Step Three Hundred and Fifty-Five


Step 355. I Can Be At Peace In The World.
It is possible to be at peace in the world because you have brought the source of peace with you. You can be at peace in the world even though the world is a place of active engagement, a place of difficulty, a place of challenge and a place of necessary accomplishment because you carry peace within you and because of the fire of Knowledge. From Knowledge all meaningful thinking and activity emerge—all true inspiration, all important ideas and all great expressions. Yet, Knowledge is greater than its expressions, for it is a light unto the world.

You are at peace in the world because you are with the light of the world, and yet you are engaged in the world because you have come here to work. Only through participation by following each step can you realize that there is no contradiction between peace and work. There is no separation between stillness and activity. This you must fully experience, for it is a complete experience, and your capacity for this experience must be increasingly expanded. Your understanding and comprehension must be continually expanded. Your engagement in life must become increasingly harmonious and uniform. Your discernment regarding relationship must be increased and actually applied. All qualities that are associated with the cultivation of Knowledge must be elevated as well. This will make it possible for you to have peace in the world, for you were meant to have peace in the world. Peace in the world is an expression of your True Home in the world and in this you will find yourself.

Practice 355: Read the lesson three times today.



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June 11, 2014 Round One: As I read the lesson today, it was the fire of Knowledge that came up most strongly. I just need to be still with it and not try to figure anything out. I think this is the hardest thing, just letting things be without speculating, wondering, questioning, doubting. I do understand how peace and work do not contradict each other, however. I can be peaceful and active all at the same time. Being active doesn’t mean rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off, it means engagement, being present to the moment, being aware, being conscious of what I am doing and how I am feeling as I am doing it. When engagement and activity bring a deep sense of contentment and wellbeing, this is what I think is meant by having peace in the world.

August 2, 2015 Round Two: I was struck as I read the Step for today about how essential it is and how it feels as though Steps are reaching their apex – the true meaning and purpose of them is being revealed and coming to fruition.

This you must fully experience, for it is a complete experience, and your capacity for this experience must be increasingly expanded. Your understanding and comprehension must be continually expanded. Your engagement in life must become increasingly harmonious and uniform. Your discernment regarding relationship must be increased and actually applied.”

This is a tall order, but I wish to make the mark, I wish to continue striving for this capacity and all the qualities it talks about in this Step.

I am alone again, and being alone helps me to focus and integrate my experience. I awoke at 4.30 am with an urge to go out for a brisk walk. I walked out of the village up the road into the forest. There are intriguing houses up that way, some of which don’t seem to be occupied. The house on the very edge of the village right by the forest has its windows boarded up. It stands on a high slope leading down to the river. I began dreaming. I began wondering about the possibility of living there if things did not work out in the long run in the house I am not living. I wish to continue this early morning exercise as often as I can this week, before my husband returns. Then we will resume our daily morning walks together.

I feel a renewed connection with my Teachers, with Knowledge, with the spiritual part of me. I have a deep knowing once more that all will work out for the best.

I listened to this song yesterday evening as I rested alone – it speaks to my soul. I love some of the renditions this singer (Beth Hart) gives of certain songs.



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