Saturday, October 1, 2016

Today I will use conflict to deepen my experience of Knowledge. Continuation Training Step 23

Today I will use conflict to deepen my experience of Knowledge. CT Step 23 (MP3)

Today I will use conflict to deepen my experience of Knowledge. CT Step 23
Use conflict today to remind yourself that there is only Knowledge and the need for Knowledge. Using this approach gives you a way to see beyond the complexities that confuse people at the outset. This will enable you to see into the deeper nature of the human predicament and your own predicament.

Because the world is emerging into the Greater Community, you need these greater capabilities. This is not merely for those who are gifted and wise. It is not an option. It is essential for the continuance of humanity and for the freedom of humanity. Developing these greater capabilities then becomes essential rather than optional. They are primary to life. With this understanding, you will be able to see that they are at the forefront of your own personal priorities rather than something that you easily forget or that you have to be reminded of as you go along.

You are sent to serve the world. To do this, you must recognize conflict But you must approach it in a certain way or you cannot be a force for resolution. For conflict will draw you in and will overwhelm you, and you will not be able to understand it. You will give your power away to it. You will give your awareness away to it. It will overwhelm you and you will be lost to it. See this around you. The evidence is everywhere. See how even today you are captivated by things that upset or disturb you to the point where you cannot see, you cannot know and you cannot retrieve yourself back to a position of discernment.

In your practice in stillness today, you can see this. Learning how to clear the mind and to quiet the mind can sometimes seem to be a great effort because the captivation has already occurred. Somehow you got swept downstream, and now you have to go downstream and find yourself and pull yourself out of the water because you got washed away! And though the current may be strong, you must pull yourself ashore. Practice this in your hourly practices. Consider this today.

Practice 23:   One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation – Middletown, Virginia ~ Dedication of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Cedar Creek - January 31, 2003. Memorializing the conflict that occurred here during the Civil War was part of my work. Preservation of the landscape and buildings for their historic value also benefitted water quality and habitat in the Shenandoah Valley. Knowledge worked here to unite many disparate goals, as the preservation of fields can be beneficial from many perspectives, the heritage-minded and environmentally-minded.

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

In the list of chapter names, this is second:

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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