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 245 - When others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 244 - I am honored when others are strong.
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Step 245 - When others fail, I am reminded of the need
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When others fail, I am reminded of the need for
Knowledge. Step 245
WHEN OTHERS FAIL, LET THIS REMIND YOU of your need
for Knowledge. Let your need for Knowledge not be underestimated. Thus, you
need not respond with condemnation or judgment upon those who fail, but realize
their great need and your great need. This will only confirm, then, the depth
with which you must now prepare yourself. For you prepare yourself not only for
your own advancement and fulfillment, but for the advancement and fulfillment
of humanity. This is no idle claim or statement. It is absolutely the truth.
For every step you take towards Knowledge, you give your accomplishment to the
world, and you lessen the burden of all who struggle with their own fantasies
and sense of failure.
YOUR LIFE, THEN, BECOMES YOUR TEACHING, for it is a
life of Knowledge. It demonstrates the presence of Knowledge in the world, which
is the presence of God. This happens as a result of your serving as an advanced
vehicle for Knowledge. In your advancement all human capabilities are
furthered, all human liabilities are dissipated and that which is most true and
genuine in individual human life in the world is exalted. And that which is
beyond all human life, but which contains human life, is affirmed as well. Therefore,
another’s failure is a call for your involvement with Knowledge. It is a call
for your advancement and strengthening because you have come into the world to
REMIND YOURSELF OF THIS UPON THE HOUR and in your
two longer practice periods, actively engage your mind in comprehending this
idea. Think of every individual that you think has failed and realize the
meaning of today’s lesson in light of those individuals serving you. Realize
the need for Knowledge within their lives and within your life. They are
committing errors to spark your commitment to Knowledge. They are serving you
in this regard, and this calls for your gratitude not your condemnation. They
are teaching you to value the valuable and to release the meaningless. Think
not they are not saving you time. They are saving you time. They are
demonstrating that which you need to learn and to accept. Therefore, commit yourself
to their well-being for teaching you to value Knowledge. As you value Knowledge,
the result of your value will be given back to them in return, and they will be
strengthened and honored by your accomplishment.
PRACTICE 245: Two 30-minute practice periods.
The picture is from a particular funeral. Death
itself is not failure, but some choose death as a solution to their problems.
Such an act creates a great need for Knowledge in the lives of children,
spouses, parents and friends, as they deal with such an event.
Returning to review this day in my life for Steps
was bound to be significant, as this was a day where my preparation through
Steps to Knowledge saved my life. The books talk about a need to be unburdened,
but what exactly is that? In my case, if you’ve read any of the biographical
entries that are mixed with the Steps practices, you’ve recognized a person who
takes his work too seriously, is having problems with personnel and his bosses,
but doesn’t know how to get things right.
On March 17, 2000, in the morning, I was met by two
Commissioners who informed me that my job was to change. I would be moved
laterally. As these two played the part of the strong, I repeated the Step in
my head: “I am honored when others are strong.” I’d anticipated something for
over a year and now it was happening.
I this case, as I would later realize, Steps to
Knowledge/ Knowledge saved my life. Going forward there will be many difficult
days to survive as I mentally work through my work/ego failure. By sticking
with Steps, a new freedom and recognition of the ultimate benefit overall
emerges in the years ahead.
This happened so long ago, now 15 years, that I’d
forgotten the “save.” In 2012, meeting Kelvin in NYC, he commented that the
Allies and New Message had, “Saved his life.” That was a very strong witness at
the time. It impressed me. Thinking about it over several months I understood
how I had likewise been saved. Such a witness is, I think, important to
expressing the value of this not-so-easy study to others. Heartfelt truth opens
hearts and minds to this New Message. Kelvin gave his to me; here is mine to
current and future students: "Steps to Knowledge saved my life."
From the Journal:
a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000 – the annual housing report was a hit.
→ building local
community – a community is whole and therefore local
p.m. At Little Bear – the soon-to-be Executive Planner. I honor Knowledge for
preparing me for today's events which have freed me to go on – as necessary. At
the wall I marveled at the timing. Sarah, Cindy, me and Dan Malone's
appearances. So practice #2 I am honored when others are strong.
p.m. It is the region that counts not the Commission – I've much more in mind
than they can handle. Time to stay low and build strength.
The journal acknowledges the preparation that I
had, unknowingly, as I practiced to develop my Knowledge.
Some notes on the page.
Let us continue. May your unburdening be tolerable.
Journal second time x2
Step 244.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.