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 173 - Today I will do what is necessary. (MP3) Entry for Step 172 - I must reclaim my Knowledge.
Greetings All –
Step 173 - Today I will
do what is necessary. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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“Today I will do what is
necessary.” Step 173
DOING WHAT IS NECESSARY WILL ENGAGE YOU with
vitality in life, for life in the world, in all its forms, is engaged in what
is necessary. This at first seems oppressive to human beings, for they are accustomed
to living in fantasy, where everything is preferential and nothing is really
YET, IT IS WHEN SOMETHING IS REALLY NECESSARY IN
LIFE, even if it is a dire circumstance, that people are able to liberate
themselves momentarily from their fantasies and feel purpose, meaning and direction.
This, then, is a gift to humanity, but people usually give themselves this gift
only under dire circumstances.
IT IS UNDER HAPPIER CIRCUMSTANCES that you must now
learn to receive this and welcome necessity as a saving grace in your life, for
you wish to be needed, you wish to be included, you wish to be vital and you
wish to be an essential part of community. This is all necessary. It is not
merely a preference on your part. It cannot be born of a casual choice but of a
deep conviction, for your greater giving must be born of a deep conviction if
it is to be great and complete. Otherwise, at the sight of the first adversity
or disappointment, you will be cast away and will withdraw back into fantasy
WELCOME, THEN, THE NECESSITIES OF THIS DAY. Do
small tasks without complaint, for they are small. Follow your procedure today
in preparation, for it is necessary and it is great. Do not confuse the great and
the small, for the small is only to express the great. Do not try to make the
small great or the great small. Understand their true relationship with one
another, for within you is both the great and the small. Within you, the great
wishes to express itself through the small.
THEREFORE, CARRY OUT YOUR MUNDANE ACTIVITIES TODAY.
Do what is necessary today. Remind yourself upon the hour of our idea for
today, and give yourself to your practice so that your day may be a day of
giving and receiving. In your deeper meditation practices, enter into stillness
using the word RAHN to take you deep into meditation. Do this because it is
necessary. Do this with necessity and you will feel the power of your own will.
PRACTICE 173: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
a.m. Wednesday – January 5, 2000 – Restless night. Tired on waking. Where am I?
a.m. Pleasure GCW-II What has called to me? Coming to planning,
rural/regional planning; the greatest need was for data. Information about what
is, what was, and what are the trends? My focus has been on getting data, but
more importantly, using data so that people can understand their context – then
they will know/or can decide how to invest. This will empower them to make
their own lives better, as well as those of the coming generations. It is a
forming idea – for the investment community must be larger.
Regional Public Corporate Database.
p.m. The challenge to living organisms, an advancing and sustainable
p.m. Busy day. No lunch break. Knowledge said “work” – so I didn’t go out. I
came home starved – ate bread, sardines, spinach, - and I’m tired – late to do
practice #2. “I must reclaim my Knowledge.”
might that be? If I’m ET from somewhere – What do I carry? The GCW-II section
on pleasure says we can know that which we are to do – because we work it
without obvious reward. I’ve been there – done that – and got burned on
relationship within the PDC> I may have learned, I may have learned, but
I’ve no longer the energy to work uphill on this.
p.m. 15 minutes – can’t complete practice.
Wow – that was interesting. I speculated about ET
origin. If you consider reincarnation real, the question becomes, where has my
soul been before. If you’ve ever felt you don’t quite fit where you are on
earth, identifying perhaps with the title/situation of the 1961 science fiction
novel “Stranger in a Strangeland,” by Robert A. Heinlein, the ET thesis may have
come into your mind. You may not want to talk about it, but write it down to
manage that part of your thinking. Steps does help with such thinking, though
you’ll need to complete the Steps, and continue study.
It is another time I couldn’t complete a stillness
practice. I stuck to the program and kept going. It is your choice as to the
pace to proceed. If it takes 18 months, no problem with that. Should you wish
to keep up with my journey, just use the archived Step. They will be in order,
unless I mess up.
Journal second time x2
Step 172.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.