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 289 - Today I am a student of Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 288 - Enemies are only friends who have not learned to join.
Greetings All –
Step 289 - Today I am a
student of Knowledge. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download
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Today I am a student of Knowledge. Step 289
BE A REAL STUDENT TODAY. Give yourself entirely to
your learning process. Do not assume anything, for true students do not assume
anything, and that is what enables them to learn everything. Realize that you
cannot comprehend Knowledge; you can only receive it. You can only experience
its extension through your life into the world.
THEREFORE, ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE RECEPTIVE TO
KNOWLEDGE. Do not allow yourself to be receptive to the ambivalence that permeates
the world. Maintain your distance from this ambivalence, for you are not yet
strong enough with Knowledge to face ambivalence and to render your gift into
an ambivalent world. Do not be ambitious in this regard, or you will overstep
your capacity and will fail as a result. As Knowledge grows and develops within
you, it will lead you into areas where you are able to serve. It will lead you
into situations where you have an adequate capacity to render it.
BE A STUDENT TODAY. Do not try to use the learning
to fulfill your own ambitions with it. Do not let your own personal ideas guide
you today, but be a student of Knowledge. When you are certain of something,
carry it forth as wisely and as appropriately as possible. When you are
uncertain of something, return to Knowledge and simply be at peace with
Knowledge, for Knowledge will guide you. In this way, you will become a true
and active agent of Knowledge in the world. Knowledge will extend itself
through you into the world, and all that you receive will be given into the
world through you.
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICES TODAY strengthen your ability
to enter into the realm of Knowledge. Today go deeper than you have ever gone
before. Today be a student of Knowledge. Enter Knowledge. Experience Knowledge.
In this way, you will become more and more engaged with its power and its
grace. In this way, you will realize its purpose in the world, which can only
be realized through participation.
PRACTICE 289: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture: When I first
did this Step, I wrote out on the back of a business card: “Tom Christoffel A Student of Knowledge 5/1/2000”. It is in my “Day Runner”
calendar, address and to do list pocket binder. These have been replaced by smart
phones for most, but I still keep the paper calendar – because technology
fails. This statement of intent is still operational and I’m still a beginning
288 - Enemies are only friends who have not learned to join.
A powerful Step. First time through, noted in the
friends” in 2000;
12/4/2005 added “cooperate with all.” In Knowledge, life is so simple. Am I doing
The journal was busy, due to regions. Knowledge
related thoughts bold.
a.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000 – regional intelligence – the faculty to understand
boundaries and networks and to utilize them in an open manner which adds value
for the benefit of all life on earth. A
regional perspective is needed to reintegrate thinking to overcome the power of
localization/fragmentation. Holy, Holy, Holy – 3 levels of wholeness –
→ I continue to be open to these thoughts and will
bring this view to those I can – introduce it into the stream of thinking – I
am not alone in this thinking – I'm humbled to be presented with such thoughts
– my soul is honored and seeks to be of service.
10:39 p.m. As the planets align – my meaning,
direction, purpose come into alignment.
ground level – we only see/experience our local environment. As we move through
space the environment tends to change – reflecting the environment, the various
habitat kingdoms. From high points – natural or man-made, or flat expanses –
the plains with mountains in the distance – or at bodies of water, our mind
sees the greater view – a region. When we were hunter-gatherers we might have
migrated with the seasons, following warmth, avoiding cold. Settling later – we
adapted to the climate changes – rather than move. Having experienced cycles,
the spring comes again.
of our experience of the greater world is through remote viewing – assisted by
cameras, telescopes, binoculars, microscopes and imagination.
are lonely explorers in these territories – maps attempt to give us a sketch of
What thresholds of learning must be 1st reached to be an organization?
must 1st learn self-perpetuation – unless they are Ad Hoc from the start.
Are we chartered – like governments – granted the
right to exist under the laws of the land?
Are we chartered souls in uncharted territory? Is
it "Just in Time" creation – Knowledge unfolds itself before us. We
need the senses to perceive it – in its richness.
new to the world, those in older bodies carry the survival knowledge to protect
offspring, to nurture them to adulthood, and to perpetuate the family lines,
tribal lines, racial lines, and the cultures of transmission.
p.m. Conflict? Reading Harry Beckworth, "The Invisible Touch" and
S2K. Trying to understand the service business I think I'm in. How can I create
a business demand for "regional perspective?" How can governmental
ownership be changed? My life is okay – why worry about anything? I'm trying to
understand what went wrong with the PDC – mostly did not have the talent. When
I did, I couldn't reward it. There is something wrong when nonprofit ='s little
or no value. These people don't even value government – they don't own it like
people in Wisconsin did/do – or at least that's how it felt. Governance
shouldn't be equated with "not doing" – that best which governs
Sustainable order – a more perfect union – is the
goal, where the cumulative value of civilization leads to a better life.
PM. I was going to go out to the store, office, park – but realized I'd not
been in the car today or left the yard. That seemed good – to have stayed home
for one day – the first in who remembers how long – to have kept it simple this
day – only at home.
I was in new territory as I went into these Steps.
Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 288.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.