Saturday, September 24, 2016

There are greater forces at work in the world. Continuation Training Step 16

There are greater forces at work in the world. CT Step 16 (MP3)

There are greater forces at work in the world. CT Step 16
There are indeed greater forces at work in the world. You can feel their movement, and you can bear witness to their reality. Here you look beyond yourself into the world. If you can look without prejudice, fear or denial, you will be able to see very far, farther even than you thought you could. The fact is that most people do not look and therefore do not see. And if they do look, they look with so many conditions, prerequisites and requirements that they cannot really grasp what they are seeing.

If you are not dominated by your own mind, then you are free to look and to see. If you are not dominated by your past, then you are able to see things as they are today, in a new way.

Today then is an opportunity to see where you are going and to recognize the greater forces in the world. This puts you into a larger arena of life. You then become a witness to greater things. Perhaps at the beginning you can only see a tiny, tiny bit. But as you practice in your ongoing preparation, you will be able to see more as you proceed. You will develop the eyes to see, the willingness to see and the desire to see.

Beyond your practice in stillness today and your hourly practices in awareness and discernment, spend time just looking at the world. Spend perhaps a moment here or a moment there, considering the greater forces that are at work in the world. It is important here not to have any conclusions but simply to ask the question, "What are the greater forces that are working in the world?" Just keep asking the question, without supplying the answer. It is your experience here that will be the real answer. To have this experience, you must ask the question and you must begin to look.

Practice 16:    One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture: San Antonio, Texas at night from the Tower of the Americas. October 26, 2007

For the continuation of reading material, the next book in Volume 1 of The Message is the not yet published "The New World". Thus the gray cover:

In the list of chapter names, this is third:
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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