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.”
155. The World Blesses Me As I Receive.You are learning now to receive. The world blesses you as you learn to
receive, for Knowledge will flow into you as you become an open receptacle for
Knowledge. And you will draw that which is life into yourself, for life is
always attracted to those who give.
Understand this in its full depth this day as you remind yourself upon the hour
that life gives to you as you are still. In your two meditation practices,
enter stillness once again and feel life being drawn into you. This is a
natural attraction. As your giving and stillness become greater, you will feel
life being drawn into you, for you will in time become a source of nourishment
Practice 155:Two 30-minute practice
periods. Hourly practice. Here
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Here you will find pointers for getting started if this is your first encounter
with this practice: Taking the Steps to
Knowledge. June 12, 2013 Round One:Fe…
164. Today I Will Honor What I Know. Honor what you know today.
Hold to what you know. Allow your Knowledge to guide you specifically. Do not
try to use Knowledge to fulfill yourself, for in this you will only use what
you think of as Knowledge and once again you will weave an illusion for yourself
that will entrap you and drain you of life, enthusiasm and certainty. Let
Knowledge move you today. Carry on your normal activities. Follow all the
procedures of life that are your duty, but let Knowledge abide with you so that
it may bestow its mysterious gift everywhere you go and give you concrete
direction when that is actually needed.
Repeat this statement upon the hour and consider it in light of your immediate
circumstances. In your deeper practice periods today, once again give yourself
to stillness and to peace. Honor Knowledge today by giving yourself to
Knowledge and by abiding with Knowledge. Practice 164:Two 30-minute practice
periods. Hourly practice. Here
you will find the …
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…