|“I will not be concerned about myself today.” Step 156|
Step 156 - I will not be concerned about myself today. (MP3) Entry for Step 155 - The world blesses me as I receive.
Greetings All –
Step 156 - I will not be concerned about myself today. (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
SELF-CONCERN IS A FORM OF HABITUAL THINKING, born of negative imagination and of errors that have not been corrected. This compounds your sense of failure, thus influencing your lack of self-trust and self-appreciation. Our lesson for today, then, is to fortify that which is genuine within you. If you are with Knowledge, Knowledge will care for all things that require your attention. Think not that anything will be left unattended to that is for your own behalf. All needs of a greater spiritual nature and of the most mundane nature as well will be met and understood by you, for there is no neglect in Knowledge. You who are accustomed to neglect, who have not used your mind properly in the past, who have not been able to see or hear the world, can now be comforted, for you need not have concern for yourself today.
FOR THIS YOU MUST EXTEND YOUR FAITH and your trust that Knowledge will provide for you. This in time will allow you to receive the gift of Knowledge which will dispel all doubt and confusion. You must prepare for this experience. In this, you must extend your faith and trust. Be confident this day. Recognize those things that require your attention, even if they be of a mundane nature, and attend to them well, for Knowledge is not seeking to take you out of the world but to bring you into the world, for you have come here to give.
FORTIFY YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF TODAY’S IDEA by repeating it upon the hour and giving it a moment of true consideration. Fortify your practice today by utilizing it in your deeper practices where you enter stillness and silence. You can only enter stillness and silence if you are without concern for yourself. Thus, your commitment to give yourself to your practice is an affirmation of the safety and the certainty that abide with you.
PRACTICE 156: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
From the journal:
9:30 a.m. Sunday, December 19, 1999. Much to do today. It is hard to tell if I’m making progress on S2K. I’d like my life to be more stable so that I can advance Regions Work. We don’t have the data to do that. …
Community precedes cooperation.
→S2K today “The world blesses me as I receive" – I now receive greatly from the rich creation and have received such from birth. As I began to understand my wealth years ago, the richness of this particular environment, I felt the grace of God. I wasn’t w/o problems – and I’ve had richness there too in the past two years at work – forever with David & Sarah – I still see/feel/sense with the S2K expansion of ACIM – that I am blessed. I want to share this with others.
Amen & Amen
This was a strong step. In the Steps book I diagram relationships, seeking to visualize the relationships presented.
You may have already done this, or can do so in the future. There are many relationships to consider in our learning. The notion of "Being without question" comes from ACIM.
Journal second time x2 Step 155. 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 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.