Sunday, September 11, 2016

I must be patient in order to proceed. Continuation Training Step 3

I must be patient in order to proceed. CT Step 3 (MP3)

I must be patient in order to proceed. CT Step 3
Everyone seems to have difficulty learning patience. This is because people are living without Knowledge. They are trying to establish their goals in life without Knowledge. They are trying to establish their primary relationships without Knowledge. They are even trying to be at peace without Knowledge. Thus, they are at the mercy of the machinations and the conflicts of the mind. And they are at the mercy of the conflicting forces that exist within the mental environment and the physical environment. Thus things seem continually unstable and out of harmony. Great effort is exerted in building things that can fall apart in a moment, things that have no stability or permanence.

Therefore, come back to Knowledge in your long practice period. It is infinitely patient with you, and you must become patient as well. For what is patience but relieving yourself of your own frantic pursuits to enjoy the luxury of stillness and the depths of true understanding. At first, this will seem difficult, for your mind is racing here and racing there and trying to solve this and trying to establish that. But as you become quiet, you become more receptive and more in harmony with your deeper nature.

Therefore, develop this patience. Let not the frantic yearnings of your personal mind govern your understanding, but abide with Knowledge, which is permanent and which has true direction in the world.

Today, practice upon the hour and in addition to your long practice period in stillness, consider the meaning of today's lesson. Look about. See how it applies to the world around you. And look at your own experience and see how it applies to you. Explore it meaning and its implications.

Practice 3:      One 30-minute stillness practice.
 Contemplation practice.
 Hourly practice.

Picture: This is the rock in the Shenandoah National Park that I named Patience. This naming occurred sometime in the 1980’s, as the hour walk walk in and out, I found, made me more patient. It was essentially a labyrinth walk. There’s a Pinterest page Journey to Patience.

I use the winter picture because it is hard to see during full vegetation. Here a recent picture – close up.

We continue.

Note: If you’ve some interest, but this is the first time you’ve seen 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. Begin at the beginning.

If you do know about Steps, but have not done Steps twice completely, read the related materials, and have a sense of the direction of this study, you won’t get the experience. The Introduction begins:

“This is the Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training. It is designed to build upon the Steps that were learned in Steps to Knowledge to enable you to experience the grace, the power and the direction of Knowledge in your life and to become an expression of Knowledge in everything that you do. If you have completed the book, Steps to Knowledge, twice through and have followed the instructions as they were given without altering the curriculum in any way, then you are now ready to begin this more advanced study”.

If you are an independent student, that is certainly an option. 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.

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