Greetings All –
Step 290 - I can only be a student; therefore I will be a student of Knowledge. Entry for Step 289 - Today I am a student of Knowledge.
Greetings All –
IN THE WORLD YOU ARE A STUDENT—ALWAYS. Every day, every hour and every minute you are learning and attempting to assimilate your learning. You are either a student of Knowledge or a student of confusion. You are either a student of certainty or a student of ambivalence. You are either a student of wholeness and integrity or you are a student of conflict and war. You can only learn from being in the world, and you can only demonstrate the result of your learning.
THEREFORE, THERE IS NO CHOICE whether you will be a student or not, for you will be a student even if you decide not to be a student. If you decide not to be a student, you will merely study another curriculum. In this, you have no choice, for to be in the world is to learn and to demonstrate the result of your learning. Recognizing this, your decision, then, is to determine where you will be a student and what you will learn. This is the power of decision that is given to you. Knowledge will naturally guide you to make the right decision and will lead you unto itself, for it is given to you to give to the world. Thus, as you approach Knowledge, you will feel as if you are engaged in a great homecoming. You will feel a great integration within yourself, and you will feel your self-conflict and your war with yourself begin to diminish and to fade.
BE A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE TODAY, for a student you are. Choose the curriculum that has chosen you. Choose the curriculum that will redeem you and through you the world. Choose the curriculum that fulfills your purpose here and that exemplifies your life beyond this world, which wishes to express itself here. Become a student of Knowledge.
REALIZE THE POWER OF TODAY’S IDEA and remember it upon the hour. Always remember to read the day’s lesson prior to entering into the world so that you may begin to utilize its practice for that day. Confirm your studenthood in Knowledge. Strengthen your involvement as a student of Knowledge. Follow today’s practices with greater and greater devotion.
IN YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, actively engage your mind in considering what it means to be a student in the world. Engage your mind in understanding the message for today, and attempt to realize that you are a student under all circumstances. Try to realize that you have no choice here, for you must learn, assimilate and demonstrate your learning. This is the foundation for true teaching. Realize that your purpose in the world is to become a student of Knowledge, to assimilate Knowledge and to allow Knowledge to express itself so that you may demonstrate Knowledge in the world. In the simplest way, this is an expression of your purpose, and from your purpose a specific calling will come forth to guide you in specific ways in the world according to your nature and your design.
THUS, TODAY YOU WILL STRENGTHEN YOURSELF AS A STUDENT of Knowledge. In your longer practice periods, actively engage your mind in attempting to penetrate today’s idea and to recognize its absolute relevancy to your life.
PRACTICE 290: Two 30-minute practice periods.
On 5/1/2000 I signed my name and wrote on the back of a business card: “A Student of Knowledge” and have carried this with me with in my leather calendar (UK = diary) ever since. Not always the best student, but always a student.
On the Steps page, a simple notation: “True.”
Others may feel the same on this point: “Realize that you cannot comprehend Knowledge; you can only receive it. You can only experience its extension through your life into the world.”
In the journal, processing, processing, processing – Steps related at the end bold :
12:02 a.m. May 1, 2000 – Alignment begins – again. Reading Beckworth I find that I tried to do much correctly. I lost control of our details – and had active enemies. I've learned much as a result. Knowledge will lead me – I read Knowledge in Beckworth's words.
7:45 a.m. I live in a beautiful world. May others awake to it and end their own conflict/war. The world is mostly still, except for young children. Things don't move that much – though within it is all moving.
10:58 a.m. At LFPDC – my brand "Tom Christoffel" is in the business of developing "regional intelligence." The perspective needed is that the region is local – it is my region; its assets are in my back yard. All politics is local – make the region local. An inclusive name is an important step – a geographic/historic base is also important. My region – a consumer version.
→ the deal for the PDC is to help, but remain invisible. If it's local, if there's juice, then it has to be elected.
The Regions Work Services Network.
My brand name can't be sullied by the politics going on here.
6:52 p.m. On the back porch for practice #2. "Today I Am a Student of Knowledge." It is windy – rain may be rolling in.
At work I have spells of energy/no energy. Is it that I'm old or I'm depressed or just feeling no stress. I'd like the world to see the opportunity I see. Perhaps they do – but in a different way. It is good there's a mix of people in the world – or 1 million jobs I couldn't do now. Perhaps I've always been too idealistic? Too sensitive? Not well suited for this world – but I found a niche & survive. Cindy and I are doing well. The weekend was nice. We'd seen "Return to Me" with David Duchovny & Minnie Driver. He loves his wife –she's killed in a car accident. It makes you afraid to love someone too much. Cindy was late last night. I began to worry – losing what you love – not an S2K thought – more human.
Still A Student of Knowledge is what I am – what I choose to be. I don't know if it's laziness or Knowledge that is slowing me down. The world goes faster –
10:27 p.m. I am a student of Knowledge. I'm grateful to have this path – though it would have been nice to have had it earlier when I had more energy.
Another day of being a student, significant in that a commitment was made that remains today. “I am a Student of Knowledge.” Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 216, we are into Part Two of Steps, so if you’ve found this and find some appeal in this or other Steps, you should really go to the beginning blog post. From here you learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense and 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 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.