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 282 - I will learn to accept the responsibility of carrying Knowledge in the world. (MP3) Entry for Step 281 - Above all else I seek Knowledge.
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Step 282 - I will learn
to accept the responsibility of carrying Knowledge in the world. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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I will learn to accept
the responsibility of carrying Knowledge in the world. Step 282
CARRYING KNOWLEDGE IN THE WORLD requires
responsibility. Your responsibility is to follow Knowledge and to learn to express
Knowledge adequately and purposefully. In this, your human abilities will need
to be cultivated and elevated. Discernment and all the other qualities of value
within yourself will need to be cultivated as well, for you must learn to
express that which you carry. You must learn to follow it and become a worthy
vehicle for it. This is the true meaning of all individual development. This is
where individual development has genuine purpose. This is where your growth and
advancement have direction as well.
THEREFORE, ALLOW YOURSELF TO EXPERIENCE THE MEANING
of today’s idea. Allow yourself to accept responsibility. It is not a weight upon
your shoulders. It is a rite of passage for you, and in this all things that have
confused and frustrated you within yourself will be given a new and purposeful
application. Realize that Knowledge carries responsibility. In this, you need
to treat it with the seriousness that it requires, and yet with this
seriousness, you receive the greatness and the peace that it will render to
you. Over time, you will become a very, very finely-tuned vehicle for Knowledge
in the world. In this, all things that require development will find
development, and all things which merely hinder your progress will be
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICES IN STILLNESS TODAY,
recognize that you have a responsibility to cultivate your faculties of mind as
a student of Knowledge. Exercise these responsibilities and do not drift away
into imagination. Engage yourself as a student of Knowledge according to the
requirements of your preparation, for you are now becoming a person of
responsibility and a person of power.
PRACTICE 282: Two 30-minute practice periods.
281 - Above all else I seek Knowledge.
“UPON THE HOUR TODAY remember and affirm this great
truth—that you seek Knowledge above all else,” begins the third paragraph of this. The component parts are: “remember…that you seek Knowledge above all else” and “affirm…that you seek Knowledge above all else.” It is not a
suggested activity, but one to remember, as inherent in our being. Once
recognized, then we are to affirm that you/we/me: “seek Knowledge above all else.” It is not
optional, we can recognize this or not, in life, but Knowledge is sought above
all else. Understanding this should affect how we live.
Journal references are bold and underlined, should
you want to skip to those alone, or choose to look at that in the context of
this student’s life:
a.m. Sunday, April 23, 2000 –
is divisive, goals unite. Edward T. Hall observed that people who were more educated –
officers in the military compared to enlisted men, were more out for themselves
and less concerned about the others. In communities – the same may be true, so
the personas of Clarke, Frederick, Winchester etc. Need to unite – and goals
can do that.
can be given from above, in a military command environment – if those lines of
networking, people come to the table as equals. Like computer networks,
protocol is required. It is a type of diplomacy.
region / what is your home base?
is your range of movement – car/walk – one mile – 45 minutes – what?
live to play –
p.m. Still Easter Sunday. It has been a weird day – from the start – the drive
to Unity Chesapeake – there the minister, a different, even more dynamic woman
minister Elizabeth Thompson – Stocks – in a full church. ---
the bookstore at Unity I checked out a book by Charles Whitfield about
"Boundaries." It said a hurt/abandoned child adult would marry
someone with the traits of the parent they felt hurt/abuse them as well as
traits of the one that they liked. Perfectionism was a trait of a person
church we went roaming to dine at a burger joint – then to Penny S… 's. We went
to the Beach in separate cars. I was able to do practice #1 at A.R.E. The rest
of the afternoon was lost – Easter Sunday the malls are closed, so there was
nowhere to shop to dissipate the energy of frustration.
The Practice today "Above all else I seek
Knowledge," was hard to envision as I withdraw from the world. Did lots of
book searching at the Heritage Store and ARE – only looking for geographic
stuff – no metaphysical stuff appears important. For dinner – Mexican – very
good – and a large margarita.
the kids. David not home. Sarah at AA – so I talked to M. E. She's calmed down
from Friday – I told her it is nice to say our son is in business, but after 7
years it isn't true – it's a fantasy.
p.m. S2K – I'm less responsive to the
What I could write today in terms of a close look
at this Step, was not where I was able to go 15 years ago. There may be an
urgency in our desire to progress, but often only time and experience can get
us to relative understanding. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 281.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.