Monday, September 26, 2016

Today I wish to know. Continuation Training Step 18

Today I wish to know. CT Step 18 (MP3)
Today I wish to know. CT Step 18
It is your desire for Knowledge and your capacity for Knowledge that will make it available to you. Today’s lesson is not a demand. It is an affirmation of your intention. You can demand Knowledge to come to you, but it will not come, for it knows whether you are ready or not, and if there is no place for it to enter, it cannot enter. Here there must be no deception in your approach. There must be no manipulation in order to gain a personal advantage. Instead, you affirm your desire for Knowledge.

Affirm your desire for Knowledge in your long practice in stillness today by being completely present and not allowing this to be a fantasy session of any kind. Affirm your desire for Knowledge by remembering upon the hour to stop for a moment, to be with your environment and to be with yourself. Affirm your desire for Knowledge by considering today how important this desire is and how lacking it seems around you. For you will see that even when presented with simple problems in the world, people will avoid or deny them. They will go away from them, as if every problem were some kind of stinging pain for them or reminded them of some inner disability that the cannot tolerate.

You who are learning to face the world and to face yourself need today’s affirmation to give you the strength, the courage and the reassurance that you need.

Practice 18:    One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C. For stillness, one might seek a relatively quiet public garden such as this. Children play, but it is not noisy.

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 fifth:

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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