Истина просветится

Истина просветится

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Истина просветится, когда я успокою шум в голове и прислушиваюсь к Знанию.

В тот день, когда я занималась Шагом 32 Истина со мной. Я её чувствую из книги «Шаги к Знанию», у меня было прозрение, то, что можно назвать случаем, когда истина просветилась.

Я написала следующее в своих записях в связи с этим Шагом. Я поделюсь этой записью тут. Можно принимать за чистую монету, без анализа, без разбирательства. Надеюсь, что и для вас истина просветится.

«У меня было прозрение. Вот те крылатые слова о том, что мы все – одно целое, вдруг стали мне совершенно ясными, понятными. Само собой разумеется! Существует один вселенский дух, можно его назвать Богом, и этот дух вселяется в каждое тело при рождении, чтобы испытывать человеческую жизнь и приумножить свое знание. Значит, тело имеет второстепенное значение и в принципе без разницы какой у него внешний вид, какие таланты, способности, качества, ведь дух – один. Тем самым, мы не разделены, мы являемся единым духом, испытывая разные жизненные реалии в разных телах и таким образом потихоньку пополняем клад общего знания в качестве частицы целого духа мы называем Богом. И после смерти физического тела, мы возвращаемся в состояния духа. Это нас избавляет от зависти, ненависти, ревности, бессердечия, и всяких других негативных эмоций потому, что мы все исходим от единого источника и каждый опыт является ценным. Трудно описывать словами, но, как мне чувствуется, тут истину просвечивается в мой ум».

Истина просветится

Шаг 32 гласит о том, что нужно прочувствовать истину, не размышлять над ей, а прочувствовать её. Я должна усердно заниматься, не давая себя отвлекаться или разубеждаться.

Более того, я могу заниматься разными видами дыхания, чтобы проникнуть глубже, чтобы выйти из рамок обычных мыслей. Я лично не получаю результата от этого занятия. Может, у меня просто не хватает терпения, может, у меня просто нет навыков и умения правильно приминать приемы дыхания, может, я просто не достаточно стараюсь. Тем не менее, я сумела успокоить свои мысли до той степени, что истина просветилась. Когда такое случается, нет никакого сомнения, или отрицания, я просто чувствую истину до костей своих.

Так я воспринимаю это дело сегодня.

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The Truth Will Shine Through

The truth will shine through

The truth will shine through if I let it.

The day I practiced Step 32. The Truth Is With Me. I Can Feel It of Steps to Knowledge, I had an experience that I can only call an instance of the truth shining through.

I wrote the following in my notes for this Step. I will share it with you in its entirety as written on that day to be taken at its face value. No analysis, no trying to figure. I hope the truth will shine through for you.

“Now I understand the previous step more clearly. It is as I felt it was. And it is true that I can feel the truth and that it shines into my mind and into my emotions when I allow it to. For me, this is absolute.

“I had this revelation. The whole ‘we are all one’ thing suddenly became clear to me. Of course! There is one universal spirit that is God, and it enters every new body that is born to have a human experience and multiply its knowledge. So the body is entirely secondary and it does not really matter what its physical appearance, talents, gifts, and attributes are, because the spirit is one. So we are not separate, we are the same spirit having different experiences in different bodies and thus gradually adding to our universal knowledge as part of the entire spirit that is called God. And we all return to that state of spirit after our physical body dies. This removes all need for envy, hatred, jealousy, unkindness or anything else negative, because we all come from the same source and every experience is valuable. It is hard to put into words, but I feel this is the truth that is shining into my mind.”

The truth will shine through

Step 32 asks me to practice feeling the truth, not thinking it, but feeling it. I am to adhere to this practice conscientiously, letting nothing distract or dissuade me. Douglas shares his Step 32 practice of feeling the truth here. I think what he shares is very pertinent and worth revisiting.

I am also asked to use my breath to take me deeper, take me beyond my throughts. Personally, I do not find breathing practices very satisfying. Perhaps I just don’t have the patience, perhaps I just don’t have the skill and know-how to apply the techniques properly, perhaps I just don’t try hard enough. However, I feel I was sufficiently successful at stilling my mind to allow the truth to shine through when I did this Step. When this happens there is no denying it, I just feel it to be true.

This is my understanding today.

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Practicing Stillness

Practicing stillness is building a road to where things are known

Between Step 8, “Today I will be still,” and Step 69, “Today I will practice stillness,” Steps to Knowledge directs students to practice stillness on 13 separate occasions. My mind has a hunger to know, “Am I doing it right?”  Did I pick the correct internal point on which to concentrate?  Am I using the breath in the correct way? How do I know if I’m doing it right?  What am I supposed to experience?  But all these questions contain words or phrases related to judgment, such as “right,” “correct” and “supposed to.”

Practicing stillness

I believe that for many students, the experiences of these 13 different occasions of practicing stillness will vary greatly.  I think that is a good thing.  If students are observing their practice, they will notice when they were more devoted and when they were more ambivalent.  That’s a good subject for investigation.  Some stillness practices might have been disrupted by the physical environment.  Sometimes the mind is particularly insistent about something. Sometimes a number of things came together, and a small vacation is successfully taken from one’s mind and its concerns.  Getting from Step 8 to Step 69 involves discovering that stillness takes away a great deal of suffering and drama, and is thus a worthy enterprise.  Getting from Step 8 to Step 69 includes collecting data on what helps stillness and what hinders stillness.

Someone is reading this and thinking, “Well, what’s your stillness practice, Mr. Student-of-Steps-to-Knowledge?”  I’m happy to tell you, but I make no claim that it will work for you.

I sit on a comfortable couch.  If I am practicing stillness at night, I keep the room dimly lit with indirect light from outside the room.

