Step One Hundred and Thirteen

Step 113. I Will Not Be Persuaded By Others.
Any mind that is more resolved than yours can persuade you and cast an influence upon you. There is nothing very mysterious about this. It is simply the result of one mind being more concentrated or focused than another. Minds have relative degrees of influence upon one another, depending upon their concentration and depending upon the kind of influence they exert. Let Knowledge persuade you, for that is the greatness that you carry. Let not the opinions or will of others persuade you. Let only their Knowledge influence you, for only this can influence your Knowledge. This will be quite different from feeling dominated, manipulated or persuaded by others.

Therefore, keep to yourself. Follow Knowledge. If another stimulates your Knowledge, then give that individual your attention so that you may learn of the true powers of persuasion. Yet, let not the persuasions of this world—its grievances, its cherished ideals, its morality, its demands or its compromises—influence you, for you are following Knowledge, and you need not follow the persuasions of the world.

Remind yourself of today’s idea upon the hour and practice stillness deeply in your two meditation practices today. Allow only Knowledge to persuade you, for this is all that you need to follow in the world.

Practice 113:
Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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April 10, 2013 Round One: This is an important Step for me since I tend to allow myself to be influenced by what other people say and by other people’s opinions, and consequently doubt myself. I want to be able to distinguish between the influence Knowledge is having on me and the influence exerted on me from worldly sources and be able to distinguish between what is true and what is false. My experience has been, however, that even though I may be initially misguided by the persuasions of the world, when I address Knowledge and allow it to manifest within me, I am inevitably led back to the true path.

November 13, 2014 Round Two: I have made definite progress since the last time I did this Step. I am definitely less persuaded by others. I feel more grounded with a deeper sense of myself and my truth. I am better at recognizing Knowledge in others and allowing only this to influence me. I cannot say this happens all the time, but in general and on the whole I am beginning to distinguish between the true and the false. I am recognizing what comes from Knowledge and not allowing the opinions or will of others to influence me and persuade me to think or act in a way that goes against my grain.

I entered deeply into stillness today and it felt very potent.


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