Step One Hundred and Sixty

Step 160. The World Is Poor, But I Am Not.
The world is poor, but you are not poor. Regardless of your circumstances, this is true because you are reclaiming the wealth of Knowledge. Understand, then, the meaning of impoverishment. Understand, then, the meaning of wealth. Do not think that those who possess more objects than you are in any way wealthier than you are, for without Knowledge they are impoverished and will acquire things only to offset their misery and uncertainty. Thus, their impoverishment is compounded by their acquisition.

The world is poor, but you are not, for you have brought Knowledge with you into the world where Knowledge has been forgotten and denied. Thus, in the reclamation of your own wealth, the world will reclaim its wealth as well, for you shall stimulate Knowledge in all, and their wealth will begin to reveal itself in your presence and in the presence of Knowledge which guides you.

Therefore, do not ask anything of the world save what few material things you need to fulfill your function. This is a small request in light of what you have come to give. And if your demands are not in excess of what you need, the world will gladly render them to you in exchange for a greater gift which you possess.

Consider the idea for the day upon each hour. Do not let any hour pass without this recognition. Strengthen your resolution to use each practice in all circumstances of the day so that your life may be meaningful in all of its events. In your two longer practice periods today, enter into stillness and peace to learn more of the wealth that you possess.

Practice 160:
Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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June 25, 2013 Round One: I have long been aware that objects do not make me wealthier or happier and acquisition of objects is not part of my experience. Some objects are a necessity, just to be able to function in the world, but they are not an obsession or a necessity from the viewpoint of feeling myself to be a "better" or "wealthier" person. Material values do not count, spiritual values are what count, and they provide a different wealth, an inner wealth, a wealth that comes from Knowledge and knowing that all shall be provided in just the right amount.

January 3, 2015 Round Two: I understand that more possessions does not make me richer. I have never set much store by possessions and try to make do with the bare minimum. Knowledge is my treasure-trove, the deeper part of me where Knowledge resides is where my wealth is and I am confident that in return for the gift of Knowledge I will be rendered all I need.


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