Step One Hundred and Fifty



Step 150. Today I Will Learn To Learn.
Today you learn to learn. You learn to learn because you need to learn. You need to learn how to learn so that your learning may be effective and expedient, have depth and consistency and produce a sound advancement that you can rely upon in all circumstances in the future. Do not think that you already understand the process of learning, for you are learning about this now as you understand the meaning of advancement, the meaning of failure, the meaning of encouragement, the meaning of discouragement, the meaning of enthusiasm and the meaning of a lack of enthusiasm. That is why at the end of each week you review your practices so that you may understand your progress and understand the mechanism of learning. This is essential for you to realize, for until you do, you will misinterpret your steps, you will misconstrue your actions, you will not understand how to follow a curriculum and you will never learn how to teach a curriculum yourself.

Therefore, today you learn to learn. This places you as a beginning student of Knowledge, which gives you all rights and all encouragement to learn everything that is necessary, without presumption, without conceit, without denial and without falsity of any kind. As you learn to learn, you will realize the mechanism of learning. This will give you Wisdom and compassion in your dealings with people. You cannot teach people from idealism, for then you place upon them the burden of your own expectations. You require of them what even life cannot provide. But the certainty of your experience and your Knowledge, which you will give to others, will be sound, and they will be able to receive it and utilize it in their own way. Then, you will not place any personal demands upon them in their learning, but will allow Knowledge within you to give to Knowledge in them. You will then be a witness to the instruction and to the learning as well.

Therefore, today bear witness to your own learning and learn to learn. Upon the hour, remind yourself that you are learning to learn. In your two meditation practices, allow yourself to enter stillness and peace. Observe yourself as you move forward and as you hold yourself back. Exert your will on your own behalf compassionately and firmly, and judge not your advancement because you are not in a position to judge, because you are learning to learn.

Practice 150: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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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 2, 2013 Round One: I like that Steps often emphasizes that I am here to learn, and learning is a process, so I can’t expect instant results, and results at this stage in the game are premature anyway. I like that I don’t have to make judgments or come to conclusions, analyze or presume. I can stumble and fall, but I will pick myself back up again and keep going. Keep going, this is all that is required, with diligence and dedication as my companions. I smile now as I recall the most frequent word my school teachers used to write on my report card - diligent. “She is a quiet and diligent worker.” So with the diligence I knew as a child in school, I continue to learn to learn.

December 22, 2014 Round Two: I am on an ascending learning curve. I do not always climb steadily upward, sometimes I slip back or descend for a while, but my general movement is onward and upward. This is not a race, I am not trying to beat anyone to the finish line, I am not even trying to push myself to cross the finish line, for this is the journey of a lifetime and beyond. All I need to do is keep going. I am learning to learn and as I learn I will know how to give.

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