Handbook To Higher Consciousness
Chapter 4
The Twelve Pathways

Chapter 4

The Twelve Pathways

The Twelve Pathways were formulated in 1972 and since that time they have changed the lives of countless numbers of people. The Twelve Pathways are a modern, practical condensation of thousands of years of accumulated wisdom. They give you a minute-to-minute guide for operating your consciousness while you interact with the world around you. They will enable you to live a continuously happy, conscious, loving, joyous, fulfilled life. If you’ve had enough of the up-and-down roller-coastering between pleasure and pain and are really ready to enjoy and get the most out of your life all of the time, then you are ready to use and apply the Twelve Pathways to make a dramatic change in your life. In the following four chapters, we will discuss each of the Twelve Pathways in detail.

The Twelve Pathways to Higher Consciousness can show you how to accelerate your spiritual development and enable you to begin a new life of Living Love. These Pathways can show you the way to find the beauty and happiness that is hidden within you. You were erroneously taught that happiness lies in getting people and things outside of you lined up exactly to suit your desires. But our desires multiply so much faster than our capacity to satisfy them! In the Living Love System, an addiction is any desire that makes you upset or unhappy if it is not satisfied. Life is warning you to get rid of an addiction every time you are emotionally uncomfortable in any way.

Even if an addiction brings you pleasure, that pleasure is usually short-lived. For you will then begin to perceive threats to that pleasure and you will worry about changes in your life that will deprive you of the pleasure. And you compare today’s pleasure with yesterday’s pleasure — and often find today’s pleasure is not quite as satisfying. All of this keeps you out of the here and now. You make a giant step toward higher consciousness when you become fully aware of the price in happiness you must pay for each addiction. You can enjoy the same actions and experiences completely when you uplevel the addiction to the status of a preference.

As you become increasingly aware of how your consciousness operates, you will be able to distinguish between your biocomputer and the programming that your biocomputer uses. For example, a million-dollar IBM (International Business Machines) computer may work perfectly, but if you put garbage-type programming in it, you will get garbage-type results from this splendid machine. Computer specialists use the word GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out)to refer to this problem. If you are not continuously loving everyone around you and continuously enjoying the here-and-now situations in your life, it means that your magnificent biocomputer has been operating from "garbage-type" programming. When you see yourself consciously and clearly, you realize that you are perfect — your only problem is to change some of the programming from which you are operating.

Your ego also plays a crucial part in the operation of your biocomputer. Based on past pleasure and pain programming, your ego selects which of the thousands of programs will be used to generate your feelings and experience of what is happening. Your ego is like a master controller that directs which emotional feelings will be triggered (joy, pleasure, anger, grief, fear, disappointment, irritation, etc.) Your ego also chooses exactly what will be projected onto the screen of your consciousness. You are aware only of what your ego permits you to be aware of. When your ego is busy reacting to the people and things around you from the lower three Centers of Consciousness, your primary awareness will be focused on what you desire and what you fear — thereby creating in you the feeling of an urgent priority. Most of these lower consciousness programs represent the urgent priorities you had at the age of two years old. Until you reprogram and change these inappropriate childhood programs, you will continually turn off the energy of the world around you that you need in order to live in a beautiful world of higher consciousness.

The Twelve Pathways

  1. Freeing Myself

    I am freeing myself from security, sensation and power addictions that make me try to forcefully control situations in my life and thus destroy my serenity and keep me from loving myself and others.
  2. I am discovering how my consciousness dominating addictions create my illusory version of the changing world of people and situations around me.
  3. I welcome the opportunity (even if painful) that my minute to minute experience offers me to become aware of the addictions I must reprogram to be liberated from my robot-like emotional patterns.
  4. I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now — unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
  5. Being Here Now

    I take full responsibility here and now for everything I experience, for it is my own programming that creates my actions and also influences the reactions of people around me.
  6. I accept myself completely here and now and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say and do (including my emotion backed addictions) as a necessary part of my growth into higher consciousness.
  7. Interacting With Others

