Восприятие великой любви

Восприятие великой любви

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Восприятие великой любви – это не то, чем обыкновенный человек занимается каждый день. Однако, Шаги к Знанию побуждают тех, кто ими занимается, именно к тому роду восприятия. Например, кроме восприятия великой любви, их побуждают к тому, чтобы воспринимать то, что они чувствуют и осознают, испытывать великие взаимоотношения и воспринимать великую истину жизни.

В Шаге 24, я имела представление, что великая истина жизни заключается в принятии того факта, что я достойна любви Бога. Шаг 25 «Я – Одно Целое с Великой Истиной Жизни» начинается с вопросом: «Что такое великая истина жизни»? Я это понимаю как некое резюме. Я поведу итоги предыдущего шага, до того как я иду дальше.

В Шаге 25, я должна почувствовать великое взаимоотношение, которое является плодами великой истины. Как я понимаю, это великое взаимоотношение является моим взаимоотношением с Богом моего понимания. Для меня это взаимоотношение и есть чистая любовь, поэтому как я могу не быть достойна её, когда она представляет собой мою истинную суть.

В своих записях к этому Шагу я написала: Всё интуитивно становится ясным по мере того, как я шагаю дальше. Сомнения и скептицизм уже не кажутся существенными. Они могут появляться время от времени, но они почти тут же исчезают, оставляя за собой ощущение уверенности, что я двигаюсь в нужное направление. Это очень импонирует.

Этот Шаг гласит, что я нахожусь в великом взаимоотношении с жизнью, что оно выражается через великую любовь, которую я воспринимаю. А как это осуществлять? Как оно выглядит? Что это всё значит? Что я должна чувствовать и что делать? Очень озадачивает!

Восприятие великой любви

А тут я вспоминаю ещё один текст Нового Послания, который называется «Великая Любовь». Именно этот текст подтолкнул меня к тому, чтобы дальше изучать Новое Послание.

Это чтение дает мне понять, что тут я сталкиваюсь с чем-то вне моего обыкновенного восприятия, с чем-то более глубоким и таинственным.  Я могу только доверять тому, что по мере того, как продвигаюсь, всё становится явным.

Есть Великая Любовь, любовь, которую Бог поместил внутри вас, внутри каждого человека. Эта любовь ждет, когда её обнаружат, ждет когда её начнут выражать и ощущать.

<…> Но вы родились с более глубоким умом, умом Знания. Этот ум не думает таким же способом, как думает твой интеллект. Он видит и знает. <…> Это более глубокий ум называется Знанием в “Новом Послании”, потому что он связан с восприятием прямого познания, взаимосвязи, истинного осознания и настоящих взаимоотношений.

Восприятие великой любви с этой позиции будет осуществляться естественным образом по мере того, как я иду дальше по тому направлению, куда Шаги к Знанию меня ведут.

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Experiencing A Great Love

Experiencing a Great Love

Photo by Olga Frolova taken on Bali

Experiencing a great love may not be something that most people find themselves engaged in on any given day. However, people practicing Steps to Knowledge are encouraged to do a lot of experiencing. For instance, in addition to experiencing a great love, they are encouraged to experience what they feel and know, experience great relationships, experience the greatest truth of life.

In Step 24, I had the insight that the greatest truth of life was accepting that I was worthy of God’s love. Step 25. I Am At One With The Greatest Truth of Life begins with a question: “What is the greatest truth of life?” I take this to mean that Steps are gently nudging me to recall what I experienced in the previous step so that I can elaborate on it in this one.

In Step 25, I am to experience a great relationship which is the product of a great truth. I understand this great relationship to be my relationship with the God of my understanding. This relationship is one of pure love and how can I not be worthy of it if it represents my true essence?

My notes for this Step say: “Things are intuitively becoming clearer as I move from one Step to the next. Doubt and skepticism do not seem real any more, they may surface now and again, but then they disappear like a puff of smoke, leaving a sense of deeper knowing that I am moving in the right direction. I am truly feeling this experience of the Greater Truth of Life and opening myself up to receive it more and more. It is very empowering.”

However, this Step is more than about just recognizing what the greatest truth of life might be, it is about experiencing the relationship I have with it. The Step tells me that I hold a great relationship with life. I hold a great relationship with my Teachers who are within me. And I am preparing to take this relationship out into the world, but first I must experience its source. I must receive before I can give. To share a great love honestly I must be experiencing it.

But what does experiencing a great love mean? What does it mean to hold a great relationship with life? What do these things look like on any given day in any given life? Baffling indeed!

Experiencing a great love

I am recalling at this point another teaching of the New Message from God called The Great Love. This is the first New Message text I ever read and it prompted me to explore the New Message further.

This text provides me with some inkling, some understanding that I am dealing with deeper concepts here, something that goes beyond my customary experience and knowing. I can only trust that as I proceed things will become apparent:

There is a greater love. There is the Great Love, the love that God has placed within you, within every person, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be expressed and experienced.

… you were born with a deeper mind, the mind of Knowledge. This mind does not think like your intellect thinks. It sees and it knows …. This deeper mind is called Knowledge in the New Message because it is related to the experience of direct knowing, the experience of affinity, the experience of true recognition and the experience of true relationship.

