Step 360 - I must learn how to reveal greatness in the world. Entry for Step 359 - I am present to serve the world.

Greetings All –

WITH SIMPLICITY, HUMILITY and without false assumptions, remembering that you are a beginning student of Knowledge, you will be able to learn how to reveal greatness in the world. This is quite essential because the world is ambivalent towards greatness, towards Knowledge and towards love. If you present the world’s desire to it when the world is in an ambivalent state, it will not know how to react. Therefore, its reaction will either demonstrate that it is for or against your contribution. Any individual, any community or any world that is beset with ambivalence will react in more than one way because it is ambivalent. For this reason you must learn to approach ambivalence with Wisdom, for those who are ambivalent must learn how to receive their certainty, as you are now learning to do.

RECOGNIZE THUS FAR HOW AMBIVALENT YOU HAVE BEEN regarding your life and regarding this preparation. Realize that for this reason, this preparation has been given to you in very incremental steps, one step at a time, day after day. One step at a time, you learn to develop and to accept your desire and capacity for Knowledge and you learn to express Knowledge as well. Being a student means you are here to learn, and as you learn you will demonstrate, teach and produce the great results that Knowledge wishes to produce. Yet, Knowledge cannot exceed your limitations because Knowledge cares for you and protects you as its vehicle. Because you are a part of Knowledge, you will wish to care for your vehicle as well. That is why you must take the utmost care of your mind and body as you proceed.

TODAY IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, allow yourself to be instructed in how to reveal greatness in the world. Realize that the world is ambivalent and accept this, for this is the current state of the world. Realize that you must give with Wisdom and discernment. And realize that you must let Knowledge give of itself and not try to give from your own ambition or need to avoid a sense of inadequacy. Allow your giving to be true and your giving will be true. Your giving, then, will give of itself in a way that is appropriate, that will preserve you and that will honor those who receive your gift. This will bring them out of their ambivalence, as you are now being led into the light yourself.

PRACTICE 360: Two 30-minute practice periods.

This Step begins: “BE PRESENT TO SERVE THE WORLD, and the presence that serves the world will speak through you,” and goes on to explain what that means, ending with: “This is your duty here and your great love.”

The hourly practice, if displayed as a list, can help understand what we must do to prepare:

(1) you wish to be present to serve the world…
(2) you wish to be present to have the world serve you…
(3) you must learn how to receive and how to give, and
(4) that is why you are a beginning student of Knowledge.

In the margin I attempted to summarize this part:

“The world must serve me in order that I’m able to serve the world.”

The journal was lightly used this day:

6:32 a.m. July 10, 2000 –

Being local is a regional strategy
Being regional is a global strategy
– the "local" & the region must work together.

9:35 p.m. An interesting day at the office – Just me –
Got home by 7 p.m. – Ate tortilla, turkey, spinach, cheese – my last tortilla – as I go back to Type O blood diet for a while. ---

> Now –@ 9:50 p.m. I'm ready for service practice #2 "I am present to serve the world."

10:55 p.m. In bed reading LTWK [Living The Way of Knowledge]– starting again from the beginning to learn/work the four pillars.

Putting the lesson to heart, I turn again to building my pillars. Years of building lie ahead. Just being a beginning student covers a great amount of territory, with new information being added. Let us continue.


P.S. At Step 360, we are just five 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. January 1, 2015 might be a time to do so. 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