Friday, October 21, 2016

My responsibility is to Knowledge. Continuation Training Step 43

My responsibility is to Knowledge. CT Step 43 (MP3)

My responsibility is to Knowledge. CT Step 43
One of the things that limits and hinders people is their sense of obligation to others. Discerning what this obligation means and if it is appropriate represents a challenge, particularly at the outset. In the beginning of studenthood, one of the formidable challenges that almost everyone faces is questioning their allegiances to other people and the agreements that they have made in order to see if these allegiances and agreements are really true and represent Knowledge. Here there can be challenges at the outset, for the fear of guilt and repudiation can be very great. And the student of Knowledge does not yet have the self-trust to know that their deeper inclinations are true and that they should follow them. As a result, there can be much wavering and confusion and going back and forth over things that in reality are very clear and obvious.

Therefore, today take this opportunity to make sure that your obligations to other people—-the agreements that you have made, the commitments that you have made, and the assumptions that attend them—-are accurate and appropriate. To your children, you owe a natural devotion and until they are self-sufficient, you owe a commitment of your time and energy. This is obvious. But to other members of your family, the situation can be much cloudier and more difficult to discern.

Therefore, beyond your practice in stillness and your hourly practice in awareness and discernment, consider today any obligations that you feel you have to your friends, your family, or to anyone else who might come to mind. Take time to contemplate this and ask yourself, "Is this allegiance appropriate for me?" The answer is either "yes "or "no." Ask the question and become still so that you may hear the answer.

Practice 43:   One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  Moon over Port Washington, Wisconsin.

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

In the list of chapter names, this is tenth:

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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