“The challenge is finding the Center Line, the middle ground between hope and fear, between obsession and avoidance, between compulsion and listlessness. Knowledge is the Center Line. Practice returning to the Center Line. Inner Listening, Stillness, objectivity with yourself and others, GC and Great Waves awareness will bring you there.”
“Living is an affluent society, I make sure that I am being affected by the Great Waves as I observe them happening all over the world. This is part of my practice. Holding to the Center Line observing these things is also part…
Ellen_Society: … of my practice. Knowledge has my eyes turned to the world. I am a world Messenger. I cannot take refuge in myself alone.”
“There is a certain toughness that we all will need to face the new world reality without becoming jaded or breaking down. To build this, we have to keep facing it and not retreat into ourselves, into our personal world of desire and consolation. This is part of taking the Steps to Knowledge. This is part of the preparation. We need tough love for a tough world.”
“The tendency to retreat into oneself where no real certainty or happiness can be found is the product of living in Separation. Yet the Great Coordination must call you out of this retreat and bring you into your true role and alignment with others.”
Your study in The Greater Community Way of Knowledge and your diligent application of this Teaching will provide you the means for accomplishing this.” CT Step 76
I AM HERE TO SERVE THE WORLD.
Ellen_Society: Hello to all who are joining us from near and far. You come from so many different countries and perspectives! You bring the gifts of your wisdom; you also bring your honest struggles with the New Message. Thanks to the wonder of this chat, we all help each other to move forward in our comprehension of this vast Revelation.
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Maureen_Boulder: At the risk of being long-winded: Over the years, I’ve been contemplating the mind, how it works and how to work with it. How do I “redirect my mind”? How do I harness this wild horse of a mind I have?
I’ve taken note of the instruction in the last paragraphs in our Steps practices. They use the word “allow” frequently. How does one allow? What takes place in the mind to accomplish that? “Practice feeling the strength of your own will.” “Enter stillness” is another – as if there is a door we go through. Marshall once said: “When your mind drifts away or falls into despair, bring it back. You have this power, but you must use this power to find it and know that it is there.” Two more directives “bring it back” and “use this power.”
I’ve been reading a book called, “mindsight-The New Science of Personal Transformation. It stresses the idea of consistently focusing the mind and that that action “activates neural firing, which in turn leads to the production of proteins that enable…
Maureen_Boulder: … new connections to be made among neurons, in the process called neuroplasticity.”
My ‘aha experience” was that there is science behind Steps to Knowledge. These consistent and intention-driven efforts on our own behalf, in essence, enable us to “see a different world” – to break the bonds of habits of thought, to direct and use our mind rather than be used by it. “Mindfulness is a form of mental activity that trains the mind to become aware of awareness itself and to pay attention to one’s own intentions.” This is a quote from “mindsight” but I see it as a description of part of what Steps to Knowledge does for us.
Am I accepting a low-quality form of meditation just to check it off my list? What is my intent when I say “Nasi Novare Coram” today?
You still have all the problems of living in the physical reality: the problems of providing for yourself, the problems of establishing stability, the problems of learning how to communicate effectively with other people. But you are now being guided by a real power within yourself. And this will allow you to feel that your life is meaningful and has a real purpose and a real destiny, even if you cannot define these things for yourself.” Deepening Your Spiritual Practice
“The Watchtower is a spiritual practice, something you learn to do. You sit quietly and watch the world without judgment and without conclusions. You sit quietly and watch others without judgment and without conclusions, trying to feel the mental environment, listening for Knowledge as you do so. Here you listen to others. Instead of being caught up in your conversation, you listen to hear and to experience their deeper nature and their true condition at this moment. Here you are not judging them. Instead, you are discerning them. You are present to them. And if this is carried out correctly, you will learn a great deal about them in a short time. You will also feel compassion towards them; you will understand them, and you will not deny their humanity.
May the power and presence of Knowledge guide you and bless you and teach you what is good from what only looks good, and show you the real current of your life and the pathway to connect with others. Only Knowledge knows these things, and it is these things that you most desperately need. May this power guide you, correct you, restrain you and prepare you for a greater life and a greater service to the world.
What major challenges or obstacles to daily practice are you experiencing? What do you find stands in your way, and how do you feel at this point that you can resolve these obstacles?
Now I’m realising that I can do something similar in various mental environments, where I can listen intently to someone else and still come back to my own mental baseline, as long as it is…
And it is important to be able to switch these abilities on and off, so as not to be going around picking everything up! Thus I must stay inner-directed, with Knowledge: “Watch the world and listen within yourself.” Deepening Your Spiritual Practice
“For you were sent here for a greater purpose, and that purpose is kept by Knowledge within yourself, awaiting the time when you would have the maturity and the seriousness about your life to sincerely inquire and to prepare for the emergence of this Knowledge.”
