Step Three Hundred and Fifty-Six

This bush has several names - snowball, guelder rose, arrow-wood. 
There are several bushes in my garden. Here it is called "калина" (kalina).

Step 356. I Will Find My Self Today.
Your self is greater than your current capacity to experience it. Yet, within your current capacity you can find your Self and experience it. Remember that this is your great desire. Remember this upon the hour. Remember that you want to find your Self, for without your Self you are lost in your own thinking and in the erratic thinking of the world. Without your Self, you will feel as temporary and as changeable as the world. Without your Self, you will feel as threatened and as threatening as the world. Therefore, your true desire is to reclaim your Self and with your Self all things that are inherent within your Self that are born of your one True Source, that are expressed through your Knowledge and that live within your Ancient Home.

Today in your deeper practice periods, come again to Knowledge. Come to give yourself. Come to worship. Come in devotion and reverence so that you may increase your capacity to experience yourself, both within your meditation practice time and within your time in the world. You have come into the world to reclaim your Knowledge and to allow your Knowledge to express itself. You will then express your Self, for you are in the world to express your Self.

Practice 356: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Here you will find the entire book free for download

Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.

June 12, 2014 Round One: I am realizing that no matter how much I think I know my self, understand my self, know where I am coming from, I have still not experienced this to the full. I have still not experienced this in the way Steps presents it. This is the essential point I feel I am still missing. For indeed it is greater than anything I can get my head around. And I sense that when I eventually find my self, it will be like a homecoming, I will understand my True Home, I will understand Knowledge, I will understand God. But for now I am still lost in my erratic thinking and imagination, I am still feeling around in the dark. I must accept this and not comfort myself with grand illusions that I have already found my self. I have not found my self yet, by a long shot, but I have the desire, determination, and dedication to do this.

August 3, 2015 Round Two: The question is not so much “Who am I?” but “What am I?” I am not a “someone,” an individual, a personality, I am a “something,” a vehicle for spreading light in the world, a vehicle for spreading good in the world, a vehicle for spreading love in the world, a vehicle for spreading Knowledge in the world. This is what I need to strive for, not personal enhancement, fame, or recognition. 

Steps are showing me how to make a potent contribution to the whole, how to do my part to enhance humanity as a race, how to reclaim Knowledge, recognize it, and ignite that recognition in others. 

I do not know how to do this. All I can do is follow the instructions as they are given, dedicate myself to my practice, and strive to increase my capacity to experience my Self, my Self being the part of me that exists beyond the physical and mental environment, the spiritual, eternal part.


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