PATHWORK: Mobility in Relaxation

February 16, 2018 | By More

by Natalie Morisset

Every year, as Christmas approaches, I start to think about all the projects I will have the opportunity to finish over the holidays. I tell myself that at last, I’ll be able to check off those items on my ‘to-do’ list that I never seem to have time for amidst the obligations of everyday life – and then I can start fresh in the New Year!

But before I know it, the holidays are almost over, and I haven’t started in on even one of my to-do’s. In desperation, I push myself to get something done so that I can check at least one item off my list. So much for my ‘fresh start’… And then I ask myself: what happened?

It’s not as if my holiday season was jam-packed with social events; lack of time wasn’t the issue. But with no externally imposed schedule and no deadlines, what’s happened is that I’ve been playing out my idea of ‘relaxation’, which equates to doing very little and slowing down more and more. Yet this state hasn’t felt pleasurable; I’ve felt kind of dragged out, and also guilty. Then I’ve tried to compensate for this with hasty, tense action.

In Pathwork Lecture 135, that state of pseudo-relaxation is described as a “distortion of movement”, in which we “stagnate because nonmovement seems so tempting. It appears to be the effortless state that the soul longs for.” Conversely, movement can seem “so necessary in order not to stagnate and because guilt whips you into a striving overtense movement.” (What exactly are we striving so hard toward through this tense movement? Chances are we don’t even know.)

These two states make up a duality, two opposite poles that can’t exist simultaneously: either non-movement as an escape from striving, OR tense effort in order not to stagnate. But, the lecture says, we have the power to replace this duality with the unitive state of being, which is a mixture of mobility and relaxation. This is the very nature of the cosmic movement which permeates everything that is. In this state, mobility exists without tension and anxiety; and relaxation exists without stagnation.

This subject is discussed in Pathwork Lecture 135: Mobility in relaxation and Pathwork Lecture 163: Mind activity and mind receptivity. It is the topic that will be explored at the next Pathwork Open Lecture evening on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Saint Paul University, 233 Main Street, 7 to 9 pm. Natalie Morisset, an Ottawa area Pathworker, will discuss aspects of these lectures and facilitate an exercise to help us notice where stagnation and/or tense movement occur in our lives, and thus begin the process of undoing these distortions so that we can experience the harmonious interplay of mobility and relaxation.

Lectures are available for free download from Contact Jean Millar for more information: or 613-829-1254 All are welcome. Follow the signs to the room.  Suggested donation: $15 for non-members; $5 for members.

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