STEP 3: SETTING A TASK (PART 1)- FROM THE LOGOPRACTIONERS’ HANDBOOK

Step 3: Setting a Task (Part 1)

Once we have completed the set reading and have made our selection of what we’ve “chosen” to work with, we come to Step 3. This step involves creating a task so that we have something specific to work with over the remaining period of the two-week Logopraxis cycle.

What Step 3 asks of us is to identify a spiritual principle, from our reading of the Text, that we can use to live more consciously with, in our everyday life.

We are seeking to walk a spiritual path that is tied directly to the practice of the Word, which is understood to be the Texts of Divine revelation. These Sacred Texts provide us with descriptions of the spiritual laws or principles that govern the operation of the spiritual world or in Logopraxis terms, states of the human mind. So in Logopraxis we work with tasks drawn from the Text, with the aim of creating conditions that form the basis for opportunities to exercise freedom through self-compulsion.

This requires two things:

  1. Identifying a spiritual principle – Asking the question: “What are the spiritual realities/principles being revealed to me in what I am reading?”
  2. Formulating a task to direct our spiritual practise.  – Asking the question: “Do I know this principle to be true in my life or experience?”

If we can answer yes, then we can test our response by providing illustrations from our life.

But if we struggle to do this, then it could be that the hellish proprium is trying to keep us in the false thought that “knowing is being”.

The fact that there is a particular principle reaching to us in a specific passages or passages in the Text, strongly suggests that despite what we think we might know, the focus of our work for this Logopraxis cycle is to draw a task from this particular principle.

 

Reworking the statement  

To formulate a task, we may need to rework the statement or description we have selected from the Text to make it more readily applicable to the inner life of our mind. This is best illustrated from the Texts themselves. See examples in Appendices 1.

As a general principle, the closer a task or spiritual focus is linked to the actual Text we have selected to work with, the better. Try to get as specific as you can in your work from the Word and where possible try to avoid formulating more general tasks. If we can identify a principle from the Text first then formulating a task that relates directly to the Text is usually something that shows itself fairly clearly.

 

The “In Me” exercise 

In this work of Logopraxis we operate from a principle that all revelation is given to teach us about what exists within ourselves.

Revelation is not to give us information about others.

This means that everything in the Word is relevant. If we can’t see the relevance, we have work to do in order to discover how what is described finds its expression in our life. The spiritual world doesn’t exist outside the human mind – in fact it IS the human mind.  Everything described in the Heavenly Doctrines, applies to the life of our mind.

One simple approach that can help us to think in terms of states of mind rather than of time and space, is the IN ME tool. It works by placing the words “in me” into the Text to focus our attention inwardly instead of a focus that is external.

See Appendices 2 for examples on how to do this with the Text.

The “In Me” approach is offered as a technique to help bridge the natural based thinking that is first present when we read the Text, to a more spiritual based states-of-mind thinking and hence to aid in task setting.  It is a means not an end, and will eventually fall away as you work to receive the Word as the Lord.

 

Removing time, space (or place) and person  

We are told that in order to think spiritually all ideas of time and space have to be removed from our thinking. See Appendices 3 for examples on how to do this when working with the Text.

 

Task Primers 

The following verb primers are offered here to assist Logopractitioners in formulating a task. If we remember that the aim of the task is to set up conditions to observe a specific spiritual principle, then these verb primers will be held as prompts to remember to observe, rather than outcomes that must be fulfilled:

  • to identify the quality of…
  • to be aware of (when)…
  • to reflect on…
  • to accept and consciously acknowledge…
  • to observe my tendency to…
  • to internally decline…
  • to notice…
  • to take note of…
  • to cultivate an awareness of…
  • to reflect on experiences where…
  • to work to …
  • to bring my attention to…
  • to observe the degree of…
  • to remember to ask the question “…”
  • to observe any shift of state when this truth is remembered…
  • to become aware of and refrain from…
  • to consider what is my inner attitude to is…

 

Setting our Task upfront as opposed to working from hindsight 

Working from hindsight with a task is when we review what the week has brought us and then use this to frame a task or connect with the Text. This can certainly aid in getting us started in drawing connections between the Text and seeing it illustrated in our life experience. However, there are real advantages in working consciously with a task so that we allow the Text to shape our life, in the sense of what we actually attend to.

One of the subtle differences that you will notice as to these two ways of engaging with the Text, is that working from hindsight is much more passive. To work up front with a task requires an effort, “…as of one’s self…”, that can open up possibilities for something higher to enter our consciousness when we remember our task.

 

Posting your Task Online 

Once you have your task or work focus, you may wish to post it to the Logopraxis website online. Sharing your task can help others relate to the Text in an expanded way. Posting also helps you commit to a line of action.

The earlier in the session the task or work focus can be set, the more time there will be to do the work of Logopraxis.

 

Persevere

Step 3 can take a couple of days. If you are stuck, it might be an idea to talk to your life group facilitator or other fellow Lopopractioners. They are there to help and will have likely been through a similar experience themselves in their own Logopraxis work.

What often happens when we look to implement a task, is that all kinds of difficulties arise that seem to stand in opposition to doing it, including formulating the task itself. The presence of these difficulties and resistances gives us something to work with and if we do that work from our understanding of the Text, then we are in the experience of the Lord building a new will within our growing understanding of truths. Without resistance, there is no opportunity provided for self-compulsion and the building of a new will in spiritual matters. So from a Logopraxis perspective;

Freedom is the ability to compel oneself to work….

 

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STEP 2: REVIEW AND SELECT – FROM THE LOGOPRACTIONERS’ HANDBOOK

STEP 3: SETTING A TASK (PART 2)- FROM THE LOGOPRACTIONERS’ HANDBOOK

 

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