This is a spiritual practice. It has been given to Humanity so it might be able to respond to the growing planetary necessity for Human Unity and Cooperation. We are encouraged to undertake Steps to Knowledge. This site is a simple aid to introduce people to this practice. There is much more to learn for anyone who becomes a student. As a Steps student since June 27, 1999, I am a witness for its benefit. Tom Christoffel
Step 149 - My practice is my gift to the world. (MP3) Entry for Step - 148 My practice is my gift to God.
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Step - 149 My practice is
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“My practice is my gift
to the world.” Step – 149 of 365
YOU GIVE TO THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR OWN DEVELOPMENT at
this time, for you are preparing to give a greater gift than you have ever
given before. Thus, each day that you undertake the practice according to each
step that is given, you give a gift to the world. Why is this? It is because
you acknowledge your value and your worth. You acknowledge your Ancient Home
and your Ancient Destiny. You acknowledge those who sent you and those who will
receive you when you leave this world. All this is given to the world each time
you practice sincerely, upon each day, upon each hour. This is a greater gift
to the world than you can yet understand, but in time you will see the total
need that it fulfills.
THEREFORE, YOUR PRACTICE IS A GIFT TO THE WORLD,
for it gives that which you are affirming within yourself. What you affirm
within yourself you affirm for all individuals, in all circumstances, in all
worlds and in all dimensions. Thus, you affirm the reality of Knowledge. Thus, you
affirm your Ancient Home while you are here.
UPON THE HOUR, GIVE TO THE WORLD through your
practice of giving. Remind yourself of this. In your two longer practice
periods, give yourself completely into stillness and silence. Give of your
heart and give of your mind. Give all that you realize you can give, for this
is a gift to the world. Though you cannot as yet see the result, have confidence
that this giving will extend beyond your own mind and will touch all minds in
the universe, for all minds are truly joined in reality.
PRACTICE 149: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
orange poppies again, a picture symbolic of our practice as our “gift to the
world”, but the poppies not as full and vibrant as yesterday’s picture for our
“gift to God,” nor as big. The difference to me, as the basis of choice of
pictures, is that God would see our gifts fully, whereas the world is unlikely
to see our gifts fully, or very much at all, and because they are not yet fully
“My practice is my gift to God.” Step - 148 of 365
Peters – the client approach – I started this years ago. It was difficult for
people to see. When Greg came in he had a different approach – and blasted my
style. He assumed money would follow proposals – the base market was too thin;
it remains thin. The model is still valid.
a.m. How am I doing now? After reading Tom Peters I see that I need better
clients – better relationships. I don’t expect to be in a control position – it
is really for the discrimination of the knowledge I have received and wish to
make visible in the world. “The search for the perfect region.”
Whole Enchilada”- local/the kitchen where the enchilada was made is
whole/local/→ a steps
p.m. In Winchester at Wendy’s – enroute to Wal-Mart. My practice – is my gift
to God. My life is God’s gift to me. I look south and see a patch of rainbow in
the clouds as the setting sun hits the moisture/water crystals in the cloud.
I’m thankful that earth and sky is there to be seen and I’m here with eyes and
heart to see it. I am in the world – clearly – and seek to do God’s will. Conflictyes … but such is manifestation. I am here to
p.m. Right this minute I hate my life. I’ve felt this way since I got home at
6:30 p.m. I should have gone to work, but did not. … I read the Washington Post
– noting in it – well a few tidbits. … I feel very helpless – in my own life
and for Sarah and David.
made progress by doing an initial description of the local/regional scale –
→ local is whole
→ regional is sub-whole
might do something with that. I am so unhappy it stinks.
Buffet – we seek pattern to understand events. Some aspects of life are too
complex to have patterns – like the stock market, so the real patterns to look
for are those of success within the greater complexity. Those that one way or
another have the fundamentals right and thus are sustaining /growing. This
looks wise as does Tom Peters focus on good clients. These are things I could
do – if I knew a reason to do them.
needs are minimal. I need this conflicted environment to tease/torture out my thinking
on regions. It is a painful birthing.
soothes the unhappy beast.
p.m. 12/12/99 – a day of truth. … [argument described]
I was reading ahead the Steps for next week. Step – 153 “…all life is
this helps me to understand my path…
What is the purpose of all this? From this
particular day, I left out a lot. Your life may be a lot better than mine at
this time, or something you can’t relate to, or worse. The purpose is to show
something close to honestly speaking to oneself in a journal, so progress can
At this time in my career, I am trying to apply
business thinking to my work and to the need to invest - thus the study of Tom
Peters and Warren Buffet. Did I ultimately learn what I need from the world -
not exactly, but Steps was useful - as it enables a different type of thinking.
Steps to Knowledge clears up many things, sets
others in perspective, and always leaves plenty of undefined and mysterious
space. Skip over what may bore you, but look for the thread of strengthening
due to the Steps.
The Steps page has some ink: “How can I be
blue ink - year two: At some point – my giving became selfish, of the
world, wrong? -
We be learnin' - right?
Journal second time x2
Step 148.This is for those who have completed
Steps once. Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life experience,
including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing
Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence you in advance. It is a
wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can also listen more
closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying: “I surround and
protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully, I was taught
this practice in 1989.
P.S. 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.