Greetings All –
Step 244 - I am honored when others are strong. Entry for Step 243 - I do not need to be special to give.
Greetings All –
WHEN YOU ARE STRONG, OTHERS ARE HONORED. When they are strong, you are honored. In this way, Knowledge affirms itself in the world, where Knowledge has been forgotten. Knowledge need only be affirmed through experience and expression to be given to others. Your greatest teaching in this life is the contribution of your life as it is demonstrated to others. Indeed, this is your greatest gift to yourself, for as your life is demonstrated in its value to you, your estimation of yourself will be redeemed, and you will understand your true value in proportion to life itself.
THEREFORE, WHEN OTHERS ARE STRONG, you are honored. In this way, you will not seek to belittle another to strengthen yourself. You will not seek to affirm your advantage based upon another’s disadvantage. In this way, no guilt will attend your accomplishment, for no one has been betrayed as you seek to gain experience and advancement in life.
THE LESSON FOR TODAY IS VERY DEEP and will require much consideration. Upon the hour repeat the idea for today and give it serious consideration in every circumstance in which you find yourself. In your deeper practices today, enter stillness and silence. Allow yourself this gift because the idea for today is very simple and very true. It is in no way complex, though it will require serious consideration, for you are far too used to entertaining only things of superficial value. Throughout our training together in these days, weeks and months, you are learning to engage your mind to recognize what is obvious and apparent, but which has not yet been apparent to you who have entertained yourself with shallow things.
THEREFORE, TODAY LET THIS TIME BE GIVEN TO KNOWLEDGE. Let this time be given to that which strengthens you and all other individuals in the universe. When others are strong, you are honored. In this, all separation ends, and true giving becomes apparent.
PRACTICE 244: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
This Step offers insight into our true thinking, if one is inclined to receive it: “… you do not really wish to be special. You only wish to have your individual life have purpose, meaning and direction.” Could this be my true will? Your true will? The true will of every incarnate soul; even those aligned with the forces of dissonance? Can life be this simple?
From the Journal:
12:35 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2000
Quarter meeting of PDC – I shall persist. The region must work – it must remain alive.
I went into the woods tonight for my 2nd practice. I was going to go up on the drive, but with a nearly full moon it was easy to get to Su-Ne. I sat there waiting to receive Knowledge. My mind was rather noisy – I was hoping for a return to the pulsing of Sunday, but that didn't come. I had to ward off thoughts of work.
I need to receive Knowledge in order to give it away – that is the scheme – but no thought can make it happen.
I ended sensing it was the Knowledge in me that was drawing the Greater Knowledge.
I left the woods – intending not to work much. I ended staying 1.5 hours. Home @ 10 – unwinding - Sarah will stay here longer… That is good. She's getting stronger.
Me – I am open to the direction by Knowledge…
6:40 a.m. I need Knowledge. I have some connection to Knowledge. The world needs more connection to Knowledge. It already is connected. My purpose is promote greater community. Why is relationship so difficult?
The journal reflects a deep concern for Knowledge. Now at Step 243, there should be some movement in the direction the Steps are taking us. The Steps page has a few notes:
Let us continue to practice receiving Knowledge.
P.S. At Step 244, 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.