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 185 - I have come into the world for a purpose. (MP3) Entry for Step 184 - My questions are greater than I had realized before.
Greetings All –
Step 185 - I have come
into the world for a purpose. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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“I have come into the
world for a purpose.” Step 185
AGAIN WE AFFIRM THIS GREAT TRUTH, which in your Knowledge
you will know to be true. Regardless of your current stage of personal development,
the reality of your purpose in life remains true. Therefore, from time to time
we repeat certain lessons that are essential for your well-being and development.
We give them different wording from time to time so that you may have a greater
and greater experience of them. In this way, they may find their way into your
heart so that your heart may find its way into your consciousness.
YOU ARE HERE TO SERVE. You are here to give. You
are here because you are rich with Knowledge. Regardless of your circumstance
in life, your own sense of poverty will be banished forever as Knowledge arises
within you, for there can be no sense of deprivation when Knowledge is being
experienced and expressed. This is the promise of this program of preparation. This
is the promise of your life. This is your destiny and your mission here. From
this, your specific calling in the world will be given to you. It will be quite
specific to your activities and behavior. Before this can happen, your mind
must be cultivated, and your life must be rearranged and brought into genuine
balance so that it may reflect your Knowledge and not your fears and wishes
only. A greater life must come from a Greater Source within you. A greater life
is made possible for you now.
YOU ARE HERE TO SERVE, but to serve you must
receive. In your longer practice periods today, practice receptivity. Go deeper
in your practice of stillness. Cultivate this practice. You are now learning
the specific skills that will help you to do this. When your will is being experienced,
the methods will follow naturally. We give only so much methodology as is
necessary to aim your mind in the proper direction. From here you can refine
your practice to meet your needs without betraying the instructions that are
given in this course.
THEREFORE, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS that are given and
make minor adjustments as necessary. When you learn to work with your nature,
you will learn to utilize it on your own behalf. Practice upon the hour so that
your practice may go with you everywhere and so that everything that happens to
you today may be a part of your practice.
PRACTICE 185: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Note: “You are here to serve. You are here to give. You
are here because you are rich with Knowledge.”
The picture offered for this step is what? A parent
and child seems the simplest description. A parent is mother or father; a child
– boy or girl. “I have come into the world for a purpose.” Depending upon the life stage, the “I” is a
child, a parent, or both. In this picture, the relationship between the two
184 - My questions are greater than I had realized before.
From the Journal:
6:42 a.m. Monday, January 17, 2000 – on waking – I
need a bigger brain. There doesn't seem to be enough room in mine to encompass
the areas of information I wish to use.
9:10 a.m. I continue S2K. The information promoting
GCWK appears harsh to me – as though there is no knowledge of community in the
world. My orientation is specific to my work – but I'm not alone – getting
beyond local community has been my challenge. It looks like the emphasis is on
creating communities of practice/communities of Knowledge.
If all souls have Knowledge implanted by the
Creator – and Unseen ones are available to all – the thought-adjuster in the
Urantia model – and life experience challenges us about our beliefs – then true
Knowledge will grow in souls and be expressed.
The world is divided into occupations –
priesthoods. Every knowledge is not for everyone. Even those that study all the
time may not know. The answers they present to may be believed, or at least not
I am able to do in the region what I do because of
the design and my use of the design. I am a hub – being, a Cisco router, an
information device – with an ability to listen. I assist in this community of
practice. It is spiritual. It is my ministry – per John Dooley – Public Ad-ministration.
Reading on in S2K – there are no soft landings
here. Life can be hard – it will be harsh.
9:50 a.m. even though I'm in desperate need of
doing the office work – that Pillar – I must continue to read GCWK to understand
It is far too wordy and repetitive.
p109 LTWOK "Eventually, if you build a
foundation and learn the Way of Knowledge, you will gain a Greater Community
perspective about the world, which is an ability to see the world from the
outside looking in as opposed to the inside looking out."
6:15 p.m. The
urgings to do the Steps fall short of the experience of the Steps.
Step 184 "You are seeking to know the meaning
of your Knowledge through its demonstration."
7:02 p.m. Sarah called. She's studying to be a Jehovah's
Witness. I told her there was just one God – many ways to worship.
8:20 p.m. Spiritual Family – SharoneSha-rone
I am confused by GCW text, not the exercises. The human
settlement overlays are inefficient. When desperately poor in the 1930’s their
circumstances taught saving - but not adequate investing. They did not learn to
protect the land. Y2K got people to cooperate. What will be next?
8:56 p.m. I've been eating heavily all day. I've been
reading LTWK. The final conclusion is that if mankind doesn't unify and
cooperate it will fall under the control of other forces. We who may seek
knowledge are The Lost Planet Airmen who must save the planet. The GF and HFmessages from Sheldon Nidle won't do it?
9:30 p.m. Things
will get worse before there is more cooperation. This I sense – this is why I
am patient and persistent. Virginia is a place to practice.
11:10 p.m. The
GCW is useful as a tool for cooperation. The scenario of contact is not
impossible. What is my responsibility here?
1. I think this is probable and I want it not to
affect my life.
2. I know it will. It already has.
Another day of long journaling. Since I don’t look
ahead to see what my responses were in 2000, I end up with quite a bit of text
to enter. My thinking has been expanded by “Living the Way of Knowledge” which in chapters 2 – 6, it introduces “The Four
Pillars of Life.” This is a book you may want to fit into your reading, as it
gives an expanded basis for Steps.
The Step page includes the request: “I need a bigger
brain.” A pencil note form
7/1/2012 indicates “sadness.” I could look at the journal for then to see a cause, but won’t.
You’ll note what might be considered criticism in a
superficial reading:“The urgings to do the Steps fall short of the
experience of the Steps.”That is not the case. It would better be
expressed as: “The experience of the
Steps greatly exceeds the urgings to take the Steps.” Sheldan Nidle is falling
by the wayside, as the Greater Community perspective grows in my mind. The Urantia
Book perspective lingers.
What I told my daughter
is a variation on how I approach any conversation on religion or spirituality.
If the topic comes up, I offer: “Of
course, there is only one God – but many ways to get there. Spirituality is
like transportation; it is a need, but you whether you use a Ford, Chevy or
Toyota for the trip makes no difference. Religions are vehicles.”Some vehicles might be better, but a wider
discussion can’t begin without some common ground. This is a test for common
ground, after which other ideas can test the receptivity to GCS.
Journal second time x2
Step 184.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.