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 329 - I am free to love the world today. (MP3) Entry for Step 328 - Today I will honor those who have given to me.
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Step 329 - I am free to
love the world today. (MP3)
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I am free to love the world today. Step 329
ONLY THE FREE CAN LOVE THE WORLD, for only the free
can give to the world. Only they can fully recognize the world’s need and their
own contribution. Only the free can love the world because only they can see
that the world has supported and served them to enable them to become free and
to become contributors to the world. Because the world so yearns for your
contribution, it has given itself to your preparation so that you may learn to
be a contributor. It has fortified this through the truth that exists in the
world and through the denial of truth that exists in the world.
IN ALL WAYS THE WORLD SERVES THE EMERGENCE OF
KNOWLEDGE. Though the world contradicts Knowledge and seems to deny, to reject and
to attack Knowledge, if seen from this perspective, you will realize that it
actually serves Knowledge. How can anything compete with Knowledge? How can
anything deny Knowledge? Anything that seems to deny Knowledge only calls for
Knowledge and pleads for Knowledge to come. Those in confusion, in darkness and
in despair yearn for relief and comfort. And though they do not understand the message
of their own plight, those who are with Knowledge can perceive this and through
Wisdom will learn how to serve these individuals, all individuals and the world
as a whole.
TODAY UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that as you
become free, you will be able to love the world. As you learn to love the
world, you will be able to become free because you are in this world but not of
this world. Because you are in this world, you are representing that which you
have brought with you from your Ancient Home. How simple and clear this is with
Knowledge, and yet how difficult it is to grasp when you are in your own
imagination and are entertaining your own separate ideas. That is why you
practice—so you may confirm that which is natural to you and step away from
that which is unnatural to you.
IN YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES once again
receive the freedom that comes to you in stillness and receptivity. A mind that
is still is a mind that is unfettered and free. It will naturally expand
itself, and within this expansion it will naturally express that which is most natural
to it. Thus, in your deeper meditations you practice receiving, and in your
hourly practices you practice giving. You are free to love the world today, and
the world needs your freedom because it needs your love.
PRACTICE 329: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Picture: We are driving down the road of life,
looking out through a cracked window. The world is not cracked, only the
window. We can see past this. The crack makes us conscious of the window. We
can see past it, even though it is in the field of vision.
328 - Today I will honor those who have given to me.
Even though this Step had been done before, on this
day, June 9, 2000, noting is recorded in the journal. All I have is the entries
on the Steps page.
In response apparently to the notion that some: “have given you a reminder that Knowledge is
necessary, and they have demonstrated to you a life without Knowledge,” I wrote: “People who have only pain to give.” The next paragraph contains the amazing thought: “If there were no denial of Knowledge in the world,
you could not learn here.”
We only learn here because of denial of Knowledge.
Useful information, but not encouraging at this point.
A few more thoughts on the second page relating to:
between what is known and what is practiced – the learning gap. Learn to avoid
failure – or need to learn from failure.”
I’d spent most of my life learning up to this
point, and the notion of needing to learn from failure was not new. An
engineering friend of mine said of local governments,challenged to understand the full value of
infrastructure investment, rather than doing the absolute minimum, “If we are
going to fail, then we should at least fail forward.”
The final note on the page was true then, and has
remained true all my years of study:
Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 328.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.