In this powerful collection, Jill Loree combines her favorite questions asked of the Pathwork Guide about:
You’ll find answers to important questions you didn’t even know you had!
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Read Jill Loree’s Top Ten Q&As for each category.
The Spirit World
Prayer & Meditation
Who is the Pathwork Guide?
The Pathwork Guide is the entity who is actually speaking, using Eva as the medium, or channel, through which he spoke. Owed to Eva’s dedication to her task as well as her willingness to do her own work, the material continually evolved and deepened over the course of the 22 years that she gave monthly lectures.
Note, in those days it was the literary convention to use masculine pronouns generically, but that is not why we say the Guide was a “he.” It’s more that people who were present during the lectures sensed the Guide as masculine, even though we know that at a certain level beyond our Earth sphere the masculine and feminine merge. For the sake of consistency and to avoid referring to the Guide as an “it,” we’ll proceed to speak of him respectfully—but loosely held—using the male pronoun.
More About the Pathwork Guide’s Teachings
Each month, for over 20 years, a small group of people would gather with Eva, who would go into a trance and begin to speak. It is my understanding that the lectures themselves were composed by a council of spirit beings. But if you listen to the tapes of Eva speaking, you can hear that they sound conversational—not like someone reading a prepared, prewritten lecture.
When you add this together with Eva’s less-than-perfect English—she was raised in Vienna, Austria—you can imagine that some editing was in order for the transcripts. During this work, in addition to creating complete sentences, the editors of the lectures removed that masculine-pronoun convention to make the lectures more universally appealing. (I personally wish they had also been more liberal with the use of paragraph returns.) In creating The Guide Speaks, I edited the Q&As only to improve readability.
To the deeper question about who exactly is the Guide, we don’t know. The Guide said that his name was not important, and that we should learn to trust our own discernment rather than rely on the reputation of the source as our reason for listening, trusting or believing. As you may know, the Guide was a big champion of this type of self-development.
After each prepared lecture, participants were encouraged to ask questions, which it seems the Guide himself answered. For this reason, the Q&As seem to carry a somewhat different vibe from the lectures. This, in addition to their shorter length, makes them a bit easier to digest. The Q&As were either related to the lecture just given, to a person’s personal issues or to life in general. Having read them all, I will offer this plug that they offer a wisdom and perspective that has the potential to change your worldview.
The lectures, including the questions asked immediately following, were all recorded on reel-to-reel tapes, and they are all now available online in the form of printed transcripts (the edited version), free audio recordings read by Gary Vollbracht, or, for a fee, the original recordings by Eva: www.pathwork.org.
In addition to the questions asked following the lectures, once a month (on the off-weeks between the lectures) Eva and the Guide would hold Q&A sessions. I have sorted the thousands of questions into topics to make them more accessible, and they are all available for free reading on this website: www.theguidespeaks.com.
Pathwork is a trademarked word, owned by the Pathwork Foundation, a non-profit organization. It was coined along the way by Eva and other followers of the Guide based on the fact that he so often spoke of “being on a path,” and the reality that it is hard work to follow such a path.
Turning Words into Keys
In truth, every human being is on a path, whether we know it or not. Today, however, many more people are becoming conscious about the spiritual journey we are on, so we’re reading books by contemporary spiritual teachers, attending weekend workshops and weeklong retreats, learning about mindfulness, sitting in meditation, and taking yoga classes. My own spiritual journey began to deepen when I showed up at my first AA meeting in 1989.
In general, people today are ready for more, and many are realizing it’s hard work either way, whether one is consciously attending to life’s challenges and the opportunities for growth embedded in them, or bumbling along and hoping for the best. No matter our approach, life is going to teach us our lessons. We can go kicking and screaming, or we can go about things in a better way.
Hard as it may be to look directly at our own faults and negativity, at some point, we realize we just can’t keep looking away from ourselves and hope to find solutions. And that, in a way, is the heart of what the Guide teaches. The way to get to the other side of our dilemmas in life is by stepping through the gateway of self-responsibility.
The Guide offers profound teachings but they are only valuable if they are put into the service of understanding and unwinding the everyday disharmonies—both large and small—of our lives. One has to actively apply the Guide’s words to be served by them, turning them into keys for freeing ourselves.
May these Keywords from the Pathwork Guide come to life for you.
The Gateway Prayer
Through the gateway of feeling your weakness lies
Through the gateway of feeling your pain lies your pleasure and joy;
Through the gateway of feeling your fear lies your security and safety;
Through the gateway of feeling your loneliness lies your capacity to have
fulfillment, love and companionship;
Through the gateway of feeling your hate lies your capacity to love;
Through the gateway of feeling your hopelessness lies true and justified hope;
Through the gateway of accepting the lacks of your childhood
lies your fulfillment now.
– Pathwork Lecture #190