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.
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.
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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