Step 16 - Beyond my mind is Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 15 - I shall listen to my experience today.

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Beyond my mind is Knowledge. Step 16

BEYOND YOUR MIND IS KNOWLEDGE, the true core of your being, your True Self, not the self that you have constructed to negotiate the world, but your True Self. From this True Self come thoughts and impressions, inclinations and direction. Most of what your True Self communicates to you - you cannot yet hear, but in time you will learn to hear as your mind becomes still and as you develop the necessary refinement of listening and discernment.

TODAY PRACTICE IN THREE PERIODS OF 15 MINUTES EACH. Listen more carefully than the day before. Listen for deeper inclinations. Again you must listen without judgment. You must not edit anything. You must listen deeply so that you may learn to hear.

PRACTICE 16: Three 15-minute practice periods.

Picture:  Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park – March 23, 2015

Forty-five minutes is a long time to listen, if you've not done it before. There is important direction in this Step: "You are listening for something deeper than the mind, but you must go through the mind to get there." We who undertake this practice are all headed in this direction.  

From the Journal:

No notes on this exercise, but it was done at the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is where Edgar Cayce did his work and "...founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries—all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce."
  Main A.R.E. building and library.

View from the meditation  room.

 Labyrinth walk in courtyard of original building.

Always an interesting place. They should consider Steps to Knowledge.

At “From The Mystery” I am blogging the second time through Steps. Yesterday I shared a technique I'd used to help me in remembering the Step of the day in the world of work as follows:

I may not have mentioned this before, but I am a fan of using 3 x 5 inch index cards as study aids and to capture ideas. This journey through Steps I began two sets, one for Steps review, which was the topic yesterday:

The second set is something that was done each day – writing on a card the Step of the day. When doing hourlies, I’d just take the card out of my shirt pocket – and have the sentence.

I used both sides of the card. It is a bit old-fashioned in the age of smart phones, but it would still work in many cases. A few extra blank cards can be carried for those flashes of insight that you’ll want to have captured and later put in your journal.

Let us continue.

Journal 2nd Time Step 15.  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.