Friday, September 16, 2016

There is a greater harmony in the world. Continuation Training Step 8

There is a greater harmony in the world. CT Step 8 (MP3)

There is a greater harmony in the world. CT Step 8
In your relationship with the world, you will find conflict and you will find harmony. It will be difficult to reconcile the two, for they seem to be mutually exclusive. But they are all part of the same condition. This seems ambiguous and contradictory, and yet you must approach both with a growing equanimity. The man and woman of Knowledge only value the power and the presence of Knowledge, whether it manifests itself in situations that seem harmonious or in situations that are conflicted. The man and woman of Knowledge are not bound by simple definitions. They are free of the restraints of this kind of thinking. This gives them the ability to see, to know and to act.

There is a greater harmony in the world. You bring this harmony into the world by being close to Knowledge. There is no deception. There is no dishonesty. There is no avoidance.

Therefore, look at all things today and wait for the real understanding to emerge within you. Do not ask for the situation to explain itself to you. Do not ask for people to reveal themselves to you, for this must come about naturally. It is this looking and this waiting that bring your mind in service to your Spirit and give you new eyes to see.

Practice 8:      One 30-minute stillness practice.
                          Contemplation practice.
                          Hourly practice.

Picture: Close-up of the building in the picture today. 

This is the building of the Royal College of Organists – London, England. We can assume it is a place of teachers and students dedicated to musical harmony. Religious music, ideally, is intended to contribute to harmony among people. We know music and musicians are not free from conflict, but often they are mellow. People passing in front of the building in the Step photograph above, are likely having conflict and/or harmony at that moment, with no relationship to the college. Both pictures taken October 8, 2009

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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