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 363 - Knowledge is my true desire because I am a student of Knowledge. (MP3) Entry for Step 362 - I am learning to learn because I carry Knowledge within me today.
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Step 363 - Knowledge is
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Knowledge is my true
desire because I am a student of Knowledge. Step 363
KNOWLEDGE IS YOUR TRUE DESIRE. Think not that your
desires are false, for all desires, if recognized, are for Knowledge. It is because
you have misinterpreted your desires or have attempted to use them to fortify
other things that they have led you astray. Do not attempt to be without
desire, for life is desire. Desire is purpose. Desire is meaning and direction.
Yet, you must recognize your true desire, which is the desire for Knowledge to
fulfill itself and to claim itself, the desire for Knowledge to save you and
for you to save Knowledge. How can you save Knowledge? By holding it within
yourself, by being a student of Knowledge, by carrying Knowledge everywhere you
go, by reinforcing your awareness of Knowledge, by being simple with Knowledge
and by not attempting to use Knowledge to fulfill your own aims and your own
CARRY FORTH THE NORMAL ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY, but
carry Knowledge with you. If Knowledge is not in doubt, you need not be in
doubt. If Knowledge is not afraid, you need not be afraid. If Knowledge is not
changing the situation, you need not change the situation. Yet, if Knowledge
holds you back, hold yourself back. If Knowledge changes the situation, change
the situation. If Knowledge tells you to leave a circumstance, leave a
circumstance. If Knowledge tells you to stay in a circumstance, stay in a
circumstance. Here you become as simple and as powerful as Knowledge. Here you
become Knowledge itself.
UPON THE HOUR REPEAT THE IDEA FOR TODAY and
experience it. Within your inner life, experience it as well in your deeper
meditation practices. Your inner and outer life are where you apply yourself
and where you give yourself. They are where you carry Knowledge. In time, you
will see that Knowledge will carry you.
PRACTICE 363: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
This is the “Ye Olde Yule Log” fire pit in President’s Park, across from the
White House in Washington, D.C., where the National Christmas Tree is displayed.
The yule log fire was discontinued in 2012. This picture is from 2010. For our
purposes, it is the Fire of Knowledge.
362 - I am learning to learn because I carry Knowledge within me today.
Though formatted as a paragraph, the beginning of
Step 362 seems to me that it might be shown and read, as a poem, line by line,
for the true emphasis to emerge:
YOU ARE LEARNING TO LEARN.
You are learning
to receive Knowledge.
You are learning
to value Knowledge.
You are learning
to carry Knowledge.
You are learning
to express Knowledge.
You are learning
to cultivate all of your mental and physical faculties that are essential for
this overall preparation.
You are a
totally engaged with your studenthood today, which will free you from false
assumptions and from placing impossible burdens upon yourself.
The third paragraph begins: “LEARN TO LEARN. Learning to learn means that you
are learning to participate.”
Learning to learn was a concept introduced to me in
my planning career in a presentation I heard from Donald N. Michael, a
professor of planning and public policy at the University of Michigan. The
theme was, “learning to plan and planning to learn,” essentially the feedback
loop of communications and design where you make improvement by comparing the
actual results to what was intended.
It is a systems approach, but one that is time
consuming and requires critical appraisal. That, it turns out, is hard for
humans to do, because errors need to be recognized. Evolution does this; if
adaptations are not made, there will be a reduction in population and possibly
Professor Michael published a book, which though I
would have liked to own it, I could not afford in the 1980’s.
In 2007 I was finally able to get a used copy
through Amazon for $4.38, including shipping.
By owning the book, I recognize Professor Michael,
now deceased, as a man of Knowledge, a teacher whose work greatly inspired and
benefited my education and growth. You could get this book, if it is in your
field, but consider the teachers in your life and field who gave to you and may
still be contributing to Humanity's evolution, and honor them in some way.
Like journaling, personal planning is important. I
developed a system in the 1980’s and taught it for a while. You can download Plan-Do for free. It will be some work, but
goals and objectives work better than New Year’s Resolutions. The plan you
generate for yourself or group, will sync with the Four Pillars. At the same
link is the single page Creativity Journaling: The Good Ideas Trapper Keeper.
It is one page also, but for a younger audience. I did it for my grandchildren
Learning is a great and continuous challenge.
Again, the journal entries are few:
a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2000 – Besides trying to be and do too much, what is my
nearing the end of the Steps which I'll repeat soon.
morning, on rising, I decided the challenge was to make the most of this
temporary life for the benefit of my true life. Life – that was the
"answer" to the question unknown, as I passed Naked Mountain – truth
– yesterday about 8 p.m.
Step – 362 – "I am learning to learn because I carry Knowledge within me
p.m. At home – on the patio. Practice #1 –
p.m. Practice #2 was at 5 trees on the trail. Harder to get into the stillness
– once there – don't want to leave. – Now to focus on the Four Pillars.
For 2016, this blog will have a daily entry of the
Step, a link to the MP3. For those who want to occasionally check my journal
entries for comparison, there will be a link to the first time doing Steps and
the second time. That is being completed now on FromTheMystery. That will go on
with the Steps Continuation Training.
My general experience has been that I do better
when I have a Step a day. Trying to use a Greater Community book as a source of
Steps, say a chapter a day or so, has not worked well.
Just like my hike to Patience on the Dickey Ridge
trail is never the same, Steps are never the same, because there is more
experience that we can bring to them each time.
Anticipating completion of this phase, let us
Journal second time x2
Step 362.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.