|I am honored when others are strong. Step 244|
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
x2 Step 244 - I am honored when others are strong. – Journal – Step 243
Today: Step 244 - I am honored when others are strong. (MP3)
WHEN YOU ARE STRONG, OTHERS ARE HONORED. When they are strong, you are honored. In this way, Knowledge affirms itself in the world, where Knowledge has been forgotten. Knowledge need only be affirmed through experience and expression to be given to others. Your greatest teaching in this life is the contribution of your life as it is demonstrated to others. Indeed, this is your greatest gift to yourself, for as your life is demonstrated in its value to you, your estimation of yourself will be redeemed, and you will understand your true value in proportion to life itself.
THEREFORE, WHEN OTHERS ARE STRONG, you are honored. In this way, you will not seek to belittle another to strengthen yourself. You will not seek to affirm your advantage based upon another’s disadvantage. In this way, no guilt will attend your accomplishment, for no one has been betrayed as you seek to gain experience and advancement in life.
THE LESSON FOR TODAY IS VERY DEEP and will require much consideration. Upon the hour repeat the idea for today and give it serious consideration in every circumstance in which you find yourself. In your deeper practices today, enter stillness and silence. Allow yourself this gift because the idea for today is very simple and very true. It is in no way complex, though it will require serious consideration, for you are far too used to entertaining only things of superficial value. Throughout our training together in these days, weeks and months, you are learning to engage your mind to recognize what is obvious and apparent, but which has not yet been apparent to you who have entertained yourself with shallow things.
THEREFORE, TODAY LET THIS TIME BE GIVEN TO KNOWLEDGE. Let this time be given to that which strengthens you and all other individuals in the universe. When others are strong, you are honored. In this, all separation ends, and true giving becomes apparent.
PRACTICE 244: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
From the journal: Step 243 - I do not need to be special to give.
6:55 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001 – on arising – What will be the consequence of my not attempting to make the regions visible? The earth will remain in ignorance longer of this important view. The separated do not see the whole – nor do they want to. They want a smaller whole/local – without mystery.
8:45 p.m. Center for Regional Communities. …
→The transportation planning session went well. … I am the Planner for the region… the ultimate plan – 50 years out… must be made.
→Got to the office by 6 p.m. …
→Then home – eat, watch a good C-SPAN BookTV show about The History of Latin America.
Came up to read/meditate – but spent time on email – a time sink?
– Break to take a call from David, – he needs Internet access.
– But – my question – why paralyzed – can do no work in evening?
10:30 p.m. LTWOK – p.17 – "Is there something in your life that you must do before you die? You must send this question deep within you and do not expect an immediate answer. You must live with this question because its answer is an experience".
I am seeking this experience.
I am also stressed – and have been for several years. I'm eating – over eating because of stress. S2K is not a therapy, but it should help me with the stress.
– Driving back from the workshop at SU and thinking of the issues – the world – my sense/conclusion was that we all have to be more careful in the conduct of life… and can integrate planning areas.
Amen & Amen
Figuring out how to give. This will take time, though we’ve given all our lives up to this point. Let us continue.
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