Step 187 - I am a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds. Entry for Step 186 - I am born of an Ancient Heritage.

Greetings All –

YOU ARE NOT MERELY A HUMAN BEING in this one world. You are a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds. This is the physical universe that you recognize through your senses. It is far greater than you can now comprehend. The extent of its relationships are far greater than you can even imagine, for reality is always greater than imagination.

YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF A GREATER PHYSICAL UNIVERSE. This acknowledges not only your Lineage and your Heritage but also your purpose in life at this time, for the world of humanity is growing into the life of the Greater Community of Worlds. This is known to you, though your beliefs may not yet account for it.

TODAY, UPON THE HOUR, affirm your citizenship in the Greater Community of Worlds, for this affirms a greater life that you are now beginning to discover. In your two meditation practices, once again enter stillness and quietude. This growing experience of stillness will enable you to understand all things, for your mind was created to assimilate Knowledge, and this is how understanding comes about. The accumulation of ideas and the accumulation of theories do not constitute either Knowledge or understanding, for understanding is born of true affinity and experience. In this, it has no parallel in the world and can thus serve the world that you perceive.

PRACTICE 187: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Note: “You are a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds.” This is a claim that might take one a while to recognize, but the truth has a certain inevitability once the mind can envision the context. Perhaps these images can help?

From the Journal:

1:11 A.M. Wednesday, January 19, 2000 - … I choose to begin Step 186 – practice #1

5:39 p.m. Where am I? Totally burned. …

The stock market flies and I’m still rooted in fear and not knowing how to get back in – October would have been good – I now see.

I feel a downside risk – I don’t know it.

Step 186 – “I am born of an Ancient Heritage.” – It says “In essence it is a pure experience of life and inclusion.” This is the HI I feel in the woods on the path – not always HI – but always inclusion. This also at the Chapel – and here at home…

“Spiritual Family…form the growing body of Knowledge and inclusion in life which you are now capable of experiencing.”
- the mysterious formation of Spiritual Family and its joining – “…fully available to serve you in the immediate circumstances of your life.” This I need now… “Knowledge is here already.”

7:40 p.m. I’m tired. I’ve meditated, eaten – will read my prior journal and go to bed.

I can’t leave here – I’ll just have to reduce expectations.

How do you build a world? I don’t know.

9 p.m. Reading the prior journal – 11/26/99 to 1/16/2000 – found some good stuff. I’m up to Dec 26 and need to sleep. I shall recover and compile the ideas I’ve found here and in this process.

Amen & Amen
  T-om Su-ne

More notes on the Steps page. This is a powerful Step in terms of presenting a greater perspective for life.

In the journal I note that I’m going back to read the previous journal and finding some interesting thoughts. This is not a scheduled Steps Review, but something that the journals provide. If you travel or have some time for a book or magazine, but nothing is around, you can “read yourself.” It may be entertaining, enlightening or even a bit sad, but this also serves as a means to understand your growth. It may be that you captured a thought with some Knowledge in it and don’t recognize it until later, or in combination with other thoughts.


P.S. At Step 187, we are into Part Two of Steps, so if you’ve found this and find some appeal in this or other Steps, you should really go to the beginning blog post. From here you learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense and then progress as needed.

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