|I will not avoid the world today. Step 118|
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
x2 Step 118 – Journal Step 117 - It is better to be simple than to be poor.
Today: Step 118 - I will not avoid the world today. (MP3)
THERE IS NO NEED TO AVOID THE WORLD because the world cannot dominate you when you are with Knowledge. When you are with Knowledge, you are here to serve the world. The world, then, is not a prison anymore. It is not a continual source of discomfort and disappointment. It provides for you an opportunity to give and an opportunity to re-establish your true understanding. Do not seek refuge in spiritual things, for your purpose is to give to the world. Allow the world to be as it is, and your condemnation of it will not come back to haunt you. For without condemnation, there is only the opportunity to give. This will draw upon your Knowledge, which will give of its own, and you will be the vehicle for its giving.
THINK OF THIS NOW. Allow yourself in your two practice periods to experience the presence of Knowledge in your life. Demand nothing of it. Seek not to question it. Only allow yourself to experience it, for with this all that you seek returns to you naturally without your effort. Utilize your self-discipline only to direct your mind in the proper direction. Once it is so engaged, it will return to Knowledge of its own accord. For that is its destination, that is its love, that is its true companion and that is its true marriage in life.
PRACTICE 118: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Note, the Steps says: “Do not seek refuge in spiritual things, for your purpose is to give to the world.”
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From the journal Step 117 - It is better to be simple than to be poor.
10:33 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2000
In my second trip through GCW – S2K, I feel the need for a third year already. The text is much simpler than ACIM, but powerful – more powerful.
Today's Step – "Its better to be simple than to be poor" sounds contrary to the modern world. More is less and we become poorer for all we have. Truth is simple. Direct experience of the Creator is simple – I once thought God/Spirit must be so simple – even the lowest can get it – in fact they seem to get it more directly.
So – that simple is rich and complex is poor – is no problem for me intellectually – it is the getting to simple that is the goal.
I am getting a deeper commitment to study and practice Steps in the future. It can’t be gotten all in one pass. Let us continue.
Note: 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.