Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My mind is here to serve Knowledge. Continuation Training Step 6

My mind is here to serve Knowledge. CT Step 6 (MP3)

My mind is here to serve Knowledge. CT Step 6
Today's lesson reinforces much of what you have learned already, and this reinforcement is necessary because the mind without a true ruler will try to rule itself, and it makes a very poor guide in this respect. Indeed, it becomes more of a tyrant, and it is abusive, arrogant and self- deprecating all at the same time. True harmony within yourself means that your mind is serving your Spirit and your body is serving your mind. Here the true value of the mind and the body are recognized. With this, all self-abuse is forgotten. And abusive relationships are left behind.

In learning The Greater Community Way of Knowledge, the mind is highly valued. It is not cast away. It is not belittled. Instead, it is given its true place in the greater hierarchy within you. If you can enter into this understanding, you will have a true appreciation of the presence and the grace of the Creator in your life. For the answer is so clear and so close at hand. That which seemed inexplicable and so difficult to obtain is ever present with you, waiting for you to experience it.

Therefore, today value your mind, but recognize that it must serve a Greater Power not a power in the world, not a power that assigns itself to you, not a power that you give yourself to without true consideration, but an inner power. Knowledge will direct you to those people that you are to serve and who can serve you. Here, if Knowledge is your guide, your relationships will be established on a true foundation and will have true promise as a result.

Today in your practice in stillness, allow your mind to serve Knowledge by yielding to Knowledge and by becoming still like Knowledge is still. Let the mind come to its temple and bow down and say, "Today I give myself to you, the Great Spirit that lives within me and beyond me and throughout the universe." This is a yielding, and this yielding is an act of surrender and grace.

Upon the hour remember this as you learn to apply Knowledge in the world. As you contemplate today’s lesson, remember that your mind is here to serve Knowledge and Knowledge can only serve the world.

Practice 6:      One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture: Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park – May 12, 2015. A place for meditation along an old stone wall, made by early settlers, whose lands were acquired by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Park which opened in 1935. I’ve used “The Wall” as a meditation place for decades, long before I became a Steps student.

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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