Friday, November 18, 2016

Let me become aware of the mental environment in which I live. Continuation Training Step 71

Let me become aware of the mental environment in which I live. CT Step 71 (MP3)

Let me become aware of the mental environment in which I live. CT Step 71
You live in a Mental Environment as well as a physical one. The Mental Environment is filled with forces and thought forms, generated by thinking beings everywhere. You have experienced this. You experience it every day. Walk into any house, any building, any place where people are congregated, and you will experience the mental environment of that place--an environment that is created through the predominating thoughts and interactions of the people who dwell there.

Become sensitive to your environment. Feel it wherever you go. Out of doors, the mental environment dissipates, though places in genera can have an overall feel to them, depending upon what has occurred there in the past and what the prevailing ideas are in that particular location.

Indoors particularly and in close proximity to others, you will experience a unique mental environment. Some of these environments you will find agreeable. Some you will not find agreeable. The question to ask yourself is, "Where do I need to be?" Sometimes you need to be in a disagreeable place to understand it, to discern it and to learn further about the forces in the mental environment. These are forces that influence you every day and that on many occasions govern you completely. This is an essential part of your preparation for the Greater Community, where the emphasis on control of the mental environment has been developed to a far greater degree than is apparent in your world. Here you can practice everywhere you go because everywhere you go, there is a mental environment. With everyone you spend time with closely, you create a mental environment

The question to ask yourself is, "Is this the right place for me to be?" If it is the right place, then you must begin to learn about where you are. How does it feel? What are the characteristics? What are the prevailing notions, ideas or sentiments that exist there? What do they motivate in you? Do they encourage you? Do they discourage you? Do they make you feel stronger? Do they make you feel weaker? Do they dissipate your energy or do they charge your energy?

Beyond your practice in stillness today and your hourly practice, carry on this investigation and do not forget. This is a day of practice, a day to deepen your understanding and to gain new skill and authority in your life.

Practice 71:    One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  O'Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois.

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:  Love and Relationships

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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