Wednesday, November 2, 2016

There are forces in the world which I must comprehend. – Continuation Training Step 55

There are forces in the world which I must comprehend. CT Step 55 (MP3)

There are forces in the world which I must comprehend. CT Step 55
There are forces that affect people in the world that you must comprehend. You must gain an understanding of why people all think the same, why they have the same attitudes, why they use the same words and phrases, why they have the same responses, responses that do not come from Knowledge, why they hold to the same assumptions without question, why they follow one another blindly around, why they act mindlessly and foolishly and why they hurt themselves and other people.

If these forces were not in the world, the world would be a place of Knowledge and would be totally unrecognizable from what you see today. So clearly you must understand the forces that limit you and hinder you if you are to advance. Do not claim that they are beyond your scope or beyond your comprehension, for this is not true.

Therefore, today think about these things. Do not assign a cause to a person or an institution. Do not say, "Well, the government is this, and the government is that." There are greater forces. Yes, they can manifest through individuals, organizations, groups, authority figures and so forth. But really, what is this power? Why is it so effective and why do people succumb to it so easily? How is it being used by those who wish to control others? And how does it control those people who are doing the controlling?

Do not try to answer these questions, for this is an exploration. The important issue here is that you are asking the questions, not that you are giving yourself the answers. In your practice in stillness, let all questioning go. Practice upon the hour, using awareness and discernment.

If you are advancing in this curriculum, you will begin to feel and sense things that you only intermittently felt before. You will sense the presence of forces. You will feel influences within people and around people. You will see that there really are counter-productive forces in the world. They can act through people. They can act independently of people. This is why you feel good in certain places and not so good in others. This is why one place does not feel like every other place, why one person does not feel like every other person. For Knowledge to be so thwarted in the world, there must be significant forces opposing it. Today begin to explore what this could mean and where this could possibly come from.

Practice 55:    One 30-minute stillness practice.
                         Contemplation practice.
                         Hourly practice.

Picture:  The Prada and Louis Vuitton fashion houses are visible here at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. Is fashion something that makes people think the same? A mental environment we should be concerned about?

I have several pictures to choose from. The lead picture shows many people. An aspect of America where a lot of people think and act the same is housing.

Approach to Love Field, Dallas, Texas, showing suburban development.

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. First in the list as of this date is: The Burden of the Messenger

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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