Step Three Hundred and Fifty
Raspberry picking in the forest near Krasnaya Ushna, Russia
Step 350. Review
Keep in mind that important change is gradual and often goes unnoticed until its results become evident. Realize that minor or insignificant change often involves great emotional upheavals where people think that something tremendous has just happened. The greater change is deeper and changes everything. Small, incremental change affects your point of view immediately, but its overall effect is not that lasting. The only exception to this is when your Teachers intervene into your personal sphere to demonstrate their presence or to deliver a message of potency that you absolutely require at that moment. These interventions are rare but can occur on occasion when it is required for your own behalf.
Therefore, view the overall movement of your life. View your life unfolding. This is preparing you for the future, for this program is preparing you for the future. Everything that is taught here you must utilize and reinforce, and you must practice both within the scope of this preparation and far beyond it as well. In your longer practice period today, become a wise observer of your own development. Recognize where your practice needs to be strengthened. Realize that this emanates from your Knowledge. Follow this to the very best of your ability as we now approach the final lessons in this stage of Steps to Knowledge.
Practice 350: One long practice period.
The thing that came through the strongest for me in this review is that I am strengthening Knowledge within me not only for myself, but also for the world and my Spiritual Family. This is not just some personal endeavor for my own personal growth, but a contribution to the evolution of humanity in this world and beyond it as a whole. If I become ambivalent and faint-hearted, I am not only letting myself down, I am hindering the progress of everyone.
It was so appropriate for me that Maureen chose to focus on Step 348 today at the Steps Vigil and brought up feelings – allowing ourselves to feel, to be with the feelings that arise within us and how essential this is to knowing anything. How we are learning to just be in the world together. This is the crux of what I feel I am learning today as I enter the final lessons.