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 339 - The presence of love is with me now. (MP3) Entry for Step 338 - Today I will be attentive.
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Step 339 - The presence
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The presence of love is with me now. Step 339
THE PRESENCE OF LOVE IS WITH YOU, within the fire of
Knowledge within you. As exemplified by the presence of your Teachers, this
presence permeates all things in the world. It is the context in which the
world exists. It is still; therefore, it abides with everything. Can you who
perceive the world perceive this abiding presence? Can you who act in the world
see the effect of this presence within the world? If this presence were not in
the world, the world would have destroyed itself long ago and there would be no
hope for your salvation. There would be no hope for true community and for all
the things that human beings are capable of in their temporary life here. All
things of true value would not emanate, for the darkness of imagination and the
darkness of fear would cover the world permanently and all would live in
complete darkness. Without the presence of love in the world, this would be the
case. Your life here would be sealed in darkness, and you would never be able
THAT IS WHY YOUR LIFE IN THE WORLD IS TEMPORARY. It
could not be permanent, for you are born of the light, to which you will
return. How could you live in darkness permanently when you are born of the
light, to which you will return? You have been sent into the world to bring the
light into the world, not to confirm the world’s darkness. God’s Will is that
you bring the light into the world, not that you be banished to the world in
darkness. You are here to bring the light into the world.
YOU WHO ARE A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE ARE NOW LEARNING
step by step to receive the light of Knowledge and the fire of Knowledge. As
you experience this within yourself, you will see the fire of Knowledge burning
in the world, for this is the presence of love. This is God within the world. What
God does in the world God will do through you, but God’s presence in the world
activates Knowledge in all minds and calls to all minds to awaken. This substantiates,
confirms and strengthens the emergence of Knowledge wherever it is occurring.
GOD’S PRESENCE IS PERMANENT. The world itself is
temporary. The physical universe is temporary. God’s presence is permanent. Can
you then see what is great and what is small? Can you then see that which gives
and that which must learn to receive? Can you then realize the importance of
your preparation? Can you then realize the importance of your service in the
UPON THE HOUR BE ATTENTIVE and experience the
presence of love in the world. If you are attentive, you will experience this.
In your deeper meditation practices experience the presence of love within yourself,
which is the fire of Knowledge. Remember as you look upon this, within your
world and within yourself, that from the stillness of this presence emanate all
good works, all important ideas and the motivation for all important
activities. This is what drives humanity and even the Greater Community of
Worlds towards Knowledge and, with Knowledge, towards becoming one community.
PRACTICE 339: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Yesterday: Step 338 -
Today I will be attentive.
Being attentive; new skill? On the page I
summarized: “See and experience.”
The journal records some small application of this
Step. To change or not to change jobs, always a difficult situation. I won’t
tell you how this turns out. That plays out in the years ahead. All the while I
am trying to become sure of my meaning, purpose and direction.
For the next four days I will be travelling to
Wisconsin for my Mother’s 91st birthday celebration on December 6.
That is also my son’s birthday. He is no longer with us, as of 2010.
I plan to keep the blog going, but if a day is
missed, do plug on ahead. On January 1, 2016, if you plan to repeat a second
year, you can follow the 2x entries at From The Mystery. There I’ll go
on to my first time through the Continuation Training.
want to work with "regions" and develop that Knowledge.
have been able to work the region – the region doesn't like to be worked. [Margin note: ? true?]
I will be attentive." S2K notes that one can see the world is confused.
One can feel his own confusion and in seeking Knowledge, is dealing with that.
felt that I was to do more. Perhaps I've done all I can – and need to look
elsewhere. I've managed many grants – could do that…
Office of intergovt solutions – GSA - Prep for WFS – looking for work…
a.m. One key piece yet to do for the audit. I need to talk to someone – to
build the exit strategy.
like to save the place… But that doesn't seem possible right now.
need an attorney – probably.
– the audits would be complete.
are confused – have I not provided leadership? Was I so confused that I didn't
give what was needed? I am attentive.
do I see today? As in 1983 – a building with three people. A Commission which
is detached, as opposed to active. To be a consultant I only need one contract
a.m. Re: Work – I tried to create an environment for creativity – it didn't
seem to make the team creative.
For men, work is often their life – one’s entire
identity. Modern women have gotten this disease as well, so – it may be the
primary consumer of time and thought. Steps is here to help us get some balance
in life. Many days I wished I’d had it sooner, but then I’m thankful to have
found it at all. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 338.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.