|I will step back from the world's persuasions today. Step 303|
Friday, October 30, 2015
x2 Step 303 - I will step back from the world's persuasions today. – Journal – Step 302
Today: Step 303 - I will step back from the world's persuasions today. (MP3)
STEP BACK FROM THE WORLD’S PERSUASIONS. Recognize what is certain and what is confused. Recognize what is devoted and what is ambivalent. Let not the power of the world’s frustration and confusion overtake you today, but hold the light of God within your heart. Keep it burning within yourself as you venture into the world. Thus, you pass through the world unscathed and uninfluenced because you are abiding with Knowledge. Without Knowledge, the world merely sweeps you away in its own frenzy. It sweeps you away in its inducements and its mad pursuits.
TODAY YOU ABIDE WITH KNOWLEDGE, and so you are free of the world’s persuasions. Repeat today’s idea upon the hour and recognize how important it is in maintaining your inner balance and your sense of self and certainty. Realize how important today’s idea is in allowing you to keep stillness alive within you so that your deeper meditations, in which you will practice stillness again today, can exert their influence and their results upon all of your activities, for this is their purpose.
RECOGNIZE THE WORLD’S PERSUASIONS AND STEP BACK. This you are given to do, for here you have the power of decision. This you can do once you recognize the world’s persuasions and realize how important Knowledge is. This will enable you to exercise the power of decision on your own behalf. Here the world will not claim you, and here you will be a force for good in the world, for this is your purpose.
IN YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, once again give today’s idea as an invocation to prepare you. In stillness and in silence enter into the sanctuary of Knowledge so that you may rejuvenate and refresh yourself there. Find reprieve there from your own internal conflicts and from the conflicts that rage in the world. When you return from your sanctuary, remind yourself that you will not be claimed by the world’s confusion. Remind yourself that you will not fall prey to the world’s persuasions. Then, you will carry forth the safety that you are now learning to receive into the world around you.
PRACTICE 303: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
From the journal: Step 302 - I will not resist the world today.
June 16, 2001 7:20 AM. – Tom's Space Odyssey
→ On waking – The Center for R_C_
Who – Tom C
What – CRC
When – Now
Where – Front R
Why – The old paradigm was "Think globally, act locally". That was an advancement for its time in the 1970’s. It was a precursor of the reality of the global economy.
There is a problem in that the local scale is often too small. As Tip O'Neal said, "All politics is local". In the U.S., local governments have been the primary unit of settlement since the country's discovery.
History – sprawl – etc.
From a greater perspective, Earth is our local planet, and all things are done by two or more. Human (self) governance is structured at many levels. Nation, state, local – and we co-exist by many levels of cooperation.
A citizen, moving about the planet, wants a seamless experience. There are a few borders where checks of identity are made.
"Think local planet, act regionally". This is the new paradigm. The question is, how does a locality, an organization, a business operate differently in this new world? Regions are normally demarcations imposed from the top down to manage.
From the grassroots level – regions can and are being used to empower. Regionalism – the political science notion that local governments should cooperate with their neighbors, and even consolidate for efficiency, has been around a long time.
→ Structured & supported regions work
→ exhortations for regionalism where officials and citizens have an unbounded territory – is…
– There are many regional alignments producing more than one regional community
→ Mapping the regions, one person, business, local government – will find themselves at the center of their own mono-polar world – and within various organized regions.
6/23/01 <organized religions?>
The government services region is a Key, yet invisible geography. It is a building block –
→ once the structure is more visible, and data made Known, it can be used strategically by many.
Today's Step – #301 – "I will not lose myself in anxiety today". I called Mom and Dad this morning. He got home from the hospital yesterday – called and left a message. He's doing better with the pacemaker. We'll visit in July. Mom told me not to worry. I said the kids burned out all my worry circuits 5 years ago – as did the PDC stress.
Anxiety is common in the modern world. Worry is an indicator. One a perfectionist, I gave up on that when a single parent. The behavior of the children, as I say, “burned out all my worry circuits” prior to the time of this entry. Numbness is another term – thinking “no news is good news”, if I’m getting a report, it can’t be good. Steps was helpful there. Let us continue.
Note: If you’ve some interest due to this or other Steps, you should go to the beginning blog post. From here you will learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense; then progress as needed. You can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in order in the archives - one post per Step.
Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts here provide a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys. There are options as well through the Free School of the New Message.