THREE LINES OF WORK
YEAR 5

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THREE LINES OF WORK

The ability to work gives dignity to the human being and purpose to his or her life. Whether we work with our hands, our minds or our hearts, work is the natural activity of a free soul. Thinking that work is a curse and that labour is a misfortune reduces life to the lowest level of existence and produces misery. Beyond physical or mental work is spiritual work. This is the domain of practical philosophy.

 

A prerequisite for enrolment:
Completion of the first 14 courses.

 

The Absolute is not available this term.

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WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?

Spiritual work begins with work with and on one’s self: discovering who one really is; refining and developing one’s talents; strengthening confidence; releasing enthusiasm; and building courage. This is the first line of work, and this begins with the first touch of practical philosophy.

The second line of work is with and for others. This is a natural outcome of the first line of work. Our natural talents are released for the benefit of the world; we get a glimpse of the whole world as a family, and we start to become the change that we would like to see in the world.

The third line of work is described as work for the work’s sake. It is a natural consequence of the perfection of the second line of work. A person working in this way has a universal outlook. The person sees what the need is and responds to that fully and freely, as much as may be possible.

TOPICS EACH WEEK

Work as a system

Refinement of action

Simplifying and enriching the mind

Purifying the emotions

Love as the ‘natural-in-between’

Attention-development

Interdependence of the three lines of work

Seeing the need

The working surface

Coherence of thought, speech and action

Reliability and trust

Giving and receiving

Willingness and happiness

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OUR COURSE IN PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY MAKES WISDOM PRACTICAL.

Somewhere along the way, practical philosophy got hijacked by theoretical philosophy. It’s time to take it back. Our courses are for people seeking to understand the nature of existence and the world in which we live.