Greetings All –
Step 349 - I am happy that I can finally serve the truth. Entry for Step 348 - Today I will witness the world unfolding.
Greetings All –
IT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY, it is your greatest happiness and it is your greatest contentment to finally serve the truth. Your past has been frustrated and dismal because you have attempted to serve things without foundation and meaning. You have attempted to identify with things without purpose and direction. This has rendered to you the feeling that you have no purpose, meaning or direction. Feel happy now that you can represent the truth and serve the truth, for the truth gives you all that is true. It gives you purpose, meaning and direction which are what you have sought in all of your engagements, relationships, activities and endeavors. This is what you have sought in all of your fantasies, in all of your concerns and in all of your hopes.
EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TRULY WANTED is being given to you now. Learn now to receive what you have truly wanted, and you will realize what is true. You will also realize what you have always truly wanted. This enables the truth to become simple and evident. This enables your own individual nature to become simple and evident, for in simplicity all things are known. In complexity all things are concealed. Only what is mechanical in the world can be complex, yet its essence is simple and can be directly experienced. Only in controlling what is mechanical in life, which you must do to a certain extent, are there complexities, but even these complexities are simple to determine step by step. Thus, your approach to life must be simple, whether you are dealing with simplicity or complexity. The complexity that we speak of, which is a form of denial, represents the complexity of your own thinking and the difficulty in your own approach.
BE HAPPY, THEN, THAT YOU CAN SERVE THAT WHICH IS TRUE, for this will simplify all things and will enable you to deal with mechanical complexity in a direct and effective manner. Be happy, then, that your life has purpose, meaning and direction, for you serve that which has purpose, meaning and direction. Remember this upon the hour, and in your two deeper practice periods re-enter stillness with great receptivity and devotion. Remember that you give yourself here, that practice is giving, that you are learning to give and that you are learning to serve. You give what is true and you serve what is true, and as a result you experience what is true and you receive what is true. Therefore, this is a day of happiness because you serve what is true.
PRACTICE 349: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
This is another powerful Step. That will be the norm as we close in on a first completion of the “Steps to Knowledge.”
The last part of the first paragraph is underlined: “…your being knows while your mind thinks and your body acts. Thus it is that the power of Knowledge is the power of being, of which you are a part.”
In response, at the top of the page I wrote: “Being w/o question ACIM” and “I am that I am” in response to “being knows.”
This Step gave a confirmation of earlier studies. The “I am that I am” teaching came from “Diagrams for Living: The Bible Unveiled” by Emmet Fox.
Here are excerpts from - Chapter 19 The Power in Your Name
“The key to the name of the Lord is found in what we call Jehovah, the personalized God of the Old Testament. Here we begin to get a sense of God expressing Himself as Man. Pure, unconditioned Being - I AM THAT I AM - has now become differentiated as men and women. ”
“Man is one with God, the self-livingness of God, and thus he has the power to attach the I AM to all the attributes of God: freedom, joy, health, success, abundance. Always I AM connects you with Divine Power because you are the I AM of the I AM THAT I AM. I AM is the Word of Power. It is the presence of God in you. It insures that you can go direct to God, that you do not need any intermediary.”
This is an earlier expression of the precepts in The New Message from God. The style of the language may bother some, but the wisdom in these writings fed me on my journey.
I bought the book at public library book sale for ten cents in the mid-1980s. It remains the best dime I’ve ever spent. His Wikipedia entry begins: “Emmet Fox (July 30, 1886 – August 13, 1951) was a New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century, famous for his large Divine Science church services held in New York City during the Great Depression.”
Get the book PDF: Diagrams for Living. It is a good start for someone to learn of the metaphysical nature of Christianity and religion.
“Being without question” is a phrase from “A Course in Miracles” that has been with me since I began that study in 1989. The phrase only appears once – in Chapter 6: The Lessons of Love - “The Voice for God speaks only for belief beyond question, which is the preparation for being without question.”
“Being without question” in this passage is a goal, a future state of understanding. I am that I am is an early expression of this understanding.
I have been there, experiencing/knowing "being without question." Body and mind go in and out of doubt and confusion, but deeper is being, which calms doubt and confusion, reminding body and mind of emergent meaning, purpose and direction.
Journal entries demonstrate the expanded thinking being provided in Steps.
June 29, 2000 Thursday – How did my life unfold yesterday? Not much different than any day in the past 10, 20, nearly 30 years @ LFPDC – solving, for the present, some problem, then moving on. At the end of the day, more behind than at the start. Knowledge gained does not lead to wealth for free time to incubate and write to promote the lessons learned.
Guided life – guided meditation. Experiences are guided to me. I could do the next ten years here – implementing the Valley Vision – to the dismay of some, but benefit of many. The Auto – Suburban Century.
Myers-Briggs – all characteristics of a personality type can't be balanced. I can't have every skill to be & do everything – and w/o time for politics, being too far ahead of the customer. I need some shelter.
Being guided – in partnership with spirit in this life – I need faith. If there's error, misinterpretation, who suffers? Who is at fault – the guy in the earth suit! Oops – dead again, injured again, under a rock again, in a bad relationship again; Send Help – but who sees and understands the need?
Regional geography as the basis of Community –
7:53 a.m. Step 348 – Today I will witness the world unfolded.
The perfect lesson for my soul, or rather for my mind and body, since soul already knows.
Yesterday, looking for unfolding, I wondered if it wasn't really an unraveling – ? Unfolding moves forward, unraveling, goes away from order. That's how it often feels – out of control.
Step 348 – endorses/supports the Gaia/Logos do you – mother/father Earth
→ Shenandoah River Respect
Shenandoah Valley Respect
– River Respect
– Valley Respect
– Heritage Respect
– Nature Respect
I am one with the SV unfoldment. The body guides the mind.
Minds can be filled with crap.
→ Spirit speaks in few words since the goal/need is focus.
10:31 a.m. – Use the PDC vehicle as one can. It is about the coordination of body, mind, Knowledge – All that is manifest has intelligence – moving with Knowledge is wisdom.
8:48 p.m. Have spent the last 40 minutes in Practice #2 looking at the world unfold – Driving around town looking for a spot to watch the world from. Not the Park – unfolding there is nature – I needed to watch people… So Burger King was the place – to eat dinner – and watch unfolding… Messages sent into the world… Who receives them? What is – represents great unfolding – the biology is less visible in the built and motorized environment – but it's clearly there. And how do I unfold? S2K has been/is a great blessing. There being destiny points – the unfolding is directed with options along the way. Apparently not everyone gets it. Had I not done Steps – I might be in a less good place, given the work environment.
Learned by thrashing. With whom do we have relationships? I don't know.
As a consequence of this study, I’m having great insights which connect many points in the teachings I’ve studied in the previous 53 years of life. This is beginning-beginning. Great leaps, yet there is so far to go – so much to Know. Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 349, we are 16 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.