Step One Hundred and Ninety-One
Your Knowledge is greater than your humanity. Thus, your humanity can have meaning, for it has something to serve. Without service, your humanity is merely a restraint, that which confines you and imprisons you. But your humanity is meant to serve a Greater Reality which you carry within you today. This Reality is in you, but you do not own it. You cannot use it for your own personal fulfillment. You can only receive it and allow it to express itself. It will express itself through your humanity, and it will give you a greater experience of yourself.
In your longer practice periods today, allow yourself to enter stillness once again, and upon the hour repeat this idea so that you may consider its true meaning. Do not accept mere assumptions or premature conclusions, for today’s idea will require your deep involvement. Life has depth. You must penetrate it. You must enter into it. You must receive it and inquire within it. Then, you will become reengaged in your natural relationship with life.
Practice 191: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
This second part of Steps has a different feel, it calls for much deeper exploration and understanding of what actually is. I can no longer live in the fantasies of my own mind, I need to reach out and find my place in the greater scheme of things where I am a part of something more expansive, bigger, more encompassing, more magical, if you like. This is all part of exploring the mystery of life, which I am coming to appreciate and acknowledge with each passing day. I wish to penetrate the depth of Life and really see it for what it is, not just a figment of my imagination. I want to become reengaged in my natural relationship with life today.
I was reading the first chapter in Wisdom from The Greater Community today called "The Greater Religion." A passage I read there struck me in the context of this Step:
"Therefore, you must accept your humanity, and you must accept your place in the greater order as well. Only in this way can you fully integrate yourself here, serving this world in its own needs and yet maintaining a greater perspective which is lacking here."