Step One Hundred and Thirty-One

Step 131. Today I Will Seek The Experience Of True Purpose In Life.
Seek the experience of true purpose. This provides the foundation for all meaningful relationships. Do not seek relationships outside of this context, for they will lack foundation and, though perhaps very alluring, will prove to be very difficult for you. Whether you are seeking marriage, great friendship or someone to help you in your work, remember that Knowledge will draw to you all individuals as you truly need them.

Therefore, today concentrate on purpose and not on relationship. The greater your experience of purpose, the greater your comprehension of relationship. Though you will see that people come together for enjoyment and stimulation, there is a far greater component in their meeting. Few people recognize this, but it is given you to recognize this through practice and experience. You can be certain that if you are not trying to fit people into your own idea of purpose, you will be opening yourself to the genuine experience of purpose itself. As you begin to observe yourself objectively, you will begin to see the manifestations of your own will in contrast to Knowledge, and this will be very essential for your learning.

Today remind yourself upon the hour of your intent to realize your purpose. Let today be a step in that direction—a step that will save you years and years of time, a step that will advance you forever towards your goal of Knowledge, for Knowledge is drawing you. In your two deeper practice periods, allow Knowledge to draw you. Feel the greater attraction within you, which you will naturally feel if you are not preoccupied with little things.

Practice 131: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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May 2, 2013 Round One: I have very little experience of my true purpose, if any, so far. I am remembering an experience I had last summer when I was drawn into a relationship (seeking a great friendship) that I felt was alluring and in tune with my purpose, but it proved false and debilitating. I did precisely what this Step cautions not to do—I tried to fit a person into my own idea of purpose, and it backfired. I realized my folly and was able to move on from this error. And it showed me again that every cloud has a silver lining, since it was in the aftermath of this disappointment that I found the New Message. Now I am feeling the attraction of Knowledge and trying diligently to advance toward it. I seek to experience my true purpose today.

December 1, 2014 Round Two: Sometimes I feel I am jumping ahead, anticipating the next step while I am still on the previous one. Today I read, "Whether you are seeking marriage, great friendship or someone to help you in your work" (bold mine)… when I just wrote about the latter yesterday. It is very easy to be drawn into thinking that true purpose must be something grandiose and that if I have done nothing so far in my life I can call “earth-shattering,” it means I have still not accomplished my true purpose. However, Steps often point to the small things and talk about how the great is manifested through the small. This changes the way I think of my true purpose. Sometimes I think I am already living my true purpose and have been for many years. I am experiencing it here and now. 


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