Common steps and sub-activities

Patience

We may have eliminated our desires in order to help the process of spiritual experience, but I’m sure most of us will still probably harbour some sneaking hope that, for example, they get to see the garden of Eden [they will], or the palaces in the air [they will] or the rivers of gold, the seas of emerald and the palaces of crystal and glass [they will] – but not for quite some time

How to Know Higher Worlds – Rudolf Steiner

We must strive especially to train our capacity for patience.  Every stirring of impatience paralyses, even destroys, the higher faculties latent within us.  We should not desire or expect to achieve boundless insights into the higher worlds overnight, for then as a rule they will certainly not come to us.  Instead, contentment with even our smallest achievement, along with calm and detachment, should certainly fill our souls.

Certainly, as students, we are understandably impatient to see the results of our efforts.  Yet we can achieve nothing until we can master our impatience.  On the other hand, merely to fight against impatience in the ordinary ways does no good.  It strengthens it.  We would only be deceiving ourselves and our impatience would sink its roots deeper into our souls.  Only if we surrender ourselves repeatedly to a particular thought, making it completely our own, can we achieve anything.  This thought is ‘I must do everything I can for the education of my soul and spirit; but I will wait calmly until the higher powers consider me worthy of illumination…

Patience has the effect of attracting the treasures of higher knowledge.  Impatience repels them.  Haste and unrest achieve nothing in the higher realms of existence.  Above all, longing and craving must be silenced. These are soul qualities in the face of which all higher knowledge shyly retreats.  Precious as higher knowledge is, if it is to come to us, we must not long for it. Moreover, if we wish it only for our own ends, we will never attain it.

The composer always gives us what we need  at the time and for many many months or even years we never see these things, because we need something else.  If we haven’t cottoned on to why we need these other things and ignore them, they will just keep on coming in other formats.  The composer loves to hammer the point home, sometimes one gets the feeling there is  just a dash of frustration with us when we don’t get the message.

How to Know Higher Worlds – Rudolf Steiner

It is no good saying ‘I really want to know about my past life and – for this – I will even study and practise!’

Rather, we must be ready to give up all such desires and must renounce them completely.  We must learn without ulterior motive.  We must be able to rejoice in and be devoted to what we learn for its own sake.  Only in this way can we have an aspiration that brings about its realisation.

So, we have to be patient, content with what we are given and we have to understand what we are told and learn from it.

Patience is a key technique in numerous religions and cultures.  ‘Patience is a virtue’

In the I Ching it is covered by  both GEN  and  XU. Note that the I Ching explores various aspects of patience.  GEN for example, means knowing when to stop and also don’t go too far.  If you have made progress in something -  taken action, built on it and achieved a certain level of success, then stop at this point to rest and reflect.  So Caution followed by Patience.  XU on the other hand means using the time of Patience to build up strength and nourish the body.  

When nothing appears to be happening, you just need faith and patience.

Remember it worked for the Buddha – who of all the people that this technique was used by probably had the most patience of all.

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