|I shall listen to my experience today. Step 15|
Step 15 - I shall listen to my experience today. (MP3) Entry for Step 14 - Review
Greetings All –
I shall listen to my experience today. Step 15 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
REALIZE THAT THE TRUE CONTENT OF YOUR MIND is buried beneath all that you have added since the day you were born. This true content wishes to express itself in the context of your current life and current situation. To discern this you must listen carefully and in time realize the difference between the true content of your mind and its messages for you and all the other impulses and wishes that you feel. To separate thoughts from Knowledge is one of the great accomplishments which you will have an opportunity to learn in this course.
THE ONE PRACTICE TODAY OF 45 MINUTES will be devoted to inner listening. This will require that you listen without judgment of yourself, even if the content of your thoughts is disturbing. Even if the content of your thoughts is disagreeable, you must listen without judgment to allow your mind to open. You are listening for something deeper than the mind, but you must go through the mind to get there.
PRACTICE 15: One 45-minute practice period.
Picture: Bear paw prints on the Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park. If you see paw prints, what might your experience offer?
Yesterday: Step 14 - Review
As it turns out, I did the Review a day late - July 10, 1999. Here is what the journal looks like - hope you can read it. Yes - green ink - kind of distinctive. I use a mechanical pencil now - ink pens don't do well on airplanes.
A reference is made to Krishnamurti, who dealt with the "what is" in many of his talks. I was introduced to his work about 1970. I've not read his works for years, but his clear thinking and writing were very helpful to me. There is an online repository of his teachings.
The important thing in Steps is to keep moving. One wants to get everything out of a Step, but that really isn't possible.
Journal 2nd Time Step 14. This is for those who have completed Steps once. Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life experience, including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing my first year Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence you in advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying: “I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully, I was taught this practice in 1989.
P.S. If you’ve some interest due to this or other 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. You can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in order in the archives - one post per Step.
Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. 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.