|Accepting Your Role in Life|
Accept the world today as it is, not as you want it to be. With acceptance comes love, for you cannot love a world that you want to exist. You can only love a world that exists as it is. Accept yourself now as you exist, and true desire for change and advancement will naturally emerge within you. Idealism justifies condemnation. Recognize this great truth, and you will begin to have a more immediate and profound experience of life and of that which is genuine and not based upon hope or expectation but upon true engagement.
Therefore, in your two 30-minute practice periods today, concentrate on accepting things exactly as they are. You are not condoning violence, conflict or ignorance in doing this. You are merely accepting the conditions that exist so that you may work with them constructively. Without this acceptance, you have no starting place for true engagement. Allow the world to be exactly as it is, for it is this world that you have come to serve.
Practice 55: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.
People are all at different stages in their evolution, and violence, conflict and ignorance are an inevitable part of the human condition, without them we would not know peace, beauty, good, and knowledge.
And again I return to optimism. I am optimistic that peace and harmony and Knowledge with prevail in the end. So although I accept the conditions that exist, accept the world as it is, I am always looking for the positive, embracing the good, seeking ways to reach a higher level of compassion and unconditional love (while also remaining impartial), seeking ways to make a positive contribution to the whole, to move along with humanity up the evolutionary ladder.
Perhaps this all sounds a bit lofty and also a tad naïve, but it is where I am at today.