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 318 - There is a Greater Power at work in the world. (MP3) Entry for Step 317 - I need but relinquish my ambivalence to know the truth.
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Step 318 - There is a
Greater Power at work in the world. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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There is a Greater Power
at work in the world. Step 318
IS A GREATER POWER AT WORK IN THE WORLD because there is a Greater Power at
work in your life, and this Greater Power is at work in the lives of all who
dwell here. Even if the majority of the inhabitants of your world are not yet
ready to begin the reclamation of Knowledge, Knowledge dwells within them still
and casts its influence upon them—an influence which will affect them in
certain ways and which they will ignore in other ways. Yet, as you become the
recipient and the representative of Knowledge and as you become the vehicle for
Knowledge’s expression in the world, you will have the power to activate and to
influence all who need to receive Knowledge within themselves. In this way,
everything you do, great and small, becomes a blessing upon the world. You who
are now learning to give up self-condemnation and to escape ambivalence will see
the efficacy of your own Inner Guidance casting its spark of life upon the
world. Thus, you become a part of the force for good, a force that is serving a
Greater Power in the world.
THE WORLD DEMONSTRATES ITS ERRORS with gravity and magnitude,
but these errors are offset by the presence of a Greater Power in the world. Without
this Greater Power, humanity would not have evolved this far. Without this
Greater Power, all that has been good in your manifestations, all that has
served and inspired humanity and all that has spoken of the greatness of
Knowledge, directly or indirectly, would not have occurred. The Greater Power
in the world has allowed the evolution of humanity to continue and has kept Knowledge
alive in the world through individuals such as yourself who, through the spark
of their own Knowledge, have been called into preparation so that Knowledge may
be reclaimed and expressed and thus kept alive.
THEREFORE, HAVE HOPE BECAUSE A GREATER POWER is in
the world. But do not think that this makes you passive. Do not think that this
lifts from your shoulders the responsibility that always accompanies the
reclamation of Knowledge. This Greater Power in the world requires that you be
prepared to receive it and to express it. Your voice is its voice; your hands
are its hands; your eyes are its eyes; your ears are its ears; your movement is
its movement. It relies upon your preparation and upon your demonstration, as
you rely upon it for certainty and as you rely upon it for purpose, meaning and
direction. Thus, it is through your reliance upon Knowledge and Knowledge’s reliance
upon you that your union with Knowledge is made complete.
UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that a Greater Power
is at work in the world. Think of this as you look upon the world in its ambivalence
and error. Think of this when you look upon the world in its magnificence and
its inspiring expression. If you will but look without judgment, you will see
the amazing presence of Knowledge in the world. This will give you confidence
in the world as you are now learning to have confidence in yourself.
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, re-enter
your sanctuary where you come to give yourself to a Greater Power that is in
the world and that is within yourself. Allow your mind to be still so that you
may receive and experience this Greater Power in your life. Here you learn to
receive that which receives you. Here you learn to recognize that which
receives the world and which gives the world its only true hope.
PRACTICE 318: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Ambivalence, once understood, became very difficult
for me. The journal record this fact on this day in 2000. There are moments of
understanding and not, ending the day noting: “T-om master of ambivalence.” Perhaps you are doing better with this concept.
a.m. Monday, May 29, 2000
Day weekend Monday – stretching and breathing – Body flex – OK – add breathing
to any stretch.
bourbon, cheese, TV in the basement – certainly base – American –
a.m. Waking up out of ambivalence. I must create my own business from the data,
geography & tools at hand. I am trying to understand the cause of my
ambivalence – Step 320 says "your ambivalence is caused and is being
perpetuated by your own intimidation and fear of the world." This is true
– I've been hiding – expectations get so big – and now – where my
"giving" creates acceptance problems for my local governments.
a.m. I'm fine today, but tomorrow might not be so good – that is imagination
and fear robbing today's energy. It has been part of my life for a long time.
trust that my inspiration comes from Knowledge, since I know it didn't come
from me. As my awareness expands more consciously, pieces begin to fit. I have
some few that have an understanding of my view – very few, but ones that are
open at least – until I find in my community – rather – until I engage within
my Royal Frontier [French translation of Front Royal] community – I'll be less
than I can (?)
a.m. Continuing my search for understanding by working ahead in the lessons. I
need more to get out of my ambivalence and recognize Knowledge – to stem the
loss of energy.
a.m. Today is lesson 317 – "I need but relinquish my ambivalence to know
the truth." I am so, so hungry for Knowledge that I've previewed again the
lessons through 350 – number 351 begins the final lessons. – Even though I
can't absorb it all – I must go through until the end. I am that hungry
a.m. Here I sit – in a small bedroom in a small house on a tiny street Midland
Avenue – in Front Royal, VA – some dot on the planet. In my humble home – my
simple life – my open soul – the truth is gently confirmed to my soul – and I
am humbled – so what am I called to do? Is this it? I'm just on the edge – and
in all of that which is the creation.
War tells us loudly that war is wrong.
Life is hungry to perpetuate itself.
a.m. It is a holiday – so I'll spend time with Cindy. Home – H-ome – is what we
p.m. At Winchester. Home is what we bring to the manifest. To leave home and
establish your own; the challenge of manifestation?
p.m. When I read, meditate – it seems so clear. I get out in the world to
practice and it is so mundane. Is it the built environment – being where there
is little that's alive? I'm not bored in the woods. What is it?
p.m. On the back porch. It is a cool evening. Meditating here – rather than
going to the woods. Not being ambivalent about home, wife, work, life –
breathing and stretching. Seeking to be community. Seeking to perceive the
truth in every communication.
haven't been doing much lately – ambivalent and confused. I seek to achieve
more focus. I want my work to emerge –
is shoulda, coulda, woulda – but that can't build the future. People need
inspiration – can that be done w/o intervention/interference?
do you want? Peace –
do you get it? Not war!
know this world can be better. I know we are saved by our [community]
"This is a day of freedom."
recognize ambivalence in my life and do not choose confusion.
p.m. T-om master of ambivalence. My tools – bourbon, computer surfing, TV,
cheese, more bourbon, Comedy Central TV, CNN, whatever –
This day provided an interesting range of thoughts.
Again I’ve looked ahead, but that hasn’t sped me up. There is a great deal to
unlearn and new perspectives to learn. This will take some time, so let us
Journal second time x2
Step 317.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.