Individual Practices

The main practices in Pathwork include studying the lectures, working with a Helper, and active and passive meditation. Passive meditation is when we’re primarily focusing on our breathing, watching our thoughts, and training ourselves to let worrisome thoughts go and relax.

Active meditation includes:

  1. Three-Chair Meditation. In this core, invaluable process we are using our Adult Conscious Ego and Higher Self to reeducate the consciousness formed in childhood (referred to as Child Consciousness). See Lecture #182: The Process of Meditation (Meditation for Three Voices: Ego, Lower Self, Higher Self) for more information on this.
  2. Emotional Reaction (ER) Process. We have Emotional Reactions as a defense to cover up real feelings. Using this process, we can uncover the real feelings so that we can allow ourselves to feel those unfelt feelings and hence transform them. See Lecture #89: Emotional Growth and Its Function for more information on this.
  3. Daily Review. This is discipline of taking a few minutes each day to observe and write down any negative thinking you had during the day. Over time, we look through our lists for patterns of negativity. When we find them, we use one of the other practices to have breakthroughs in these. See Lecture #17 The Call—Daily Review for more information on this.

Note that these are just very brief synopses. There are entire courses taught on each of these types of meditations.

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