Step 181 - Today I receive the love of Knowledge. Entry for Step 180 - I complain because I am lacking Knowledge.

Greetings All –

KNOWLEDGE POSSESSES THE TRUE SEED OF LOVE, not love that is a mere sentiment, not love that is a form of intoxication surrounding an urgent desire born of fear. Knowledge is the seed of true love, not the love that seeks to conquer, to possess and to dominate, but the love that seeks to serve, to empower and to free another. Become the recipient of this love today so that it may flow through you to the world, for without your denial it will most surely do this.

UPON THE HOUR, REPEAT THIS STATEMENT and feel its full impact, regardless of the circumstance that you find yourself in. Allow each circumstance to support your practice, and you will find that your practice will have an increasingly potent effect on your external life. In your two deeper practices today, enter into the presence of Knowledge and receive its love. Affirm your worthiness and your receptivity. Relinquish your presumptions about yourself and the world, and allow yourself to have an experience that will demonstrate the truth beyond any assumption. This is your practice today. This is your gift to yourself, to your world and to your Creator so that you  may receive the gift of love.

PRACTICE 181: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Note: “Knowledge is the seed of true lovethat seeks to serve, to empower and to free another.”

From the Journal:

8:30 A.M. 1/13/2000> For MIF – this work will be used for the next 100 years. Valley needs to understand scientifically its biology. Unlike engineering, which lends itself to tables, usable everywhere, biological relationships have more variability due to local adaptation, therefore – local research is required.

The journal did not have an entry for the Step, but the material I recorded was included here as it is an important environmental study that I was able to initiate in my work. The research link is to the work conducted by USGS.

The Step page did have some notes. At the very top is my highly comical and ironic phrase:  The world is “Yes and Know.” Blue ink is year two. Inserted in the first line is “Life stinks.”  Though not looking ahead a year to that date, we can assume that wasn’t a good day.  Let us continue.



Step 180 - I complain because I am lacking Knowledge. Entry for Step 179 - Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true.

Greetings All –

WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT LIFE, you are asking for Knowledge. Knowledge has its own statement about life, but it is very different from the lament which you hear within yourself and around you. Therefore, as you approach Knowledge today, recognize the nature of complaint—how it emphasizes your weakness and the world’s domination over you and how much it is in contrast to what you are learning now. You are learning now to discover your greatness and your domination over the world. You are in relationship with the world. Let this relationship become healthy and meaningful. Let the world’s contribution be given to you. Let your contribution be given to the world.

THEREFORE, THANK THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN TODAY for what it has given to you. In your deeper meditation practices today, enter stillness and silence. Use the word RAHN to help you enter this deeply. Use the word RAHN to orient your mind and thinking so that your mind may become unified with the sound of this one ancient word.

THIS IS A DAY OF IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION. Do not complain about this day. Recognize that everything that happens is an opportunity for you to apply your practice and to develop the true faculties of your mind. Your complaint would only be a denial of the world’s contribution to you. Therefore, do not deny this. Do not complain about the world today so that you may receive its gifts.

PRACTICE 180: Two 30-minute practice periods.

From the Journal:

8:02 A.M. – Jan 12, 2000 – 54 years for Mom, Dad and I.

S2K – “Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true.”

Apply your mind to understanding how the world has supported you.

I did the long practice w/o writing. This lesson is a different slant on our experience here. The text says we are here to evolve, as is the world, and the two work together. It looks like the world affects an individual more than the reverse, but in history – individuals and groups have changed the direction of the world, woken it up or put it to war.

> Oh My God – there’s more a lot more. The world leaves me tired, or the way I manage my resources in the world leaves me exhausted What should I do? Whom am I here for? 

11:06 p.m. Practice #2 – “This is a day of recognition, a day of gratitude and a day of wisdom.”

I will “apply my mind to understand how the world has supported you (me).”

