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 277 - My ideas are small, but Knowledge is great. (MP3) Entry for Step 276 - Knowledge is my salvation.
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Step 277 - My ideas are
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My ideas are small, but Knowledge is great. Step
THE TRUTH OF THIS STATEMENT will allow you to align yourself with the source of
all Knowledge. Then you can escape the darkness of the world of imagination.
Imagination is unstable, and even its brightest moments can turn to darkness in
a second. Evenits greatest inspirations
can be bitterly discouraged with the slightest provocation. Here there is no
certainty. Here there is no reality. Here nothing is trustworthy, for only
change can be expected. That which is gifted and valued will most certainly be
lost. That which is grim and destructive will most certainly pursue you.
IS A LIFE LIVED IN IMAGINATION. Such is a life lived in the isolation of your
own thinking. Do not underestimate the power of Knowledge to liberate you from
this hopeless situation where nothing genuine can be discerned, where no true
meaning can be acquired and where nothing that is permanent and real can be
realized and established. It is your salvation out of the darkness of your
separate imagination that will lead you into the reality of life and will
redeem you there.
HERE THAT EVEN YOUR GREATEST IDEAS, even those ideas born of Knowledge, are
small in contrast to Knowledge itself. Knowledge is the great source of your
being as it is expressing itself in your individual life. Therefore, honor what
is great and realize what is small. Realize that in time as Knowledge begins to
emerge within you and as you allow it to express itself ever more freely, you
will begin to recognize those thoughts that emanate from Knowledge and those
thoughts that are merely imagined. Yet, even thoughts from Knowledge, which are
far more powerful and effective than any other thought that you can imagine,
even these thoughts which are the seeds of true understanding in the world are
small in contrast to Knowledge.
UPON THE HOUR THE POWER OF THIS IDEA, for it is given to liberate you from your
own confusion and false assumptions. In your deeper practice periods today,
apply your mind actively. Attempt to look at every idea that you hold dear,
whether it be positive or negative. Look at any idea that you believe in or
adhere to. Examine your relationship to the primary ideas that govern your
life. Then, remind yourself after you look at each one that Knowledge is far
greater than that idea. Here you will realize that there is a means for you to
escape the world of ideas and enter the world of relationship, where everything
is viable, real and based upon a foundation that can never change.
277: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
276 - Knowledge is my salvation.
Salvation! Many religions promise salvation from our sins, errors,
missing the mark, being born with original sin, or carrying Karmic debts, perhaps recorded in the Akashic Records. In our lives we get the feeling that something is wrong and correcting
that, we learn, requires salvation.
I first posted this on, October 3, 2014, last year. I took comfort in it
then an affirmation: “Knowledge is my
salvation.” I was then at the 2014
Encampment of the New Message, at the YCMA of the Rockies near Estes Park,
Colorado with a hundred other Students. I suggested to readers: “Perhaps one
day you will attend one of these events”. Though many of the concepts are
simple, it is not easy. No “Instant Karma.” The Encampment in 2015 was September
11 – 15.
Looking to the
day of this Step in 2000, I underlined almost every sentence on the page.
When it came to the journal, there was not much recorded, beyond some of
the personal pain associated with my unburdening:
6:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2000 – Feeling hurt by
the title/responsibility change – even though it has set me free. We've gone
from mean and lean to bureaucratic. It was necessary – and probably for the
best – but it is a hammer hit that's hard on my ego.
On to S2K. When it is time to act I will act.
12:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Tuesday had movement on 2 issues -project.A regional housing organization and the beginning of the public mobility
Tom Christoffel - is my brand.
Many Steps can be recognized as affirmations, though they may not feel
like that when initially encountered for study. “Knowledge is my salvation.” How so? Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 276.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.