Regardless of whether or not there is a Mountain, there is definitely a Path.
If your consciousness is evolving, you are stepping along your Path.
There is no top end.
If you prefer wealth, fame, security, possessions... you may have gotten off the elevator at the first floor.
No harm in that. Get off at any floor you wish.
Just be clear about which 'you' is choosing which floor to exit the elevator.
If you work in a corporation or government or military, or are dealing in weapons, drugs, child pornography, sex-slave trafficking, IPOs, Forex, Hedge Funds, or are on a SWAT team... you may have pushed the 'DOWN' button on the elevator.
No harm in that, either. There is no bottom end.
The rest is up to you.
THERE ARE MANY PATHS
The word 'path' can have many meanings. There are, for example, paths in the forest, paths to ruin, paths to fame and fortune, paths to recovery, paths to glory, paths to building or owning your own home, paths to finding gold in the mountains, paths in a video game, paths to healing, and paths to achieve certifications such as a black belt in Judo or a Doctorate Degree at a University.
One of the strongest coachings from modern culture is to 'get your career path started'. The idea is that following recognized achievements and employment steps empower you to command a higher salary, move up the corporate hierarchy, gain reputation and professional credibility, and eventually become 'successful'.
Each kind of path reflects the values of its gameworld.
One particular path is the path of evolution. What is that?
THE EVOLUTIONARY PATH
'Evolution' in the sense given by the context of Possibility Management means the evolution of how much consciousness you can apply practically to create real results.
You have already experienced what this feels like. Before any particular evolutionary step you could create one set of things. After the evolutionary step you could create something different that you could not create before. After the step you are able to create something new because you are able to be more responsible. What is the thing in you that changes for you to become more responsible? Your Matrix!
Responsibility is consciousness in action. In other words, responsibility is applied consciousness.
The change of your Being from one shape of responsibility to another shape of responsibility occurs during a Liquid State during which time the 'matrix' structure of your Being reorders from one pattern to a more elegant, more sophisticated, more integrated arrangement. In other words, evolution occurs best within a specifically held space (held and navigated by a Spaceholder) who navigates you through any of the 5-Body Liquid States that may occur.
Did you ever consider what the purpose of the Universe might be?
If you look at what happens over time to star systems, planets, living organisms, or social systems, you will see that they become more complex, more elegant, more refined, more aware. One could reasonably claim that the purpose of the Universe is the evolution of consciousness.
There is no top end to evolution.
Map Making vs. Path Walking
A thoughtmap is a construct made out of distinctions. Your thoughtmaps determine how you can interact with the real world.
Gaining a new thoughtmap changes the structure of your Being. This explains why, when you gain a new thoughtmap, the Universe and Gaia and E.C.C.O. can each interact with you differently.
What you think with is very different from what you think about.
A thoughtmap is what you use to think with. What you think about are the facts, ideas, opinions, conclusions, and information you copied from your parents and learned in school and from the media.
Adding new information to what you know expands your knowledge bank.
In comparison, gaining a new thoughtmap builds the matrix to hold more consciousness in your Being and moves you on your evolutionary path.
Gaining more knowledge is not the path of evolution.
You need new thoughtmaps to enter new territory, for example, to go step-by-step across a bridge from modern culture to next culture.
And yet, the skills that enable you to implement the clarity of a new thoughtmap as real-life changes in a gameworld such as a relationship or a nanonation, are different from the skills that enable you to discover, refine, document, and successfully deliver a new thoughtmap to another person.
There exist many intelligence tests and classifications (IQ Tests, Mensa), certification programs (Bachelors, Masters, PhD), personality typing systems (Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, Human Design), chakra readings, aura readings, hand-eye coordination tests, etc. These all have their specific uses.
Which test measures your awareness? How can you find out where you are on your path of evolution of consciousness?
One answer about where you are is that results never lie. The Universe is a gigantic feedback generator. The results you are creating indicate where you are on the Path. Regardless of the excuses you come up with or the justifications you believe, what you have is what you want.
Who you are is other people's experience of you. You know you have changed when other people's experience of you changes.
What you are is where you are. Trying to figure out in your mind where you are may not help you much. Trying to be somewhere else other than where you are also may not help you very much.
You can only take the step directly in front of you. You cannot take the step that you may see 'over there'.
The path itself is an amazingly accurate indicator of where you are.
3 Types of Pathwalkers
Since time immemorial it has been known that there are three kinds of Journeyers on the Path. Each kind of Pathwalker is driven by their own unique motivation when looking for the Initiators, Healers, and Trainers who will guide them on the Path.