But, what has life taught, what have I learned about value? What do I value?
1. Relationships with my children.
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Based on my drawing, one can see that was not something I should do for anything other than recreation. These are deep steps, yet I’ve recorded little. No doubt you’ve had many thoughts as a consequence of these Steps, but it doesn’t get recorded. That is OK. We’d be writing all day. Getting something down gives some background for the day so that, when it comes to review, one can see actual progress – movement in thought. Will things get great/wonderful/perfect? No, but there will be a sense of better understanding, even when surrounded by chaos.

At Step 179, we are well into the year 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 progress as needed.

Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. If you are like me, you keep up with the pace of one-a-day Steps. It really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. The posts on this blog provide a trail that may let you have a virtual companion if you choose to work alone. 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 Steps journeys. These are options available. 



Step 179 - Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true. Entry for Step 178 - I will remember those who have given to me today.

Greetings All –

THE WORLD IN ITS GRANDEUR AND IN ITS FOLLY teaches you what to value and to recognize what is true. Contrast must be evident in learning for you to make these distinctions. To distinguish what is true from what is false and what is meaningful from what is meaningless, you must have contrast in learning. You must taste the meaningless to find out its true nature and content, and you must taste the meaningful to find out its true nature and content. The world continuously provides you the opportunity to do both.

AT THIS TIME YOUR NEED IS TO TASTE THE TRUE INCREASINGLY, and that is why we emphasize this in your daily practice now. You have already indulged yourself in the false so sufficiently that it has dominated your mind and attention. Now we feed you the true, but you must also learn to benefit from what the false has given you. Then you will need to investigate the false no more. The false has already presented itself to you. Now you are learning to recognize its presentation and to utilize what benefit it can offer you. The only benefit the false can offer you is to learn to recognize its lack of substance so that you may desire to know what is true and have greater capacity to receive it.

THUS, THANK THE WORLD TODAY FOR SUPPORTING YOU, for its grandeur and for its folly, for its moments of inspiration and for its great display of illusion. The world you see so far is largely comprised of the fantasy of individuals, but there is a greater world for you to see, a world that is actually there, a world that will arouse in you Knowledge, appreciation and true self-application as well.  For it is your purpose to serve the evolution of this world, as it is the world’s purpose to serve your evolution.

IN YOUR TWO LONGER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, investigate this idea actively with your mind. Apply your mind to understanding how the world has supported you. Think very carefully about this. This is not a superficial investigation. It is an investigation that you must conduct with necessity and with seriousness, for it will determine your experience in life, both in the present and in the future.

UPON THE HOUR, REMEMBER OUR STATEMENT for today and keep it in mind when you view the world. Do not let this day be wasted upon you. This day is a day of recognition, a day of gratitude and a day of Wisdom.

PRACTICE 179: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Note:  Now we feed you the true, but you must also learn to benefit from what the false has given you. Then you will need to investigate the false no more. The false has already presented itself to you.”

From the Journal:

7:15 A.M. Tuesday, January 11 – A day for gratitude for those who have demonstrated wisdom & error – some lessons I’ve learned, others not – fear and ignorance influenced me to make non-optimal decision. Still I live – no fatal error yet.

The SN/GF messages 1/4/2000 & 1/8/2000 talk about heart-logic becoming the dominant force which then shifts reality. OK -   

8:15 A.M. … The more I study, the less I get, the less I understand. Basic assumptions – I’m alive and will remain so. Optimism is what works over time, advancement is based on vision. Setbacks eat energy, but more can be generated. Criticism is universal, but few feel understood from where they are. Structured networking – dealing with lots of people consciously – creates opportunity – that is politics. Knowing & communicating with more people creates opportunity for positive interaction. Meet one on one/small groups/listen – help other connect – be the info hub, the Cisco Kid.

9:12 p.m. – All realities need to be bounded in order to be dealt with – Everything is connected to everything, but yo can’t deal with it all. So chunks make it manageable – they also make it real – touch – feel.

It took me from 7:30 to about 8:45 to get into the meat of the work. I don’t like this – it keeps me up late – I waste time/self-distract – yet am always working. Knowledge can help me with some skills here. – Please.

12:23 A.M. Jan 12 – I am a poor example for myself. I worked until 10:50 p.m. and need my unwind time.

