Greetings All –
Step 308 – Review~Remember that Knowledge is life itself… Entry for Step 307 - Knowledge is living within me now.
Greetings All –
IN YOUR LONGER PRACTICE PERIOD TODAY undertake the Review of the past two weeks of training according to our previous instructions. This is a very important review period, for you will be reviewing the invocations that have been given to you, and you will be reviewing as well the potency of the task that you are undertaking as a student of Knowledge. Recognize in these past two weeks your own fear of Knowledge. Realize your own fear of the mystery of your life. Recognize any attempts that you might have made to re-enter illusion and imagination. Recognize this contrast in learning which is so essential to your understanding.
REVIEW THIS WITH OBJECTIVITY AND COMPASSION. Know that your ambivalence towards life must be realized and that it will continue to express itself with ever decreasing potency as you come closer and closer to Knowledge. Remember that Knowledge is life itself, the very essence of life. It is changeless and yet expressing itself through change constantly. To experience it, you must strengthen your participation as a student of Knowledge and remember that you are a beginning student of Knowledge so that you cannot rely upon your assumptions. You must receive the curriculum and be guided in applying it. In this way, you will be safe from all misapplication, all misinterpretation and thus safe from error.
THIS REVIEW IS VERY IMPORTANT, for you are now reaching a great turning point in your participation as a student of Knowledge. Knowledge is beginning to have potency now. You are beginning to feel its power. You are beginning to realize its total importance to you. You who have been partial with life in the past are now realizing that life is completely with you and will require that you be completely with it. This is your salvation and your redemption, for here all separation, fear and misery are dispelled. What can you possibly lose to receive such a gift? You lose only your imagination, which has haunted you, threatened you and frightened you. Yet, even your imagination will be given a greater purpose with Knowledge, for it is meant to serve you in a different way.
CARRY ON YOUR REVIEW WITH GREAT DEPTH AND SINCERITY. Do not be concerned how long this takes. Your time cannot be better spent. Review the past two weeks so that you may observe the advancement of Knowledge within yourself. You will need this understanding if you are to support others in the future in reclaiming Knowledge for themselves.
PRACTICE 308: One long practice period.
Parts of this Step stood out, leading to underlining and comments:
KNOWLEDGE IS LIVING WITHIN YOU, and you are learning to live with Knowledge. … As you realize the changelessness of your true existence, you will realize how it wishes to express itself in the world of change. (I am the Lego!) …
… with Knowledge, you may possess things in the world without identifying with them. You may receive them and release them according to the necessity of doing so. (receive & release) …
…remind yourself upon the hour of the power of Knowledge … You are learning to become natural because what could be more natural than being yourself? (Mr. Natural – afraid of that – no visible means of support.)
Mr. Natural was a comic book character of the 60’s and 70’s whose author Robert Crumb had drawn shouting the charge: “Quest into the Unknown.” As a character he wasn’t too nice. I didn’t buy the comics, but had a poster, not the t-shirt.
At age 25, I was on my own quest into the unknown. Thanks to Steps, more is known today. It has become a journey with friends up a mountain.
From the Journal:
Friday, May 19, 2000
The region is for everyone to use – everyone needs a regional strategy.
Everybody needs a regional strategy
Every town needs a regional strategy.
It is the female bug attracting a mate and vice a versa. We have many options. Until we look at a bigger picture we can't see. How does the tree know it is in the forest? Communication with its environment.
What are the boundaries of your environment – the earth travel is only limited by physical transition zones.
5:38 p.m. Home from work – much of which calls me back. I'm feeling quite sad this moment – like I've wasted the last 10 years. As far as my "knowledge of regions" – I've got great material – but I've paid a high price. My pillars were unbalanced. I feel that I was alone – much of the time, and in my relationship with Cindy – --- I might conclude I don't do relationships well – certainly not with money or people.
Relative to spirit, I sought continuously and applied as I could. Financially I'm not prepared for the future – I've not invested well. ---
Other than "not being me" I don't know how else it might have been with the same characters –
Relationships can be highly unsafe – particularly for a naïve person like me.
Where am I? Waking up in time? Just in time? Or into another variation of zombie.
S2K says we’ll not work alone.
I feel good for David and Sarah. I think I've been good for them. In fact that was a time when I had meaning, purpose & direction. It has gotten muddy –
I'm near completion of S2K. I feel the presence of my spiritual teachers and family. I will continue on this path – for it suits my soul – relationships remain a challenge –
We survive life? We are the Legos – experiencing the good and the bad in manifestation. Either this is a true perspective S2K, or a lens – others don't seem to live w/my perspective – they do just fine. My broader view is a burden or a benefit? I don't know. Perhaps I can't know.
6:50 p.m. I was mistaken, but now I am doing better. I am working on the four pillars. I am working on regional intelligence – this is a way to operate in a greater community. I have friends and am developing more. I sense the trends and can work with them. I need to spend my time more effectively dealing with the small problems.
It has taken a long time for me to become aware.
Step 307 – reading for Practice #2
"As you realize the changelessness of your true existence, you will realize how it wishes to express itself in the world of change."
Reading this text I ask "Is my changeless self disappointed with my expression of self in the world?" The answer then – when the question passed through my mind – and now a few minutes later – is no.
My mind is dissatisfied, but my soul is not.
Worked through the funk and into the meaning of the Step so I could conclude the above: “My mind is dissatisfied, but my soul is not.” I continued this day; let us continue now.
P.S. At Step 308, 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.