The time has come for me to follow what is offered in Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing.
There are different times in life for different things. The trick is to recognize when the time has come for each particular task.
At this point, I am hearing the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” in my mind’s ear.
To every thing, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time to every
Purpose under heaven.
When I reached the text between Step 9 and Step 10 of Steps to Knowledge which asks, “Why are you doing this anyway?”, my initial response was, I am doing this because I want to know. And it is indeed a very good question, one that deserves some probing.
The text goes on to provide its own answer, saying, “You are doing this because it is essential.” This answer sits very well with me. I feel the time has come to know more than I can know with my intellect, the time has come to delve into the deeper mind, the mind of Knowledge. For me this is essential.
This, what we can call a sidebar in Steps to Knowledge, opens with a series of questions. After asking the first thought-probing, “Why Are You Doing This Anyway?”, it continues with “Why are you asking such questions?”
I am asking because to every thing there is a time, and for me the time has come to ask such questions.
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
Then it asks, “Why do you seek for greater things?”
I seek because to every thing there is a time, and the time has come for me to seek for greater things.
A time to build up
A time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together
And “Why are you exerting the effort?”
I am exerting the effort because to every thing there is a time, and the time has come for me to exert the effort.
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing
The text then tells me, “There is a greater gift awaiting you, but you must prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.”
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time of peace, I swear
It’s not too late.
For me, the time has come, I wish to prepare myself mentally, emotionally and physically, for even though it may still not be too late, the time has come and will not wait (rhyme not intended).
For me this interim text in Steps to Knowledge comes right where it needs to come and is essential. It allows me to pause before I have gone too far and take stock of where I am going. If I feel this is not essential for me right now, if I feel the time has not come, I can bow out graciously, I can choose a different task to pursue at this time.
However, I choose to go on, I choose to accept the challenge Steps is posing. The time for me has come.
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