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 172 - I must reclaim my Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 171 - My giving is an affirmation of my wealth.
Greetings All –
Step 172 - I must reclaim
my Knowledge. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download
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“I must reclaim my
Knowledge.” Step 172
YOU MUST RECLAIM YOUR KNOWLEDGE. It is not merely a preference
in competition with other preferences. The fact that it is a requirement in
life gives it the necessity and the importance that it truly deserves. Think
not that your freedom is in any way hindered by this necessity, for your
freedom is the result of this necessity and will be born of this necessity.
Here you enter a world of vital direction rather than casual choices. Here you
become seriously engaged in life rather than a removed observer who can only witness
your own ideas.
THE NECESSITY OF KNOWLEDGE, then, is the importance
that it bears for you and for your world. Welcome necessity, then, for it frees
you from the aggravation and the disability of ambivalence. It rescues you from
meaningless choices and directs you to that which is truly vital for your
well-being and for the well-being of the world. Knowledge is a necessity. Your
life is a necessity. Its importance is not merely for you alone, but for the
world as well.
IF YOU CAN COMPREHEND THIS IN TRUTH, this will
override any sense of unworthiness or indolence that you may still possess. For
if your life is a necessity, then it has purpose, meaning and direction. If your
life is a necessity, then all other lives are a necessity as well. In this, you
will wish to harm no one but instead will seek to affirm Knowledge in everyone.
This necessity, then, bears with it the strength and the direction that you
require and provides you with the grace and depth that you must receive for
yourself. A necessary life is a meaningful life. Knowledge is a necessity. Give
yourself to your necessity, and you will feel that you are a necessity
yourself. This will dispel your sense of unworthiness and guilt and bring you
back into relationship with life.
PRACTICE AGAIN UPON THE HOUR, and in your two
meditation practices allow the word RAHN to take you deeper into the presence of
Knowledge itself. The power of this word, a word unknown within your own
language, will resonate with your Knowledge and will stimulate it. Thus, the
means are mysterious, but the result is concrete.
PRACTICE 172: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
The RAHN exercise can be a bit difficult. One may
say it out loud. It is best done on the exhale. The inhale I did was silent.
Later The Teachers added an inhale sound option – NA, so the phrase can then be
– NA (inhale) RAHN (exhale) – silent or out loud.
The Steps training is future oriented. Reclaiming
Knowledge might seem like an activity for a setting like the pyramids, but it
will need to be done in present and future environments like this modern
setting in the Milwaukee Art Museum.
171 - My giving is an affirmation of my wealth.
From the Journal:
A.M. Tuesday, January 4, 2000
up at 6 A.M. – did my 30 minute meditation “My giving is an affirmation of my
is becoming a greater part of my mind. I envision the role of being a conduit
for spirit perspective that helps people align.
souls get addicted to the action on the planet? There is a still creation and
an unstill creation layer?
p.m. A day at work – yes.
p.m. Bed early rather than stay to see the end of the Sugar Bowl – VA Tech
behind 28-14 to Florida State. Tech can win – but my watching/not watching has
no impact. It is hard to relate GCW/Knowledge to sports – yet it is easy to see
the application of concentration – physical stamina and mental toughness –
sports – much better than war for the outplaying of competition. I will not
judge. I only seek to understand. Dealing with disappointment is a large part
of sports. Part of the way of awareness.
Here at Step 171, the journal reflects the impact
of Steps on my life. You may be in such a state, or not. Keep your journal in
order to listen to yourself.
Journal second time x2
Step 171.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.