Wednesday, April 29, 2015

x2 Step 119 – Journal Step 118 - I will not avoid the world today.

Today: Step 119 - Review GIVE YOURSELF TO THIS REVIEW so that you may understand how you learn. (MP3)

IN THIS SPECIAL REVIEW, review the past two weeks of practice, reviewing each instruction and recalling each day of practice. Try to remember how seriously you thought about each day’s practice and how well you utilized that practice. Do not think you can complain rightfully about this preparation unless you are utilizing it to its fullest extent. Your role here is only to follow the steps as they are given and not to alter them according to your preferences. In this way, you place yourself in a position to receive, which is the position you now need to acquire for yourself.

IN YOUR TWO LONG PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, each one given to one week of practice, review the past two weeks. Try to be very kind with yourself, but recognize if you are falling short of the requirements and do not deceive yourself in this regard. Rededicate yourself to deepening your practice and your resolve, reminding yourself of the simplicity of your life and the true value that is being given to you. In this way, you will learn a new way of living. You will learn how to receive and how to give, and your life will be free of the darkness of complexity. For simplicity must always be of the light; it must always be of the good.

THEREFORE, GIVE YOURSELF TO THIS REVIEW so that you may understand how you learn. These Reviews will demonstrate to you your own learning faculties and your own learning predispositions. They will teach you the necessary things that you will need to know in the future when you will be able to help others learn as well.

PRACTICE 119: Two long practice periods

8:05 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2000 – Commerce is all about an attempt to gain advantage. Is survival, growth at risk? I'm confused – I like technology because it has made the world smaller and thus can become a basis for human unity – both on its own merits and for Greater Community presence.

My judgment in the stock market continues to be poor. I'm aggressive when I should be conservative and vice versa. I Know what to do…then don't act on it.

Right now I could rebalance – and he walks away

Look at a quarterly?

Everything is local> by a boundary
Creator – net> the ultimate server –… Knowledge –

It is all about design. We need to be conservators, yet invest in design – reiteration – perfect design, yet obsolete. And what about biology?

Greed? How greedy am I?

How needy am I?

Pillars needed –

> Deming – Good people in bad systems (poor sys!)

When can the people see the system and change it?

Really, could not avoid the world the days of Step 118. 

The page has notes in green, 1999, blue 2000 and then there’s an entry form 2009. That says: “Knowledge is the true companion of the mind.” This is a useful recognition. It only took ten years to achieve, and another four now in 2014, to remember it. This Practice has continuing, long term benefits – so stick with it; that’s my recommendation.

I’ve not been avoiding the world, but confused about engagement with it. This should improve in the future as a result of Steps. That is the goal. 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.

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