Saturday, October 22, 2016

If I understand my relationships, I will understand my priorities. Continuation Training Step 44

If I understand my relationships, I will understand my priorities. CT Step 44 (MP3)

If I understand my relationships, I will understand my priorities. CT Step 44
Again we emphasize this matter of relationships and priorities, inner choosing, inner freedom, and the emergence of a greater purpose in your life. Certainly, the emergence of your greater purpose will change your former obligations and responsibilities. Surely it will create a fundamental shift here. Your position with everyone will change. With some people, that change will seem minor. With others, it will be quite significant.

Understanding, then, your relationships as a reflection of your values and how you view yourself becomes an important tool in understanding your own development at this time. If you feel overridden by the desires and the will of others, if you feel that you must carry forth social commitments regardless of your own sense of restraint or anxiety, clearly there is a problem here at hand. Clearly, your own authority is not being exercised and your freedom is not being used. Knowledge knows where you belong. Knowledge knows whom you must give yourself to. Knowledge understands your real commitments in life and where they must be placed. Any commitments outside of this are essentially weak and unstable and are subject to question. You must question them.

Beyond your practice in stillness and your hourly remembrances of awareness and discernment, again consider your obligations to others. Ask yourself, "Is this relationship appropriate for me?" And if you feel that it is, ask yourself, "To what degree must I commit myself here?" Be careful not to answer your own questions, however, for the real answer is waiting for you.

Practice 44:   One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  Wedding parade forming – The French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana. The following is how it looked underway.

Many relationships in process; may they have been understood then or in process now.

For the continuation of reading material, the next book in Volume 2 of The Message is “Relationships and Higher Purpose”. Six chapters are available as downloads.

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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