Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I will not take my freedom for granted. Continuation Training Step 69

I will not take my freedom for granted. CT Step 69 (MP3)

I will not take my freedom for granted. CT Step 69
What freedom you enjoy is a privilege in the universe. Perhaps you live in a place where freedom is taken for granted, where everyone assumes that it is everyone’s right. But freedom has been hard won, and defending freedom has been difficult throughout time. Perhaps you have not been through these trials, but you know of people who have.

Freedom is precious, particularly the freedom to experience and to express Knowledge. This is an even greater freedom than the freedom to move about, to choose your occupation, or to marry who you wish to many or to say what you wish to say without fear of severe retribution. Yet even these lesser freedoms are important.

Yet, if it is genuine, freedom brings with it responsibility, a commitment to give, accountability to others and a dedication to service. Freedom without these things is not freedom. It is avoidance. It is true freedom that must be protected and preserved. You lose your freedom every day when you lose contact with Knowledge, when you are lost to yourself, when you act in such a way that betrays your true understanding, when you say things you don't mean to say and do things you don't really intend to do and when you follow others mindlessly out of fear and concern.

In the study of Steps to Knowledge, you are in the process of regaining a real freedom and all the power and grace that accompany it. In the Greater Community, such freedom is rare, for advanced societies do not exercise this kind of freedom as a rule. Only in rare cases does this happen. In the universe, there are greater forces and greater powers, worldly powers. Their dominion is built upon conformity and control. You will encounter them. Some of them are in the world today. What a contrast this will be. It will show you how valuable your freedom is, why it must be honored and preserved and why your understanding of it must be correct and not corrupted.

Consider this today. In addition to your practice in stillness and your hourly practices, consider the value of your freedom.

Practice 69:   One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  Luggage pickup area - Denver International Airport. Travel freedom is common now, our use of it only restrained by lack of funds and/or vacation time, as opposed to being held back by external restrictions. It is something not to be taken for granted.

For the continuation of reading material we go to Other Revelations of the New Message from God that have not yet been compiled by The Messenger into volumes and books. Next in the list as of this date is:  God’s Ancient Covenant with Humanity

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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