Greetings All –
Step 329 - I am free to love the world today. Entry for Step 328 - Today I will honor those who have given to me.
Greetings All –
ONLY THE FREE CAN LOVE THE WORLD, for only the free can give to the world. Only they can fully recognize the world’s need and their own contribution. Only the free can love the world because only they can see that the world has supported and served them to enable them to become free and to become contributors to the world. Because the world so yearns for your contribution, it has given itself to your preparation so that you may learn to be a contributor. It has fortified this through the truth that exists in the world and through the denial of truth that exists in the world.
IN ALL WAYS THE WORLD SERVES THE EMERGENCE OF KNOWLEDGE. Though the world contradicts Knowledge and seems to deny, to reject and to attack Knowledge, if seen from this perspective, you will realize that it actually serves Knowledge. How can anything compete with Knowledge? How can anything deny Knowledge? Anything that seems to deny Knowledge only calls for Knowledge and pleads for Knowledge to come. Those in confusion, in darkness and in despair yearn for relief and comfort. And though they do not understand the message of their own plight, those who are with Knowledge can perceive this and through Wisdom will learn how to serve these individuals, all individuals and the world as a whole.
TODAY UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that as you become free, you will be able to love the world. As you learn to love the world, you will be able to become free because you are in this world but not of this world. Because you are in this world, you are representing that which you have brought with you from your Ancient Home. How simple and clear this is with Knowledge, and yet how difficult it is to grasp when you are in your own imagination and are entertaining your own separate ideas. That is why you practice—so you may confirm that which is natural to you and step away from that which is unnatural to you.
IN YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES once again receive the freedom that comes to you in stillness and receptivity. A mind that is still is a mind that is unfettered and free. It will naturally expand itself, and within this expansion it will naturally express that which is most natural to it. Thus, in your deeper meditations you practice receiving, and in your hourly practices you practice giving. You are free to love the world today, and the world needs your freedom because it needs your love.
PRACTICE 329: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Even though this Step had been done before, on this day, June 9, 2000, noting is recorded in the journal. All I have is the entries on the Steps page.
In response apparently to the notion that some: “have given you a reminder that Knowledge is necessary, and they have demonstrated to you a life without Knowledge,” I wrote: “People who have only pain to give.” The next paragraph contains the amazing thought: “If there were no denial of Knowledge in the world, you could not learn here.”
We only learn here because of denial of Knowledge. Useful information, but not encouraging at this point.
A few more thoughts on the second page relating to:
“Difference between what is known and what is practiced – the learning gap. Learn to avoid failure – or need to learn from failure.”
I’d spent most of my life learning up to this point, and the notion of needing to learn from failure was not new. An engineering friend of mine said of local governments, challenged to understand the full value of infrastructure investment, rather than doing the absolute minimum, “If we are going to fail, then we should at least fail forward.”
The final note on the page was true then, and has remained true all my years of study:
Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 329, we are 36 Steps from the end – Step 365. This is not the place to begin this Practice. If you’ve some interest due to this or other Steps, you should go to the beginning blog post. From here you will learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense; 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 post 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.