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 258 - Who are my friends today? (MP3) Entry for Step 257 - Life is greater than I had ever realized.
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Step 258 - Who are my friends today?
YOUR FRIENDS TODAY ARE ALL WHO ARE RECLAIMING Knowledge
and all who have reclaimed Knowledge. Your friends tomorrow will be all who
will reclaim Knowledge. Therefore, everyone is either your friend or will
become your friend. It is only a matter of time, and time can only seem long to
those who dwell within it without purpose. But to those who dwell in time with purpose,
time moves swiftly and brings about this great result.
WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS TODAY? Everyone is your friend
or will become your friend. Therefore, why have an enemy? Why call another an
enemy who is in opposition to you, for they will become your friend. Knowledge
will join you. You are reclaiming Knowledge, so you are paving the way for
WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS TODAY? Your Teachers and your Spiritual
Family and all who reclaim Knowledge. Thus, your range of friendship is
enormous. There are many avenues in the reclamation of Knowledge, but the
essence of learning is always to become engaged with Knowledge itself and to
allow Knowledge to express itself through you. Thus, the universe is filled
with your friends—some of whom you may recognize and some of whom you may not be
able to recognize, some of whom you will be able to involve yourself with and
some of whom you will not be able to involve yourself with, some of whom you
will be able to accomplish things with and others whom you will not be able to
accomplish things with. It is all a matter of time.
REPEAT THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR. Witness it as a
signpost of reality for you. In your deeper practices, enter into stillness and
silence so that you may experience the depth of your relationship with your true
friends. Your life is filled with love. It is filled with the result of all those
who are reclaiming Knowledge now. Your desire for Knowledge is motivated by all
those who still refuse to reclaim Knowledge, for they in the future will be
your friends as well. Given this viewpoint, you will recognize that even those
who will be your friends in the future are in actuality your friends today, for
they are serving you, and they are asking that you serve them through your
accomplishment with Knowledge.
PRACTICE 258: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
The journal entry is somewhat detailed. It begins
with my recording my daylight-disk experiences. I did not know that term at the
time. Later I was told that such things are Iridium Flares, a reflection from an orbiting satellite. Over the next few years I’ll
have three other instances. No missing time or anything like.
Prior to becoming a Student I thought E.T. contact
would be interesting, but have come to be even more protective of my personal
space.I surround and protect myself
with the Love and the Grace of God. I was taught that back in the 1980’s – many
spiritual practices demonstrate the common roots of all of the Creator’s
teachings for us.
p.m. March 30, 2000 – Begin Blue Sky
of green and blue to blue. [change of ink color in the journal] The transition
wasn't that hard I guess. Today I went to Warrington for a DEQ meeting. Returning
on Route 17, I looked up in the sky and saw a silver oblong shape in the sky.
It flashed as if it were a silver airliner that just caught the sun. In fact, I’d
just seen the same thing in the Valley a few days before. I assumed it was a
plane headed for a Dulles landing that had caught the sun. It looked like a
typical UFO video/picture and, assuming it was the sun off an airliner, I
thought, "That really looks like a UFO – no wonder people think there are
I saw the same flash and, once that subsided, I was looking for the plane which
should have been visible on this very clear day. There was no plane anywhere in
the sky. As I compared this sighting to the Front Royal one, I started to think
both were possibly UFOs for me – my first – and very low on my radar. I'll keep
watching. It made me think of Truth as a pick up point.
p.m. Long Practice – "Life is greater than I had ever realized." This
is to be an active process. The evolution of the creation. How much did it take
to manifest the first atomic particle? I thoughts as I was driving to Warrenton
– on I-66 – moving so quickly in a car through this environment.
in the world, not of it – reflection on the present life/environment and every
movement it took to get this place – which is how far?
notes the earth supports life easily. Other planets are not so habitable. Being
in the flow with some perspective – which is now changing – broadening, I can
see myself in the picture – and now the picture is changing at work. I'm
confused, feeling lost, but glimpsing freedom too.
worked too hard, didn't save or invest enough. That extra work is all lost it
seems. Someday the files will be in the dumpster. I want to capture what I can.
ACIM, S2K suggests we each have a small part suited to our "range and
grasp to accomplish."
spite of my job-falter, I still sense it as "regions," since I
continue to receive thoughts about the invisible topic.
don't now want to focus only on income. I don't need a lot of money. Mostly I
need time and a computer, and aloneness –.
many stories I've encountered in the metaphysical – space side of books and
e-mail, even Urantia itself, hints at a greater universe – and Omniverse even –
but S2K – plus Hubble space shots show vastness beyond comprehension.
I'm here in body seeking to understand and to do my small part.
am free of the responsibility for success of the PDC. It will be
→ Why is it so
hard to follow intuition and knowledge.
investments are not what they might be. When things crashed in 1989 – I knew it
was time to buy stocks – but I left too much in bonds.
could've become more aggressive, but I didn't. Not paying attention. It makes
me feel stupid – not building a foundation, I'm vulnerable.
– I don't need all that much to live – so is there a problem? If I had more I
could give more. Maybe that's not my purpose. I'm confused.
p.m. I've reviewed future lessons up through the two week review. I’ve very far
to go. Amen & Amen
This day was focused on the Step in the journal.
Again, I find a correlation with ACIM – A
Course in Miracles, in that our intended role is a small part. I’m
decompressing – an un-pretty unburdening. At the end I note that I’ve looked at
the Steps two weeks ahead, something we’re told not to do.
Although it I did that, each step when I came to it
was new. That is still the case. It is a matter of revisiting the practices in
order to become deeper in Knowledge, though it still is some level of
beginning. The Teachers say there are no masters on the earth. That idea will
disappoint many, but that is not our concern now. We must continue on.
Journal second time x2
Step 257.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.