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 343 - Today I will honor the source of my preparation. (MP3) Entry for Step 342 - I am a student of Knowledge today.
Greetings All –
Step 343 - Today I will
honor the source of my preparation. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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Today I will honor the
source of my preparation. Step 343
HONOR THE SOURCE OF YOUR PREPARATION by being a
student of Knowledge today. Remember this upon the hour and think again about
what being a student of Knowledge means. Try to recall all that has been given
to you and all that is being reinforced and try to recognize objectively that
which obstructs you and holds you back. Strengthen your faith. Strengthen your
participation. Use your power of decision to do so, and remember as you do this
that you honor and represent that which guides you and that which you serve.
IN YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, actively
engage your mind in considering what today’s idea means. Remember that you can only
serve that which you value. If you value Knowledge, you will serve Knowledge.
If you value ignorance and darkness, you will serve that. That which you value
is your master, and your master will give you that which you must learn. You
are a student of Knowledge. You are a student of Knowledge because you have
chosen that your studenthood and the master that guides you reflect Knowledge
and truth in the world. Here you only have two choices, for you can only serve
Knowledge or that which attempts to replace Knowledge. Since nothing can really
replace Knowledge, the desire to serve that which replaces Knowledge is the
desire to serve nothing, to be nothing and to have nothing. This is what we
mean when we speak of poverty. It is a state of serving nothing, being nothing
and having nothing.
THEREFORE, HONOR THAT WHICH SERVES YOU. Honor that
which acknowledges your reality and the meaning and the value of your presence
in the world, and you will serve something real, you will be something real and
you will have something real. Thus it is that you who are learning to serve
will be the one who is learning to receive.
PRACTICE 343: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
This Step tells us a lot about our relationship to
Knowledge, and once acclimated to it, conflicts can settle down. “When you think, think constructively, for all
thinking must be constructive. When thinking isn’t necessary, Knowledge will
carry you forth. In the world you must have Knowledge, and you must learn to
think constructively because you are a student of Knowledge. Today be a student
of Knowledge and you will honor that which guides you, that which leads you and
that which blesses you.”
There was contemplation this day. From the Journal:
a.m. Friday, June 23, 2000 – Return to Optimism. The attack --- has eaten away
at my optimism and created fear for me. I told them they needed someone to
replace me. They're doing that.
is risky – local is safe.
My goal is to take the "intentional region" view to a larger
needed to move on – this is not how I intended to go – but this gets me moving.
Fear is trying to take my energy. It has done so…but I'm optimistic. I must
write/publish. I must reserve the energy to do so.
→ The public
corporate database is that governmental information collected and published (or
not) by local, State & Federal governments. It is assembled/published by
locality – in tables organized by alphabetical relationship – rather than geographical
relationship – neighbors
corporate data is the missing element. It is non-standard – except in a few
states like VA where it was built into the design – and though resisted – as
become the Standard.
note: What is measured is important – regions need to be measured.]
– geography – and the communities it covers are invisible to public &
business – but represent a great strategic resource for those who know.
– no work –
a.m. How do you maintain order in an expanding Universe? And how do you do I
keep track of expanding information in the planning environment of the region?
p.m. "I am a student of Knowledge." – Beginning practice late in the
day – but the grass is mowed – I had a good day at work – and my optimism is
restored – because – optimism works.
Journal second time x2
Step 342.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.