Step Three Hundred and Eighteen
The world demonstrates its errors with gravity and magnitude, but these errors are offset by the presence of a Greater Power in the world. Without this Greater Power, humanity would not have evolved this far. Without this Greater Power, all that has been good in your manifestations, all that has served and inspired humanity and all that has spoken of the greatness of Knowledge, directly or indirectly, would not have occurred. The Greater Power in the world has allowed the evolution of humanity to continue and has kept Knowledge alive in the world through individuals such as yourself who, through the spark of their own Knowledge, have been called into preparation so that Knowledge may be reclaimed and expressed and thus kept alive.
Therefore, have hope because a greater power is in the world. But do not think that this makes you passive. Do not think that this lifts from your shoulders the responsibility that always accompanies the reclamation of Knowledge. This Greater Power in the world requires that you be prepared to receive it and to express it. Your voice is its voice; your hands are its hands; your eyes are its eyes; your ears are its ears; your movement is its movement. It relies upon your preparation and upon your demonstration, as you rely upon it for certainty and as you rely upon it for purpose, meaning and direction. Thus, it is through your reliance upon Knowledge and Knowledge’s reliance upon you that your union with Knowledge is made complete.
Upon the hour remind yourself that a Greater Power is at work in the world. Think of this as you look upon the world in its ambivalence and error. Think of this when you look upon the world in its magnificence and its inspiring expression. If you will but look without judgment, you will see the amazing presence of Knowledge in the world. This will give you confidence in the world as you are now learning to have confidence in yourself.
In your deeper practice periods today, re-enter your sanctuary where you come to give yourself to a Greater Power that is in the world and that is within yourself. Allow your mind to be still so that you may receive and experience this Greater Power in your life. Here you learn to receive that which receives you. Here you learn to recognize that which receives the world and which gives the world its only true hope.
Practice 318: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
But I do know that there is a Greater Power at work in the world, that there is a Greater Power at work in my life, that there is a Greater Power at work within me. During my meditation today I entered the sanctuary where I commune with this power, with Knowledge, with my Teachers, and with my Spiritual Family, and really felt it. I pray that as this power becomes more manifest through me, it will reach those waiting to reclaim it too.
"When you undertake a spiritual practice, you soon discover how chaotic your mind is and how your thoughts vary from one thing to another without any kind of consistency or purposeful direction. You come to recognize that there are certain patterns of thinking which lead to patterns of behavior and that this is part of your conditioning from being in the world. So, working with the mind is a great challenge. To be able to still the mind, focus the mind and direct the mind's great resources is a tremendous challenge and one that requires preparation, practice and application.
"Let me begin now by giving you an idea of what a healthy relationship with your mind can look like. You have this mind that seems to overtake you, distract you and dominate you. It seems to govern your feelings and direct your actions, almost on its own. You begin to realize this when you begin to recognize that you have a vantage point beyond the mind from which you can observe and direct it.
"After all, if you can observe the mind and direct the mind, you cannot be in your mind.
"You are out of your mind, so to speak.
"This is a very important discovery and will lead you to realize that you have a relationship with your own mind. Up until this time, you were not aware of this relationship. The mind simply told you what to think and what to do and you did that, rarely thinking that perhaps you had a choice in the matter.
"Your mind was stimulated.
"It responded, and you did whatever it directed you to do. However, when you reach the point where you realize that you can stand outside your mind and observe and direct it, then you will realize that you have a relationship with your mind.
"To prepare you to work with the mind and to have a genuine relationship with the mind as well as with the Greater Power within you, The Greater Community Way of Knowledge is being provided. Without this kind of preparation, you could not do it. Try as you may to have good behavior and positive thoughts, you would not be able to escape your dilemmas because you could not establish yourself outside of your mind effectively. You could not establish a new foundation, a new vantage point, a new position.
"This requires assistance beyond yourself, not just friendly encouragement from those who appreciate you, but real assistance from those who possess a greater spiritual power. They provide their presence, their inspiration and the practical means for your accomplishment.
"You either choose to prepare or you do not."
Working with the Mind