|My practice is my contribution to the world. -Step 340|
Step 340 - My practice is my contribution to the world. (MP3) Entry for Step 339 - The presence of love is with me now.
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Step 340 - My practice is my contribution to the world. (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
YOU ARE A BEGINNING STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. As a beginning student, you engage yourself completely with your practice. Do not imagine for yourself a great role as a saviour or redeemer in the world, for this will only discourage you because you are not yet prepared to carry forth things of greatness. Your duty is to follow the steps as they are given. This is the requirement. In time, greatness will grow within your experience, and you will experience greatness within the world. Yet, as we have so often indicated in our preparation thus far, the greatness you will experience will express itself in simple and mundane things. Therefore, do not imagine grandiose ideas of yourself as a saviour. Do not see yourself being crucified in the world, for these images are born of ignorance and you do not comprehend their true meaning.
FOLLOW EACH STEP, for each will require your complete attention and engagement. Without your attempting to add what is unnecessary to your preparation, you may then become fully engaged with your preparation. This will fully engage you and will elevate all of your physical and mental abilities and give them uniform purpose and direction. Your practice is your gift to the world. From your practice all gifts that you will give in the future will be able to be given with confidence, with love and with certainty.
UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that your practice is your gift to the world. If you really wish to serve the world and if you really wish to exemplify within the world that which you hold most dear and that which you honor within yourself, then give yourself to your practice and do not neglect it this day. In your deeper meditations give yourself to practice, for practice is an act of giving. And you who are learning now to receive are also giving yourself to learn to receive. Thus, you are learning to give as well. If you cannot give yourself to practice, you will not be able to give to the world, for giving to the world is a form of practice as well. Remember that all you can do is practice. No matter what you do, you are practicing something, you are asserting something, you are confirming something and you are studying something. Given this understanding, give yourself to your true preparation, for this is your gift to yourself and to the world.
PRACTICE 340: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: These are the Holy Days. Christmas is one of the Holy Days in the season of Holy Days and this tree at the Galleria serving the Greater Dallas region – the Metroplex or North Texas, is a symbol of multi-jurisdictional cooperation as a means of contribution to the world.
Yesterday: Step 339 - The presence of love is with me now.
From the Journal:
6:18 a.m. June 20, 2000 – No matter how big the universe gets – it is still whole. All life is done in wholes > that which is un-wholy is between recognition of its wholeness.
"The presence of love is with me now."
→ The first scream when domination/abuse was perpetuated adult/child –
→ Fear enforced morality
Tiger Woods & Shaq – (Blacks) – using wholes
golf ball – basketball demonstrates mind control for sport –
5:50 p.m. At the I-95 Wayside south of Fredericksburg – left for Richmond @ 7 for the AOSE meeting. I'm contributing there – this is good.
I've stopped for my first Practice. The lesson today is profound. I've taped comments and will transcribe them later. [Did I ever transcribe them?]
The power of S2K was not anticipated by me at the start. I felt ACIM was powerful – and profoundly experienced the Holy Instant – but there was more – far more – and this is that path my soul sought. Still a beginning student – I only seek to Know and contribute to life manifest.
10:20 p.m. Where am I? At home. Back proch – tired – too little sleep for 3 days – but what can I do? Humble – hungry – one who enjoys food – it is a joy – all try not to judge it.
If only others could see the beauty I see in the world. How each artifact reflects all the manifestation that brought it to be – Round hay bales in the farm fields outside Warrenton; a Kenworth Rig pulling a shiny trailer
– two rigs in convoy; the eagle flying over I-95 – the deer in the pasture; also amazing to be here from the stillness and going where? About their lives – in the world.
What is my work? Boundaries and cooperation. Testing, testing, testing – my thoughts on the world to see how they are accepted.
Journal second time x2 Step 339. 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.