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.
Review the practices and the instructions for the preceding week. Review
your progress objectively. Realize how great your learning must be. Your Steps
now are small, but substantive. Small Steps lead you all the way. You are not
expected to take great leaps, yet each small Step will seem like a great leap,
for it will give you so much more than you have ever had before. Allow your
external life to become rearranged as your inner life begins to emerge and to
shine its light upon you. Maintain your focus and accept change in your outer
life, for it is for your benefit. Only if Knowledge is violated will the
indication of error be evident to you. This will lead you to effective action.
If Knowledge is not offended by the change around you, then you need not be. In
time, you will achieve the peace of Knowledge. You will share in its peace, its
certainty and its true gifts.
Therefore, conduct your review in one long practice period today. Review with
great emphasis and discrimination. Do not allow yourself to miss the
recognition of your learning process.
3, 2013 Round One: This review has shown me that each small Step does indeed
seem like a great leap, since I truly do have much more than I have ever had
before. And my external life is becoming rearranged as my inner life emerges. I
am able to deal with challenges and problems with greater peace and less
emotional upset because Knowledge is showing me how to shift the focus from
myself to the people I am dealing with. Of course, I still have a long way to
go, but I do recognize that I am making progress, and it is very comforting to
know that errors will become evident and that if Knowledge is not offended by
the change around me, then I need not be.
6, 2014 Round Two: There is not much I can add this time.
like what another person inspired by the New Message wrote on the Free School
Forum yesterday. He said he looks at each Step as being a sort of ‘switch’ in
his awareness. As soon as I read that, I thought, yes, that’s how I feel too.
Like a light bulb going on. Each Step opens up greater awareness and stays with
me. I am gathering gems of wisdom as I progress further along the Way of
Knowledge. Each one sparkles individually, while together they form a
treasure-trove of wisdom to be tapped into whenever I choose. All I need to do
is open the lid of my deeper mind and there they are. My inner life is emerging
and shining its light on me.
78 – I can do nothing alone – I am not alone, I am constantly supported and
assisted by my Teachers
79 – I will allow uncertainty to exist – if I am uncertain, I am flexible, I am
not doggedly pushing forward with what I think is right, I am humble, I am
ready for life to take me in a different direction.
80 – I can only practice – I practice anyway, so it would be best to practice
81 – I will not deceive myself today – I will not deceive myself into thinking
I am lesser than I am, I will not be self-denigrating.
82 – I will not judge another today – I will not judge another, for others know
not what they do, they are not to blame, they just do not know any better.
83 – I value Knowledge beyond all things – Knowledge will take me where I need
to go, Knowledge knows best, if I keep my mind uncluttered and open, Knowledge
will let me know what I need to do.
in all, I am for seeing the humor in things. I think having a good sense of
humor and being able to laugh, particularly at myself, is indispensable. I
really like the songs in this video. I like the humor of these ladies. I like
the message they convey.
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 214. I Do
Not Understand Myself.This is not a statement of failure or limitation. It is simply a
statement to liberate you from your own impediments. How can you possibly
understand yourself if Knowledge is not revealing all things to you? How can
you possibly understand the world when Knowledge is not revealing the world to
you? This is pure experience, beyond all concepts and beliefs, for concepts and
beliefs can only follow the experience and attempt to provide a structure where
the experience can arise again. In no way can beliefs, assumptions or ideas
possibly imitate Knowledge itself.
Of course you do not understand yourself or the world, for you only understand
your ideas, and they are not eternal. Therefore, they cannot provide a solid
foundation upon which you must learn to stand. Thus, they can only fail and
deceive you if you rely upon them instead of Knowledge to reveal yourself and
the world to you.
Upon the hour remind yourself that you do not understand yourself. F…
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…