Step One Hundred and Eleven



Step 111. Today I Will Be At Ease.
Be at ease today knowing that Knowledge is with you, knowing that your Teachers are with you and knowing that your Spiritual Family is with you. Let not anxieties or the burden of concern take you away from your practice today.

As you move through the day, practicing upon the hour, remind yourself to be at ease, for Knowledge is your guide now. If it is untroubled, you need not be troubled. Release yourself from habitual preoccupations, from habitual bondage. Strengthen your resolve to do this and it will become easier in time. Then it will happen all by itself most naturally. Your mind has habits of thought. That is all they are. As they are replaced with new habits, Knowledge will begin to shine through the structure that you have imposed upon it. Here Knowledge will begin to shine forth, to guide your actions, to lead you to insight and important discovery and to give you a greater strength and certainty than you have ever known.

In your hourly practices, therefore, utilize your self-discipline on your own behalf. In your two meditation practices, remain very alert but with a still mind.

Practice 111: 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.

April 7, 2013 Round One: Again I am on the right Step at the right time. I was ready to allow myself to fall into past unproductive habits of thought today, but this Step suggests that I replace them with new habits, habits that allow Knowledge to shine through and show me a deeper Truth. I find I am able to hold onto this new way of thinking and allow burdens and anxieties to fall away. They only serve to trip me up and keep me bogged down in the mire of past self-blame, self-judgment, and self-accusation. My past habits of thought are so unproductive and only cast doubt on where I am today. I choose to embrace the new habits offered by Knowledge and be at ease, knowing with certainty that I am being guided and led toward new insights and greater discovery.

November 11, 2014 Round Two: I am at ease today, but being at ease does not mean allowing myself to be lulled into a false sense of security, allowing the wool to be pulled over my eyes, or allowing myself to be led down the garden path. I am keeping a healthy dose of skepticism under my pillow. I am at ease when I don’t feel as though I am allowing myself to be drawn into some form of mass hysteria. I am at ease when I am aware of my own truth and am not influenced by others. I am at ease when I refuse to take the next dose of “opium for the people.” I am at ease when I remain true to my own self.

During my practices I felt my Teachers and Spiritual Family with me, but am I only believing what I want to believe? The mind is capable of conjuring up anything it wants, but is it true or not? I am full of doubts and questions today. This state is not upsetting my equilibrium though, I can still be at ease and questioning. In fact because I am questioning, I am at ease, it means I have not ultimately gone off my rocker.

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