|Alone I can do nothing. Step 337|
Thursday, December 3, 2015
x2 Step 337 - Alone I can do nothing. – Journal – Step 336
Today: Step 337 - Alone I can do nothing. (MP3)
ALONE YOU CAN DO NOTHING, but you are not alone. Yes, you are an individual, but you are greater than an individual. Thus it is that you cannot be alone, and thus it is that your individuality has great promise and purpose in the world. Thus it is that you who are part of the greatness that is greater than your individuality and you who are part of your individuality as well become whole and unified. In this, everything that you have constructed for yourself is turned for good. All of your creations are given purpose, meaning, direction and inclusion in life. Thus, your life is redeemed and reclaimed, and you become part of life and a vehicle for its unique expression. This is the true meaning of today’s lesson.
ONLY IN THE SHADOWS AND THE DARKNESS OF IMAGINATION can you hide from the light of truth. You must believe that you are alone to think that your imaginings are real. To learn that you are not alone at first may seem fearful because you are afraid that your imaginings and guilt would be revealed. Yet, as you consider this honestly and without condemnation, you realize that it means that you have been reclaimed, rejuvenated and are now being prepared to receive the power that abides with you, the power that is your Source and True Self.
REPEAT TODAY’S IDEA UPON THE HOUR and realize that it is an affirmation of your strength and inclusion in life. In your deeper meditations allow yourself to re-enter the stillness of your sanctuary of Knowledge where it will become evident that you are not alone. Here you are in true marriage with life and in true union with those who have come to serve you and guide you and with those who practice with you now. In your inclusion is your happiness. In your isolation is your misery. Your misery has no foundation, for you are not alone and your success is guaranteed, for alone you can do nothing.
PRACTICE 337: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Yesterday: Step 336 – Review
First: Review – Points from note cards
323 – “…allow your world to support your practice. Make this dedication - “My role in the world is too important to neglect” every day
324 – Do not judge another today. Learn to see. Learn to hear. Learn to look. … those whom you love and those whom you despise all offer gifts to you of equal value.
325 – …those who oppose the evolution of the world will fight against it. Those who wish to further the advancement of the world will attempt to fortify the goodness of humanity and the sense that humanity is one community that must nurture and support itself beyond all division of nation, race, religion, culture and tribe. … It is the collective experience of Knowledge in the world that moves the world towards union and community. … Because your world is part of a Greater Community, it is moving towards union and community … you will see that the world is attempting to become one community, for it seeks to extend itself into the GC. The GC represents a community that is calling upon humanity to enter and to participate. You cannot understand the mechanism for this …
326 – The GC is something I can feel but cannot understand. … Here all individuality seeks community, for in community it finds its true expression, its true contribution and its true role. This is as true for you as it is for the world. You can feel this. … You can know this, for this idea is born of K … understanding is not necessary here. … Remember that you will understand that you will understand as you proceed, for understanding is born of hindsight and true application. … you may experience the GC and not separate yourself in attempting to understand it.
327 – As you abide with K, feel K and carry K out into the world, within yourself you will be still, though on the outside you may be actively engaged.
328 – Your ideas concerning giving are far too limited and small. … If there were no denial of Knowledge in the world, you could not learn here.
329 – Only the free can love the world because only they can see that the world has supported and served them to enable them to become free and to become contributors to the world.
330 – Remember you are not attempting to escape the world, but are working on becoming powerful within the world. … Be attentive to the little things … If you do not fear them, you will not resist them. If you do not resist them [and then] be able to attend to them [and express K in them]. The world does not understand that God expresses God everywhere and that K expresses itself everywhere and in all things.
331 – The smallest creature can express the greatest truth. The simplest thing can express the power of the universe. … As you become attentive to life, you will begin to witness the mystery of life in all things. … You may feel small, but you express the great.
332 – When you accept that you are only beginning to comprehend the meaning of your life and the meaning of K within your life, this frees you to participate and to learn more.
333 – Remember that you are not alone, and you will not become isolated in your own thoughts. You will not become isolated in your own fearful considerations.
334 – Every day, no matter where you are, no matter where you go, the presence of your Teachers is with you. … (they) will give to you the ideas and inspiration that you need … The fire of K is with you every day.
335 – Wherever you go, whatever you do, the fire of Knowledge is burning within you.
336 – Review
From the journal:
Saturday, July 21, 2001
6:30 a.m. My future – Preaching the Gospel of Cooperation, the message of Greater Communities; the message of regional intelligence; of one human race; of the comm-unity of life; of the map of life – the tree of life is a map of life; of the whole earth and the regional part, of balancing competition, and of relations with the greater community.
We are headed to Wisconsin this day. It is a vacation. First Stop – Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. Sunday to Two Rivers – then Madison – 1 state – perhaps to meet Bill S…
My Goals For the trip
– Peace with Cindy
– Hug Mom & Dad and thank them once again.
– Cross Lake Michigan on the car ferry – a childhood vision – can you see both sides from the middle?
– Continue my Steps practice
– Read, think, refine, let emerge the RI-RC strategy
– Enjoy life.
As before, I often sign my name in my journal as an act of affirmation. I find travel useful in that I get a chance to see new things and do so differently. It is a good time to practice the skills these practices are giving us. Not all can be recorded. It is just the nature of life in this aspect of the separation, what many call reality. 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.