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 246 - There is no justification for failing to reclaim Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 245 - When others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge.
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Step 246 - There is no
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There is no justification for failing to reclaim
Knowledge. Step 246
THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ERROR. There is no justification
for denying Knowledge. There is no justification at all. Do not attempt to
justify your errors by projecting blame upon yourself or by accusing life of
not giving you what you need. Do not justify your errors by claiming the
responsibility of your childhood, your parents or your upbringing in
determining your current situation. Errors cannot be justified. Whatever cannot
be justified can be relinquished, for it lacks true meaning and value.
TODAY, THEN, IS A FORM OF FREEDOM, an expression of
freedom to you who still, out of habit and complacency, attempt to justify your
errors by assigning blame and responsibility. This is meaningless, for today
you are only given to come to Knowledge and to give yourself in your approach
to Knowledge. You can only justify error as an excuse not to come to Knowledge,
and since there is no justification for error, there is no justification for
you not to come to Knowledge. Without this justification, you are justified,
for you are the expression of Knowledge. That is your destiny and purpose in
the world. If error is unjustified, the truth is given all justification.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO REPEAT THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR.
Come to this in your longer practice periods in stillness and receptivity. Be grateful
today that your errors have been forgiven. Be grateful today that condemnation
is not justified. Be grateful today that you have this opportunity to come to
Knowledge, which will affirm that which is truest and greatest within you. Be
grateful today that there is no justification in denying this, for without
guilt and blame you can only receive that which life has to offer you.
LET THIS BE A DAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM. Let
this be a day to affirm that you are blameless, though you are a student of
Knowledge. Let this be a day to affirm that all the problems of the world can
be solved without condemnation, for without condemnation all problems in the
world will be solved.
PRACTICE 246: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
The Step is about how we learn from the errors of others;
my primary focus is on my own recent failure. Unburdening does not come easy.
Going forward I’ll minimize what I share, but pain takes time to resolve. At
the same time it is a spur to Knowledge. Your pain source will almost certainly
The Steps page contains a few thoughts:
Lead thought: “Knowledge served me in my failure.”Later
thoughts, year two blue ink, re: “YOUR
LIFE, THEN, BECOMES YOUR TEACHING, for it is a life of Knowledge” says“ACIM too,” in that how we live is teaching – we are always
teaching, and the goal to become a Teacher of God, teaching consciously, though
an unhealed healer.
On the second page: “Think not they are not saving you time. They are
saving you time.” The note: “Both ACIM/S2K – saving time is overcoming
separation.” Coming to
Knowledge/Holy Spirit brings about the correction of the separation. The sooner
one gets to this point, the more time that is saved. When might the separation
end? Millions and millions of year; as much time into the future as has already
occurred since separation. We are about half-way, which is my working
From the Journal:
a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000
I pushed it as far as it can go? Where else can I go? Into the great unknown.
have kept up appearances – is there no graceful exit?
have the ideas, but not the skills…to do what needs to be done.
is amazing to me how un-smart I am.
I'm concerned about the regional community –
that is the consciousness I want to build.
takes a lot of awareness to live in the world. We can't do this alone –
separated. There is no rugged individualist.
great burden for PDC success has been lifted – so I may go on with the study of
regions and systems of regions.
245 – "When others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge."
of every individual that you think has failed and realize of today’s lesson in
light of those individuals serving you. Realize the need for Knowledge within
their lives and within your life.”
is failure? Do we fail forward? If you try to do too much, to make the vehicle
do more than designed, and that it crashes – have you failed?
Clinton has succeeded and failed in a spectacular way. His failure was to give
ammunition to his enemies. Earth is a highly imperfect place – it takes much
knowledge to survive in body want to contribute. People think biology is
obsolete – just another mechanic to be manipulated.
– Rick S--- – I saw how he went down. My failure?
Integrating information systems in support of public and private
need to build my technical skills → computer, GIS,
regional data compilation and access for 2001 slug of census data.
thought – Practice #1 my own failure as movement along the path toward
now free to develop my computer skills, my academic approach to regional
structure and to complete the 2050 update of the 2000 District Plan.
is hurt – people recognize my value as a planner. I accept that judgment and –
really – agree with it. I’d return to the "sneaker net." The PDC's
are now funded at a level to do that. I’d rather plan than administer. The
conflicts and outcomes are predictable.
on geographic approaches to regions. Local Planet Regions.
Commission is not the region. It serves the region. The region is a community
of local communities. My interest is in facilitating regional community. I'm
thinking for the future to manage the use of regional assets.
Planet Regions is the new paradigm. Regions Work is the program, message –
geography – I must find a customer. Need a regional technology plan for GIS
p.m. At the office. I need to care for the Regional Summit tomorrow. I want to
make a good impression –
→ What do I want?
A research position where I can pursue Local Planet Regions – Tm
→ I could quit
and just go for it.
If you’ve read this all the way through, I hope
you’ve gained something. Life is bumpy, particularly if you are trying to do
something, and as we learn in the Steps, have not been guided by Knowledge. Yes
there was Holy Spirit and guides previously, but there is a different character
and outcome in life when alert to this perspective.
Journal second time x2
Step 245.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.