Step Ninety-Six


Step 96. God’s Will Is For Me To Be Unburdened.
God’s first step in your redemption and your empowerment is to unburden you from things that are not necessary for your happiness, to unburden you from things which cannot possibly satisfy you, to unburden you from things which only cause you pain and to lift from your head the crown of thorns that you wear, which represents your attempt at fulfillment in the world. A Greater Will exists within you that wishes to express itself. When you experience this, you will finally feel that you are known to yourself. You will finally experience true happiness, for your life at last will be integrated. You must be unburdened to make this discovery. Nothing of value will be taken from you. It is not God’s intent to make you lonely and forlorn, but to give you the opportunity to realize your true promise so that you may proceed with strength and true motivation.

Therefore, accept this first great offer to unburden you from the hopeless conflicts that you attempt to resolve, from meaningless pursuits which lead you nowhere, from false promises of this world and from your own idealism which paints a picture the world cannot possibly support. In simplicity and humility the greatness of life will dawn upon you, and you will know that you have given away nothing for something of the greatest value.

Upon the hour repeat this statement and think about it. Observe its meaning in terms of your current circumstances. Observe its demonstration in the lives of people all around you. Observe its reality in terms of your own existence, which you are now learning to witness objectively.

In your two longer practice periods today, attempt to concentrate on this idea and apply it to your life specifically. Actively engage your mind and try to think of the meaning of this statement in terms of your current ambitions, your current plans, and so forth. Many things may be cast in doubt as you do this, but realize that Knowledge is not affected by your schemes and plans or by your hopes and disappointments. It is only awaiting the time when it can emerge naturally within you, and you will be the first recipient of its great gifts.

Practice 96: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.



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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.

March 19, 2013 Round One: I am realizing more and more how lucky I have been in my life so far. I was reading Healing Relationships yesterday and realized that none of my relationships in the past or present have hampered me in any way, I have always had the freedom to move with Knowledge. And this realization speaks to me in this Step because I see how it has been God’s will for me to be unburdened. Dare I even go as far as to say that I feel known to myself and that my life is integrated? Maybe so… I won’t rush to any hasty conclusions though, but continue my studenthood and allow the Truth to emerge.

October 19, 2014 Round Two: Life is meant for enjoying, not for suffering through. I have always believed that I make my own misery, so if I can do that, I can just as easily free myself from my own fetters. No one says I need to suffer and be miserable. It is all a state of mind anyway. Even in physical prison, I can choose to be free. No one and nothing can put a weight on my mind unless I allow them to. No one can make me wear a crown of thorns, let alone place that crown on me themselves.
"A Greater Will exists within you that wishes to express itself. When you experience this, you will finally feel that you are known to yourself."
I cannot say with any complete confidence that I am known to myself, sometimes I fall back into doubt. But I take comfort in what Dan, another person inspired by Steps to Knowledge, wrote “And those precious moments where ‘you will finally feel that you are known to yourself...’ Savor those! You're going to have to refer back in times of doubt!"

Have I experienced this Greater Will that wishes to express itself? I don’t know. Are there still things that shackle me, keep me burdened, that I am not aware of? Could it be there are things I do on a daily basis that confine me and stop me from experiencing this Greater Will? Maybe so.
"Knowledge is not affected by your schemes and plans or by your hopes and disappointments. It is only awaiting the time when it can emerge naturally within you, and you will be the first recipient of its great gifts." 
 I too am waiting in anticipation of this time.

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