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 218 - I will hold Knowledge within myself today. (MP3) Entry for Step 217 - I give myself to Knowledge today.
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Step 218 - I will hold
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I will hold Knowledge
within myself today. Step 218
ALONG WITH KNOWLEDGE COMES THE WISDOM of how to use Knowledge
in the world. Thus, Knowledge is the source of your understanding and Wisdom is
learning how to apply it meaningfully and constructively in the world. You are
not yet wise, so keep Knowledge within yourself today. Allow it to strengthen
itself. Allow it to grow. It will give itself naturally, without your
attempting to force its expression. In time, you will learn to become wise,
both through the demonstration of Knowledge and through your own errors. You
have already committed a sufficient number of errors to demonstrate all that we
are telling you.
KEEP KNOWLEDGE WITHIN YOURSELF TODAY so that it may
grow strong within you. Allow yourself to extend its presence to only one or two
individuals whom you recognize can appreciate it, for your awareness of
Knowledge is still a tender shoot within you and cannot yet withstand the
vicissitudes of this world. It has not grown strong enough in your own
understanding to counteract the raging fear and hatred that sweep across the
world. Knowledge can withstand this without difficulty, but you who are learning
to become a recipient and a vehicle for Knowledge are not yet strong enough.
ALLOW KNOWLEDGE TO BE KEPT WITHIN YOU TODAY so that
it may grow. Remind yourself of this upon the hour as you carry this jewel within
your heart. In your deeper practice periods, which are times of freedom from
limitation for you, allow yourself to return to your great love so that you may
enter into true relationship with Knowledge. In time, all limitations to the
expression of Knowledge will be lifted as you learn to wisely apply its
communication in the world. But for now, keep Knowledge within your heart so
that it may grow stronger and stronger.
PRACTICE 218: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
is the source of your understanding and Wisdom is learning how to apply it meaningfully
and constructively in the world.”
How do you give yourself to Knowledge? This is what
we are working on. Here is what I drew on the Steps page:
From the Journal:
a.m. Friday, February 18, 2000 – Up early. I was to go to Richmond. It is
sleeting. No way – I’ll get a day of work in.
p.m. A long day. I did go to Richmond – after checking the weather – and it was
necessary to do so – for the Air Quality meeting at VDOT – and to present the
MIF – at the GA to the Aides for Senator Stosch and Senator Chichester –
The Steps page had phrases underlined notes and the
drawing shown above. This day in 2000 was busy. Did I practice? On such trips
there was an Interstate wayside that I’ve often stop at for the stillness
practice. The journal doesn’t capture everything. I was alive enough this day to
record something. At death, in the life review, it is said that everything is
remembered and reviewed. Much of it will be boring. Thanks for fast forward.
Still, as we live it, seconds can take a very long time.
The song "The
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot is about the loss of
an iron ore ship in a storm on Lake Superior. The cause was not known; no one
survived. The song lyrics speculate about the events preceding the sinking.
Within them is the question: “Does anyone know where
the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” If you are not familiar with the
song, consider a listen. It is a question many face in many circumstances. We may have been their ourselves.
Journal second time x2
Step 217.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
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.