Another exciting day as doing the Step pushes me forward in life. The two SN/GF (Sheldan Nidle/Galactic Federation) message I cited are still on-line, so I could link them. I did not reread them – nor do I read current messages, though I doubt that there is very little change in the content.

As June 27, 2014 on the calendar, this day was the 15th anniversary of beginning Steps. There has been great benefit, but I am nowhere near finished. So, I continued and encourage you to do so as well.



Step 178 - I will remember those who have given to me today. Entry for Step 177 - I will learn to be honest today.

Greetings All –

THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY OF ACKNOWLEDGING THE PRESENCE of genuine relationships in your life. It is a special day of acknowledging the gifts that have been given to you. It is a day meant for gratitude.

UPON THE HOUR, THEN, REPEAT THIS STATEMENT and take a moment to recall those who have given to you. Try to think very carefully of the individuals who have given benefit to you, both by demonstrating their Wisdom and their error. Think of those who have illustrated the way to go and the way not to go. As you inquire further into this in your two longer practice periods today, try to think more carefully and allow any individual who comes to mind to be the subject of your investigation. This is an active practice time in your meditation periods.

IN YOUR LONGER PRACTICE PERIODS, repeat the statement at the beginning of practice and allow individuals to come to you. Learn to recognize their contribution to the reclamation of Knowledge. Learn to recognize their contribution to your physical and emotional well being. Learn to recognize how they have served you. In this way, your entire concept of giving and receiving and of service in the world may be expanded and developed. This will give you a true vision of the world so that you may learn to be compassionate with yourself and with others.

THIS, THEN, IS A DAY OF AFFIRMATION and a day of gratitude. Allow your practices to be meaningful and effective so that you may receive their reward.

PRACTICE 178: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

This Step says:  It is a day meant for gratitude.” The importance of gratitude will be revealed in the Steps.

Time to be honestly embarrassed now, 2:16 A.M. EDT. Today's text was familiar, because I used it as my lesson today. With the Step 177 title yesterday, I pasted the text for Step 178. Reading it now, it seemed to be the Step I'd done today. You may have caught that, or not. If you didn't, you can do 177 today, as you've done 178. This mix-up of order is not critical to advancement. In the modern world of fatigued living,
mistakes will be made. My apologies. For anyone reading this later, the correction was made to Step 177. Blogger is correctable.  NNC

From the Journal:

6:50 A.M. Monday, January 10, 2000
TAI CHI – A.M./P.M. The old way – a return needed. Prodigal again. The spirit connection is scary – even though sought. I shall practice.

7:02 p.m. The stock market flies, and I go nowhere – nothing invested – K say not to worry. A good day @ work – the team is back to a degree. My life here is not about earning money. I should just put the money in the best available funds and forget. I went opposite my conclusion last year. I needed to be more aggressive; I got more conservative based on fear. This is honest. S2K is: “I will learn to be honest today.”

This is one of the strongest ideas I’ve encountered thus far in the Steps. To be honest – it is a “requirement to feel what you know.” I do feel/sense truths beyond my body/with my body.

I can feel the whole truth that put me in this chair, following S2K, and recording it in green ink in a lab note book. It has come to this and will continue on with this sense.

11:35 p.m. to be. Not the original plan. My personal side gets de-railed easily. Flights reserved to & from Texas. It will be costly – but so what – they are my kids and nothing else really counts – at least that’s how I feel with two drinks/fatigue.

As I am doing Steps for the first time, it has not become my life. There are many things going on, like trying to play the stock market for a future retirement income, as well as heed the dangers in the world. The dot.com boom is nearly at its peak, so my conservative action has left me flat, relatively speaking, though at this time, a decent interest rate was paid on money-market funds and bonds. I am sorting through issues of other sorts, as any student is likely to do. Steps is, by this time, becoming a greater part of my life. So I wrote:  S2K is: “I will learn to be honest today.” This is one of the strongest ideas I’ve encountered thus far in the Steps.    

Let us continue.