I understand from this that experiencing a great love is something that will unfold naturally as I proceed with my practice of Steps to Knowledge.

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A Greater Truth Than This You Will Not Find

You can do nothing alone, for you are not alone. A greater truth than this you will not find.

Any student of Steps to Knowledge who has arrived at Step 78, “I can do nothing alone,” recognizes that from time to time, bold, forthright claims are made regarding certain ideas. The first time the claim is made, students sometimes wonder “Do they really mean that?” When the claim is made again a few steps later, students sometimes think, “Hmm…they really did mean that.” And when the claim is made yet again a few steps after that, students sometimes say to themselves, “Ok, ok! I get it! They really mean that!”

A greater truth than this you will not find

In Step 45, “Alone I can do nothing,” we are told that every accomplishment, every achievement is the product of relationship. Do they really mean that? Step 53, “My gifts are for others” declares “Alone you can do nothing. Alone you have no meaning. This is because you are not alone” Hmm…they really did mean that. Step 78, not only declares this again, but puts a sforzando exclamation point at the end. “You can do nothing alone, for you are not alone. A greater truth you will not find.” Ok, ok! I get it! They really mean that!

What do they mean by “great truth?” Back in Step 25, “I am at one with the greatest truth in life,” we were told that there was such a thing as great truth, and that it was the product of great relationship. When the physicists talk about great truth, they mean something that is true always and everywhere, at all velocities and at all energies. How does it feel to say these words?

I have never been alone. I am not alone. I will never be alone.

A greater truth than this you will not find.

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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not AloneSteps to Knowledge has been examining the nature of individuality from a number of different angles.  In Step 11, “I am not apart from life,” we learn that our total inclusion in life is true.  We are not aware of it, we must reclaim it.  In Step 25, “I am at one with the greatest truth in life,” we are told that great truth is the product of great relationship.  In Step 45, “Alone I can do nothing,” we are told everything is the product of relationship.  Step 53, “My gifts are for others,” hammers the point one more time, only a little harder:

“Alone you can do nothing. Alone you have no meaning. This is because you are not alone.”

In the Steps to Knowledge universe, “alone” is not a proposition with a truth value of false. It is not exactly true to say Steps to Knowledge teaches that you are not alone. It teaches that “alone” is a non-well-formed idea. As if I were to type “susujsdlossw.oAE.lwehjubaFbvl.oSVADFfe!” and demand that you understand, appreciate and celebrate it. (Yes, I was slapping my hands on the keyboard.  I’ve been wanting to do that from the very first time I used the phrase “non-well-formed”)

Suppose you were offered two choices for your destiny.

In one scenario, you receive everything you want.  You receive whatever you believe will make you happy.

In the other scenario, you intensely participate in life, meet every person you came to meet, give every gift you came to give, fulfill your mission in life, and slide into the grave with every last drop of contribution wrung out of your individuality, and the last words escaping from your lips are “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.” Or “I gave what I came to give.”

That’s why I’m studying Steps to Knowledge.

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Can I Take A Step Into A Larger World?

This is the fourth post in a series of seven posts regarding my experience of Step 49 of Steps to Knowledge.  In this step, I am directed to review my practice and experience of the first 48 steps.  I am sharing what I wrote when I did this step, and adding commentary when needed.

Step 22 – I am surrounded by the Teachers of God – “This step presents the Teachers as critters who have just been a little ways further down the road I’m on. I commented further on this step in this book”  I finally got around to writing about my experience of the steps when I did them, when I did step 22.

Step 23 – I am loved, surrounded and supported by the Teachers of God – “I remember finding this Step as unusual (see commentary)”  This is the commentary I wrote at the time: “One thing I find noteworthy about this step is that it I one of the rare (so far) occasions in Steps where something good is said about the student in his current state.  The feeling for me is a feeling of connectedness, a feeling someone wants me to hit the jackpot, to find the great treasure, to win the brass ring.  I have this thought that, generally speaking, the Teachers don’t do flattery.”

Step 24 – I am worthy of God’s love – “I recall having a nervousness about this step.  What great efforts will I have to make to repair my errors?  I didn’t have an answer for that.  I still don’t”  The step said “Your worthiness in the sight of God is unchanged. There is only great effort to repair your errors so that you may experience your True Self so that it may be rendered into the world.”  At this point, slowly backing away from suffering over my errors is a good first step.

Step 25 – I am at one with the greatest truth of life – “I was nervous that the Step said my Teachers are within me.  See above regarding feeling things.”  Steps 22 and 23 went to great lengths to say that the Teachers of God weren’t just mental constructs or helpful metaphors, but actual individuals.  And now they say they are within me?!?  I’ve already written about my issues regarding practicing feeling things here and here.

Step 26 – My errors give birth to my Knowledge – “This step made me have a great deal of respect for the authors.  I wanted to make the pain of my errors disappear, but not learn from them.  They killed off many bad ideas (or incomplete ideas) in one paragraph.”  If I can learn from my errors, I have a good chance of not committing them again.  They killed off the ideas that error non-exists, that error is pure service, and error could be justified.

