Step 144 - I will honor myself today. (MP3) Entry for Step 143 - Today I will be still.

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“I will honor myself today.” Step 144

HONOR YOURSELF BECAUSE OF YOUR HERITAGE, because of your destiny and because of your purpose. Honor yourself because life honors you. Honor yourself because God is honored in God’s Creation in you. This eclipses all the evaluations that you have made upon yourself. This is greater than any criticism that you have   levied against yourself. This is greater than any pride that you have used to offset your pain.

IN SIMPLICITY AND HUMILITY REMIND YOURSELF upon the hour to honor yourself. In your two deeper practices today, allow yourself to experience the presence of Knowledge, for this honors you and honors Knowledge as well. Honor yourself this day so that Knowledge may be honored, for in reality you are Knowledge. This is your True Self, but it is a Self that you are only now beginning to reclaim.

PRACTICE 144: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Honoring oneself with a hot fudge sundae – is this picture appropriate for Step 144?

GCW – I, Chapter 21 Enduring Happiness, page 145:
It does not mean that you become an ascetic and give up all things .That is ridiculous. That is only for very specialized individuals.”

GCW-II, Chapter 23 Becoming Wise, page 147:

What does it mean to become wise? How do you discern Wisdom in another? What are the results of achieving this state of mind and readiness? Of course, people have many images associated with Wisdom. It is often associated with asceticism or self-sacrifice, loneliness, suffering, mystery or an inexplicable quality in others. It is often held in very high regard, but in such a way that people feel that it is quite remote from them and quite beyond their reach or grasp.

Treating oneself well is a way to honor oneself. Of course, you need the resources for it. But when it is not an excuse to indulge, well it isn’t prohibited. This picture is from Prague, a spring day in 2008. I did enjoy the moment.

From the journal:
Tuesday, Dec 7, 1999 – “Today I will be still.”

8:05 p.m. At work preparing for my second meditation. I was going to shop for Sarah, but that didn’t work.

8:40 p.m. Time completed – not a time where being still came easy. Work issues bouncing about.

What is needed are vibrant central cities leading the hinterland benevolently. It is central city wealth/ benevolence of the countryside. The growing together from separate loci and blending is needed – as in the Netherlands.

Please remember that I am working as a regional planner and as director of the agency. It is frustrating work, but necessary for human unity and cooperation. It is “greater community” at smaller scales and the challenges are instructive. As you consider your work in the world, it may be the profession you are in now, or may be something your soul is taking you to in the future. For this reason, Step 144 is as it is.
Journal second time x2 Step 143.  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.