|I have great friends beyond this world. Step 211|
Thursday, July 30, 2015
x2 Step 211 - I have great friends beyond this world. – Journal – Step 210
Today: Step 211 - I have great friends beyond this world. (MP3)
YOU HAVE GREAT FRIENDS BEYOND THIS WORLD. That is why humanity is seeking to enter into the Greater Community because the Greater Community represents a broader range of its true relationships. You have true friends beyond the world because you are not alone in the world and you are not alone in the Greater Community of Worlds. You have friends beyond this world because your Spiritual Family has its representatives everywhere. You have friends beyond this world because you are working not merely on the evolution of your world but on the evolution of the universe as well. Beyond your imagination, beyond your conceptual capabilities, this is most certainly true.
FEEL, THEN, THE GREATNESS OF THE UNIVERSE in which you live. Feel, then, the opportunity you have to serve the Greater Community of which your world is a part. You serve your great friends within the world and your friends beyond, for the work of Knowledge goes on everywhere. It is the attraction of God. It is the application of good. It is the force that redeems all separated minds and gives purpose, meaning and direction to the universe. Regardless of the mechanism of physical life, its value is determined by its origin and its destiny, both of which are beyond your comprehension. Realizing that Knowledge is the means that propels the world in its true direction, you can then value and receive that which gives your life purpose, meaning and direction.
UPON THE HOUR TODAY consider that you have friends beyond this world, both in other worlds and beyond the visible as well. Consider that you have this greater association. In your two deeper practice periods today, allow your mind to enter stillness so that such things may be experienced. Do not dwell upon them in your imagination, but allow instead for your mind to become still so that it may bestow Knowledge into your awareness and experience. You have friends beyond this world, and they are practicing with you today.
PRACTICE 211: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
From the journal: Step 210 – Review
Saturday, March 17, 2001
5:08 p.m. Step 210 – Long practice. A late start today. May not make it to the path. …
– Review intended to give me "greater perspective about the work of K in the world in the presence of K in your life".
[Review Points from note cards - not all quotations]
197 - I will not think
today that by
a mere idea I can understand K with my intellect or that I can
conceptualize the greatness of life. I have the power to dispel distractions, fear,
obstructions you have the power to dispel obstructions because my will is to Know
198 – “There are no shortcuts here; there is only the direct way. You are given the steps. Follow them. Be strong today”.
199 – “Without the limitation of a purely human viewpoint, you will be able to see the evolution of your world in a greater context”.
200 – “Allow your mind to become itself, for it was made to serve Knowledge”.
201 – “My mind was made to serve Knowledge”. accept that mind and body are limited “…be glad, then, that you have a mind and a body so that you may communicate the power and the essence of Knowledge”.
202 – “You may behold this (the grandeur of the GC) by looking at the sky above and by looking at the world below”. “Allow yourself to live in a great and mysterious universe that you are only now beginning to understand”. “You do not live in a human universe. You do not live in a human world. You do not live a purely human life”. – this gives greater inclusion
203 – “Weaker minds are influenced by stronger minds. This is true in your world and in all worlds”.
204 – I will be @ peace today. To objectively consider your world & the GC…should…incite…respect—respect for the power of the time in which you live and its importance for the future, respect for your own emerging abilities & their usefulness in the world that you perceive, respect for the greatness of the physical universe and respect for the power of K which is greater even than the universe that you perceive.
205 – “I will not judge the world today”. “Do not blame the world today. It is blameless, for it is merely demonstrating that Knowledge is not being adhered to. What else can it do but commit error and folly? What else can it do but waste its great resources? Humanity can only be in error without Knowledge. It can only create fantasy. It can only engage in loss. Therefore, it does not deserve condemnation. It deserves the application of Knowledge”.
206 – “…all your frustration in life is your inability to experience and to express this love which wishes to flow from you”.
207 – “…unforgiveness is merely the application of blame towards a situation in which you were unable to understand or to apply Knowledge. …all correction is given to you to apply. The failure of another is not your own, but your condemnation of it is your own… K is not shocked upon looking @ the world…. K realizes the smallness of the world and the errors of the world. The commitment to forgive, then, is the commitment to realize K and to apply K - for K dispels unforgiveness like the light dispels the darkness. For there is only K and the need for K. That is all that you can possibly perceive in the universe. Accept, then, your former limitations and dedicate yourself now to perceiving the world anew, without blame and with the greatness of Knowledge.
208 – All things that are most highly valued in human life—love, patience, devotion, tolerance, forgiveness, true accomplishment, courage and faith—all naturally arise from K, for K is their source.
209 – “Do not be cruel with yourself today, for there is no justification for this. Allow yourself to be blessed so that you may bless the world”.
210 – Review – “View your life objectively, without guilt or blame, so that you may understand how your life is truly emerging”.
– Step 199 – "… The meaning of life is directly obvious to anyone who looks without the distortion of judgment or preference". What meaning do I see? – "The meaning of life is doing within the manifest context".
If as spirit we already "be" – are "beings w/o question" – then to get from being to doing creation was manifest. Life is "to do" spirit is "to be".
7:03 p.m. Review of Steps complete. Still need to reread journal for the two weeks. I'm reorienting my focus, my devotion, my service.
Let us continue.
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