Step Thirty-Seven

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Step 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 anger.

In your two practice periods today, which will not be meditation practices, spend at least 15 minutes thinking of all the ways to gain access to Knowledge. Write down on a piece of paper all the ways to get to Knowledge. Spend both practice periods doing this and exhaust all the possibilities that you can think of. Try to be very specific. Use your imagination, but chart out routes that appear to be quite real and meaningful to you. In this way, you will know what you think about how to find a way to Knowledge, and from this you will realize that God knows the way to Knowledge.

Practice 37: Two 15-minute practice periods.

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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.

December 14, 2012 Round One: "There is a way to Knowledge. It requires skill and desire."

For me the key here is desire, I want to find the way to Knowledge, it is the driving force behind my being.

Having said that, however, when I began this Step, I felt my inherent resistance, meaning I thought - "well, I'm not going to do that, I don't need to do that," that is, I did not want to be writing things down (although it is my constant practice, but only of my own free will), I did not want to be told that I needed to write things down, and my mind was a blank anyway. But I kept at it, I kept returning to the Step and rereading it. And this morning I began writing - and I couldn't stop - the words just kept flowing onto the page!

And something clicked....

August 7, 2014 Round Two: "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."

These sentences speak out to me loud and clear. This is my experience.

"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 anger."

This too is my experience.

The first time I did Steps I wrote a pretty exhaustive list of all the possible ways to gain Knowledge. I did not want to do this at first, I baulked at the prospect, but I made myself do it and was very happy with the results.

This time I did not write anything down. I was sitting in a hot car, in traffic, with the noises of the road around me, dust, heat, and many distractions. I had no pen or paper handy. But as I did the practices for this Step, one thought bore into my mind. The way to Knowledge is through stillness. Only in stillness, in the quiet luminescence of the inner corridors of my mind, can I know what I need to know. And it is a gift from the Universe.

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