Step 27 – I have a wisdom which I wish to discover – “I remember the same thing about this step as Step 17.”  On further review, this Step took what was in Step 17 and elaborated on it, so this is hardly surprising.

Step 28 – Review – “I don’t think I’ve had any miracles yet.  I remember being nervous if I had done the Steps as hard, as much as I shoulda.”  The prayer in Step 28 says “I accept the miracles of my life as a demonstration of the presence of Knowledge…”  The word miracle is used exactly twice in Steps to Knowledge.  A miracle is a demonstration of the presence of the great mystery of one’s life.

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Why Do I Need Teachers? Let Me Count The Ways

Learning or downloading?The idea of the Teachers of God was introduced in Step 22 of Steps to Knowledge, and elaborated on in Steps 23, 24, 25, 28 and 36.  They are being mentioned again in Step 47, but as part of larger discussion about the nature of learning.  I quote from the Step:

“You have been prepared through relationships for everything that you have learned, whether it be a practical skill or a deeper insight.”

The way I see this, when anyone has the thought, “Hmm…maybe I should learn more about this particular subject,” if it is traced back far enough, it is another way of saying “Perhaps if I learned more about this particular subject, I could contribute something more to a certain relationship than I am currently contributing.”  The very thought that I should care goes back to relationships.

Even in the area of practical skills, people have things they don’t know that they don’t know about themselves, and they have things they don’t know that the don’t know about the thing about which they want to learn something.  I consider it a miracle that learning takes place as often as it does.

People will vigorously protest that they know how to learn.  But the same people will also vigorously protest that they know how to eat.  I willingly grant that people know how to put things in their mouths, chew them and swallow them.  But how many of these people have health issues because they’re eating too much of this and not enough of that?  And why are they eating too much of this and not enough of that?  Some people’s learning is more profitable than other people’s learning, just like some people’s eating is more healthy than other people’s eating.

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It’s A Group Effort

138 skydivers break the record

What’s a group effort?  Everything.  Everything that matters.  Everything that helps someone.  Step 45 of Steps to Knowledge declares:

“Alone you can do nothing. Nothing has ever been accomplished alone, even in your world. Nothing has ever been created alone, even in your mind.There is no credit to be received by doing something alone. Everything is a joint effort. Everything is the product of relationship.”

Einstein and Michele Besso

We were told back in Step 25 that great truth is the product of great relationship.  This step makes a stronger claim, that everything is the product of relationship.  A conversation between Albert Einstein and Michele Besso in 1905 led to the theory of relativity.

We were told back in Step 12 that our individualities are to express life itself.  In the light of Step 45, it would seem to me that our individualities are for forming the relationships which lead to certain truths and certain accomplishments.  Individuality has a purpose.  But we give it tasks beyond its capabilities.  And when we do that, it hurts.

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What Is This Great Truth?

Dissatisfaction

From time to time, I am not pleased with my study of a step in Steps to Knowledge.  I have an unhappiness that there is something there I’m supposed to realize or experience, that I’m not experiencing.  I feel that way about Step 25 “I am at one with the greatest truth in life” these days.  But instead of trying to analyze it further, I’m going to share something which approaches the step from another direction.

I have already shared the poem “Last Night, As I Was Sleeping” by Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly.  I have had a desire to find music that goes with this lovely poem.  The details can be found here, but to say it succinctly, the music is composed by J. S. Bach, arranged for classical guitar by Rick Foster, and performed by David Franzen.

People seem to have taken a certain degree of enjoyment in this.  And as I think on this, I think that maybe the great truth to which Step 25 is referring is “my true self is not apart from life, my true self wishes to intensely participate in life.”

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Alone Is An Unword In This Poem

Communal Skin

I recall being not particularly happy with my study of step 25 in Steps to Knowledge “I am at one with the greatest truth of life” for multiple reasons.

I was eagerly waiting for a proposition to be proposed, only to be told that this great truth is an experience coming from great relationships.

Steps to Knowledge has already used the word “great” a number of times, and consistently uses it as an descriptive adjective signifying “large” or “larger than other things.”

I was not particularly happy with being told I hold a great relationship with life. On my weaker days, I have a hard time thinking life and I have been very good to each other. On my stronger days, I try to be a little bit better to life, and I recognize that life is trying to be a little bit better to me.

I was not particularly happy with being told I hold a great relationship with my Teachers, who are within me.  Are they merely a mental construct?  That doesn’t seem to go with Step 22 “I am surrounded by the Teachers of God” and Step 23 “I am loved, surrounded and supported by the Teachers of God.”  I was not particularly clear as to what was meant by “within,” and not particularly happy about that.

I was not particularly happy with being instructed to practice feeling this relationship.  I was not happy because I was still struggling with the very premise of practicing feeling something, and the fact that I’ve been given this instruction three times in the first 25 steps, signified to me that this is something about which I need to come to a better resolution.  I was not particularly clear as to which relationship I was being asked to practice feeling.  My relationship with life?  My relationship with my Teachers?

You get the idea.  On the other hand, other students have reported great happiness as they practiced this step.  It would seem that analysis has its limits.  That might be the point.

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