I program the session by mentally saying once at the beginning of the practice period, “With each breath, I become more still, for I am worthy of stillness.” When my mind insists that I think about something, I mentally say “I will consider this later, but for now I will be still, for I am worthy of stillness.”  This is using the idea from Step 32, “The truth is with me. I can feel it” of taking a small vacation from one’s mind.  I imagine these thoughts floating up to the surface of my mind, as I sink further down toward the depths.

I steal a couple of pages from the playbook of A Course in Miracles.  Somewhere around Lesson 50, there are a number of Lessons where the practice is to “find the light within you.”  Another direction is to “sink back within the mind,” as if I am headed for the depth of the mind where things are known.  Therefore, what I consider to be stillness appears as an inner brightness to me. As I become more still, I regularly see my body in my mind’s eye, stretched out straight, my arms pointed to my left and right, rotating in all three dimensions, as if I was attempting a fancy 10-meter platform dive down to the depths of my mind.  I don’t understand why this is the case, but there it is.

I believe the fruit of a stillness session is being a little less unhappy about whatever I was most unhappy about the most before the stillness session.  I believe the fruit of a stillness session is being a little bit more open to different solutions to the problems I face. Practicing stillness is a good way for me to become a little calmer and more rapidly adaptive in life.

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Can I Make My Soul A Little Bigger?

This is the fifth post in a series of seven posts regarding Step 49 of Steps to Knowledge, where I am directed to review my practice of the first 48 steps.  I am sharing what I wrote at the time I did this review, with additional commentary as needed.

Step 29 – I will observe myself today to learn of Knowledge – “I remember I started exercising the day I did this Step.  When I’m doing more observing, less judging, Knowledge sneaks in in an unguarded moment.  I didn’t do very well in practicing exactly on the hour, but I practiced a good bit.  I commented on this Step.”  Starting to exercise was definitely a positive development.  Yes, I consider unguarded moments to be valuable.  I now use the alarm on my cell phone to remind me of hourly practice.  It’s a great conversation starter.  I don’t believe my private commentary on this step will be all that helpful.

Step 30 – Today I will observe my world – “Again, like the day before, I didn’t do the Step hourly, but I did it a lot, I considered the possibility of looking on the collapse of America without judgment.”  If you either know me, or read this blog, then you have observed or surmised that I have a certain amount of fondness for, or attachment to, the United States of America and the ideals it seeks to embody.  Contemplating the possibility of looking on the collapse of America without judgment took a great deal of stretching my soul beyond its previous dimensions.

Step 31 – I wish to see a world I have never seen before – “I recalled the ‘Judgment and love are opposites…’ step from ACIM [A Course in Miracles].  I also recalled the John Lennon song ‘Watchin’ the Wheels Go Round.’  Again, I wasn’t good on timely practice, but I practiced a lot.”  Lesson 352 in the Workbook for Students in A Course in Miracles is “Judgment and love are opposites.  From one come all the sorrows of the world.  But from the other comes the peace of God Himself.”  This is more of what I mean when I talk about the overlap between A Course in Miracles and Steps to Knowledge.  The actual title of the John Lennon song is just “Watching the Wheels.”  I find it much less angry than many earlier John Lennon songs.

Step 32 – The truth is with me.  I can feel it. – “I remember mocking this Step, saying the line from 2001 ‘The truth is with me, Dave.  I can feel it.’  I believe there was a big gap between the day I did 31 and the day I did 32.  Holidays?  I commented on this step.”  When Dave Bowman is shutting down the HAL 9000 computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL says “My mind is going, Dave.  I can feel it.”  Did I need some comic relief? I shared my further commentary on Step 32 here.

Step 33 – I have a mission in my life to fulfill – “I remember not enjoying this step, because I was ok with the idea, but never seemed to fulfill it.  I remember thinking it could mean I would be a fanatic, my life organized around my great mission.  On the other hand, I might be fanatic, but normal about it.”  I seem to have issues with either being a fanatic, or being thought of as a fanatic.  Did St. Joan of Arc have a problem with people thinking she was a fanatic?

Step 34 – I am a beginning student of Knowledge – “I remember this Step taking away the pressure from the last Step.”

Step 35 – Review – “I did the Review.  Looking without judgment is the current answer to everything that stinks.”  I remember making the phrase “I will look, but I will not judge” into a little song that I sang over and over around the time I did this step.

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What Does The Truth Feel Like Now?

Great waves

I have a number of things to say about step 32 of Steps to Knowledge “The truth is with me.  I can feel it.”

The practice of this step is a recap of the practice of step 18, “Today I feel the truth arising within myself.”

This step offered two separate strategies for getting past the constant restlessness of the mind.  One is using the breath.  There are much more sophisticated breath techniques that people use, than what is being offered here.  The other strategy doesn’t have a formal name that I know, but I call it “consoling one’s mind.”

“If something permeates your mind and you have difficulty releasing it, tell yourself that you will look at it a little later, but that right now you are taking a small vacation from your mind.”

I don’t know whether this works for other people, but my mind finds this comforting.

This is a step where I wrote down something about my experience of doing this step in December of 2010.

“What does the truth feel like?  I can only speak for myself.  The truth doesn’t feel like the truth value of any particular proposition.  The truth feels enormous, far greater than anything I could feel at any given moment.  The truth feels in motion, up to something, purposeful.  The truth feels like it will take me to other parts of the truth, if I am in its motion, if I am in its current.  The truth bears witness to itself, supports its greater purpose.  So I am seeing the image of the ocean currents, as my image of the truth.  I haven’t seen these words in this order, but I grasp, ‘In stillness, truth is felt.’  And a very comforting feeling it is indeed.  The feeling that truth can be felt is a very comforting feeling.”

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.