    I open myself genuinely to all people by being willing to fully communicate my deepest feelings, since hiding in any degree keep me stuck in my illusion of separateness from other people.
  8. I feel with loving compassion the problems of others without getting caught up emotionally in their predicaments that are offering them messages they need for their growth.
  9. I act freely when I am tuned in, centred and loving, but if possible, I avoid acting when I am emotionally upset and depriving myself of the wisdom that flows from love and expanded consciousness.
  10. Discovering My Conscious Awareness

    I am continually calming the restless scanning of my rational mind in order to perceive the finer energies that enable me to unitively merge with everything around me.
  11. I am constantly aware of which of the Seven Centres of Consciousness I am using and I feel my energy, perceptiveness, love and inner peace growing as I open all of the centres of consciousness.
  12. I am perceiving everyone, including myself, as an awakening being who is here to claim his or her birthright to the higher consciousness planes of unconditional love and oneness.

There are five stages in learning to use these Pathways. Each stage enables you to be progressively more aware of how these Pathways produce beautiful and sometimes miraculouschanges in your life.

  1. In the first stage, you are unaware of the Pathways. You are unconsciously playing out the drama of your life. You are going through your daily patterns of desiring and rejecting people and things in a mechanical and unconscious way.
  2. In the second stage, when something happens or when someone says something that you don’t like, you upset yourself even though you are aware of the Twelve Pathways. You are beginning to see how they can make your life work when you use them at the programming level where they will facilitate your interpretation of the here and now. However, you are still susceptible to your old programming which makes you automatically angry if someone criticizes you or automatically afraid if someone triggers your security addictions. The great thing about this second stage is that you are becoming aware of the lower consciousness programming that you tend to automatically run off and you realize that there is a programming that you can use to create continuous enjoyment and happiness in your life.
  3. In the third stage of learning to use the Pathways, you find that as soon as you are aware of any uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, anger, jealousy, grief, etc., you can pinpoint which of the Pathways you are violating. By thus engaging your rational mind and interpreting your experience by using a Pathway, you find that you progressively cut down on the period of unconsciousness in which you are a slave to your older, lower consciousness programming. In the third stage it may take several hours for you to dispel the negative emotions you are experiencing. But you now begin to find that the amount of time that you are upset is being gradually reduced so that you experience negative emotions only for a period of minutes, or even seconds. You can still trigger negative emotional feelings, but you are getting free from them faster and faster.
  4. In the fourth stage, you find that if someone does something you do not like, you may start to get angry, but at that same instant one or two Pathways flash into your consciousness. These give you an insight which does not allow the anger response to develop. You experience an increasing freedom. Your ability to love, accept and interact flowingly with other people increases enormously.
  5. At the fifth stage, you have eliminated all of the lower consciousness programming which triggered your negative emotional responses. You simply respond to whatever is happening here and now by using one of the Pathways (either consciously or unconsciously) in interpreting what is happening. You may be aware that you used to get angry or jealous in this type of situation, but the feeling of anger or jealousy is no longer triggered. You realize that you are the master of your mind, for you have determined the programming with which you want your mind to operate. This is one of the most fulfilling things that you can do.

As soon as you begin to use the Twelve Pathways in your everyday life situations, you will find that your life takes on a beautiful new dimension. Things that were previously nagging problems now become vital experiences that you confidently use in the important job of reprogramming your biocomputer. You are beginning to realize that everything that happens to you is really perfect, for you experience either happiness — because it fits the patterns of the programming of your biocomputer — or you experience the beginning of a negative emotion which is giving you a welcomed opportunity to work on reprogramming your biocomputer so that you will not have this problem in the future.

The Twelve Pathways are presented on the previous two pages. Memorize these Twelve Pathways in order to implant them deeply into your consciousness. Memorizing helps you use them as programming in shaping your perceptions below conscious levels.

Just reading them for intellectual understanding will not permit you to use them as dynamic tools that can make your life work. Use the Pathways in interpreting your moment-to-moment stream of consciousness. They can lead you straight into higher consciousness and enable you to find the love, happiness, wisdom and fulfillment that is your birthright in life.

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