Step 325 - The world is emerging into the Greater Community of worlds Therefore, I must be attentive. Entry for Step 324 - I will not judge another today.
Greetings All –
Step 325 - The world is emerging into the Greater Community of Worlds. Therefore, I must be attentive.
THE WORLD IS EMERGING into the Greater Community of Worlds. How can you recognize this if you are preoccupied with your own concerns, your own hopes and your own ambitions? How can you recognize what is happening in your world? How can you see those forces that are influencing your outer life and that govern your affairs to such a great extent? Part of becoming strong with Knowledge is becoming attentive. You can only become attentive if your mind is not preoccupied with its own imaginings and fantasies.
THE WORLD IS PREPARING TO EMERGE into the Greater Community of Worlds, and this underlies its evolution and all of its advancements now. That is why conflict is erupting in the world, because those who oppose the evolution of the world will fight against it. Those who wish to further the advancement of the world will attempt to fortify the goodness of humanity and the sense that humanity is one community that must nurture and support itself beyond all division of nation, race, religion, culture and tribe. Thus it is that you who are becoming a representative and recipient of Knowledge will fortify peace, unity, understanding and compassion in the world. All this is part of the preparation of the world to emerge into the Greater Community of Worlds, because this represents the evolution of the world. This represents Knowledge within the world.
KNOWLEDGE WITHIN THE WORLD does not foster conflict in any way. It does not promote hatred or division. It does not promote anything that is divisive or anything that is cruel or destructive. It is the collective experience of Knowledge in the world that moves the world towards union and community. Because your world is part of a Greater Community, it is moving towards union and community because of its own evolution and because it is responding to the Greater Community of which it is a part. You cannot know the importance of this idea unless you can be attentive to the world, and you cannot know the importance of this to you who have come to serve this emergence unless you become attentive to yourself.
REMEMBER ONCE AGAIN that you can only lose contact with yourself if you re-enter imagination or fantasy, because this is the only alternative to being attentive to yourself and your world. Awake from your dreams, then, and become attentive. Remember upon the hour to look upon the world without judgment, and you will see that the world is attempting to become one community, for it seeks to extend itself into the Greater Community. The Greater Community represents a community that is calling upon humanity to enter and to participate. You cannot understand the mechanism for this, for it is far too great for your eyes and for your mental capacity now, but the movement of this is so obvious and apparent if you will but look.
UPON THE HOUR LOOK, and in your deeper meditation practices, actively engage your mind in considering this idea. Today’s practice is not a practice in stillness, but a practice in active and useful engagement of your mind. Consider your own response to today’s idea. Take note of your thoughts for and against it. Take note of your anxieties, especially concerning the world becoming one community in its emergence and participation in the Greater Community. Take note of these things, for here you will understand that within yourself which supports your advancement and that which denies it. As you learn to look upon these things without condemnation but with true objectivity, you will understand why the world is in conflict. You will understand this, and you will not see this with hatred, malice or envy. You will see this with understanding and compassion. This will teach you, then, how you must learn to work in the world so that you may fulfill your purpose here.
PRACTICE 325: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Yesterday: Step 324 - I will not judge another today.
This is a Step we’ve done before.
This time we are given more instruction as to why this is important. At the same time, those of us who come from the Christian tradition, recognize it in a teaching from Jesus:
Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Here humanity was given the lesson, but no specific practice to understand and apply in our lives. Steps Practice is the means by which stated truths can be experienced and thus become alive and real in our lives.
We are told such practices exist in the mystic traditions of many religions, but the teachers are few; not accessible to those of us in the workaday world. This is the gift of Steps.
This is a good point to remind ourselves again that Knowledge is another term for Holy Spirit, which is familiar to many, and loved. This is a language bridge to the New Message/Greater Community Spirituality understanding needed now and for the future.
The journal entries this day are few.
6:44 a.m. June 5, 2000 – Looking at the world and judging Knowledge absent.
Monday morning & lacking energy. Let the world go on w/o me.
7:40 p.m. Practice #2 – Tired…
At work – problems with Sandy's hourly rate calculation – so I've got to rework the cost. This will affect receivables – and other things.
Sarah is here. She's easy to have around. A great daughter.
– Judgment would stand between me and Knowledge. Thus, I will not judge.
11:45 p.m. – Finally – 500 words for 2100 View – Don't know if it will fly – but I've gotten lots of mileage out of the assignment. [A Year 2100 Regional Council Time Capsule project]
In the lesson/practice of not judging, I sensed how my judging someone judged myself as well and created a barrier to Knowledge.
10:52 p.m. Someday I expect to awake in my home on my true planet/environment. It is the thought in Practice 325 [tomorrow’s Step] that "The world is emerging into the Greater Community of worlds. Therefore I must be attentive." Which elevates my interest – not in a sci-fi way, but for the real experience of others, some of which are mine own.
At the end of the day I’m looking ahead to the next Step. The mundane is recorded along with the experience: “In the lesson/practice of not judging, I sensed how my judging someone judged myself as well and created a barrier to Knowledge.” The Practices in the past 325 days have taken us somewhere we’d not been able to get to on our own. Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 325, we are 40 Steps from the end – Step 365. This is not the place to begin this Practice. 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.