Greetings All –
Step 127 - Today I will not try to get even with God (MP3) Entry for Step 126 – Review
Greetings All –
Step 127 - Today I will not try to get even with God. (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
DO NOT TRY TO GET EVEN WITH GOD by being a miserable person, for God only knows you as part of Creation. Do not try to get even with God by making the world destitute, for God created a world of beauty and opportunity. Do not try to get even with God by refusing to love or accept yourself, for God still knows you as you are. Do not try to get even with God today by ruining your relationships for your own selfish purposes, for God understands your relationships as they truly exist and understands their greater promise as well. You cannot get even with God. You can only harm yourself.
THEREFORE, ACCEPT THAT YOU HAVE LOST THE BATTLE against God. In your defeat is your greatest victory, for God has never lost you, though you have lost God temporarily in your imagination. Your love for God is so profound that you are as yet afraid of it, for it represents the greatest power within you that you can possibly possess. You must learn of this through direct experience. Therefore, do not try to get even with God today by reinforcing an idea about yourself based solely upon error and assumption, for Knowledge is with you. You are the happy victor in your own defeat.
IN YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, repeat this idea and then attempt to think about it. Our practices today will be engaging the mind in exploration and analysis. This is a useful application of your mind. Think about this message and all of your ideas surrounding it, and you will begin to understand your own current belief system. You will be able to understand this objectively. Then, you will be able to work with it, for the mind is fixed in a certain structure until it is utilized for other purposes. Do not accept this structure as your reality, for the outward manifestation of your mind is a structure that you have imposed upon it. Yet, its real inward harmony and nature seek only to be expressed. To enable this to happen you must have an adequate structure in the mind to enable the mind to express itself in the physical world without restraint or distortion. It is towards this, then, that we will work today.
PRACTICE 127: Two 30-minute practice periods
To get even with God – that is what many want to do. On occasion, we might have had that goal ourselves.
Today’s picture is not of a statute representing God, but the traffic cone on the head of this statue is the sort of disrespectful action young people do to be funny. History has not been fair – they want to get even with life and may be carrying anger. Nobody on the street is taking notice. This is from Glasgow, Scotland, September 11, 2004.
From the journal:
5:51 A.M. Saturday, November 20, 1999
Awake early. Greater Community – it makes all the sense in the world to me from the spiritual perspective. The Spirit is the parent and manifestation is the child, and it is one. Creative spirits must share manifestation experience in order for sustainability. Sharing is a no brainer. Creating a framework to understand and utilize greater community is my mission.
Thoughts/Rules for regions
6:35 p.m. Out of the woods. After finishing my review at Little Bear I noticed the light of the nearly full moon. It was not cold and I was in no hurry. I had corn and tobacco – it was time to do the offering to spirits of the land, the trees and sky. I started it at Little Bear doing the seven directions in this order North, east (moon), south, west, above, below, here. (8 points in the woods + home for 9 points.)
10:28 p.m. in bed early … I shall get my life to be simpler – day by day.
Quite a bit of writing this day, but not all is shown here. You will note that I had been influenced by Native American traditions as I sought to honor the land. My family heritage is German and Scotch-Irish. These were tribal societies long ago, but the historic ceremonies for honoring the land were lost in the civilizing of Europe. So, when the land needed to be honored, I used ideas from the Native American traditions I’d seen. Some do not like a white man doing this, but when the land calls to be honored, what can one do when their own tribal traditions have been long lost, but seek inspiration from surviving tribes? That’s what I did privately – and told no one, only recording it in this journal.
The Steps book has both green ink (1st time) and blue ink (2nd time). As I learned through Steps, other teachings and perspectives I had studied and absorbed receded as practices, but their spiritual value for those earlier times remains in a place of honor along the path. Something close to this may be true for you.
Journal second time x2 Step 126. This is for those who have completed Steps once. Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life experience, including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence you in advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying: “I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully, I was taught this practice in 1989.
P.S. 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.