Step Two Hundred and Sixty-Nine
Knowledge provides this restraint that we have spoken of, and you must exercise it on your own behalf. If you are ambitious with Knowledge, you will pose very great risks to yourself and to other people, for Wisdom, compassion, restraint and self-control must accompany the development of Knowledge. If you attempt to use Knowledge for your own selfish gain or for what you think the world needs, you will lead yourself astray and Knowledge will not accompany you.
Accept the restraint and development that are called for now, for they will protect you and enable you to render your gifts with a minimum of discord and personal risk. They will guarantee the wholeness and worthiness of your contribution, for it will be untainted by selfish motives. Practice upon the hour and enter deeply into meditation twice today. Repeat your idea for the day and enter into stillness once again. Allow this to be a day where Knowledge is strengthened.
There are certain areas of my life, my work, for instance, where I hope that Knowledge is leading to the right attractions. For instance, I am looking for a literary agent to represent a novel by a Russian author I have translated into English. This author wishes the translations of his novels to be published in the West. It is a daunting task that has brought rejection upon rejection so far. Is he being overly ambitious, which is why all my attempts are ending in failure? Am I being too ambitious by hoping that someone will recognize the merits of my translation? I know the literary marketplace is very competitive and sometimes it is just a matter of luck, approaching the right person at the right time. I am hoping that the power of Knowledge as it extends from me will bring the right resolution of this task. I pray that I will know how to extend this Knowledge wisely and apply it will bring the most beneficial results.
Or am I totally out in left field somewhere and just don’t get it?