The first type of Pathwalker assumes that the guide has all the information the Pathwalker will ever need. The Pathwalker participates in what the guide offers so as to collect information. Soon the Pathwalker does not like or understand an answer that the guide gives them. Rather than becoming different enough to understand the guide's answer, they conclude that the guide does not know everything. The Journeyer gets disappointed, critical, and aggressive, and then they leave looking for another guide, one who 'knows everything'. These Pathwalkers are never satisfied.
The second kind of Pathwalker comes to a guide because the guide meets the Pathwalker’s expectations about what a guide should be like. The image they project onto the guide matches their fantasy. They fall in love with the guide, thinking this is the way. Sooner or later the guide does something that is not quite right according to the Pathwalker’s expectations. The Pathwalker gets disappointed, or heartbroken. Their love is unrequited. They attack the guide, thinking that if they prove that the guide has hurt them, then the guide will come around and rescue them. The guide won't play this game, so the Pathwalker leaves, looking for another guide who fits their image better and will 'love them enough'. These Pathwalkers are never satisfied.
The third kind of Pathwalker comes to a guide because they want clarity and possibility. They want challenges and clear feedback. They want their 'X' on the map. They want the rug pulled out from under the beliefs they held to be true, so that the Journeyer lightens their load and can Journey into new realms. They are not willing to let anything create doubt, or get in the way of their search for their next step. Even the lack of the guide's faith in them will not influence the Journeyer's faith in the Path. This kind of Journeyer is satisfied from the beginning on.
Pulling The Rug Out
a report from a Pathwalker
There is a Rug each of us stands on. You may think the rug is real, or solid, that you can keep standing on your rug.
The Universe has other ideas about this.
The Universe is dedicated to Evolution, specifically, the Evolution of Consciousness.
Your Being is one of the most magnificent possibilities in the Universe with regards to Evolution of Consciousness.
Do you think the Universe is going to sit around and let your Box and Gremlin, your culture, your assumptions, your Survival Strategy succeed in defending you against Evolution by keeping everything the same for your whole life.
What you think you know about yourself and the world you live in is political dogma sold to you by your inner political party, trying to force you to be a True Believer in 'you', the 'you' that you built as a child and are still using to survive in the world.
The Universe wants you to grow up out of the strategy of merely surviving. The Universe wants you to Live.
But there is this rug you are standing on...
The Universe has its eyes on your 'rug'. It has plans. And it has allies in its agenda.
The Universe does whatever it can to make kindly invitations for you to make a crack in the illusions created by your Box so that you can slip sideways through the crack into Evolutionary spaces.
If you do not accept and act upon the kindly invitations (such as books, workshops, certain transformational conversations, certain chance encounters with people who have rejoiced in the opportunities to Evolve) then the Universe begins to lose patience. It lives for a very long time. You do not. Time is of the essence. If you do not intentionally slip sideways through the 9 Gaps then the force of Evolution may hit your Box with 'The Hammer', some accident, loss, illness, unexpected chaos. You know the drill. You've seen it happen in other people's lives, perhaps also your own. The Universe pulls the rug out from under your 'safe' (stale) conditions and you suddenly drop into freefall. As Pema Chodron says, "The nature of reality is groundlessness." As the Possibilitator Handbook says, "Human beings are designed to fly."
PULLING THE RUG OUT
I want to share something here with the group. I sometimes struggle to speak during calls. I’m looking into why that is, but for now, I will share this here.
Part of my journey with this study group is a journey into seeing how crippling my niceness, charm, and charisma have been. A few weeks ago, I received some feedback that made it so that for about 36 hours, I could no longer NOT SEE the unbelievably high price I have paid and continue to pay in my life for the sake of being a smiley, likable guy. I have forfeited my Authenticity. This forfeit has gotten me a life that to almost everyone around mean looks “really good” – and what a golden handcuff that “really good” is.
During this 36 hours, I went through an emotional healing process, but all throughout, I was being worked. My body shook everywhere, tears were in my eyes constantly. An involuntary rage seared through my body. How did this happen? When did I install this “inauthenticity software?” How is it that I live in a world where at every turn, I see more encouragement for being inauthentic, for smiling more, having no balls, having no spine, having no one at home.
The weeks since this moment happened have seen me being wildly different in my relationships. A new and inelegant intolerance at the ways I’ve built connection in my life has emerged, and I have begun to take radical action. In the past, I have liked the notion of saying the scary things that risk the relationships I have in order to finally have a chance at creating the relationships I want. I have thought this was a very pretty idea. And now, these last weeks, I am living it in a way that is rocking my world.
Each relationship has needed a kind of destroying and reset, and my Gremlin has been so helpfully (and lovingly) indispensable in finally letting me say the things my Box has been unable to say. I am crying writing this.
