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 325 - The world is emerging into the Greater Community of Worlds. Therefore, I must be attentive. (MP3) Entry for Step 324 - I will not judge another today.
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Step 325 - The world is
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The world is emerging into the Greater Community of
Worlds. Therefore, I must be attentive. Step 325
THE WORLD IS EMERGING into the Greater Community of Worlds.
How can you recognize this if you are preoccupied with your own concerns, your
own hopes and your own ambitions? How can you recognize what is happening in
your world? How can you see those forces that are influencing your outer life
and that govern your affairs to such a great extent? Part of becoming strong with
Knowledge is becoming attentive. You can only become attentive if your mind is
not preoccupied with its own imaginings and fantasies.
THE WORLD IS PREPARING TO EMERGE into the Greater Community
of Worlds, and this underlies its evolution and all of its advancements now. That
is why conflict is erupting in the world, because those who oppose the
evolution of the world will fight against it. Those who wish to further the
advancement of the world will attempt to fortify the goodness of humanity and
the sense that humanity is one community that must nurture and support itself beyond
all division of nation, race, religion, culture and tribe. Thus it is that you
who are becoming a representative and recipient of Knowledge will fortify
peace, unity, understanding and compassion in the world. All this is part of
the preparation of the world to emerge into the Greater Community of Worlds,
because this represents the evolution of the world. This represents Knowledge
within the world.
KNOWLEDGE WITHIN THE WORLD does not foster conflict
in any way. It does not promote hatred or division. It does not promote anything
that is divisive or anything that is cruel or destructive. It is the collective
experience of Knowledge in the world that moves the world towards union and
community. Because your world is part of a Greater Community, it is moving
towards union and community because of its own evolution and because it is
responding to the Greater Community of which it is a part. You cannot know the importance
of this idea unless you can be attentive to the world, and you cannot know the
importance of this to you who have come to serve this emergence unless you
become attentive to yourself.
REMEMBER ONCE AGAIN that you can only lose contact
with yourself if you re-enter imagination or fantasy, because this is the only alternative
to being attentive to yourself and your world. Awake from your dreams, then,
and become attentive. Remember upon the hour to look upon the world without
judgment, and you will see that the world is attempting to become one
community, for it seeks to extend itself into the Greater Community. The
Greater Community represents a community that is calling upon humanity to enter
and to participate. You cannot understand the mechanism for this, for it is far
too great for your eyes and for your mental capacity now, but the movement of this
is so obvious and apparent if you will but look.
UPON THE HOUR LOOK, and in your deeper meditation
practices, actively engage your mind in considering this idea. Today’s practice
is not a practice in stillness, but a practice in active and useful engagement
of your mind. Consider your own response to today’s idea. Take note of your
thoughts for and against it. Take note of your anxieties, especially concerning
the world becoming one community in its emergence and participation in the
Greater Community. Take note of these things, for here you will understand that
within yourself which supports your advancement and that which denies it. As
you learn to look upon these things without condemnation but with true objectivity,
you will understand why the world is in conflict. You will understand this, and
you will not see this with hatred, malice or envy. You will see this with
understanding and compassion. This will teach you, then, how you must learn to
work in the world so that you may fulfill your purpose here.
PRACTICE 325: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture: Buddhist monks making a Mandala at the October,
2015 Parliament of World Religions. This interfaith group has as its defined mission:
The Parliament of the World's Religions was created
to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and
foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to
achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
This time we are given more instruction as to why
this is important. At the same time, those of us who come from the Christian
tradition, recognize it in a teaching from Jesus:
Matthew 7:1-3 King James
not, that ye be not judged.
with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you again.
why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not
the beam that is in thine own eye?
Here humanity was given the lesson, but no specific
practice to understand and apply in our lives. Steps Practice is the means by
which stated truths can be experienced and thus become alive and real in our
We are told such practices exist in the mystic
traditions of many religions, but the teachers are few; not accessible to those
of us in the workaday world. This is the gift of Steps.
This is a good point to remind ourselves again that
Knowledge is another term for Holy Spirit, which is familiar to many, and
loved. This is a language bridge to the New Message/Greater Community
Spirituality understanding needed now and for the future.
The journal entries this day are few.
a.m. June 5, 2000 – Looking at the world and judging Knowledge absent.
morning & lacking energy. Let the world go on w/o me.
p.m. Practice #2 – Tired…
work – problems with Sandy's hourly rate calculation – so I've got to rework
the cost. This will affect receivables – and other things.
is here. She's easy to have around. A great daughter.
Judgment would stand between me and Knowledge. Thus, I will not judge.
p.m. – Finally – 500 words for 2100 View – Don't know if it will fly – but I've
gotten lots of mileage out of the assignment. [A Year 2100 Regional Council Time Capsule project]
In the lesson/practice of not judging, I sensed how
my judging someone judged myself as well and created a barrier to Knowledge.
p.m. Someday I expect to awake in my home on my true planet/environment. It is
the thought in Practice 325 [tomorrow’s Step] that "The world is emerging
into the Greater Community of worlds. Therefore I must be attentive."
Which elevates my interest – not in a sci-fi way, but for the real experience
of others, some of which are mine own.
At the end of the day I’m looking ahead to the next
Step. The mundane is recorded along with the experience: “In the
lesson/practice of not judging, I sensed how my judging someone judged myself
as well and created a barrier to Knowledge.” The Practices in the past 325 days have taken us somewhere we’d not been
able to get to on our own. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 325.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.