Step Three Hundred and Forty-Seven
Douglas said he thought of a rose in the context of this Step,
and I just happened to take this picture in my garden the other day.
Allow your life to unfold today. Without your own internal disorientation, without the darkness of your own imagination and without your own confusion and conflicts, you may bear witness to the unfolding of your life. Today represents a step in the unfoldment of your life, in the emergence of your Knowledge, in the cultivation of your true comprehension and in the expression of your true accomplishments. Be attentive this day and learn to observe your outer life and your inner life objectively. In this way, you may experience what is truly there, and you will love what is truly there, for what is truly there is true and reflects love itself.
Upon the hour remind yourself to observe your life unfolding. Within your deeper meditation practices, in stillness and receptivity, observe your inner life unfolding. Observe your outer life and inner life unfolding together as they must. Here you will feel the movement of your life. Here you will know that your life is being guided and directed. Here you will know that all things that you truly value and hold most dear and everything that we have indicated in our preparation thus far are coming into being. Here you allow certain things to fall away and certain things to emerge. Here you govern the part of your life which is yours to govern, which is your thinking and behavior. Here you allow that part of your life which you cannot govern, which is your purpose, meaning and direction, to naturally emerge and express itself. Here you bear witness to your life, which this day is emerging and unfolding.
Practice 347: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
June 3, 2013 Round One: "In this way, you may experience what is truly there, and you will love what is truly there, for what is truly there is true and reflects love itself."
This is precisely what I am experiencing today!
My life is unfolding perfectly, just as it should. I affirm this today.
July 25, 2015 Round Two: “Here you will know that all things that you truly value and hold most dear and everything that we have indicated in our preparation thus far are coming into being.”
I have been in a “down-on-myself” mode lately, but interestingly enough, it has not been debilitating. Rather I am looking at myself more realistically, I am taking myself down a peg or two, for sometimes I really think more of myself than I should. It is not necessary for everyone to like me. People in a different space are not going to, and really I am a small insignificant speck, not to be noticed or thought about. And that is okay, in fact, that suits me fine. I like looking at myself critically, but not feeling sorry for myself or beating myself up, just seeing myself realistically – no more, no less.