Some friends who’ve encountered me during this phase have told me that they need to take a long pause from the relationship. One friend who I told, “I cannot be funny with you for the duration of this experiment,” initially freaked out, and then the next day sent me a text thanking me for my courage. Another friend told me, “Devin, you have a great personality – one of the best – and everyone likes it. And, if that personality is coming at too high a cost, I am in your court as you go through your process.”
What do you even say to a friend who says a thing like that? I couldn’t say anything other than, “You have no idea how much that means to me.”
There is a last friend that I am working with now. When I told him that I could no longer tolerate the way I had been in our connection and that I wanted something different, his answer was essentially, “No.” This friend is powerful, wealthy, and a man I have looked up to and given my center to for years. There has been a benefit of knowing him – he sends clients my way, he has given me large sums of money, he has introduced me to important people.
But what’s the price been? My dignity. Yes, my priceless dignity has been the price. I didn’t know that until recently.
Right now, I stand in my terror as that relationship crumbles. My Box is FREAKING out. My heart feels broken. But my commitment to myself and my path does not feel broken. That is so new for me.
I want you all to know that, because when you know it, I feel held by this village. I feel the courage to really pull the rug out and stand on the groundlessness.
Thank you for reading this and for doing this work with me.
RADICAL RELIANCE ON THE PATH
Matrix Code PATHxxxx.01
The first useful question to ask yourself about wanting to know where you are along your path of evolution is: Who is asking?
This EXPERIMENT is to get out your Beep! Book and write down your answers to the following questions under the heading: WHO WANTS TO KNOW?
Who wants to know?
Why does this part of me want to know this?
What are my hidden motivation for wanting to compare where you I am to where others are? (To see who is ahead or behind? Faster or slower? Better or worse?)
What is my Hidden Purpose wanting to judge myself for not being farther or quicker? (Wanting to find some way to criticize myself? To beat myself up, as I do for so many other things?)
How am I using use self-criticism to create pain or fear to manipulate myself into changing my behavior?
Why do I think I must manipulate myself to take steps on the path of evolution?
(Do I think I 'should' evolve? That it is 'cool' to be on the Path?)
Be radically honest about your introspections. Write down whatever you discover about yourself, even if it is not a pretty sight.
Anything you can bring solidly into your awareness about yourself loses power over you because your awareness creates the possibility of choice.
Be poetic in your writing.
Do not limit yourself to one word answers, analysis, judgments, or self-criticizing answers.
Bring your results to your next Possibility Team and read them out loud to everyone. Ask team-mates to use Vacuum Rapid Learning on you about anything they intuit might be useful for you to go deeper with. Trust their intuition even more than they do. Do what they suggest.
SHARE WHATEVER TREASURE YOU HAVE
Matrix Code PATHxxxx.02
Every point on the path of evolution has value.
This EXPERIMENT is to make valuable use of where you are on your path of evolution to help others.
Is this possible? (Yes, it is possible, no matter where you are on your path of evolution.)
How do you know someone wants the value you are offering? They come to your event.
This EXPERIMENT is to create and do an event.
Even if only one person comes, give them everything you can.
ASK QUESTIONS RELEVANT TO WHERE YOU ARE ON YOUR PATH
Matrix Code PATHxxxx.03
Another way to make use of where you are on the path of evolution is to go to the groups, meetings, Worktalks, Workshops, and Trainings from people who deliver distinctions that you do not yet have, and fully participate there.
Start early in the event, and speak out more than once.
Ask authentic questions.
Ask dangerous questions.
Ask the questions that certain parts of you do not really want to hear the answers to for fear that the answers will change your life.
Then listen to the answers the Trainer gives with your 100% focused attention. Be an absolutely-empty space of listening. Write down what they say in your Beep! Book. Your Box will force you to forget anything that is not already in your Box for fear you might Expand Your Box...
This is a service to the person who may (or may not...) be further than you on the path of evolution. The service is that by asking questions that come from your authentic necessity you call true value through the Trainer and make use of their resources.
One of the biggest gifts a Trainer experiences is being authentically well used.
BRING YOUR TEAM TOGETHER AND WATCH THE FILM: Meetings With Remarkable Men
Matrix Code PATHxxxx.04
Meetings With Remarkable Men is on the Recommended Film List. It is the dramatized 'documentary' of the life of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff based on a book of the same name.
After the film, wait 5-10 minutes in total silence. Let your feelings and emotions bubble up to the surface. Then consider these questions out loud. Make and hold an absolutely safe space for people to share their thoughts and feelings:
Where am I on my Path?
Who are the others on my evolutionary Path Team?
How much can I count on them even if they are not perfect?
What did you feel and think when you saw the people doing the Movements?
What are you practicing now to stay awake in your life?
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