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 357 - I am in the world to express my Self. (MP3) Entry for Step 356 - I will find my Self today.
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Step 357 - I am in the
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I am in the
world to express my Self. Step 357
EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SAID and everything you
have ever done has been an attempt to express your Self. Your dilemma in the
past is that you have attempted to express a self that is not your Self. This
temporary self, this personal self, has been used as a substitute for your True
Self, though it is only meant to be an intermediary between your True Self and
the world. Because it has been used as a substitute, its own inherent confusion
and lack of foundation have disabled your communication and expression. Therefore,
you have not found the source of your expression or the best vehicle for your expression.
THAT YOUR TRUE SELF WISHES TO EXPRESS ITSELF is
evident in all of your past activities if you will understand them objectively.
Everything you have ever said to anyone contains a seed of true expression.
Everything you have ever done or attempted to demonstrate contains the seed of
true demonstration and expression. You need only purify your expression to have
it be complete and truly representative of your nature and, therefore, truly
satisfying to you.
BECAUSE YOU ARE HERE TO EXPRESS YOUR SELF, you must
also learn how to express your Self, how your true expressions will affect others
and how this effect can be utilized appropriately, for your wellbeing and their
well-being as well. Here you learn what you wish to express and how to express
it. And you also learn to realize its impact upon the world. This requires the
cultivation of Knowledge within you, the cultivation of your personal abilities
and the transformation of your personal self from being a substitute for
Knowledge to being an intermediary for Knowledge. As an intermediary, your
personal self must be developed and activated properly. Here it serves a
Greater Self within you, as your Greater Self serves the Great Self of the
Universe. Here everything finds its rightful place and its uniform expression.
REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR that you wish to
express your Self and in your deeper meditation experiences, where you come in stillness
and devotion, allow your True Self to express itself to you. Beyond words and
beyond actions, your True Self will express itself and you will know its
expression. You will know that you wish to receive its expression and to extend
its expression into the world. The world is the place where you have come to
express your Self because the world is the place where you wish to be at home.
PRACTICE 357: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
8:45 a.m. July 7, 2000 – I will find my Self today. It's about time to
At work – on L.O. – the ideas of systems analysis and
"wholes" – systems is a method of modeling the workings of the world.
Ideally it would explain discrete wholes within the world. Systems can't
explain the mystery – the spark that starts it all.
Since natural – bio-logic systems have so much more experience at
survival and growth than technological systems, it is wise to consider how they
work and include these lessons in the design of tech.
11:20 p.m. Have I found myself today? Only 40 minutes left
At this point in the journal I went to drawing. This is a map of the
concepts as I understand them:
The last detail is an attempt to relate my self and the “True” or
“Greater Self.” As said before, drawing is a way to out-picture relationships.
It is a way to think visually. The journal entries are doing this. It ends with
The Steps page is
I’ve ended it with a
question: “Why does Knowledge have to be reclaimed in the world?”
My brain is now
packed with moving parts, trying to get a new sense of equilibrium. Let us
Journal second time x2
Step 356.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.