|My Knowledge is my gift to my Spiritual Family. Step 345|
Friday, December 11, 2015
x2 Step 345 - My Knowledge is my gift to my Spiritual Family. – Journal – Step 344
Today: Step 345 - My Knowledge is my gift to my Spiritual Family.(MP3)
YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS YOUR GIFT TO YOUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY, for you have come into the world not only to advance yourself and the world but to advance your Spiritual Family. Your specific learning group requires that you advance so that it may itself advance, for it is seeking a greater union as well. Throughout time you have been cultivating your range of and capacity for relationship. All of your successes thus far are embodied in the expression and the evidence of your Spiritual Family.
THE RETURN TO GOD IS THE RETURN TO INCLUSION in relationship. This is beyond your ability to comprehend, and it is certainly beyond your ideas and your idealism. It can only be experienced. It must be experienced, and through this experience you will understand that you have come here not only for your own redemption and not only to serve the world, but to serve those who have sent you. In this, your role becomes ever more important. In this, your preparation becomes ever more important. If you think of this, you will know that it is true.
UPON THE HOUR TODAY think of this idea and remember your Spiritual Family, whom you are now learning to remember. In your two deeper meditation practices, re-enter your sanctuary of Knowledge and attempt to experience the presence of your Spiritual Family. If your mind is still, you will realize that they are with you now. How could they be apart from you who cannot be apart from them, and as you are in the world they are with you now.
PRACTICE 345: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Seattle Unity Church, Seattle, Washington
From the journal: Step 344 - My Knowledge is the gift I give unto the world.
9:15 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2001
Low-energy. Heading east to Virginia. Reading of the young who are accomplishing things. Jealous – that neither I nor my kids are there. I need to work harder – yet the idea has not yet totally emerged – and localism will make it tough…so I try to follow my soul rather than the $.
11:30 p.m. Practice #2 This week seems to have been a loss on GCW. Where am I? Overeating, overspending, no insight – acting American. Driving across country and never wanting to travel again. 6 billion people – too many? In the news tonight – pictures of Orthodox Jews praying in Jerusalem – looking silly – what is humanity to do? It has too much – life has become too simple, too easy – and without direction.
Life might be better if only I didn't think about it. People everywhere – getting by. My children struggling.
I think – it gets hard. Those in the West Virginia hills between Wheeling on 250/7 to Morgantown.
If human culture went underground, what would it do? What is the meaning of life except to stay alive?
Dad's condition scares me. Yet my challenge remains doing something with regions. Where can I do that? It is the direction I need – plus the sticking to it – discipline.
Page 77 GCS – "You must take the slow and steady path".
Processing, processing, processing. Steps study, when taken to heart, lead to changes in one’s life. The journal is a means to track these changes, all related to one or another of the pillars. Let us continue.
Note: 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.