Step 106 - There are no Masters living in the world. Entry for Step 105 - Review
Greetings All –
THERE ARE NO MASTERS LIVING IN THE WORLD, for Mastery is attained beyond the world. There are advanced students. There are students of great accomplishment. But there are no Masters living in the world. Perfection is not found here, only contribution. Whoever remains in the world remains to learn the lessons of the world. The lessons of the world must be learned not only in your individual life, but in a life of contribution as well. Your genuine education far exceeds what you have realized thus far. It is not merely the correction of errors. It is the contribution of gifts.
THERE ARE NO MASTERS LIVING IN THE WORLD. Therefore, you may relieve yourself of the great burden of attempting or requiring Mastery for yourself. You yourself cannot be a Master, for life is the Master. That is the great difference that will make all of the difference for you when you come to understand its true meaning and benefit.
IN YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, think of all the individuals that you have considered to be Masters—individuals you have met, heard of or imagined, individuals in the past and individuals living presently. Think of all the qualities that have made them Masters and how you have used them to judge yourself and to evaluate your life and your behavior. It is not the purpose of advanced students to become the criteria for self-condemnation by those of lesser capabilities. That is not their gift, though they must understand in time that their gifts will be so misconstrued.
ACCEPT YOUR UNBURDENING as we remind you that there are no Masters living in the world. In your two longer practice periods, try to realize this. Try to realize the relief that is being given to you. But do not make the mistake of thinking that this leads to passivity on your part, for greater than ever will be your involvement in the reclamation of Knowledge. Greater than ever will be your commitment to the emergence of Knowledge. Now your involvement and commitment may move forward more rapidly, for they are becoming unburdened by your idealism, which can only lead you astray.
PRACTICE 106: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Yesterday: Step 105 - Review
This is a surprise: “There are no Masters living in the world.”
From the Journal:
12:02 A.M. October 30, 1999 – The detail of this illusion – wonderful.
… The greater question is – where are my peers? Those with whom I can explore and experience the potential of this environment.
Honor the gap – the difference between spiritual vision and manifestation. Earth as a spiritual/manifestual (?) laboratory. …
The planet earth is the greatest whole we experience I the physical. It is also local relative to our solar system. It is local in its entirety. Without going into psychic dimensions, it has no other divisions.
5:30 p.m. At little Bear for the weekly review. This has been quite a week. Going to stillness is often spontaneous for a short time. I am coming to feel the power of the S2K and, looking ahead to next week, have a sense of where it is going. Review #105 for today clearly states: “This is your greater purpose in life to keep Knowledge alive in the world.”
6:15 P.m. I’ve reviewed the lessons, my journal entries during the week and sense a shift on my part to understanding.
This parallels ACIM – but moves my soul along. ACIM may be too complex? I don’t know – Amen & Amen
11:57 p.m. My time in the woods today was fine. It was a shame to have to leave it… I felt I could be there for thousands of years as a stone – Su-Ne or Patience –
So, what did I get out of the week, as reflected in the review? There were some understandings – underlined here in the pages and related notes. The Steps are working inside – not all comes to the surface articulated.