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 269 - The power of Knowledge will extend itself from me. (MP3) Entry for Step 268 - I will not be deceived by complexity today.
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Step 269 - The power of
Knowledge will extend itself from me. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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The power of Knowledge will extend itself from me. Step
THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE WILL EXTEND ITSELF from you who
are receiving Knowledge. At first this will be very subtle, but as you continue
to develop and apply yourself, the power of Knowledge will become stronger and
stronger. It will be a force of attraction for some. It will be a force of
rejection for others who are unable to respond to it. It will influence all. That
is why you must learn to be very discerning in relationships, for as you
progress as a student of Knowledge, your influence over others will be greater.
You must not use this influence for selfish purposes, or your activities will be
destructive to you and to others.
KNOWLEDGE PROVIDES THIS RESTRAINT that we have
spoken of, and you must exercise it on your own behalf. If you are ambitious with
Knowledge, you will pose very great risks to yourself and to other people, for
Wisdom, compassion, restraint and self-control must accompany the development
of Knowledge. If you attempt to use Knowledge for your own selfish gain or for
what you think the world needs, you will lead yourself astray and Knowledge
will not accompany you.
ACCEPT THE RESTRAINT AND DEVELOPMENT that are
called for now, for they will protect you and enable you to render your gifts
with a minimum of discord and personal risk. They will guarantee the wholeness
and worthiness of your contribution, for it will be untainted by selfish
motives. Practice upon the hour and enter deeply into meditation twice today.
Repeat your idea for the day and enter into stillness once again. Allow this to
be a day where Knowledge is strengthened.
PRACTICE 269: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
This is a big Step, in that it is telling us about Complexity in the world, compared to
Step 267 where we were just dealing with our own problems. The tool is the same
– Knowledge, and the apparent complexity of greater world problems is something
that may take several stages. We do not use Knowledge, but follow it. The text
concludes: “A mind at peace is not deceived
by the world.” Having a mind
at peace is a worthwhile goal that the Steps are intended to help us reach.
From the Journal:
April 10, 2000
p.m. 2nd practice – came out @ 24 minutes. What problems am I trying to solve
other than my own little life problems? I need to solve my investing problem;
my writing of an article and presentation problem; my exercise problem.
The house is quiet – I've been sore today – getting along at work – moving
p.m. This book is nearly done. Where am I? Many Steps to go. I've probably made
mis-steps. I'm confused.
– promote cooperation; meaning – this reflects the greater community –
– find what works – look at it differently –
journal is limited this day. I am trying, it looks, to define my meaning,
purpose and direction, yet I note: “I’m
confused.” The Teachers, in other messages, essentially give us
permission to be confused, as that is part of the path to learning. If we were
always sure of everything, we’d be unable to recognize error and the need for
Journal second time x2 Step 268.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.