seem to recognize the Mystery. It was as if everyone else were under a spell, living in a “less than” story, missing the mystery, the beauty and the awareness of this great gift, having no need to crack the code. I asked my teachers, my parents and my faith leaders. There were lots of answers, many of them good, but none of them seemed to be what I was looking for: Interesting theories, but no conviction, so I just kept looking.
Mostly that meant reading….. I was seeking the keys of life that were practical and made sense of my experiences: keys that allowed me to transform and release old spells and develop strength and courage and firmness in love. If there was guidance from nature, human or spirit I was open. I couldn’t name it then, but something in me knew that I needed to find a living mystery school and grounded spiritual communit
Following the threads
I woke up one morning in Lubbock Texas, with the words somehow echoing in my mind…”its time to go!” and without further explanation yet resonating with an inner conviction I hadn’t known about before. Yes I thought, it is time to go. The where was determined by a twist of fate. From my life in the West and Southwest, I headed for Virginia due to reasons too numerous to list here.
4 years later after getting married and getting settled, I was still struggling with demons of perfectionism resulting in depression and bulimia, and still looking for my path. I had explored several groups and spiritual meetups of the time, but they were “just” discussion groups. I was in need of the path “work”! It came in a most miraculous way…. as is the nature of spiritual synchronicity. When the student is ready…..
Out of the blue one day it arrived. An invitation to come to Sevenoaks. If it had been a Pathwork Program I wouldn’t have known what that was and it might have gone by me, but this was a flyer for a Nature Solo experience, called A VISION QUEST. The call to adventure that is life in general, was now to be a conscious and supported experience and I deeply need to reconnect to nature here on the east coast. That the flyer ever reached me is a mystery. Just like in the faerie tales, there it was, synchronous serendipity, a magical boon and an answer to my life’s longing in the making.
During those three days I couldn’t really connect. I was often very sad and the forest seemed dark and sad as well. I especially remember being effected by all the spiders webs that would cross my path and stick to me if I moved around. I now see this as part of August/September on the east coast and take a walking stick to break the webs in my path. But during the quest, it was a mirror of sticky entanglements that seemed to reach out and grab me.
Yet by the end of that time some new little shoot had stirred in me and bringing a new life inside, and though I didn’t realize at the time, the real gift was what came next. As I finished my quest and was heading home from the retreat, I found myself in a little office reading a zerox copy of and an old typewritten copy labeled Pathwork Lecture 75 The Idealized Self Image. This lecture spoke very deeply to some of those entangling webs. After reading this and discovering that there was a school and an experiencial process to applying this material, I knew in the depths of my being that I had found what I was looking for. The vision quest retreat led me to my life Path and the very Mystery School I was seeking
Over the next 30 years this Path and this Community and been the answer to birthing my life’s vision. It isn’t just one key, or “fix”. It is ever new and ever deepening, a way of walking, moment to moment, the Path of Life, and it has never failed me. Every question, every complicated, confusing, twist of feeling, intention and dualistic reasoning that made a complex maze out of life, began to be illuminated. My deep wondering and wonder about life and its significance was confirmed and celebrated by this path. And even more amazing, it is offered not as a dogma of belief, but as a journey of self awareness and a participation in the unfolding of the personal Mystery of Life’s capacity to renew and outdo itself in my/your own spiral dance of evolution.
It took many years for me to unravel my inner knots but we are all more aware now and with each step, new life comes in. I now know that I am exactly where my Soul needs me to be to take on the next Life lesson, the next challenge to find in each moment the powers of Love and Life. For that I must thank the Pathwork, Eva Pierakkos, the Guide and all the Pathwork teachers, helpers, and classmates that have guided me the whole way.
More About Pathwork
If Life is a custom tailored spiritual adventure for your soul, then your challenges, your handicaps, limitations, and gifts, your allies and enemies of life, are all part of your soul’s destiny. All have purposes beyond your current understanding or control. It is really our” beautiful and dangerous assignment”, an expression I learned from Caroline Casey in her Trickster Training program.
The Pathwork is a profound yet very understandable Soul Map that like a Rosetta stone allows us to translate life’s journey into deep resonant meaning that calls forth the wisdom and courage needed to transform and evolve through the impossible tasks, challenges and losses and to celebrate and embrace the totality of Life, aligning with the beauty and goodness that is here.
This is the master game of life and the one that is really worth playing.
The Pathwork leads us inward to a grounded self knowledge, which leads to increasing awareness and consciousness, culminating in awakening or self realization, but with many steps of increasing freedom and joy .
With this Pathwork map, we learn to navigate more and more consciously. We discover the unconscious and erroneous maps that we follow and we learn to discover, choose and live from a deeper more inner map within us.
The Pathwork map helps us understand and cooperate with the soul’s deeper learning purposes and realize the state of peace and patience called Faith. Life then becomes the spiritual adventure we long for it to be.
How to explore more.
This path “work” can be done in one on one coaching sessions, small study and process groups, workshops, and a 5 year Residential Transformation Program at Sevenoaks Retreat.. There are additional trainings to become a Pathwork Helper. All the lectures are available at Pathwork.org
Most people begin with individual sessions and lecture study or local process groups.
Please contact me for a free initial session that will allow us both to see if this work is useful to you. 540 752 5540.
Join the teleconference meetups 1) lecture discussion group, The Wisdom of The Guide, alternate Wednesdays at 8pm eastern time; Or 2) Monday teleconference group the Art of Soul Whispering. I also have a spiritual support group that meets here bi-monthly.
See the events calendar for Pathwork Groups in this area, and/or call me for a free individual exploratory session.
Go to the MAP website to explore other teachers and information about programs. http://sevenoaksretreat.org/pathwork/about-pathwork/pathwork-programs/
For more information on my personal journey and the blessing this work has been for me, see More Information/About Darlene
Go to the Mid-Atlantic Facebook Page or join a Pathwork Facebook Group for some social media connections. Also my facebook page and meetups are linked at the bottom of the page.