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 180 - I complain because I am lacking Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 179 - Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true.
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Step 180 - I complain
because I am lacking Knowledge. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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“I complain because I am
lacking Knowledge.” Step 180
WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT LIFE, you are asking for Knowledge.
Knowledge has its own statement about life, but it is very different from the
lament which you hear within yourself and around you. Therefore, as you
approach Knowledge today, recognize the nature of complaint—how it emphasizes
your weakness and the world’s domination over you and how much it is in
contrast to what you are learning now. You are learning now to discover your greatness
and your domination over the world. You are in relationship with the world. Let
this relationship become healthy and meaningful. Let the world’s contribution
be given to you. Let your contribution be given to the world.
THEREFORE, THANK THE WORLD ONCE AGAIN TODAY for
what it has given to you. In your deeper meditation practices today, enter
stillness and silence. Use the word RAHN to help you enter this deeply. Use the
word RAHN to orient your mind and thinking so that your mind may become unified
with the sound of this one ancient word.
THIS IS A DAY OF IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION. Do not
complain about this day. Recognize that everything that happens is an opportunity
for you to apply your practice and to develop the true faculties of your mind. Your
complaint would only be a denial of the world’s contribution to you. Therefore,
do not deny this. Do not complain about the world today so that you may receive
PRACTICE 180: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Where else do we complain, either silently or out
loud, than when waiting in line? The picture is at a railroad ticket counter in
Piacenza, Italy. Is tolerating the slowness of people really a problem of
Knowledge? Sometimes it is while other times it is an exercise that builds our
skill of being patient.
a.m. – Jan 12, 2000 – 54 years for Mom, Dad and I.
– “Today I will thank the world for teaching me what is true.”
your mind to understanding how the world has supported you.
did the long practice w/o writing. This lesson is a different slant on our
experience here. The text says we are here to evolve, as is the world, and the
two work together. It looks like the world affects an individual more than the
reverse, but in history – individuals and groups have changed the direction of
the world, woken it up or put it to war.
Oh My God – there’s more a lot more. The world leaves me tired, or the way I
manage my resources in the world leaves me exhausted What should I do? Whom am
I here for?
p.m. Practice #2 – “This is a day of recognition, a day of gratitude and a day
“apply my mind to understand how the world has supported you (me).”
what has life taught, what have I learned about value? What do I value?
Relationships with my children.
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Based on my drawing of the word "DRAW", one can see that is something
I should do for anything other than recreation. These are deep steps, yet I’ve
recorded little. No doubt you’ve had many thoughts as a consequence of these
Steps, but it doesn’t get recorded. That is OK. We’d be writing all day.
Getting something down gives some background for the day so that, when it comes
to review, one can see actual progress – movement in thought. Will things get
great/wonderful/perfect? No, but there will be a sense of better understanding,
even when surrounded by chaos.
At Step 179, we are well into the year 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 can start on the day that makes
sense and progress as needed. Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps
once. If you are like me, you keep up with the pace of one-a-day Steps. It
really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and
Journal second time x2
Step 179.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.