Step 216 - There is a Spiritual Presence in my life. Entry for Step 215 - My Teachers are with me. I am not alone.

Greetings All –

THE SPIRITUAL PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE is ever with you, ever available to you and ever reminding you to look beyond your own judgments. It is forever providing for you the support, the assistance and the guidance necessary to minimize the wrong application of your mind and to strengthen the right application of your mind to allow Knowledge to arise within you.

YOU ARE NOW LEARNING TO RECEIVE and to respect this Spiritual Presence, and in time you will realize its great importance to you and to the world. This will generate greatness and humility all at once within you, for you will realize that you are not the source of your greatness, but the vehicle for its expression. This will keep you in true proportion and relationship to that which you serve. In relationship you receive all of the benefits of that which you claim to be your own. And yet, with Knowledge you will not become self-aggrandized because you will realize your own limitations and the depth of your own need for Knowledge. With this understanding, you will realize and accept the source of life. With this, you will realize that you are in the world to serve Knowledge and that the world is meant to be the recipient of Knowledge.

THERE IS A SPIRITUAL PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE. Feel this upon the hour as you repeat today’s idea. In your two deeper practice periods enter deeply into this Presence, for this Presence is most assuredly with you and wishes to give itself to you this day.

PRACTICE 216: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly

Note: “There is a Spiritual Presence in your life.”

Steps page:  Got it!” I wrote.

From the Journal:

11:05 . Wednesday, February 16, 2000 – Dad’s birthday. I didn’t remember until just now. It was VAPDC [Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions] meeting day. I lobbied the GA [General Assembly] for our MIF [Minimum In-stream Flow – North Fork Shenandoah River] – people received me well … the Valley needs this success.

The phone message when I got home – Sarah is out of jail and M.E. found a treatment place for her to go into.

When I came home I wanted to go get some wine. Outside the door on the back porch – I realized I had time for my second practice – Step 215. “My Teachers are with me. I am not alone.” – conditions include “First, they must help you to realize your need for Knowledge.” – Done – in fact 7/16/82 – my rebirth day was accepting my need for “Spirit.” With encounter of the GCW two years ago - this introduction/The Steps was/is the “need” realized.

- My ideas aren’t big enough, strong enough – I seek Knowledge -
Seems there is some progress on my part. Perhaps you’ve had some as well. Let us continue.


P.S. At Step 216, 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