Step Two Hundred and Forty-Nine
Therefore, we emphasize the value of your relationships to you who now seek to reclaim Knowledge. These relationships must be imbued with the Knowledge that you are reclaiming. Then they will have the stability, the efficacy and the grace that Knowledge contains for you. For only relationships based upon Knowledge can carry the Wisdom that Knowledge will exert within the world. Relationships based upon personal attraction or personal fantasy do not have the foundation to carry Knowledge and will fail abruptly in the presence of the demands and requirements of a true life.
Therefore, as you reclaim Knowledge, you also learn the lessons of relationships. Remind yourself of this upon the hour and witness the obviousness of today’s lesson in whatever context you find yourself. If you look, you will see that nothing can be done alone— on any level, in any avenue. Nothing can be done alone. There is no individual creativity. There is no individual contribution. There is no individual invention. The only thing that can be made alone is fantasy, and in this a great deal has been produced. But even this is shared and fortified as each individual fortifies it within his or her own imagination. Therefore, even illusion is shared and substantiated through relationship. Nothing can be done alone. Even illusion cannot be done alone. There is no escape from this. Yet, the fact that there is no escape from life is the true promise of your redemption, for here life will redeem you, and all that you have brought into the world will be activated and contributed.
In your deeper practice periods today, bring yourself to Knowledge and bring yourself to your Teachers in stillness and humility. Realize that you can do nothing alone. Even your attempt to discipline your mind and to prepare yourself for meditation is something you share with others who are practicing and with your Teachers as well. All power of God can be expressed through you, for nothing can be done alone.
Practice 249: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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I cannot vouch for this, of course, it could well be just another fantasy. However, the fact cannot be denied that relationships do not just come out of nowhere, there is some underlying recognition, unconscious or not, that sparks some knowing, some confirmation that cultivating a relationship with a particular person will promote growth.
I can only be alone if I espouse separation. If I want to be separate, I can believe I am doing things alone. But this is not true, this is not reality—reality is that I am one with the whole, so alone is an illusion, while contributing to and strengthening the whole, along with everyone else, is what is real.