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 48 - True instruction is available to me. (MP3) Entry for Step 47 - Why do I need Teachers?
Greetings All –
Step 48 - True
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instruction is available to me. Step 48
TRUE INSTRUCTION IS AVAILABLE. It
has been waiting for you to reach the point of maturity where you realize its
necessity in your life. This engenders true motivation for learning. It is born
of recognizing your limitations in light of that which is your true need. You
must love yourself to become a student of Knowledge and continually love
yourself to proceed. There is no other obstacle to learning but this. Without
love there is fear, for nothing else can replace love. But love has not been
replaced, and true assistance is available to you.
IN YOUR TWO MEDITATION PRACTICES
TODAY, attempt to feel the presence of that true assistance. In stillness and
in silence, feel this within your life and around you. These meditation
practices will begin to open a greater sensitivity within you, a whole new
sense. You will begin to discern things that are present, even though you
cannot see them. You will be able to respond to ideas and information, even
though you cannot hear the source of the message yet. This is the actual
process in creative thinking, for people receive ideas; they do not create
them. You are part of a greater life. Your personal life is the vehicle for its
expression. Your individuality, then, becomes more highly cultivated and more
joyful, a prison no longer for you, but the form of your joyful expression.
TRUE ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE TO
YOU. Practice this day feeling its abiding presence in your life.
PRACTICE 48: Two 30-minute
Picture:Truck stop – Route 6, Utah. Could a parking lot for land ships be a
place where true instruction might be received? Steps practice is not limited
to monasteries or college campuses.
This step does make a good case for teachers: "You
cannot teach yourself what you do not know, ...."
From the Journal:
9:40 A.M. Sept 2, 1999 - Thursday - S2K "True
instruction is available to me." In the first 30 minute meditation - of
which 9 minutes remain, I've tried to remember and honor the many teachers I've
had in this 52 years of life in/on/with earth. People, situations, schools,
books, guidance, intuition, meditation, dreams - all sought because -
"Here I am, send me." that response got me here. I want to integrate.
I trust and seek verification. That S2K/GCW says its teaching relationships all
the way up and down - makes it clear. As a soul I'm not among the first to be
conscious - nor is my family of spiritual gypsies. In teaching, my only
resistance was to $ cost of music lessons - but I should have done that when I
could. That's a regret - but from a greater view - who knows.
With S2K I am testing the truth of this teaching
with my heart. There are many proclaimed teachers. ACIM says we teach
As a society, our
teachings work at cross purposes. A Tower of Babel of conflict.
Only heart can
sort it out for the soul.
This notion was not a problem for me. For others, that
may not be the case.
2nd Time Step 47.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.