This is the fifth post in a series of seven posts regarding Step 49 of Steps to Knowledge, where I am directed to review my practice of the first 48 steps. I am sharing what I wrote at the time I did this review, with additional commentary as needed.
Step 29 – I will observe myself today to learn of Knowledge – “I remember I started exercising the day I did this Step. When I’m doing more observing, less judging, Knowledge sneaks in in an unguarded moment. I didn’t do very well in practicing exactly on the hour, but I practiced a good bit. I commented on this Step.” Starting to exercise was definitely a positive development. Yes, I consider unguarded moments to be valuable. I now use the alarm on my cell phone to remind me of hourly practice. It’s a great conversation starter. I don’t believe my private commentary on this step will be all that helpful.
Step 30 – Today I will observe my world – “Again, like the day before, I didn’t do the Step hourly, but I did it a lot, I considered the possibility of looking on the collapse of America without judgment.” If you either know me, or read this blog, then you have observed or surmised that I have a certain amount of fondness for, or attachment to, the United States of America and the ideals it seeks to embody. Contemplating the possibility of looking on the collapse of America without judgment took a great deal of stretching my soul beyond its previous dimensions.
Step 31 – I wish to see a world I have never seen before – “I recalled the ‘Judgment and love are opposites…’ step from ACIM [A Course in Miracles]. I also recalled the John Lennon song ‘Watchin’ the Wheels Go Round.’ Again, I wasn’t good on timely practice, but I practiced a lot.” Lesson 352 in the Workbook for Students in A Course in Miracles is “Judgment and love are opposites. From one come all the sorrows of the world. But from the other comes the peace of God Himself.” This is more of what I mean when I talk about the overlap between A Course in Miracles and Steps to Knowledge. The actual title of the John Lennon song is just “Watching the Wheels.” I find it much less angry than many earlier John Lennon songs.
Step 32 – The truth is with me. I can feel it. – “I remember mocking this Step, saying the line from 2001 ‘The truth is with me, Dave. I can feel it.’ I believe there was a big gap between the day I did 31 and the day I did 32. Holidays? I commented on this step.” When Dave Bowman is shutting down the HAL 9000 computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL says “My mind is going, Dave. I can feel it.” Did I need some comic relief? I shared my further commentary on Step 32 here.
Step 33 – I have a mission in my life to fulfill – “I remember not enjoying this step, because I was ok with the idea, but never seemed to fulfill it. I remember thinking it could mean I would be a fanatic, my life organized around my great mission. On the other hand, I might be fanatic, but normal about it.” I seem to have issues with either being a fanatic, or being thought of as a fanatic. Did St. Joan of Arc have a problem with people thinking she was a fanatic?
Step 34 – I am a beginning student of Knowledge – “I remember this Step taking away the pressure from the last Step.”
Step 35 – Review – “I did the Review. Looking without judgment is the current answer to everything that stinks.” I remember making the phrase “I will look, but I will not judge” into a little song that I sang over and over around the time I did this step.
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