This is the sixth post in a series of seven posts regarding Step 49 of Steps to Knowledge. In Step 49, I’ve been told to review my practice and experience of the first 48 Steps. I am sharing what I wrote when I actually did the Step 49 review, and adding commentary as needed.
Step 36 – My life is a mystery to explore – “I remember thinking the phrase ‘going spelunking in my soul.'” I waited from early 2011 to June 2013 to write that phrase in a blog post. Part of this step was taking the focus off of life as a result to be judged.
Step 37 – There is a way to Knowledge – “I wrote down this Step in this book, I seem to think that I need to get high to get to Knowledge.” I wrote down 23 different practices, some of which are about development of character, some of which are about alteration of consciousness.
Step 38 – God knows the way to Knowledge – “I did the Step. Sometime around this day I got there were Christians who found the way to Knowledge, like Joan of Arc.” I’ve written two posts about Joan of Arc so far. I will probably write more in the future.
Step 39 – The power of God is with me – “I did the step, recalling the hymn ‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.'” This Christian hymn, written in 1876 to a Welsh melody, talks about God dwelling in inaccessible light. It talks about God being “unresting, unhasting, and silent as light.” This hymn had a similar vibration to me as the bit in the next step about the great stillness of God.
Step 41 – I am not afraid of the power of God – “I commented on this Step.” In that commentary, among other things, I wrote “The separation is insane, and to maintain it, I must spin a hurtful insane mud world around myself.” Spinning a mud world around myself is a line from a Robert Bly translation of a Kabir poem.
Step 42 – Review – “I commented on this review.” In that commentary, I wrote “Another thing I haven’t written down until now is that I’m very briefly scanning through the Steps I’ve done so far, in getting to the Step I’m going to do on a particular day. That seems to help.”
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