Greetings All –
Step 160 - The world is poor, but I am not. Entry for Step 159 - The poor cannot give. I am not poor.
Greetings All –
THE WORLD IS POOR, BUT YOU ARE NOT POOR. Regardless of your circumstances, this is true because you are reclaiming the wealth of Knowledge. Understand, then, the meaning of impoverishment. Understand, then, the meaning of wealth. Do not think that those who possess more objects than you are in any way wealthier than you are, for without Knowledge they are impoverished and will acquire things only to offset their misery and uncertainty. Thus, their impoverishment is compounded by their acquisition.
THE WORLD IS POOR, BUT YOU ARE NOT, for you have brought Knowledge with you into the world where Knowledge has been forgotten and denied. Thus, in the reclamation of your own wealth, the world will reclaim its wealth as well, for you shall stimulate Knowledge in all, and their wealth will begin to reveal itself in your presence and in the presence of Knowledge which guides you.
THEREFORE, DO NOT ASK ANYTHING OF THE WORLD save what few material things you need to fulfill your function. This is a small request in light of what you have come to give. And if your demands are not in excess of what you need, the world will gladly render them to you in exchange for a greater gift which you possess.
CONSIDER THE IDEA FOR THE DAY UPON EACH HOUR. Do not let any hour pass without this recognition. Strengthen your resolution to use each practice in all circumstances of the day so that your life may be meaningful in all of its events. In your two longer practice periods today, enter into stillness and peace to learn more of the wealth that you possess.
PRACTICE 160: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Today’s practice says: “In your two longer practice periods today, enter into stillness and peace to learn more of the wealth that you possess.” In time, this becomes a practice that can be done whenever needed. Sometimes it will occur spontaneously.
From the Journal:
Wednesday, Dec 23, 1999
8:45 A.M. … late to work, no practice time. What am I learning – need to keep schedule. I was encouraged by an e-mail from Germany and responded to that.
In the woods, on the path last night, it was still and quiet, except for the leave crunching as I walked, the babbling of the creek where there was water, and the highway and jet engine noises of passage.
10: 15 p.m. Tired today? Tonight – Tomorrow Christmas Eve. Time for practice #2 – I need more silence? Perhaps.
Holidays do make life busy. These are the Holy Days. The Meaning of Christmas is a message that is of note for this time. You might be interested here in June. A few underlines on the Steps page. Let us continue. In the first year of Steps there is much to experience and other things to let go of. It all takes time. Good thing we are not destitute.