|“I complain because I am lacking Knowledge.” Step 180|
Monday, June 29, 2015
x2 Step 180 - I complain because I am lacking Knowledge – Journal – Step 179
Today: Step 180 - I complain because I am lacking Knowledge. (MP3)
WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT LIFE, you are asking for Knowledge. Knowledge has its own statement about life, but it is very different from the lament which you hear within yourself and around you. Therefore, as you approach Knowledge today, recognize the nature of complaint—how it emphasizes your weakness and the world’s domination over you and how much it is in contrast to what you are learning now. You are learning now to discover your greatness and your domination over the world. You are in relationship with the world. Let this relationship become healthy and meaningful. Let the world’s contribution be given to you. Let your contribution be given to the world.
THEREFORE, THANK THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN TODAY for what it has given to you. In your deeper meditation practices today, enter stillness and silence. Use the word RAHN to help you enter this deeply. Use the word RAHN to orient your mind and thinking so that your mind may become unified with the sound of this one ancient word.
THIS IS A DAY OF IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION. Do not complain about this day. Recognize that everything that happens is an opportunity for you to apply your practice and to develop the true faculties of your mind. Your complaint would only be a denial of the world’s contribution to you. Therefore, do not deny this. Do not complain about the world today so that you may receive its gifts.
PRACTICE 180: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Where else do we complain, either silently or out loud, than when waiting in line? The picture is at a railroad ticket counter in Piacenza, Italy. Is tolerating the slowness of people really a problem of Knowledge? Sometimes it is while other times it is an exercise that builds our skill of being patient.
From the journal: Step 179 - Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true.
7:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2001 – "The world you see thus far is largely the fantasy of individuals." In today's lesson – I am to look at how the world teaches the true by showing the false.
Where am I? Have I yet learned what is true and what is false? I Know the temporary – those things that stimulate and how living for stimulation is what humans get caught up in. Stillness contrasts with movement. Is movement the false? Why have a body if you're not going to move?
What do I seek in the world? I already have wealth in my experience of the world due to development of my mind. I enjoy nature – where I am. I do not need to travel great distances for experience, but I experience when I travel. As for the present & future, I just want basic comfort – for myself and others – the opportunity to work to it.
I have sought spirit, but picked up false ideas – that being good would lead to a financial foundation. I slipped away from that necessity to lay a financial foundation.
ACIM/other spirit programs did not work for me. S2K is realistic if not truth – so I see its precepts proving to be true in my life on earth and in the greater life I feel that I have.
If I were still unaware of my greater life, I’d be wrapped up in the race. Accepting that and understanding it has been slow. Many want to overstate it – "they are God." Being one with God is quite different.
This day the entry was all about the Step. Today, June 28, 2015 I have nothing to add to this, or take away. I only see that I’ve made progress and will not quibble at this time. 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.