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 203 - The Greater Community is influencing the world I see. (MP3) Entry for Step 202 - I behold the Greater Community today.
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Step 203 - The Greater
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The Greater Community is
influencing the world I see. Step 203
IF YOU CAN ACCEPT THAT YOUR WORLD IS PART of a
Greater Community, which is simply obvious if you will look, then you must
accept that the world is being influenced by the Greater Community, for the world
is part of a Greater Community and cannot be independent of it. How the Greater
Community is influencing your world is beyond your current ability to
comprehend. But to understand that the world is being influenced allows you to
view it from a greater perspective, which from a purely human viewpoint you would
not be able to accomplish, for a purely human viewpoint does not allow for
other intelligent life to exist. The absurdity of this point of view becomes
quite evident as you begin to look at the universe objectively. This will
inspire in you wonder, greater interest and caution as well. This is very
important because the world is being influenced by the Greater Community, and
you are part of the world that is being influenced.
AS THE PHYSICAL WORLD THAT YOU LIVE IN is being
influenced by greater physical forces beyond your visual range, so the world
mentally is being influenced by intelligent life that is engaged with your
world. This intelligent life represents forces for good and forces for ignorance
as well. In this, you must come to comprehend a fundamental truth: Weaker minds
are influenced by stronger minds. This is true in your world and in all worlds.
Beyond the physical, this does not hold true, but in physical life this is the
case. That is why you are engaged now in making your mind strong and learning
to respond to Knowledge, which represents the force for good everywhere in the
universe. As you become stronger, you come to understand and comprehend more and
more. Thus, your mind must be cultivated in Knowledge to become stronger so
that it may serve a true cause.
TODAY, UPON THE HOUR, repeat the idea for the day
and in your two deeper practice periods, attempt to concentrate on the words
that we are giving you here. Use your mind actively. Do not allow it to stray
and find refuge in meaningless or little things. Think of the greatness of
these ideas, but do not consider them fearfully, for fear is not called for. What
is called for is objectivity so that you may comprehend the greatness of your
world, your universe and your opportunity within it.
PRACTICE 203: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2000 – "I behold the Greater Community
a.m. Being part of a universally greater community only makes me feel smaller
and more insignificant. I have no direct biological lineage stake in the future
– except through my sisters’ kids. My kids have kids – but no direct biology
there. Where is my stake – my link? I'm bored, tired, frustrated, uninspired,
angry – mostly angry –
a.m. Spent time on email. Big movement out there. The world is re-organizing.
Expectations are very high. We have wealth, but don't know where it comes from.
Do we know what community is? Do I know?
is good from their own center. I need to accept the objectivity of the world
and do my part.
a.m. Given the Greater Community expanse – and my time and body on earth, what
do I do? Stay with the regions work model?
big picture simplifies by making small things inconsequential. Starving
children elsewhere induce guilt.
experiment could be to do absolutely nothing.
According to LTWOK – there are others in my position seeking me so we
can book up. So – I must persist for them. Mission Incredible.
a.m. Only being confronted by the GC reality is likely to bring Earth's
humanity together. My biologic carriers – my human family is important – but
the genetic package is not critical.
reaction to the PDC changes has put me at risk. I need to deal with that.
a.m. Waking up in relationship to the world. There is adequate knowledge
present to improve the world. By being in the world and open to knowledge I can
p.m. Practice #2 "I behold the Greater Community today." The practice
encourages deep and active thought on this perspective. We/I am limited to a
human perspective on a human planet, but that is not the greater community. We
are one of many worlds with life at this stage of development. We do not know
what is next. It can't to be projected. Yet we know the trends. The range of
rural, suburban and urban environments tell us what might happen, but every
area is at its current stage and can rarely jump ahead unless influenced by
all must make our own mistakes. Planning is more trending. Entertaining these
scenarios as sci-fi might be acceptable, but S2K as preparation for alien
contact, which is already current, is something most would consider weird. I'd
like to find more of my partners on earth. All this great perspective – as seen
somewhat in sci-fi films – what can it do for me?
promises that this view would lead to clarity. How does that apply in PDC work?
I need to simplify and focus the work.
expectations have been enormous – I've scoped out more than I can do. As the
local governments get bigger and we don't grow – then we become less important.
and transportation – influencing the future – being a region. It is simple, but
not easy. I live in a great and mysterious universe. I am surrounded by great
value/great wealth created by the foundations of the fathers and mothers. I
would like to add a scale mechanism to this foundation. The local/regional/local
me insanely – I need others who can understand.
earth becomes a tiny marble in the sky – a marble rich with water and life; 200
– 300-year-old fish/sea creatures living in the depths of the ocean.
time frames of life. Man's mind has come to the table late and with serious
impact on the other life forms that set the stage. A harsh environment
simplifies – relatively speaking.
p.m. on the way to Luray tonight – the idea – looking at all people as Knowledge
carriers – how is that brought out of them?
This was one day when actual thought about the
practice was captured in the journal. Sometimes I sign with my initials TJC,
something developed in the military. Very important to have a unique initial.
I’ve also included the prior line to show more of the page. Now I use pencil
because it doesn’t run when wet, which this green ink does, even after 14
With reviews and all of the work to-date, Steps is
becoming more serious in my life, though there are still many issues to deal with.
The Steps pages have notes from years one and two, plus an entry from 2012,
when I did Steps along with the first year of Twitter and blog.
I looked up the definition of equanimity:
composure: steadiness of mind under stress. Certainly a valuable trait. On
7/28/2012 wrote: “It was difficult
to learn that earth was not the center of the universe. It is more difficult to
learn that Humanity is not the Crown of Creation”. Perspective is amazing. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2 Step 202.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.