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 107 - Today I will learn to be happy. Entry for Step 106 - There are no Masters living in the world.
LEARNING TO BE HAPPY IS SIMPLY LEARNING TO BE NATURAL.
Learning to be happy is learning to accept Knowledge today. Knowledge is happy
today. If you are not happy, you are not with Knowledge. Happiness does not
always mean having a smile on your face. It is not a behavior. Genuine
happiness is a sense of self, a sense of wholeness and satisfaction. If a loss has occurred
in your life, a loss of a loved one, you may still be happy, though you may
shed tears. It is all right to shed tears, for this does not need to betray a
greater happiness within you, for these also may be tears of happiness.
Happiness is not a form of behavior. Let us remind you of this. It is a sense
of inner satisfaction. Knowledge will give this to you because it will simplify
your life and allow your mind to concentrate on that which it is given to do in
reality. This will empower you, simplify you and provide a greater harmony than
you could have known before.
THEREFORE, IN YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY,
allow your mind to enter stillness once again. This is a time of quietude. This
is not a practice of mental investigation, but a practice of mental stillness.
09 A.M. There are no masters living in the world. What do I see? Who have I
known? Who do I respect?
one – my father – Everette. He has led a good life. I've had more education,
more exposure to the world, but I respect him for the quality of his life.
are many in the world with power and a sense of direction. Most teaching comes
from elsewhere – ACIM, RUOW, Urantia, the Bible – S2K – it is all from
elsewhere to be applied in the earth context. The cultural leaders, the
politicians, artists, actors, writers, revolutionaries – all work within the found
environment using the available building blocks – even to make new building
seems to be going forward. Certainly the number/mass of humanity increases and
the number of transactions increases. Pieces have masters – or high artisans –
but all is contextual for humans. Mastery of sustainability is in the deep
biology – plants and animals, life forms that have kept their niche in the
biosphere for eons.
dynamic is the perspective I feel needed. No master advocates that. Few
understand my perspective. That doesn't make it wrong.
is a man who helped me think – he was one who promoted knowledge – but was
silent on spirit.
said, "Choose life that you may have abundance." S2K says, "Life
is the master." So choosing life is acknowledging its mastery.
environment has changed – does that affect but the choice is or how the
choice is lived?
#2 – There are no masters living in the world today.
What is my mastery? Avoidance, fear, self-pity, eating, having no discipline,
self – defeating thoughts, poor relationships, not being understood, missing
opportunities, having no friend, weakness, eating everything in sight, avoiding
decisions, avoiding work, missing sleep, not continuing exercise, not adapting
to bifocals, being lost, not accepting leadership, ignoring my intuition, not
paying attention to finance and investments, thinking big and a small way,
writing in journals but not publishing, trying to play music w/o learning how,
having poor relationships with women, being on a different page, losing myself
in the woods, seeking – but not finding, staying up late and depriving myself
of sleep, avoiding physical pain, listening w/o judgment to my children,
supporting continued family dysfunction, staying up late & will falling
asleep in my chair, hiding, reading books and not following them, making
lists/plans and doing something else, wasting time on the Internet,
believing/disbelieving, not caring, wishing for other things, spacing out
PM 11/1/99 – a rather comprehensive list –
This is not exactly the exercise as designed, but it did give an opportunity to clean house.