Step Three Hundred and Forty-Three

Step 343. Today I Will Honor The Source Of My Preparation.

Honor the source of your preparation by being a student of Knowledge today. Remember this upon the hour and think again about what being a student of Knowledge means. Try to recall all that has been given to you and all that is being reinforced and try to recognize objectively that which obstructs you and holds you back. Strengthen your faith. Strengthen your participation. Use your power of decision to do so, and remember as you do this that you honor and represent that which guides you and that which you serve.

In your two deeper practice periods, actively engage your mind in considering what today’s idea means. Remember that you can only serve that which you value. If you value Knowledge, you will serve Knowledge. If you value ignorance and darkness, you will serve that. That which you value is your master, and your master will give you that which you must learn. You are a student of Knowledge. You are a student of Knowledge because you have chosen that your studenthood and the master that guides you reflect Knowledge and truth in the world. Here you only have two choices, for you can only serve Knowledge or that which attempts to replace Knowledge. Since nothing can really replace Knowledge, the desire to serve that which replaces Knowledge is the desire to serve nothing, to be nothing and to have nothing. This is what we mean when we speak of poverty. It is a state of serving nothing, being nothing and having nothing.
Therefore, honor that which serves you. Honor that which acknowledges your reality and the meaning and the value of your presence in the world, and you will serve something real, you will be something real and you will have something real. Thus it is that you who are learning to serve will be the one who is learning to receive.

Practice 343: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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May 30, 2014 Round One: I do not wish to be in a state of poverty and I can see that this is the state I will be in if I choose not to be guided by and serve Knowledge. I have indeed chosen that my studenthood and the master that guides me reflect Knowledge and truth in the world. And having chosen this path, I intend to stick to it. 

I find it highly significant that I am doing this Step today as the Steps Vigil continues.

July 21, 2015 Round Two: “Remember that you can only serve that which you value.” 

This is an ancient truth. It brings to mind the story about the two wolves (Native American Indian wisdom)

I continue to enjoy the harmony life is bestowing on me, the “knowing” that all is unfolding as it should. I feel a deep inner peace and contentment and this feeling is staying with me longer.

Today is a day of preparation for returning to the village. This time, if all goes well, I will be there for longer, perhaps until this time next year. I am looking no further than that at the moment.

I honor the source of my preparation and am happy that I am a student of Knowledge. I love my life and the people in my life. I am so blessed!


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