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 346 - I am in the world to work. (MP3) Entry for Step 345 - My Knowledge is my gift to my Spiritual Family.
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Step 346 - I am in the
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I am in the world to work. Step 346
YOU ARE IN THE WORLD TO WORK. Work is what you want
to do. Work is why you have come. But what is this work that we speak of? Is it
your current employment, which you resist and have difficulty with? Is it the
many tasks that you think are your own and that you assign to yourself? Your
true work may be expressed in any of these activities, but it is truly greater.
It will be your happiness and your fulfillment to carry out each step of your
true work. Your true work in the world is to discover your Knowledge and allow
it to express itself through you. Your true work in the world is to respond to
your specific calling, which engages you with certain people in certain ways so
that you may fulfill your individual destiny in the world.
THIS IS YOUR WORK. Do not think at this moment that
you can understand what this work is and do not try to give it definition beyond
what we have given you. It is all right not to know fully what this means. It
is all right to apprehend the mystery of your life without attempting to make
YOU ARE IN THE WORLD TO WORK. Therefore, apply
yourself so that your application may reveal to you the source of your purpose,
meaning and direction. It is through your work and meaningful activity that you
will experience your value—the value of your individual life and the assurance
of your true destiny. Your true work guarantees you all things of value and
provides you escape from all things that conceal you and render you helpless
REMIND YOURSELF OF TODAY’S IDEA upon the hour. In
your two deeper practices, once again engage your mind actively in considering today’s
idea. Consider how you view work itself and all of your associations with work.
Review how you have responded to work in the past—your desire to work, your
ambivalence concerning work and your resistance to work. Recognize how all
desire to escape work has really been a desire to discover Knowledge. Realize
that Knowledge will engage you with work with new purpose, new meaning and new
direction. Examine your thoughts. You must understand your thoughts, for they
are still very effective in influencing your perception and your understanding.
When you can become objective with your own mind, you will be able to allow
Knowledge to shine upon it, and you will be able to use the power of decision
to prepare yourself and to work with the content of your mind. This is effective
within your range of participation, for it is not given you to determine the
purpose, the meaning or the direction of Knowledge, but to become the recipient
of Knowledge, to experience Knowledge and to allow Knowledge to express itself
THUS, IN YOUR TWO LONGER PRACTICE PERIODS engage
your mind actively. Concentrate on this one idea. Recognize all the thoughts
and feelings that are associated with it. In the last portion of each long practice
period, allow all thoughts to leave you. Re-enter stillness and receptivity so
that you may come to know. Knowledge does not require your thinking when you
are experiencing Knowledge itself, for all thinking is a replacement for
Knowledge. Yet, Knowledge will direct all your thinking to serve a greater
PRACTICE 346: Two 40-minute practice periods. Hourly
This Step takes us again to “Spiritual Family” and “inclusion in relationship” which “can
only be experienced.”
We are also: “to
serve those who have sent you.” The
notion of Spiritual Family had been given me before this Study. In fact, along
with my own spiritual name, I’d come up with a Spiritual Family name. These
were confirmed in a reading later, but I’m not 100% sure.
The greater notion for me is the confirmation that
I am here by choice and, being here, I am to serve the Creator. This expands
the nature of service.
In the margin I wrote: “Here am I send me!” This is a reference to Isaiah
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. King
James Version (KJV)
Chapter 6 begins with Isaiah saying: In the year
that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and
lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
This is a story that is often the basis for
sermons, so I’d been exposed to it often. The question is: Where I in that
situation, would I remain silent or, like Isaiah, call out to the Lord: “Here
am I, send me."
I'd often felt that I would do that as well,
answer: “Here am I, send me." This Step seemed to be making that sort of
request, so I responded in writing.
The journal has a few more thoughts:
a.m. Monday, June 26, 2000 – the FY [Fiscal Year] comes to an end.
345 – "My Knowledge is my gift to my Spiritual Family."
Family of Sha-Rone – and I am T-om Su-ne
confirms this relationship. It is comforting to have "family" – where
you accept and are accepted. Urantia says everyone must have the experience of
are families & constellations of families, on the road to true Mecca.
a.m. At work – the world, and relationships within it are beginning to look
quite different. How people think, act, believe, relate – it is all mysterious
is a place where life is lived. Were there more intelligence and wisdom, better
transmission of Knowledge, things could go more smoothly.
precedes manifestation – and succeeds manifestation. At this point I could just
disappear, but obviously that's not the purpose of being here.
feels good to be able to print the color maps at home. All viewing of the world
beyond your local line of sight is remote. It is virtual. This thought I need
a.m. – Smack – it's relationship to relationship to relationship. What is/where
is the cauldron that bounds the ever increasing?
p.m. All kinds of fun –
p.m. The power of compounding – compounding relationships… – although I’ve lost
the status by title – my relationships are intact and I continue to make more
in VA. That is the most compelling reason to stay – that I've relationships
through which I might work.
are clearly in the minority and political or disgruntled staff.
p.m. A fun day – no one here at the office but me. I finally got to sort data
from Center for Public Service by PD – it took some time, but I do believe it
can be done. I redid an Access query and improved that. Lots of skill building
needed here to prototype my vision.
going to do Practice #1 here – even though it is late.
p.m. The man who saw regions – but had no energy…
Taking the Steps to Knowledge is a new way to
answer the call of Spirit and Spiritual Family. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 345.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.