Levy_Brazil: @Mike, by a miracle, found the original comment here, about the “key”:
Reed_Society: @Janette, @Shawn — As time goes by and as our lives change and reposition, as the prevailing need in our life shifts, like a wind or a current changing beneath or above us, calling for us to go a different way, I feel its so important to go back into the message, to go scan the list of single Revelations and Chapters and to see what calls to you, at that moment. Each Revelation and Chapter is like a navigational key, meant for a certain aspect of our development, at a certain time, and that to identify that text, to go read it several times, really engage with it, really hold your life up to it and let it shine through, this is critical. A number of times in my life, it was going to read one single revelation, or even to read one line in a revelation, that dislodged me from a stuck state, that compelled me to act without assurance, or that gave me the courage to press beyond an inner/outer…
Reed_Society: … can help fill your sails and keep you moving on the oceans of life, but it requires really going into a single place in the Revelation, and really responding to it what it is saying, responding in action, in decision, in commitment.(2:49PM)
Ellen_Society: I learned that STEPS TO KNOWLEDGE itself would show me what I was resisting and not seeing.
I found that Step 2 perfectly described the human dilemma: “Knowledge is with me. Where am I?” This Step demonstrates profoundly why the study of STEPS TO KNOWLEDGE is so needed.
Steps then began taking me, gently but relentlessly, out of that dilemma. When I hit Step 282: “ I will learn to accept the responsibility of carrying Knowledge in the world.” I knew this Step was providing me with a great turning point. I began that shift within myself of realizing that I had a responsibility here.
Darlene_Society: Over the years I have struggled with the “stillness” demand, but now I have felt the “engagement” to be about relationship…in practice to give myself, to be with Someone, not just me in my chair trying to be still, to be a good meditator or condemning myself when my mind wanders. There is relationship there. I am feeling that more and more, and giving myself to that engagement is primary for me now…and it carries over to being with another, it is the relationship that I have been open to and giving myself to…the “touch” as Wisdom refers to it. It is all about relationship…
“When you practice in meditation, you come to give yourself to it, and there is a response because your Teachers come to give themselves and that is the touch. That is where you touch each other. I give to you, you give to me and we share our mutual giving.” Wisdom I, Ch 15, Giving I
I’d like to provide a little historical perspective on STEPS TO KNOWLEDGE.The story of Steps is an epic one. It is a multi-millennia-long, awe-inspiring story of how Knowledge is at work in the universe. Down through the ages, this Steps pathway has been entrusted to other worlds in the Greater Community whose intended destiny was to keep Knowledge and freedom alive. That story is continuing to unfold into current time.NEVER BEFORE has it been gifted to this world, and it is a great honor that it is now bequeathed to us. It arrives in our hands directly from the Angelic Assembly, with great hopes and expectations that we will receive it with reverence. It represents a true life-preserver to the human family and it comes at a critical time.Will we recognize this enormous gift for what it is?… Honor it’s remarkable journey and its promise throughout the galaxies? Will we hold onto that life-preserver for dear life, and allow it to support us as we swim strongly…
Ellen_Society: … to shore?
There is currently a Great Coordination effort, launched with the intent that this be so. We, as students of the New Message, are a part of that Great Coordination.
May we stay true to this great Journey.
I am doing the minimum only meditate,because I cannot go out in the world without meditation,making the connection with the deeper part.
And I feel I need to overcome this habit,going beyond this.
For me it is the same part of me I connect with when I was falling apart,putting myself together,knowing that this was a huge opportunity to learn.It is this part that I experienced as a deep unending well of strength.
But now I am not falling apart like then.
It must be the knowing of urgency really feel this,that can act.
It is Knowledge the part of me that have never left God.
Carol_Society: REMINDERS for today:
Just 3 weeks away! The 2017 STEPS VIGIL, May 26 – June 14, 2017.
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Today’s Chat transcript will be posted at the end of our discussion.
Ellen_Society: There is a very extraordinary fact about Steps to Knowledge. It is a book that is ever fresh, ever relevant to what we are going through on any given day. It is a book containing such depth and breadth of wisdom that it seems to know us intimately, and to know precisely what we need in the moment.
Even after decades of study, I am astonished to find this is always true! Each Steps’ uncanny vision and piercing wisdom support our journey with exquisite care – and occasional prodding. This is true whatever our background and history, whatever our culture and patterns. Such a phenomenon is only possible from a New Message from God.
Jansett_Boulder: “Our teaching is very simple. It takes time, it has many steps, but it is very unified. You can always come back to it. It is like an old friend who waits for you while you stop by the side of the road to ponder and think and imagine and dream. Then you come back and say,“Okay, let’s go on together.” And you go on together.
“All you can do in life is move with the purpose of your life or hesitate. Hesitation is unpleasant if it is prolonged, but Knowledge waits very patiently. Believe me, when I say you must wait for Knowledge, think how much Knowledge must wait for you! But because Knowledge is not trying to become anything, it can afford to wait.
“Your purpose here is to discover Knowledge and to allow it to guide your life. That is one way of saying it. Knowledge contains your true identity and your specific function in the world—what you are really here to do. It contains the Wisdom and the Love that you have brought with you. It is not the Wisdom you can personally…