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.”
37. There Is A Way To Knowledge.How can there not be a way to Knowledge when it is your True Self? How
can there not be a way for Knowledge to express itself when it is the most
natural form of expression? How can there not be a way for Knowledge to guide
you in relationships when Knowledge is the perfect source of all your
relationships? There is a way to Knowledge. It requires skill and desire. Both
will take time to develop. You must learn to value the true and not to value
the false, and it takes time to learn to separate the two and to recognize
them. It takes time to learn that the false does not satisfy you and that the
true does satisfy you. This must be learned through trial and error and through
contrast. As you approach Knowledge, your life becomes more full, more certain
and more direct. As you go away from it, you reenter confusion, frustration and
In your two practice periods today, which will not be meditation practices,
spend at least 15 minutes thinking of…
Step 198. Today I Will Be Strong. Be strong
today. Follow the plan that is given to you. Do not hold yourself back or alter
the instructions in any way. There are no shortcuts here; there is only the
direct way. You are given the steps. Follow them. Be strong today. Only your
ideas of yourself speak of weakness. Only your evaluation of yourself says that
you are pathetic, incapable or inadequate. You must have faith in your strength
and exercise this faith to realize your strength.
Upon the hour repeat this statement and attempt to experience it in whatever
circumstance you find yourself. Within your two deeper practice periods today,
use your strength to engage in stillness completely. Allow your mind to be
freed of the chains of its own concepts. Allow your body to be freed of a
tormented mind. In this, your mind and your body will settle into their natural
function, and all things will fall into right order within you. Knowledge will
then find expression through your mind and throug…
Step 223. I Will
Receive Knowledge This Day.Upon the hour receive Knowledge. In your two deeper
practice periods, receive Knowledge. Give yourself to receiving Knowledge. This
is your practice for today. Everything else is merely a form of confusion.
There is no event in your outer life that need replace your practice today, for
Knowledge blesses all things within you and without. It dispels that which is
unnecessary and purposefully engages you with that which is necessary and has
true potential for you.
Return, then, to Knowledge, regardless of the circumstances of your outer life.
Receive Knowledge so that you may have certainty in the world and so that you
may understand your own meaning and value.
30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice. Here you
will find the entire book free for download http://stepstoknowledge.com/ Here you
will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter with
this practice: Taking the Steps to Knowledge. November 30, 2013…