This is a spiritual practice. It has been given to Humanity so it might be able to respond to the growing planetary necessity for Human Unity and Cooperation. We are encouraged to undertake Steps to Knowledge. This site is a simple aid to introduce people to this practice. There is much more to learn for anyone who becomes a student. As a Steps student since June 27, 1999, I am a witness for its benefit. Tom Christoffel
Step 170 I am following the ancient rite of preparation today. (MP3) Entry for Step 169 - The world is within me. This I know.
Greetings All –
Step 170 I am following
the ancient rite of preparation today. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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“I am following the ancient rite of preparation
today.” Step 170
PREPARATION THAT YOU ARE UNDERTAKING is ancient in its origin. It has been used
for centuries, in this world and in other worlds as well. It is only adapted in
its language and in its relevancy to your current time, yet it prepares the
mind in the way that minds have always been prepared in The Way of Knowledge,
for Knowledge does not change and the preparations only adapt themselves to
current events and current understanding so that they may be relevant for the
recipients. Yet, the true mechanism for preparation is unchanged.
ARE UNDERTAKING AN ANCIENT RITE in the reclamation of Knowledge. Born of the
Great Will of the Universe, this preparation has been constructed for the
advancement of students of Knowledge. You are working in tandem now with many
other individuals, both within this world and within other worlds as well. For
Knowledge is being taught in all worlds where intelligent life exists. Thus,
your efforts are supported and embellished by the efforts of those who are
preparing with you. In this, you represent a community of learners. Think not,
then, that your efforts are singular. Think not, then, that you are alone in
the world undertaking the reclamation of Knowledge. Think not, then, that you
are not part of a community of learners. This will be more evident to you in
time as you begin to recognize those who are preparing with you. This will be
more evident in time as your experience of the presence of your Teachers
deepens. This will be more evident in time as the results of your Knowledge
become evident even to you. This will be more evident in time as you consider
your life as part of a Greater Community of Worlds.
YOURSELF OF YOUR PRACTICE UPON THE HOUR. In your deeper practices in stillness,
receive the benefit of all who practice with you. Remind yourself that you are
not alone and that their rewards are given to you as your rewards are given to
them. Thus, you share in your accomplishments together. The power of your
undertaking is so tremendously supported by the endeavor and the giving of
others that it far exceeds your own abilities. When this is realized, it will
give you all manner of encouragement and will banish forever the idea that you
are inadequate to the tasks that are given to you. For your giving is
supplemented by the giving of others, and this represents the Will of God in
170: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: Due to cable modem failure I have to post
this from my HTC phone. There may be some limitations as a consequence.
9:30 A.M. Sunday, January 2, 2000. Life begins
again. Crossing the century line successfully – that invisible demarcation
makes me feel better. I’ve settled into understanding the relativity of it all
through Knowledge and relationships of knowledge.
10:55 A.M. Today I feel clear. I have a GCW
perspective on my life in the world. I am here to learn, to serve, to give. I
plan to be manifest for the next 50 years. In order to do this, some life style
changes will be in order. I will do my small part. Others will do theirs.
1:22 p.m. Life is projects, stories with a
beginning, middle and end – but with sustainability – at a minimum you want to
be in the middle of your life span and moving it forward.
→ Sustainability – pushing the settlement forward.
4:30 p.m. At Little Bear. For the first time I
climbed up on Patience – which from the distance I’d recognized as “truth” –
Patience has become truth? …
Practice #2 here. “The world is within me. This I
15 minutes – now open eyes – (As of 6:10 A.M. more journal to be posted later –
just getting home from a flight)
2015 – This post wasn’t finished a year ago and here I’m faced with
another technical problem. Seems I ought to check into that. Life may be full
of “incompletes,” but still it seems we can make progress. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2 Step 169.This is for those who have completed Steps once. Doing Steps
with only the texts, messages and your life experience, including what you may
have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing Step comments after the
Step, so as not to influence you in advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left
to your own wits, but then you can also listen more closely for guides, angels
and teachers, always first saying: “I surround and protect myself with the Love
and the Grace of God.” Thankfully, I was taught this practice in 1989.
P.S. If you’ve some interest due to this or other
Steps, you should go to the beginning blog post. From here you will learn about Steps to Knowledge
and can begin it on the day that makes sense; then progress as needed. You can
use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in
order in the archives - one post per Step.
Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps
once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference
how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts here provide
a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One
may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps students
blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as a
companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys. There are options as well
through the Free School of the New Message.