Step Three Hundred and Fifty-Seven
That your true self wishes to express itself is evident in all of your past activities if you will understand them objectively. Everything you have ever said to anyone contains a seed of true expression. Everything you have ever done or attempted to demonstrate contains the seed of true demonstration and expression. You need only purify your expression to have it be complete and truly representative of your nature and, therefore, truly satisfying to you.
Because you are here to express your self, you must also learn how to express your Self, how your true expressions will affect others and how this effect can be utilized appropriately, for your wellbeing and their well-being as well. Here you learn what you wish to express and how to express it. And you also learn to realize its impact upon the world. This requires the cultivation of Knowledge within you, the cultivation of your personal abilities and the transformation of your personal self from being a substitute for Knowledge to being an intermediary for Knowledge. As an intermediary, your personal self must be developed and activated properly. Here it serves a Greater Self within you, as your Greater Self serves the Great Self of the Universe. Here everything finds its rightful place and its uniform expression.
Remind yourself upon the hour that you wish to express your Self and in your deeper meditation experiences, where you come in stillness and devotion, allow your True Self to express itself to you. Beyond words and beyond actions, your True Self will express itself and you will know its expression. You will know that you wish to receive its expression and to extend its expression into the world. The world is the place where you have come to express your Self because the world is the place where you wish to be at home.
Practice 357: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.
I had a powerful experience today as I entered stillness and communed with my Teachers. I understood in no uncertain terms that the physical, mental, and spiritual parts of my self are all valid and part of my expression of my self in the world. Each has its reason to be and there is no need to be ashamed about any part of my self, any emotion, feeling, thought. The point is to be aware of what Knowledge is telling me in this regard, for Knowledge separates the true from the false.