Step 272 - My Teachers will guide me as I proceed. Entry for Step 271 - I will accept responsibility today.

Greetings All –

YOU WILL REQUIRE TEACHERS TO GUIDE YOU as you proceed on the path to Knowledge, for you will be venturing far beyond your own concepts and assumptions. You will be engaged in a life that you have not yet comprehended. You will be accessing power and resources that you have not yet fully recognized. You will be venturing deeper into life, beyond human assumptions, beyond human beliefs and beyond human conventions. This will require very strong guidance for you, both from Knowledge and from your primary relationships. Your Inner Teachers represent your most primary relationships, for these relationships are completely based upon Knowledge, and they are given to you to cultivate   Knowledge safely and completely.

THEREFORE, ACCEPT YOUR LIMITATIONS AS A STUDENT of Knowledge so that you may proceed with the assistance that will be required. Be grateful that such great assistance can be given to you and that it can permeate any circumstance because it is invisible to your eyes. Be grateful that you can experience it in any circumstance and that you can receive the counsel of your Teachers at those junctures in life where it is called for.

AFFIRM THE PRESENCE OF YOUR TEACHERS TODAY so that you may have great courage and enthusiasm in your support of the emergence of Knowledge. Upon the hour remind yourself that your Teachers are with you. In your two deeper practice periods, enter into stillness and silence with them so that they may render their presence and their counsel to you if needed. Accept your studenthood so that you may learn to give to the world.

PRACTICE 272: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Here we are told: “ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY, which is your ability to respond.” Being a first responder is a term that has become well known in the States since 9-11.

Students of Steps to Knowledge have come to be equated with “first responders,” given the stamina needed for this work. Having been exposed to this message, there is this need to: “ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY TODAY. Accept this, for it represents your truest and greatest need. Responsibility will enable you to love and extend yourself into the world.”

On top of the page I note: “I have been willing to take responsibility, but have not wanted power.” In response to: “surround yourself with individuals who can support the emergence of Knowledge within you” I ask: “Who might these people be?”  When we first respond, is there anyone visible nearby? Do we have peers also responding? Though we experience our Teachers and Knowledge to some degree, in earth terms, the neighborhood is lonely – no others present.

The journal this day had little in terms of entries:  

7 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2000

We need technology to deal with distance – nearly everything is distant – beyond the human scale – the built environment.

Last night Cindy said she's beginning to understand what I meant saying, "Sarah was special." She's understanding Sarah’s limitations and is therefore becoming more understanding. All these years Cindy wasn't understanding anything of what I was saying.

Relationships are getting more honest – better – which is Knowledge in my life.

I accept responsibility for my work in the world and I am open to direction by Knowledge to where I need to be.

Let us continue. Many Steps to complete to get through to Step 365.


P.S. At Step 272, we are well 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