Step 343 - Today I will honor the source of my preparation. for Step 342 - I am a student of Knowledge today.

Greetings All –

HONOR THE SOURCE OF YOUR PREPARATION by being a student of Knowledge today. Remember this upon the hour and think again about what being a student of Knowledge means. Try to recall all that has been given to you and all that is being reinforced and try to recognize objectively that which obstructs you and holds you back. Strengthen your faith. Strengthen your participation. Use your power of decision to do so, and remember as you do this that you honor and represent that which guides you and that which you serve.

IN YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, actively engage your mind in considering what today’s idea means. Remember that you can only serve that which you value. If you value Knowledge, you will serve Knowledge. If you value ignorance and darkness, you will serve that. That which you value is your master, and your master will give you that which you must learn. You are a student of Knowledge. You are a student of Knowledge because you have chosen that your studenthood and the master that guides you reflect Knowledge and truth in the world. Here you only have two choices, for you can only serve Knowledge or that which attempts to replace Knowledge. Since nothing can really replace Knowledge, the desire to serve that which replaces Knowledge is the desire to serve nothing, to be nothing and to have nothing. This is what we mean when we speak of poverty. It is a state of serving nothing, being nothing and having nothing.

THEREFORE, HONOR THAT WHICH SERVES YOU. Honor that which acknowledges your reality and the meaning and the value of your presence in the world, and you will serve something real, you will be something real and you will have something real. Thus it is that you who are learning to serve will be the one who is learning to receive.

PRACTICE 343: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

This Steps tells us a lot about our relationship to Knowledge, and once acclimated to it, conflicts can settle down. “When you think, think constructively, for all thinking must be constructive. When thinking isn’t necessary, Knowledge will carry you forth. In the world you must have Knowledge, and you must learn to think constructively because you are a student of Knowledge. Today be a student of Knowledge and you will honor that which guides you, that which leads you and that which blesses you.”

There was contemplation this day. From the Journal:

7:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, 2000 – Return to Optimism. The attack --- has eaten away at my optimism and created fear for me. I told them they needed someone to replace me. They're doing that.

Regional is risky – local is safe.

> My goal is to take the "intentional region" view to a larger audience.

I needed to move on – this is not how I intended to go – but this gets me moving. Fear is trying to take my energy. It has done so…but I'm optimistic. I must write/publish. I must reserve the energy to do so.

The public corporate database is that governmental information collected and published (or not) by local, State & Federal governments. It is assembled/published by locality – in tables organized by alphabetical relationship – rather than geographical relationship – neighbors

Regional corporate data is the missing element. It is non-standard – except in a few states like VA where it was built into the design – and though resisted – as become the Standard.

[Margin note: What is measured is important – regions need to be measured.]

This – geography – and the communities it covers are invisible to public & business – but represent a great strategic resource for those who know.

MSA – no work –

10:49 a.m. How do you maintain order in an expanding Universe? And how do you do I keep track of expanding information in the planning environment of the region?

8:25 p.m. "I am a student of Knowledge." – Beginning practice late in the day – but the grass is mowed – I had a good day at work – and my optimism is restored – because – optimism works.


P.S. At Step 343, we are 22 Steps from the end – Step 365. This is not the place to begin this Practice. 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. January 1 is a good day to do so. Daily blog entries and Tweets begin again with Step 1 on January 1, 2015. I will be blogging year two, and referencing this collection of year 1 – day by day. Regardless, any day you choose to begin, you can use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps.

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