Step 341 - I am happy, for I can now receive. (MP3) Entry for Step 340 - My practice is my contribution to the world.

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Step 341 - I am happy, for I can now receive. (MP3)  [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I am happy, for I can now receive. Step 341

LEARN TO RECEIVE AND YOU WILL LEARN TO BE HAPPY. Learn to give and your happiness will be confirmed. In the simplest of words, this is what you are undertaking. If you do not make this complicated with your own ideas and expectations, you will be able to see the ever present truth of this, and you will learn exactly what it means and what it will require. Remember that complexity is a denial of the simplicity of truth. The truth will carry forth its activity each day, step by step, as you are carrying forth your preparation each day, step by step. As you learn to become a student of Knowledge, you learn to live the truth. The simplicity of this is ever present to you, for truth is simple and evident to all who look for truth and to all who look without the weight of condemnation or judgment.

REMEMBER YOUR PRACTICE UPON THE HOUR and in your deeper meditations, once again reinforce your capacity and desire for stillness. For if you experience a little more stillness each day, it will grow and grow and will fill your life and emanate from your life like a great light, for you are here to be a light unto the world.

PRACTICE 341: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

7:15 a.m. June 21, 2000 the summer solstice – most daylight of the year.

6:20 a.m. June 22, 2000 Thursday. Good MIF meeting yesterday – RP [Regional Partnership] today – it is very frustrating that Bev doesn't acknowledge my role in getting the successes they represent.

But…that isn't the high point of the day. I was going to the woods to meditate late 8:30 p.m. I would go to the store after. Driving south on Royal Ave. The message was "Home." I could meditate on the back porch. I finally got it, went to the store first. About 15 minutes later when I came out – to the north – I saw dark clouds of a storm moving in. By the time I'd gotten home – the winds were swirling – and it was beginning to sprinkle – the woods wouldn't have been good… Home…was the place to be. I'm glad I listened; I'm thankful I could.

Learning to listen and to respond to what we hear is a growing skill. Not every time does it lead to recognizable benefit. It often seemed to me to be a test of willingness to follow direction. My life is being saved by Steps in this year. There is a lot of venting going on. It will take a very long time to fully understand the unburdening that is going on. Words are simple and direct often, but the experience side of the thought can take years or decades. In urgent patience, let us continue.


Journal second time x2 Step 340.  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.