Greetings All –
Step 227 - I will not think that I know today. Entry for Step 226 - Knowledge is with me. I will not be afraid.
Greetings All –
BEGINNING STUDENTS ALWAYS THINK THEY KNOW THINGS they don’t know, and they always think they don’t know things they do know. This requires a great deal of sorting out. It requires discovering the true and the false and, through this contrast, learning to separate the two. In time, you will realize the distinction between the true and the false and will not be deceived by the pretense the false can make in its imitation of the true.
REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR TODAY not to think that you know. Thinking that you know is only a form of substitution. You either know or you don’t know. Your thinking here merely supports or denies that which you know. But thinking you know is thinking without Knowledge, which is always mindless and engenders confusion and self-doubt.
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, do not be deceived by thinking that you know. Once again return to the pure experience of Knowledge itself. In stillness and in peace, totally give yourself to your practice today. Knowledge is an experience. It will engender its own ideas. It will stimulate and support those forms of behavior and those forms of self-application which are truly supportive of your true nature. Do not be content with things you think you know, for this is merely another form of denial which will leave you impoverished once again.
PRACTICE 227: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
From the Journal:
More thought and a bit of humor? - Puritan space work ethic.
February 27, 2000 –
3:55 a.m. Up and awake. I need to stretch before I walk. Need to pull that book back. LTWK is what I read prior to bed. It is high on the Puritan space work ethic – they are here, let's get mental. Regional planet – is what I've been working to improve efficiency and equity here.
5:07 p.m. A tired, slow day. Practice #2 – in Chapel – at meditation of sorts, I sense the earth was bothered by fragmentation of the population – it was other than separation from God. RUOW talked about fragments. If DNA is 99.6% same – were there outside influences that led to the racial and cultural differences? Urantia talked about 7 races.
Coming back – about 3:30 p.m. on 522 – after food shopping at Walmart – I observed of myself that "I see that the world can be seen differently (as regions) and now I must say so in a way that is different than the geographical – for it sees the political geography as the basic for eco-regions – Federal and local.
6:40 p.m. Need to go to work for a few hours. A lot will happen this week. I'll do my best. Everything remains crazy – Fred. Co. Contributes to that ---
11:25 p.m. Worked 7 – 10:15 – home 10:30 p.m. Now the unwind. Watching South Park for the first time. - Walking home… how much coordination/integration is possible? Fragmentation… – life – what –
Then there is the Steps page. Paragraph two is underlined as follows:
TODAY PRACTICE ABIDING WITH KNOWLEDGE, which will undo all the habits that have cast themselves against you and the world. Being in life is practice and is always a form of service. Today practice the truth and serve the truth, and in this all errors are weakened.
This note is in the margin: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set ye free.” The test of truth of old here in Greater Community Spirituality.
P.S. At Step 227, 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.