Step Three Hundred and Thirty



Step 330. I Will Not Neglect The Small Things In My Life.

Once again we affirm this idea that you not be negligent of those simple, practical tasks that enable you to be a student of Knowledge. Remember you are not attempting to escape the world, but are working on becoming powerful within the world. Therefore, do not neglect those simple, little things that enable you and give you the freedom to become a student of Knowledge. Here all of your activities, even the most mundane and repetitive, can be seen as a form of service and contribution. In this way, all small things, however mundane and repetitive, can serve the world because they represent that you are honoring your True Self. This is the Self that exists in all individuals, the Self that exists in the world and the Self that exists in the Greater Community of Worlds.

Be attentive to the little things you do this day and do not neglect them. If you do not fear them, you will not resist them. If you do not resist them, you will be able to attend to them. And as you attend to them, you will be able to give yourself to them. Here Knowledge will express itself in all activities and Knowledge will be taught and reinforced in all activities. The world needs this demonstration, for the world thinks that God, love, true power and inspiration exist only in ideal states and only in ideal situations. The world does not understand that God expresses God everywhere and that Knowledge expresses itself everywhere and in all things.

As you come to understand this great truth, you will see the presence of Knowledge in all things. You will see Knowledge within the world. You will see Knowledge within yourself. This will give you complete confidence in your own participation and in your own service to Knowledge. You will then realize that you are saving the world time in its evolvement, advancement and salvation. This is so important for your confidence. But it is even more important for you to realize the greatness of Knowledge and the greatness that you will experience within yourself as you learn to receive it.

Upon the hour remember today’s idea and apply it so that you may be conscientious within each hour. In your two deeper meditation practices, re-enter stillness so that you may rekindle your experience of the fire of Knowledge so that the fire of Knowledge may purify and cleanse your mind and free it from all restraint. In this way, you will be able to be in the world more completely, and small things will not be neglected.

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

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Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.

May 17, 2014 Round One: I can totally relate to how small things, the most mundane and repetitive, can serve Knowledge, can be expressions of Knowledge in the world and can be part of my contribution. For some reason, something like washing another person’s feet comes to mind. But anything mundane and small, particularly if it is some repetitive chore like washing the dishes or cleaning the floor, if done with a feeling of joy and gratitude, if done with Knowledge uppermost in the mind, can turn into a blessing.
“re-enter stillness so that you may rekindle your experience of the fire of Knowledge so that the fire of Knowledge may purify and cleanse your mind and free it from all restraint.”

I am really experiencing this when I enter stillness.


July 6, 2015 Round Two: Today while I am back in Moscow with time on my hands (I am officially on vacation for the whole of July, so do not need to work on any translations), there are certain things I need to do, certain “small things” that I need to take care of. My initial feeling was to avoid them if I could, thinking I could put them off because they entail going out into the world, riding the underground (oh how awful!) to go to my official work place and pick up 6 months of salary (surely that is not a “chore”!), dealing with the bureaucracy, perhaps having to wait in line for hours (I need to readjust my pension after officially retiring – meaning I should get more money every month – surely that is not a “chore” either). It seems these things are all to my benefit (and they are, and not only to my own personal benefit, but to the benefit of my family as well – we need to buy a trailer if we want to go camping/fishing in comfort and we are saving up for a new car). It is just that I don’t want to have to deal with the madding crowd after living so far from it and enjoying a whole different lifestyle.


And now I read in this Step, Be attentive to the little things you do this day and do not neglect them. If you do not fear them, you will not resist them. If you do not resist them, you will be able to attend to them. And as you attend to them, you will be able to give yourself to them. Here Knowledge will express itself in all activities and Knowledge will be taught and reinforced in all activities.”


So I will go about my activities today knowing that I am expressing Knowledge and demonstrating it in the world. This gives me a true feeling of empowerment and feeling of reconciliation. I will not fear or resist what I need to do, but carry out my activities with a sense of joy and accomplishment.

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