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Step 354 - I must experience my True Home while I am in the world. (MP3) Entry for Step 353 - My True Home is in God.
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Step 354 - I must
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I must experience my True Home while I am in the
world. Step 354
IN YOUR TRUE HOME YOU ARE HAPPY, you are included,
you are complete, you are in relationship, you are a complete participant, you
are essential and you are meaningful. Your True Home is incomprehensible to you
while you are in the world. In fact, your True Home will be incomprehensible to
you until you have fully arrived at your True Home, until your Spiritual Family
has rejoined all other Spiritual Families and all joining is complete in the
YET, EVEN THOUGH YOUR TRUE HOME IS
INCOMPREHENSIBLE, do not think that it is beyond your reach. It is given you
this day to experience your True Home, for you carry Knowledge within you. Your
only limitation here is your capacity to experience and to express Knowledge. Yet,
as you take each step and as you receive each step in your preparation, your
capacity to experience relationship and communication grows. As you
increasingly seek freedom from your own imagination and from your own isolated
thinking, you experience your inclusion in life to an ever greater and greater
degree. Thus, your evolution can be gauged in terms of your ever increasing
capacity to experience relationship and communication and your ever increasing capacity
to experience and express Knowledge. Thus, you are at home while you are in the
world, for your True Home is growing within you in your own experience. The
fire of Knowledge is growing more powerful, and its consuming benevolence is
ever more evident as your mind becomes free, whole and directed.
UPON THE HOUR remember this and return to your True
Home in your deeper practice periods. You are at home in the world. Therefore, you
can be at peace in the world.
PRACTICE 354: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Picture: The Dickey Ridge Trail in the Shenandoah
National Park, Front Royal, Virginia is where I’ve hiked for over 30 years.
Both hiking and stopping for meditation, led me to an experience of peace, which
I learned in Steps was the sense of being at home in the world.
This was a profound Step. The journal tells the
a.m. Tuesday, July 4, 2000 – Declaration of Independence
governments are all intentional. At some point, people got together, chartered
a county or city or town – established its boundaries. That intention is
transferred from generation to generation – all infrastructure, service
decisions made on those boundaries. The boundaries are strong, fortified –
taken as true.
→ Auto makes it
regions possible, and necessary. Counties like cells on a leave, each with a
county seat – a major nucleus. Where cells were once self-contained
economically, now a greater geography is required for balance. A region.
don't have a lot of friends socially – or need them – I have my Muses which
bring these ideas to me.
353 – "My true Home is in God." Is this my ministry? Is it regional
cooperation? Is it cooperation?
a.m. This meditation – I stayed in the Still world, the true world. Here in the
manifest world – the world which appears to move – I rest and wonder – What
shall I do? Why move – when the still world feels so homey. Why bother
with the world?
only 3 days into the final lessons. If they keep on with this intensity – I'll
disappear like Urantia says – soul-thought adjuster fusion.
a.m. Eon-ic minutes – God/Knowledge wants us to do something with regions
because regions are cooperation – all life is cooperative – it is my small
part/our small part.
Structured manifestation – governments
Can ideas stand on their own, do they need to be attached to people – Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton –
This is a grand and not inconsequential manifestation.
a.m. So – on TV – Ch 70 [CSPAN BookTV] – I'm shown
Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton – debating/discussing the design of the
American government – Constitution and Bill of Rights – the trade-offs between
the agrarian Jefferson with a natural democracy, and Hamilton's world
leader/proactive government. Continued governance in a representative republic
was what they designed, since the limit of democracy was to a small population.
I'm shown the story of longitude – and A&E movie I'd like to watch, though
in seeing the story about making the film, I've seen most of the plot. A
carpenter builds the chronometer which solves the problem, then is denied the
to my task – I'm not a geographer, yet I have a theory of regions. It won't be
acceptable to the powers – I'll be resisted all the way – and should not be
surprised or discouraged. It is the nature of ignorance and rigidity.
seems I've once again abandoned family – my children – to pursue public work
which is not honored or recognized – even when it works. Still others do get
can't be too concerned about the fairness of the world. I can attend to the
pillars and strive for balance.
reaches through the veil and adjusts the flow. My true home is in God.
trend of my life seems obvious; I'll attend to what comes from teachers and
trade and communications make it one world. Cultures are challenged – they win
and lose. Those countries which can't protect their resources – have them
exploited and wasted. All exploitation is not external. The U.S. suffered at
its own hands.
is settled –
p.m. At Truth… Su-ne – Since the shift to this point – I've not needed to go to
Markham that often – though I do check in.
step – "My true Home is in God" and its first practice was profoundly
moving. I felt I needed to come here – the woods – where I have been guided and
healed so – for the 2nd practice.
spent time on the web – in an email this afternoon. It was frustrating… I'm
getting further behind in the physical. There being no welfare – I don't know
what the outcome will be. My energy is shifting and I get more quiet, yet the
regional viewpoint appears in nearly everything. I seek my "others"
→ The world feels
homeless and lost – home, home family, home city, home state, home country,
home planet. No one rests, for there are multiple claims on all ground. Many
people are exiles and refugees from their own homeland. Ever truly comfortable,
we feel homeless.
often felt homeless; not belonging – like I was adopted. I have no culture, no
oppression like the Jews or Blacks I saw in college. Even here in the Valley –
this is not my home – I'm just a visitor.
text "You are at home even now while you are in the world, though the
world is not your True Home.”
p.m. I come out of my 30 minute practices right near 30 minutes. This time – 16
seconds to go.
Today, this Step brought to mind again a song I’ve
been recalling since the Final Lessons began – “Someday” by Los Lobos.[If the link is bad, a search for the song is worth it.]
Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 353.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.