Step Two Hundred and Twenty-Two
Each hour as you look upon the world and all of its activities, judge it not, for it is merely confused. If you are in distress today, judge yourself not, for you are merely confused. In your deeper practice periods today, allow yourself to enter stillness. You enter stillness simply by wanting to enter stillness. It is a gift that you allow for yourself. To do this, you give yourself to receiving the gift. Here there is no giver and sender of the gift, for the gift reverberates between you and your Source. Knowledge and its vehicle merely affirm one another.
The world is confused. It is without Knowledge. But you are a gift to the world, for you are learning to receive Knowledge this day.
Practice 222: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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I recall always thinking in situations where people want to blame and condemn, where people make poor choices, where people do things that appear bad, that it is not out of inherent evil that people behave the way they do, but out of ignorance, they simply know no better, they are confused. And here I can be no judge. Again what Jesus said comes to mind – "forgive them for they know not what they do."
If I paraphrase this to say “judge them not for they know not what they do,” it fits perfectly into the sense of this Step.
I accept that the world is confused and feel eternal gratitude that Knowledge is revealing itself to me, that I have the opportunity to receive it and the opportunity to express it increasingly. I wish to be a vehicle of Knowledge today and send it out into the world.