Step Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight
Be glad, then, that you are in the world now and that you need not wait to re-enter. You are here already. You have progressed this far. You are in the perfect position to fulfill your destiny here. You have brought your Ancient Home with you—within the seed and within the light of your Knowledge, which is now growing, emerging and sprouting forth.
The world is not your home, but you are meant to be at home in the world. Upon the hour think of this and realize how much you want to be at home in the world. Realize how much you do not want to condemn the world or simply escape from the world. When you are at home in the world, you will be able to move beyond the world to serve in a greater way and to experience a greater reality than the world can present to you. But you will not leave with regret, with anger or with disappointment. You will leave with happiness and satisfaction. This will complete your experience here. This will bless the world and will bless you who have blessed yourself and the world while you were in the world.
In your deeper meditation practices, allow yourself to seriously consider what home means to you. Again, this is a practice of active mental engagement. Utilize your mind to consider the important things that are being given to you now. You will need to examine all the thoughts you have in relation to today’s idea in order to understand how you are approaching today’s idea and how you will respond to it. The power of decision is yours, but you must understand the current content of your mind. With this, you will be able to make an appropriate and wise decision on your own behalf, within your range of responsibility. You are meant to be at home in the world. Bring home with you so that others may feel at home in the world. In this way, the world becomes blessed because it is not a place apart any longer. Do not escape the world today, but be present to serve the world.
Practice 358: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
A good case in point – the first night camping we ended up near a group of people who were very rambunctious and loud. Really I find it very hard to understand people who travel out into the peace and quiet of the countryside and spend their time with their car stereos blasting, and when the music stops they still yell at each other at the tops of their voices. It is as though silence and stillness are an anathema to them, they cannot be without noise. I tolerated it, but we moved on the next morning. We found a quiet secluded forest lake, only to be pursued within ten minutes by another car. This time though it was locals stopping by to view the lake. I greeted the woman as she approached. I had been consciously concentrating on thoughts about the house I would love to have in the country as we drove along the road prior to this. I was mentally saying to myself, lead me to my country home! Almost the first thing the woman said to me after I said hello was, would you like to buy a house and plot of land in a nearby village, and she named a very reasonable price.
The world is not my home, but I am meant to be at home in the world. I will not escape the world, but be present to serve the world.
When we stopped by the village to look at the house and the plot of land being offered, my heart sang, not because it was ideal (far from it, it will require a lot of work), but because I felt at home. I felt this was a place I could live, be at home and serve in the world.
I am feeling more at home in the world, although still there can be much abrasion in relationships. There are not many people I feel on the same wavelength with, people with whom I feel totally at ease. So more often than not I feel at home in the world when there are fewer people I have to deal with. Does this mean I am isolating and escaping the world? I don’t think so. Different people have different issues to deal with, and we can’t all get along. I need to find an environment I feel most comfortable in and do my part as best as I can.