Follow those things you already know to do. Listen to your self-talk. Listen to what you say to yourself. “Oh, I know I need to do this. I know I need to do that.” But you’re not doing it. So why would anything new be given to you if you’re not already doing what you know to do?
Marshall Vian Summers speaks on following what you know you must do without waiting for guidance, as part of the great practice of Steps to Knowledge. Recorded on March 16th, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado.
Follow those things you already know to do.
Listen to your self-talk. Listen to what you say to yourself. “Oh, I know I need to do this. I know I need to do that.” But you’re not doing it. So why would anything new be given to you if you’re not already doing what you know to do? Already you have lots of work to do. The New Message is full of directives, process, everything. I mean, you couldn’t do it all, possibly. But at any given moment you have a lot of work to do, both on the inside and the outside.
There shouldn’t be any wondering what to do. Look at your physical condition. Look at your mental condition. Look at how and where you live.
Look at the state of your relationships. Then there’s all the particulars of life that need to be managed or maintained. So at any given moment you got lots to do. And if you’re sitting around wondering what to do, you are not present. And if you’re not doing those things, then you can ask for the moon, but…it’s like asking for the moon.
We’re given the idea of the Four Pillars of life: the Pillar of Relationships, the Pillar of Work and Providership, the Pillar of Health and the Pillar of Spiritual Development—all to be built, all to be sustained because your life is only as stable as the weakest Pillar in your life.
And the beauty of that whole balance, that Four Pillars like the legs of a table, is like the antidote to eccentricity and self-obsession. At any given moment, one Pillar’s going to require more effort than the others. But they all have to be maintained, and this takes a lot of work, and this engages your mind, and this keeps you stable in the world.
Steps to Knowledge begins with the Step: Knowledge is with me. Where am I? So incredible. That’s the problem. And the rest of the Steps to Knowledge is about solving that problem.
You should never be waiting for guidance if you’re doing what you know to be doing. The next thing will come to you when you are ready. When you have completed these sets of tasks, brought these things in order, something else will come to you to do, or to undo, or to change, or to repair, or to resolve. There’s no waiting for guidance.
And the things you know you need to do, some of them are not easy—going to take some time. You’re gonna have to get to work and sustain something.