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 19 - Today I wish to see. (MP3) Entry for Step 18 - Today I feel the truth arising within myself.
Greetings All –
Step 19 - Today I wish to
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wish to see. Step 19
THE DESIRE TO SEE IS LIKE THE DESIRE TO KNOW. It too
requires a refinement of your mind’s faculties. To see with clear vision means
you are not seeing with preference. It means that you are able to perceive that
which is actually occurring rather than that which you wish to see. There is
something actually occurring beyond your wishes. This is very true. The desire
to see, then, is the desire to see a greater truth. This requires a greater
honesty and a greater openness of mind.
TODAY IN YOUR TWO PRACTICE SESSIONS, practice looking upon
one simple mundane object. Do not take your eyes off of that object, but look
and practice looking very conscientiously. You are not trying to see anything.
You are simply looking with an open mind. When the mind is open, it experiences
its own depth, and it experiences the depth of what it is perceiving.
CHOOSE ONE SIMPLE OBJECT THAT HAS VERY LITTLE MEANING for
you and gaze upon it twice today for at least 15 minutes. Allow your mind to
become very still. Breathe deeply and regularly as you gaze upon this object.
Allow your mind to settle down into itself.
Like many Steps, 18 has a checklist built-in for our
From the Journal:
7 A.M. Tuesday, Aug
3, 1999 - In meditation Step 18 - Today felt the Truth Arising within me → Starting the day this way feels good. To
move/relax deeply into this connection - How can I anchor
peace/spirit and be connected to humans. Expectations are so high and resources
are so low. Doing something with the mind.
1:07 p.m. Step 18 #2
11: 35 p.m.
My third session of
feeling the truth never got me there totally. Too much on my mind. S2K says we must find
those people we are to meet. That is appealing yet flaky. I'd like to meet and
be in peer relationships with a better group. No sense of who they might be. I
guess that will emerge.
This is only Step 18. Much
more lies ahead.
2nd Time Step 18.This is for those who have completed
Steps once. Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life experience,
including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing
my first year Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence you in
advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can
also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying:
“I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully,
I was taught this practice in 1989.
P.S. 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.