Step Three Hundred and Twenty-Six

Step 326. The Greater Community Is Something I Can Feel But Cannot Understand.
How can you understand the greater community when you can barely understand the community in which you live, let alone the nation in which you live and the world in which you live? Here you must only understand that there is a Greater Community and that it is a larger context in which life expresses itself. As humanity attempts to become one community and as you attempt to become one person instead of many people, you will realize that you emerge into the world as a larger person and the world emerges into the Greater Community as a larger community. Here all individuality seeks community, for in community it finds its true expression, its true contribution and its true role. This is as true for you as it is for the world.

You can feel this. It is so evident. You can know this, for this idea is born of Knowledge. Don’t burden yourself with trying to understand all of this, for understanding is not necessary here. Only know and feel the reality of this. As you do this, your understanding will grow naturally. It will not be born of your own fantasy or idealism, but instead will be born of Knowledge and experience. Thus, it will abide with you, serve you and make your life more real and effective.

Remember that you will understand as you proceed, for understanding is born of hindsight and true application. Have confidence, then, that your understanding will grow as your participation grows. You need not understand the universe, but you do need to experience it. You need to feel it within yourself and around you. You need to see yourself as one person, you need to see your world as one community and you need to see your universe as a Greater Community that, within a larger sphere of participation, is attempting to unify itself as well. Thus, Knowledge works in all arenas and at all levels of participation—within each person, within each community, within each world, between each world and within the universe as a whole. That is why Knowledge is so great and why, though you receive it within yourself, it is far greater than you can conceive of.

Thus it is that now you may experience the Greater Community and not separate yourself in attempting to understand it. Understanding comes through participation. Remind yourself of today’s idea upon the hour and in your two deeper practice periods, attempt once again to think actively what this lesson means. Apply it to your experience. Apply it to your perception of the world. Recognize those thoughts that are for it and those that are against it. Recognize the inspiration and hope that this gives you and recognize the anxieties that may be aroused. Take inventory of your thoughts and experiences concerning today’s idea, but do not judge it, for it emanates from Knowledge. It is meant to free you from the disability of your own imagination. It is meant to free you and the world as well.

Today utilize your mind and your body to become a student of Knowledge. In this, you will learn to comprehend the meaning of yourself, your world and the Greater Community of Worlds.

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 13, 2014 Round One: I am happy to know that I cannot understand the concept of a Greater Community, but I can accept that it exists.
“Only know and feel the reality of this.”
“Remember that you will understand as you proceed, for understanding is born of hindsight and true application.”
I can relate to this and have confidence that my understanding will grow as my participation grows.

I am also growing into the idea that I will find my true expression, true contribution, and true role in community. I tend to hold myself apart and am learning to overcome this

Alison, another Steps student I feel a deep affinity with, writes: “Step 326 tells me to deal with the thresholds. Stop getting all squirmy trying to understand and control your relationships. It says the following, using its familiar repetitious ways:
How can you understand...
..not separating yourself in attempting to understand....
Don't burden yourself with trying to understand..
..your understanding will grow will understand as you proceed..
understanding is born of hindsight.
In this way I allow myself to be small. I do not understand my relationships. I don't understand my community within a larger community. I don't understand what another student must do. And what they do is not what I must do. I don't understand why I have restraint or why I cannot work with the same people I used to. But I am not disabled because I don't get it. I point the way to Life in the Universe, but I am not the keeper of everyone's Knowledge. I am a representative of Knowledge in the World, if I decide to be over and over again.

"I can look back and see the restraint one year ago, and what it meant. I feel gratitude for being given permission to leave mystery alive."

Douglas, my blogging partner at Mystery of Ascension, writes: Douglas Adams writes: "Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." I remember writing down in my review of this step, "If you want to go insane, just try understanding the Greater Community."

July 12, 2015 Round Two: I am content to be ignorant today. I think I understand less than I did the first time – lol! All I do know today is that understanding comes in hindsight – this is a given that I experience all the time. So today I am content not to understand, not to know, not to see. And really all this Greater Community stuff gets a bit much sometimes. It’s not that I don’t believe it, I do indeed, but what can I do about it? All I can do is carry the idea with me, have it tucked away in the recesses of my mind. I know it is true, but I don’t have to think about it, or do anything about it in particular. All I need to do is "carry on!"

I looked at Tom C.’s blog for today – Step 183. I seek experience not answers. Is that not what it is all about today too? Yes, I think it is!


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