Step 203 - The Greater Community is influencing the world I see. Entry for Step 202 - I behold the Greater Community today.
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 practice.
This was to be a day of contemplative thinking. There was quite a bit.
From the Journal:
6:24 AM Thursday, February 4, 2000 – "I behold the Greater Community today."
7:15 AM 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 –
7:49 AM 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?
Everyone is good from their own center. I need to accept the objectivity of the world and do my part.
7:55 AM Given the Greater Community expanse – and my time and body on earth, what do I do? Stay with the regions work model?
The big picture simplifies by making small things inconsequential. Starving children elsewhere induce guilt.
My experiment could be to do absolutely nothing.
>but… According to LTWOK – there are others in my position seeking me so we can book up. So – I must persist for them. Mission Incredible.
8:25 AM 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.
My reaction to the PDC changes has put me at risk. I need to deal with that.
9:50 AM 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 contribute.
5:55 PM 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 higher standards.
We 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?
It promises that this view would lead to clarity. How does that apply in PDC work? I need to simplify and focus the work.
My 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.
Water 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 scale.
It drives me insanely – I need others who can understand.
The 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.
The 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.
11:35 PM 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 years.
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.
"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." 7/28/2012
Also, this page show that I looked up the definition of "equanimity" and wrote it down. Most know it has something to do with equality, but in the definition says - composure; steadiness of mind under stress. That it is an ability to operate under stress, is informative relative to what are the goals of the practices. Neatness probably counts, but it isn't necessary. Just get your thoughts down on paper or audio, later to be put to paper.
P.S. At Step 203, 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. You can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in order in the archives - one 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.