The New York Region Pathwork Community Invites You to a Pathwork Exploration with Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M.ED., CCEP

Pathwork Lecture 242: The Spiritual Meaning of Political Systems

Plato’s ‘anthropological principle’ viewed Politics as an expression of the human soul. Rather than analyze the city as a structure arising out of the interactions of men, or as an external and lifeless entity which men inhabit, Plato analyzes the soul of the city with the same tools that are applied to an analysis of the souls of men. Wherever virtues and vices are found in the city, they can be traced back to the men who dwell therein and can then be understood on both the larger and smaller scales. (

If we look at politics today through the lens of Plato’s principle then we too have the opportunity to examine how our politics reflects our own internal world. If, for example, we look at our politics as the expression of human struggle – our urges and impulses – our conflicts and ambivalence – our power and powerlessness – our fears – our idealized self-image, our shadow and our highest self — then we create greater opportunities for improved political dialogue and real systemic change.

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Lecture 242 embraces Plato’s premise through the exploration of different political systems – in their intended and distorted forms, and how each of these systems – in virtue and distortion – exists within us.

Join us for a discussion of Lecture 242 on Friday June 21, 2019, at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12 Floor, in Manhattan. We meet in Penthouse 2. at 7:00 PM.

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