Step 171 - My giving is an affirmation of my wealth. Entry for Step 170 I am following the ancient rite of preparation today.

Greetings All –

YOUR GIVING IS AN AFFIRMATION OF YOUR WEALTH because you give from your own wealth. It is not the giving of objects that we speak of here, for you may give away all your possessions and then have none left over. But when you give Knowledge, Knowledge increases. And when you imbue your gift of an object with Knowledge, Knowledge increases. That is why when you receive Knowledge, you will want to give it because this is the natural expression of your own receptivity.

HOW CAN YOU EXHAUST KNOWLEDGE when Knowledge is the power and the Will of the universe? How small your vehicle, how great the substance that expresses itself through you. How great your relationship with life, and how great, then, are you who are with life. There is no conceit here. There is no self-inflation here, for you realize that you are small and great all at once, and you acknowledge the source of your smallness and the source of your greatness. You acknowledge the value of your smallness and the value of your greatness. You acknowledge all life, then, and nothing is left out of your great evaluation of yourself, which is born of love and true understanding. This, then, is the understanding that you must cultivate over time, realizing again that your efforts to do so are embellished by the efforts of others, who are also students of Knowledge in your world. Even students in other worlds embellish your efforts, for in Knowledge there is no time and distance. Thus, you have great support available to you now, and in this you realize your true relationship with life.

PRACTICE UPON THE HOUR and in your deeper meditations, allow the word RAHN to take you into Knowledge. Silently and in stillness, as you sink into the depths of Knowledge, receive the peace and the confirmation that are your birthright.

PRACTICE 171: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

From the Journal:

6:37 A.M. Monday, January 3, 1999 – Work today – tackle the mess – simplify – create order –

8:25 A.M. Just completed GCW-I for the 2nd time. Since I’ve been doing S2K I got more out of it. It is consistent with many, many of my thoughts & experiences. Gaps are filled in – it does not over promise. Earthlings need lots of help …lot to break through the spell of matter. I really don’t want to go to work – but there is no choice.

Short entry. Reading Greater Community Wisdom I and II, as well as Greater Community Spirituality, provided me a framework for understanding the Steps. More materials are available now, but just using these might be enough for the first time through. The notion that: “YOU ARE UNDERTAKING AN ANCIENT RITE in the reclamation of Knowledge,” did not have a recorded response in 2000, but even today it remains a big thought to consider about the nature of our existence. Let us continue.