When I practice my step each day, there are certain phrases that speak to me louder than others, certain phrases I find myself attracted to and identifying with.
In Step 27, these phrases were:
If you have ever felt that the truth betrayed you, then you have not recognized its value.
I wrote in my notes: “I can’t remember ever feeling that the truth has betrayed me. I have always felt that everything that has happened to me in this life has been for my higher good.”
Yet, remember that the truth has always saved you from a greater error that you would have committed otherwise.
My notes say: “Right! This speaks to me loud and clear today. I am so grateful for this and hope that I will always have the capacity to see the truth and not barge stubbornly on to what I think I want and must have, but allow Knowledge to guide me and show me the Truth.”
I did this Step on December 2, 2012, but what I wrote in my notes is so pertinent to an issue I am engaged with today. I wish for the capacity to see the truth and not barge stubbornly on without considering others. I wish to discover the wisdom this Step addresses, I seek the truth, hoping that I will recognize it and not be led into error.
The Step assures me:
In this program of development, the truth will be distinguished from everything else in such a way that you can experience it directly and will not be confused about its appearance or its beneficial existence in your life.
I hold these words upmost in my mind, for I wish to distinguish the truth from everything else and not be confused about its appearance or beneficial existence in my life.
The truth is here to serve me
This Step calls for a certain amount of retrospection, looking back over my life to see how the truth has served me. I am to look at experiences that were happy and look at experiences that were painful. This I understand to be an exercise in being able to recognize the truth more readily in the future so that I am saved from greater error.
The photos in this post were taken in the Republic of Karelia, a federal subject of the Russian Federation, further north than the Leningrad Region and the village of Shcheleiki where I discovered that errors can lead to true knowledge. I use them to illustrate this post because on the day I was privy to this sunset, I was not valuing the truth and did not recognize that the truth is here to serve me. Those insights came later.
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