Greetings All –
Step 234 - Knowledge serves humanity in all ways. Entry for Step 233 - I am part of a Greater Force for good in the world.
Greetings All –
KNOWLEDGE ACTIVATES ALL MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES for good. It directs all manner of individual pursuits that are for the benefit of humanity. In the arts, in the sciences, in all endeavors, in the simplest gesture and the greatest act, Knowledge demonstrates a greater life and strengthens all of the highest qualities in individuals who are engaged with it.
BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE IS GREAT, you do not need to associate it only with great things, for the expression of Knowledge can permeate even the smallest word and the tiniest gesture. Thus, they too can have the greatest impact upon others. The power of Knowledge within one individual is to activate the power of Knowledge in other individuals and thus stimulate and support the regeneration of life within minds that are living in separate fantasies. Within the world you cannot see the overall potency of this, but you can experience it within your own life and see it demonstrated within the context of the relationships with which you are now engaged.
DO NOT THINK YOU KNOW. You either do or you do not. Remember this, for the opportunity for self-deception is still with you because you have not yet been willing to face yourself completely, fearing that what you would find would discourage or destroy you. Yet, when you face yourself completely, all you will find is Knowledge.
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY allow yourself to enter stillness once again, utilizing the methods that you have learned thus far. Do not allow anything to distract you from your purpose. You are part of a Greater Force, and this Greater Force is supporting you.
PRACTICE 234: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Today, again reading this Step, it is a no-brainer to want to be in the “Greater Force for good in the world” as opposed to “the forces of dissonance.” On the Steps page, I begin by indicating in the margin, “no trouble” relative to the understanding.
From the Journal:
5:39 a.m. Sunday, March 5, 2000 –
Joe Callahan – show the product, then let people ask who did it.
I have entered stillness – seemingly alone – but now envision a sphere – the stillness point – from a variety of places, times and teaching resources – lessons – souls are going in and out of stillness – and, of those souls – there are ones to work. Souls may(?) go themselves – independent of the body when they can.
233 "I am part of a greater force for good in the world."
8 a.m. Evolution of the "what is" is a design-build process – probably more like design-build-maintain-adapt-overlapping life cycles and trends as the limits of manifestation are tested. I now feel/sense being part of a larger process – connected spirit, though isolated sometimes in my environment. I always met my soul-mates in print – even at the University – I could not find that content connection – though I did have friends.
8:20 a.m. The conservatives always win. today’s Washington Post is full of e-tail failure post Christmas high. The failing of Value America – and other companies in the overcrowded world of e-retailing. Amazon.com moves to be the Walmart of on-line.
The E run-up was like the Tulip inflation – because of the short life of the concepts. I moved my assets to cash a year ago. As everything went up, contrary to the Y2K potential for tech problems in e-euphoria, I felt stupid but stuck to these fundamental thoughts
1. How much might I lose being out for one full year?
2. I'd seen cash be King once before, when deflation hit after the 80's run-up on interest rates. Cash would be king.
3. Stick to the plan
1. Moving to cash from bonds was good, bonds have defined as the Fed raised interest rates.
2. The market has lost nearly all its gains, so that growth in one year was 9% – 9,300 – 9,900 – in the period I was out. It is now up to 10,300 - but fragile.
Keeping an eye on speculation, yet being conservative – is a way to win. Money can wait. I chose to wait. I've had to do that a lot. Make the best investments given your perspective – syndicate/diversify and take the long view. The books say all of that – but it takes experience to really know. The authors of books can't get the full reality of words across.
I never did figure out how to invest in the market. None of the books I read in the past covered how the markets are manipulated.The stillness drawing remains interesting to me after so many years.
P.S. At Step 234, 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.