Lecture Study Opportunities: May-June 2017!

Dozens of new lectures in the next two months

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We are thrilled to announce that our students in training to become Pathwork Teachers will be doing their internship by teaching the lectures throughout Pittsburgh in March, April and May.  (It was actually Sue doing her internship in Pittsburgh in 2009 that was the start of the Pittsburgh Pathwork region!) We would love for you to become an important part of their training and development – and of the expansion of Pathwork in Pittsburgh – by attending their lecture studies.

While some of these are done as a series of three, you are always welcome to attend just 1, 2 or all 3, subject to availability.

As space is limited, RSVPs are required for all lectures.

All lectures are offered at no charge.

2016-2017 First Wednesday Lecture Series: Let It Begin with Me

Pittsburgh Pathwork Lecture

Location: Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (come early and mingle)

These free, two-hour lectures are led by Sue Van Doeren. Admission is free and all are welcome. You do not need to RSVP. We recommend you read the lectures prior to attending, but this is not at all necessary, just beneficial. Lectures can be downloaded from

Series Title: Let It Begin with Me

Changing the world starts with changing yourself.  This series is about working through your own material so that you can be the change you want to see in the world. In various lectures, we will practice strategies to bring your real-self forward.

Oct. 5, 2016: Special Guest Lecture with Carolyn Tilove!  #201 Demagnetizing Negative Force Fields (access/download lecture)

Nov. 2, 2016: #242 Spiritual Meaning of Political Systems (access/download lecture)

Dec. 7, 2016: #249 The Pain of Injustice (access/download lecture)

Jan. 4, 2017: #157 Emotional Dependency (access/download lecture)

Feb. 1, 2017: #3 Choosing your Destiny and the Will to Change  (access/download lecture)

Mar. 1, 2017: #145 Responding to the Call of Life  (access/download lecture)

Apr. 5, 2017: #223 The Era of the New Age  (access/download lecture)

May 3, 2017: #244 Be in the World Not of the World – the Evil of Inertia  (access/download lecture)

Jun. 7, 2017: #212 Claiming the Total Capacity for Greatness (access/download lecture)

Join Us for First Wednesday – Nov. 4, 2015

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Please join us for First Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friends Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa  15213,

This month we will be studying lecture #17 The Call-Daily Review which can be found online under here.

The Daily Review is a daily spiritual practice to reflect upon one’s reactions to certain events from the day so that you can uncover where your reaction and actions go against spiritual law.  It is a way of pulling off masks and stopping pretense so that we can come closer to our real selves, which is the aim of the path.

Homework is not necessary to receive a lot from the evening, but your receptivity and consciousness will be heightened if you read the lecture beforehand and do the following pre-work.

Look into your life, take one of your faults and write about how you see that it hinders the manifestation of the love that is hidden within you.  In other words: How does this fault block the flow of your love?  See it, name it, feel the impact of it on your life.  If you discover judgment about this fault, release the judgment and find the sadness that is there instead.

All are welcome.  Come early and socialize and enjoy coffee and treats from Tazza D’Oro.

Pathwork is a body of practical spiritual wisdom that is a voyage of discovery to the Real Self through the layers of defense, denial and fear. Pittsburgh Pathwork is a non-profit organization dedicated to making this wisdom available in the region. All are welcome to participate in our free First Wednesday lectures. Contact us for more information.

2015-2016 First Wednesday Lecture Series: Spiritual Practices

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2015-2016 First Wednesday Lecture Series – SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Location: Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (come early and mingle)

These free, two-hour lectures are led by Sue Van Doeren. Admission is free and all are welcome. You do not need to RSVP. We recommend you read the lectures prior to attending, but this is not at all necessary, just beneficial. Lectures can be downloaded from

Did You Miss One?  Click Here to Access Recorded Lectures!

We will be studying Spiritual Practices:

Oct. 7, 2015: #36 Prayer (access/download lecture)

Nov. 4, 2015: #17 The Call – Daily Review  (access/download lecture)

Dec. 2, 2015: #180 The Spiritual Significance of Human Relationship (access/download lecture)

Jan. 6, 2016: #190 Importance of Experiencing All Feelings (access/download lecture)

Feb. 3, 2016: #256 Inner Space (access/download lecture)

Mar. 2, 2016: #182 The Process of Meditation; Meditation for Three Voices (access/download lecture)

Apr. 6, 2016: #194 Meditation: Its Laws and Various Approaches (access/download lecture)

May 4, 2016: #41 Images: The Damage They Do (access/download lecture)

Jun. 1, 2016: #183 Spiritual Meaning of Crisis (access/download lecture)

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Feb. 4, 2014 – The Process and Significance of Growing – All Are Welcome

Pittsburgh Pathwork Lecture

Join us for First Wednesdays on Feb. 4, 2015, 7-9 PM, Lecture #144: “The Process and Significance of Growing” at Friends Meeting House in Shadyside. Attendance is free as are great treats from Tazza D’Oro.

Click here to access the lecture (audio and/or PDF)

From this month’s lecture #144:

As long as human consciousness is geared to duality and cannot transcend it, the growth process is very problematic. Growth is movement in time and space; therefore, growth on the dualistic plane automatically moves toward its opposite. From the moment you are born you move toward death. From the moment you unfold and grow toward fulfillment, the downward curve of destruction begins. From the moment you strive for any kind of happiness, you must fear its opposite. In ever-changing rhythm, the cyclic, eternal movement of growth must inevitably approach its opposite. It moves from life to death to life and back; from construction to destruction to construction. One brings forth the other.

It is exceedingly important to understand this concept, for it is one of the major reasons you resist growth. It is a deep resistance, beyond the psychological quirks of neurosis. This fundamental opposition to growth is still found even after neuroses have been transcended and dissolved. It explains why, as long as you perceive life in dualistic terms, you fear growth; for you fear that reaching a goal will bring on its destruction. You delude yourself by stemming against time, by “postponing” fulfillment and thus also the feared opposite. The status quo, stagnation, creates agitation, or movement in the distorted sense.

As long as growth takes place on the dualistic plane, there is always a peak to be reached, and after that peak, a descent. And so all living things on the dualistic plane move in a perpetual cycle of life and death, construction and destruction, of being and becoming. In nature, the plant grows in spring toward fruition in summer. In the fall it slowly dies. In the winter it is no more. Only its dormant life potential slumbers in the soil, waiting for the seed to grow again in spring. This is the growth process. The joy during the upward curve can never be full and carefree, without anxiety, for even before the peak is reached, the downside will be anticipated.

On the unified plane of consciousness, because there are no more opposites to be feared, the dichotomy no longer exists. Self-realization always leads to the experience and perception of the unitive state. Conversely, the unitive state cannot come about any other way than through self-realization.

Self-realization means shedding the layers of error so that the real self, the divine, eternal inner being, comes to the fore. You can shed these layers of pain, error, confusion, and limitation only when you no longer run away from yourself; when you are willing to look at yourself as you really are instead of as you want to be; when you accept yourself in the moment, when you do not struggle against your temporary state, even though you understand its error. This is the work you are doing on this path.

It is entirely erroneous to assume that unitive perception cannot occur on the earthly plane. It is possible, absolutely possible, for anyone willing to expand his or her consciousness. Expansion is a very simple process of questioning the verity of your limited ideas, the correctness of what you assume to be unalterably thus and so. This, in turn, can be done only when you honestly look at your most subtle moods and reactions and translate them into concise words. You then find out that these reactions and reflexes, these emotions and moods, are based on certain assumptions you have never questioned, since all is kept in the dark of vagueness and easy rationalization. This is why your pathwork is of such immeasurable importance.