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 304 - I will not be a student of fear today. (MP3) Entry for Step 303 - I will step back from the world's persuasions today.
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Step 304 - I will not be
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I will not be a student of fear today. Step 304
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS A STUDENT—every day,
every hour and every moment. Therefore, as you become more conscientious, you
must select what you will learn. Here you are given a real choice, for you are
either a student of Knowledge or you are a student of confusion. Do not be a
student of confusion today. Do not be a student of fear today, for without
Knowledge there is uncertainty and there is fear. Without Knowledge there are
fearful pursuits which perpetrate greater fear and a greater sense of loss.
REALIZE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A STUDENT. Realize
this and accept this with relief, for you have a meaningful choice here—to be a
student of Knowledge or a student of confusion. Knowledge will cast its
influence upon you to enable you to make the right choice, to choose that which
renders you certainty, purpose, meaning and value in the world. Then, you may
become a force for Knowledge in the world to dispel confusion, darkness and
fear from all minds that labor under their oppressive weight.
DO NOT BE A STUDENT OF FEAR. Make this resolution
within yourself upon the hour as you recognize the fearful persuasions of the world,
the confusion of the world and its dark influence upon all who feel its
oppression. Allow yourself to be a liberated soul within the world. Hold the
jewel of love within your heart. Hold the light of Knowledge within your heart.
When you return to your two deeper meditation practices today, repeat the idea
for today so that you may enter into stillness and silence within your
sanctuary. Rejuvenate yourself in Knowledge and refresh yourself, for Knowledge
is the great light that you carry. The more that you come within its presence,
the more it will radiate itself upon you and the more it will shine upon you
and, through you, upon the world.
PRACTICE 304: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
The day’s objective was to be: “free of the world’s persuasions.” This is accomplished by: “the power of decision.” What are these persuasions? There is no list, but
we do learn they relate to: “your own
internal conflicts and from the conflicts that rage in the world.”
Stepping back is a good response in many situations.
The journal entry reflects confusion as well:
a.m. Monday, May 15, 2000 – Where am I? Physically – mellow – I enjoy stillness
– it is a sanctuary. It is when I'm in the world that I encounter trouble and
a.m. – Out of the stillness. Nature is Still in a dynamic way. The built
environment is motionless – on the outside – trapped energy.
→One size misfits all.
p.m. – 303 – "I will step back from the world's persuasions today."
If food is a persuasion – then I've not done well. Things were mellow at work.
Coming home at 7:30 p.m. I felt still as I walked through the still town. Along
Happy Creek @ the bridge I saw small songbirds I'd seldom seen before.
11:10 p.m. Sarah called. She said she wanted to thank me for being there for
her when she was it in with Lloyd and needed to get out. I told her I was
has been an OK day. I'm thankful to tears for S2K. I told Sarah we/M.E. and I –
stood on the sides and directed her where to go. When she was deep in a hole, we pointed to the ladder to get herself
out. Using S2K/GCW imagery.
This comes across as a mellow lesson. It is a
practice to be, perhaps, in the world, not of the world. In the last paragraph
there is a note of how I used Greater Community thought found in these readings
to assist my daughter in understanding a way to respond in her situation.
More effort to spread the New Message. Will there
be results? I will be unable to know for a great long time. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 303.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.