Will It Hurt To Know?

Will it hurt to know? It definitely hurts to expect my personal mind to know.Any student who has reached Step 87, “I will not be afraid of what I know” of Steps to Knowledge, might be entertaining the thought “Easy for you to say, pal!” If Knowledge really is the great mystery of my life, then what? If I’m not wondering “Will it hurt to know?” then I don’t believe I’m really paying attention. What if Knowledge tells me to get into a different line of work, or move to a different city? Even studying Steps to Knowledge has a certain disruptive influence by now, sucking some of the poison of resentment and regret out of my soul.

Will it hurt to know?

Therefore, it seems necessary to take a deep, cleansing breath and hitch up my drawers before advancing further. Step 87 seems to “know” this, and addresses this.

“You may bear great anger and distrust towards yourself, but this is not directed at Knowledge.This is directed at your personal mind, which cannot possibly understand your greater purpose. It cannot possibly answer your greatest questions or provide certainty, purpose, meaning and direction in your life.”

As both a child and a parent, I have taken much pleasure in playing the board game Monopoly. As a child, I took a certain pleasure in the game tokens, like the Scottish Terrier or Scottie Dog pictured above. As I contemplated this step, a thought came to me. The thought was that expecting my personal mind to understand my greater purpose, was equivalent to asking the Scottie Dog game token whether I should invest in dirt-cheap Baltic Avenue or expensive Boardwalk. Expecting my personal mind to answer my greatest questions, or to provide certainty, purpose, meaning and direction in my life, seemed like giving my personal mind a task beyond its design specifications.

I need the Scottie Dog (my individuality) to play the game, and the Scottie Dog needs something greater than itself (like Knowledge) to provide purpose, meaning and direction as to how the game is played. Will it hurt to know? All I know at this point is that it definitely hurts to expect my personal mind to understand my greater purpose. Maybe I should stop doing that.

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What Of The Wounds My Brothers Gave To Me?

What of the wounds my brothers gave to me?When the same passage appears twice in the space of three chapters in the Bible, I consider it to be a dead giveaway that that passage is something to which I’m supposed to pay particular attention. In chapter 6 of the book of Jeremiah, the prophet brought an indictment against the kingdom of Judah, a corrupt nation living on borrowed virtue and borrowed time. This indictment is repeated in chapter 8:

“From the least to the greatest,
    all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
    all practice deceit.
They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13-14, New International Version)

I share this as I think about Step 86 “I honor those who have given to me” in Steps to Knowledge. Any student who has come this far has already received an answer for the question “How shall I deal with my self-inflicted wounds, the painful consequences of my own errors?” That answer was introduced in Step 26 “My errors give birth to my Knowledge,” and developed in Step 73 “I will allow my errors to teach me.” The answer is something to the effect of “Don’t kid yourself into thinking that error doesn’t exist. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that error doesn’t hurt. Make the decision to learn from your errors so as not to repeat them, thus avoiding the pain and suffering they bring.” I found that to be a satisfactory answer, a satisfactory dressing of my self-inflicted wounds.

What of the wounds my brothers gave to me?

But there is another side of the coin that must be addressed. Many people have difficulty dealing with wounds which are inflicted by others, the painful consequences of the errors of others. Many people question the justice of God, or the character of God, or even the very existence of God when they contemplated the actions of other people. I believe Step 86 provides an empowering context into which to place the evil that men do.

The people who have wounded me put my character, strength, courage and magnanimity to the test. Sometimes I passed the test, sometimes I didn’t. But they offered me a mirror in which I could plainly see myself. Maybe that’s what Rumi meant when he said “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

As I honor those who have given to me, I offer gratitude for the contributions of some people. What of the wounds my brothers gave to me? I thank them for the test they offered me, even if I didn’t pass. I am thankful that Steps to Knowledge is addressing this subject, and not saying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.