Step Fifty-Six


Step 56. Review
In today’s review, review the past week of lessons and your involvement with them. Try to understand that though progress may appear to be slow at first, that which is slow and even will progress greatly. Involvement that is consistently applied will give you the straight line to your accomplishment.

In your review, we again remind you to refrain from self-judgment if you have not met your expectations. Merely realize what is required to follow the instructions as they are given and involve yourself with them as fully as possible. Remember that you are learning to learn, and remember that you are learning to reclaim your self-worth and your true abilities.

Practice 56: One long practice period.

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Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.

January 14, 2013 Round One: This review confirmed my involvement and showed me that I am indeed refraining from self-judgment. I still find I am looking for or expecting instant results, well, perhaps not instant, but rapid. However, events are unfolding in such a way in my life that I am learning patience and learning to trust that the answers come, the path opens up with greater clarity at precisely the right time. All I need to do is be open to receive the answers and assistance when they come. And they do. This is my experience. And I am trusting more fully the Knowledge that is slowly but surely being revealed to me.

September 3, 2014 Round Two: I am less inclined to want or expect rapid results this time around and I am still working on getting past self-judgment. I feel I am making progress in this area though. I am learning to appreciate myself just as I am, for I am beginning to remember that I am more than my physical self. If I was aware of my spirituality before, it was vague and unformed. Now my consciousness is awakening to the recognition that I have a source beyond the physical plane, I have a Spiritual Family, I am part of a much greater whole. This removes the need for self-judgment.

Something that has begun filtering into my awareness over the past week of Steps is the importance of direct experience over the mental constructs I build for myself. This crystallized for me when I opened Secrets of Heaven this morning at p. 193 and read:

"It is the tendency within this world—and indeed within all worlds—to identify with a concept of a belief, to identify with a thought system, instead of preparing yourself for a direct experience. Indeed, some thought systems claim that this is their goal. Yet the experience must come first. If the experience does not come first, the thought system will be the goal and not the means towards attaining something greater. Therefore, do not even have a concept of Spiritual Family. It is merely terminology we use because it is relevant to your experience here. Spiritual Family is an experience."

This review revealed to me that I am making progress, not in leaps and bounds perhaps, but I feel I am getting there, slowly but surely. 


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