This is a record of my personal experience as I practice Steps to Knowledge for the second time. These Steps are contained in the book "Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing."
I also recommend reading "Taking the Steps to Knowledge."
You will find links to these texts in each journal entry below.
In your review today, once again review the past week of practices and
instruction. Once again examine the qualities within yourself which aid you in
your preparation and the qualities within yourself that make your preparation
more difficult. Observe these things objectively. Learn to strengthen those
aspects of yourself that encourage and strengthen your participation in the
reclamation of Knowledge, and learn to adjust or correct those qualities that
interfere. You must recognize both to have Wisdom. You must learn of truth and
you must learn of error. You must do this to progress, and you must do this to
serve others. Unless you have learned of error and can look at it objectively
and understand how it has arisen and how it can be relieved—until you have
learned these things—you will not know how to serve others, and their errors
will anger you and frustrate you. With Knowledge your expectations will be in
harmony with the nature of another. With Knowledge you will learn how to serve
and you will forget how to condemn.
22, 2013 Round One: I have spent more time than I intended on this review, but
ultimately have concluded that I am aided in my preparation by my desire to
seek and my quest for Knowledge, understanding this to be the core of my being.
Having become aware that I am on a mission from God and not here merely to
reach other transitory goals such as wealth, acclaim, abundance, happiness, and
so on, I am intent on discovering what that mission is. And I am hindered in my
preparation by my arrogance, egoism, judgmental attitude, aggrandized ideas
about how right I am, to name those "qualities" that immediately come
to mind (there are no doubt more). But I recognize my own errors and accept
them as stepping stones leading to greater awareness and Knowledge, so I pick
up and go on. I am still not sure how I can serve.
29, 2014 Round Two: This has been a hard week of Steps – not hard to practice,
but hard to feel I have accomplished anything, since the assignments were those
I call “tall orders.” Listening to my True Self, not judging others, being
aware of my greater purpose, and keeping all these lofty spiritual concepts in
mind all the time is a lot to ask a body. Maybe I have just reached a plateau
on the climb where I need to rest longer.
with this review today, I was struck by the following sentence in this Step:
“Unless you have learned of error and can look at it objectively and understand
how it has arisen and how it can be relieved—until you have learned these
things—you will not know how to serve others, and their errors will anger you
and frustrate you.”
think I am making progress here because humor always helps in situations that
could otherwise anger and frustrate me. A case in point is when our car GPS
navigator (how did we ever manage without it) led us on a wild goose chase
yesterday (Sunday) to avoid a horrendous traffic jam as we drove back into
Moscow in the evening. It added three or more hours onto our journey and we
almost ended up in the lake. I found it so hilariously funny though that I had
enough to keep me laughing for the rest of the night. And we found the sea
buckthorn we (or should I say Sasha) have been avidly looking for this year.
here is one of the romantic songs Sasha used to play for me on his record
player. I really do love him. “With Knowledge your expectations will be in
harmony with the nature of another.”
264. I Will Learn Of Freedom This Day. Today you will have an
opportunity to learn more about freedom. The step you take today will be very
substantial in giving you a new viewpoint about freedom, about bondage, about
problem solving and about the nature of true advancement.
Today think about your lesson on the hour and think about what freedom is. In
your longer practice periods, devote your mind to thinking about freedom. This
is a very important focal point today. In your longer meditations in
particular, devote your mind entirely to reviewing your ideas about freedom.
What do you think constitutes freedom? What do you think prevents people from
being free? What produces a freedom that is lasting and secure? How can this be
achieved? What will support it in the future? After you spend approximately
thirty minutes thinking about all this in each practice, enter into stillness
and silence. Open yourself to allow Knowledge to speak to you. Abide with your
Teachers there. After you…
121. Today I Am Free To Give.You are free to give today because your life is becoming simple and your
needs are being met. This frees you to give, for once you have received, you
will only want to give.
You will have a special practice two times today where you are to think of
someone in need and then give them a quality that you wish to receive yourself.
Send that individual that quality. Send them love or strength or faith or
encouragement or determination or surrender or acceptance or
self-discipline—whatever they need to bring about resolution in their lives.
You are free to give this today, for your own needs are being met.
Therefore, in each of your two practices, with your eyes closed, bring to mind
individuals and give to them what you know they need. Do not try to solve their
problems for them. Do not try to strengthen a preferred outcome, for you cannot
usually know the right outcome for any other person. But you can always give
strength of character and strengthen thei…
Step 267. There
Is A Simple Solution To All Problems That Face Me Today.All problems that face you individually have a very
simple answer. How will you find this answer? Will you find it by struggling
with yourself? Will you find it by trying every possible resolution that you
can think of? Will you find it by worrying about it and fretting over it? Will
you find it by denying it and seeking pleasurable stimulation instead? Will you
find it by sinking into depression and thinking that life is so hard for you that
you cannot meet the demands of your own circumstances?
There is a simple answer to the problems that you face today. It is to be found
in Knowledge. Yet, to find Knowledge you must become still and observant and
learn to disengage from fear and anxiety. Much of your life will be involved in
solving problems, and it is in learning how to do this effectively, responsibly
and even enthusiastically that you will achieve what you have come here to