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 331 - What is small expresses that which is great. (MP3) Entry for Step 330 - I will not neglect small things in my life.
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Step 331 - What is small
expresses that which is great. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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What is small expresses that which is great. Step
LOOK AT NATURE AROUND YOU. Look at the tiniest
creature and realize the mystery of that creature’s existence, the wonder of its
physical mechanism and the truth of its total inclusion in nature as a whole. The
smallest creature can express the greatest truth. The simplest thing can
express the power of the universe. Does a creature that is small express life
and inclusion in life any less than a creature that is great? Using this
analogy, realize that the smallest activity can embody the greatest teaching.
Realize that the simplest word, the most common gesture, can express the
deepest feeling and emotion. Realize that the simplest thing can add to your
practice and confirm the presence of Knowledge within you.
AS YOU BECOME ATTENTIVE TO LIFE, you will begin to
witness the mystery of life in all things. How great this will be for you who
are now awakening from the sleep of your own separate imagination. The mystery
of life will inspire you and call to you. It will confirm the mystery of your
own life, which is becoming ever more real and demonstrative to you.
YOU MAY FEEL SMALL, but you express the great. You
do not need to be great to express the great because greatness is within you,
and your physical vehicle is small in comparison to it. Your reality is born of
the greatness that is with you that wishes to express itself in the simplicity
of your small vehicle. Here you understand that you are of the great and you
are working through the small. Here you will not contradict the relationship
between the great and the small, where the small must express the great, which
it does naturally. Does a little creature have to attempt to express the great?
No. The great merely expresses itself through the little creature.
THUS, IN YOUR LIFE—which at any moment may look
small to you, which at any moment may look separate and confined—greatness is
with you. Therefore, the small is utilized, confirmed, honored and blessed. Then,
there is no basis for self-condemnation and hatred. All things great and small
become appreciated, for all things great and small are together.
UPON THE HOUR, THEN, WITHIN WHATEVER SMALL TASK,
within whatever expression or gesture and within whatever small view, allow the
great to express itself. In your two deeper practice periods, come again into
the proximity of that which is great within you. Re-enter the fire of Knowledge
which purifies you. Take sanctuary in the sanctuary of Knowledge. Here you
encounter the great completely. This is beyond all form. Here that which
infuses all form and gives it purpose, meaning and direction awaits you to
receive it. The small expresses the great, and the great blesses the small.
PRACTICE 331: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
This is a thought provoking Step. In the first
paragraph we are told: “Remember you are not
attempting to escape the world, but are working on becoming powerful within the
world.” All my life I’d not sought power.
So, on the page I ask:“- in
In the next paragraph – “BE ATTENTIVE TO THE LITTLE THINGS YOU DO this day
and do not neglect them. If you do not fear them, you will not resist them.”
to a note at the bottom of the page:
The direction in Matthew 5:39 King
“But I say unto you, That ye resist
not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him
the other also, “had always been hard to understand. I wouldn’t really have an
answer until I saw the response on the day of the 9/11 attack. Steps helped me
get there. This question is not answered.
The page notes that day end with
I have done that, telling A Course in
Miracles students that Steps to Knowledge provides “illusion management
skills,” being next course after ACIM.
The journal records other items, as I seek to
understand and apply Steps to my life.
a.m. At the Reston. Just made Sarah's plane – I had the wrong time. It was
never emailed – I didn't check – I neglected a small thing. That is S2K Step
330 "I will not neglect the small things in my life." What is small?
Why am I here? Ego or Spirit. I'll learn some scrap – no matter which.
wants my message? Spirit must know I need a customer, investor, a partner/s
with some resources.
→ Practice –
p.m. Home – on the back porch. I went to Reston as intuited – spent a long time
in Barnes & Noble reviewing the New Age section. On G.C. org site – UFO
books were listed. I scanned some of them. Alien Agenda was interesting. There
was also one about the Great Pyramid – which was rather interesting. It said
the GP was first and all others were attempts by the Egyptians to emulate the
first. It was a power point used to relay energy to spacecraft of the day.
evolutionary theory was presented as part of the program. There are ten
dimensions – yada yada yada – Aliens among us are either Traders or travelers –
and are here for their own purposes. Much like S2K view – their interest is
common thread in all things I read/scanned was that in the future we of
humanity must be more cooperative.
regions? They will be valuable on the upside and the down side – when expanding
330 – I will not neglect the small things in my life.
Barnes & Noble today I felt okay on the spirit side – I'm doing my work, my
Practice – and I feel connected to the mission in the physical – make it work
cooperatively. I don't/can't have everything to do that…but I'm OK.
is on the physical side that I need to build power to implement my ideas. They
won't pop into being w/o proof. Govt won't solve this the way community needs
it. This is a Walmart universe – so… That's how it's done…
goal is to design & build a system – not be a consultant on a job – that
won't get it –
public corporate database exists – it is not being used effectively.
is good at collecting data, not at using it.
p.m. – Reading Cash Flow and understanding my issues – my options.
must get cash flow – because this is the small thing I need for my work. – To
date Spirit hasn't provided people or money – so this not being a welfare
system – I'll need to get it myself – I don't have the perfect vision or the
perfect skills for this work – but I can't wait – the focus must emerge – it
will be in the physical & thus go by physical rules.
can't count on govt – the theorists aren't there. Nor NGO – nor business –
unless business sees benefit or people see benefit – citizens –
neighborhood/regions – can see the former, but not the latter –
stuck to my impossible goal and learned many things over the years. Since
overnight success takes at least 20 years, I have a bit more time. I began
Regions Work in 1998, so by 2018, I might have a bit of success. When I first
discussed the idea with Federal agency people I was told it was needed, it just
couldn’t be done.
you work on: “on becoming powerful within the
world,” what you see as a need may not be seen by anyone
else. You may be at such a point now, or may reach it in your field. Just being
spiritual is not, we’re told, for most people. Even if living in a monastery or
convent, one must develop the four pillars and be productive in the world.
Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 330.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.