Step Three Hundred and Forty
Step 340. My Practice Is My Contribution To The World.
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 savior. 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.
Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge.