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 164 - Today I will honor what I know. (MP3) Entry for Step 163 - I will feel Knowledge today.
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Step 164 - Today I will honor
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“Today I will honor what I know.” Step 164
WHAT YOU KNOW TODAY. Hold to what you know. Allow your Knowledge to guide you
specifically. Do not try to use Knowledge to fulfill yourself, for in this you
will only use what you think of as Knowledge and once again you will weave an
illusion for yourself that will entrap you and drain you of life, enthusiasm
and certainty. Let Knowledge move you today. Carry on your normal activities.
Follow all the procedures of life that are your duty, but let Knowledge abide
with you so that it may bestow its mysterious gift everywhere you go and give
you concrete direction when that is actually needed.
THIS STATEMENT UPON THE HOUR and consider it in light of your immediate
circumstances. In your deeper practice periods today, once again give yourself
to stillness and to peace. Honor Knowledge today by giving yourself to
Knowledge and by abiding with Knowledge.
164: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
In the picture, could the beautiful tree be
symbolic of what one knows and needs to honor?
12:15 a.m. Monday, Dec 27, 1999 – Given my current
relationships, I can only do so much, so fast. S2K goes at the speed I can.
Lots of nothing time → I meditate/space to use time.
6:41 a.m. Practice #1
8:35 a.m. The Velveteen Rabbit became real by
its use. I want regions to become real. Local is real, I want regions to be
equally real. Regionalism is an idea. Regional Community is a relationship. I
see a world where people are closer than they think, more alike than different.
- Open systems are cultures (process) closed
systems are cults – (all answers to all questions are already Known).
I seek a greater relationship to Knowledge so I can
pass it through.
The constant need to align while expanding –
align/grow/align/grow the bounds are always being exceeded – what is the
framework for the garden of Knowledge – how is creation organized so it may be sensed?
Understood – or, is that the issue –
We are here – now – experiencing the present, yet
that is the product of millions/billions/zillions of events/movements – so how
do we ride co-creation, fathom its potential for relationship, and “be” as our
vehicles – minds & bodies – grow, change and relate…
- GCW-I – p 365 – says “God is organizing
everything to return to union, but God is doing it in God’s own way. It is good
that this is the case because people’s idea of union ends up being very
oppressive when applied to society.”
p. 367 “Knowledge is very close at hand, but you
cannot grasp it. Yet, it is available when you begin to ask what you know
10 a.m. Mystery – mysterious – my life has become
that to me. I had “save the world goals” when young. Now I feel that the world
is already saved, yet it could also be much better as an environment for our
So much good is happening.
5:35 p.m. A strange balance of the day, but that’s
OK. … The stock market soars again – what does it mean? I was afraid/being
tactical in March and decided to stay out a year. “A hard rain is going to
fall…” wrote Bob Dylan. That’s what it feels like to me – yet these investments
need to be made?
A day when there was reflection and work to connect the day’s Step to
the Greater Community Wisdom book writings. Reading those two volumes, plus Greater Community Spirituality, is an important foundation for the Steps, but the
Steps just by themselves probably get to all questions in time.
Included in the journal is, as readers know, the working out of my
professional challenges to promote “regional cooperation.” It is a great
challenge that always was of interest, but which, with Steps study, has gained
greater importance in my life. The fact that it is difficult in the world is
recognized to some degree, but independent self-reliance is the focus for most.
The stock market reference at the end is provided as a backdrop to what
will happen when the first phase of the dot.com crash begins a bit later. A lot
more will happen in the coming years. How many would think of it as a problem
where the solution involves spirituality and spiritual practices? This will
come up again. It is time to keep moving on our journey. The Steps book note:
Let us persist.
Journal second time x2
Step 163.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.