Greetings All –
Step 287 - With Knowledge I cannot be at war. Entry for Step 286 - I carry stillness into the world with me today.
Greetings All –
WITH KNOWLEDGE YOU CANNOT BE AT WAR. You cannot be at war within yourself or with others, for with Knowledge there is only Knowledge and there is confusion in the world. Confusion does not require attack. Therefore, with Knowledge you are not at war, for you have one mind, one purpose, one responsibility, one direction and one meaning. The more your mind becomes uniform, the more your external life will become uniform as well. How can you be at war within yourself when you are following Knowledge? War is born of ambivalence where opposing value systems conflict with each other to gain your recognition. Competing ideas, competing emotions and competing values all wage war on one another, and you are caught in the middle of their great battles.
WITH KNOWLEDGE ALL OF THIS IS ESCAPED. With Knowledge you cannot be at war within yourself. In time, all of your self-doubt, uncertainty, fear and anxiety will wear away. As they do so, you will increasingly feel that you are not at war and will enjoy the full benefit of being at peace. This will enable you to turn your eyes upon the world with the full force of your involvement, for all of your mental and physical energy will now be available for you to contribute to the world. What you will contribute will be greater than your actions or your words, for you will carry stillness and peace into the world.
HERE YOU WILL NOT BE IN OPPOSITION TO ANYONE, though others may choose to be in opposition to you. Here you will not be at war with anyone, even if others choose to be at war with you. This will be your greatest contribution, and this is what your life will teach through demonstration. Here Knowledge will bestow itself upon the world and teach the great lessons that you are now learning to receive for yourself. This teaching will occur naturally. You need not force it upon the world, and you need not attempt to change anyone else, for Knowledge will accomplish its true task through you.
UPON THE HOUR REALIZE THE MEANING OF TODAY’S IDEA and realize the power of Knowledge to end all of your suffering and eventually the suffering of the world. In your deeper practice periods, return to your great sanctuary and once again become a recipient of Knowledge in openness and humility. Then, you will be able to carry your abiding relationship with Knowledge into the world with greater and greater certainty. Then, what needs to be contributed will radiate from you effortlessly.
PRACTICE 287: Two 30-minute practice periods.
In a Steps discussion today I said, “Stillness is as mysterious as Knowledge. We need it to get to Knowledge. To be still in the world is contrarian. Opposite to the speed of the world.”
In the text it says:
“CARRY STILLNESS WITH YOU INTO THE WORLD. This will enable you to be truly observant. This will enable you to see the world as it is. This will enable you to diffuse the world’s conflict, for here you are teaching peace by being at peace.” This is a marvelous promise in Steps, one that we experience briefly, here and there, and which provides the motivation to continue. To be at peace in the world is a life goal.
This is one in a series of subtle Steps. The path rises just a bit.
The journal this day in the year 2000, says nothing of the Step, but reflects my soul orientation.
7:30 a.m. April 28, 2000
Mom called in the middle of my stillness time. Dad had again put her over the edge. He's 82 – she's 75 – he's slower and more forgetful – and stubborn – according to her.
Organize by locality & region to enhance networking – locating peers, working with neighbors.
Balance the trend to fragmentation with integration. To re-wholify the world.
Holy, Holy, Holy – Lord God Almighty – God is the whole – we are fragments of the whole – we need to see the macro whole in the micro.
Localities, as fragments, may experience economic growth and thus feel whole, vibrant, center of the universe – but that will ebb and flow with shifts & changes in population.
I need investment for my ideas – the Regions Work initiative – or Local Planet Regions.
11:50 p.m. Bought "The Invisible Touch" by Harry Beckworth. The goal is to figure out my product.
I do make up words – “re-wholify,” which you may do as well. It is your journal. Make up your own language; just remember what the words mean. Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 287, we are into Part Two of Steps, so if you’ve found this and find some appeal in this or other Steps, you should really go to the beginning blog post. From here you learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense and then progress as needed. You can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in order in the archives - one per Step.
Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts here provide a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys. There are options as well through the Free School of the New Message.