Steps to Knowledge represents both a path to God and a path of contribution in the world. It engages the student in solving the two most fundamental questions in life: Who am I? and Why am I here? Steps addresses these questions within the context of purpose, relationships and community. It emphasizes that everyone is looking for these in the world and that this pursuit underlies all the desires and endeavors considered to be meaningful here. The experience of purpose, relationships and community gives each person whatever sense of meaning and identity they may have at any given moment. Steps indicates that these needs are intrinsic to everyone and that everyone has brought the answer to these needs with them from their Ancient Home. Thus it says that every person carries, unknowingly, their own fulfillment within themselves, within their Self-Knowledge.
Through practice and revelation, Steps to Knowledge gives students the necessary structure to find Knowledge, to engage with Knowledge and to follow Knowledge in every situation. With this, they begin to find their true direction in life. Studying every day builds the skill and the confidence that only consistent self-application can provide.
The reclamation and the application of Self-Knowledge is the purpose of this book of spiritual practice and its teaching. The emphasis in each step is to develop the student’s inner life and outer life together, for Knowledge (Self-Realization) and Wisdom (Self-Application) must arise together. Thus, through studying and applying The Way of Knowledge, the student naturally develops patience, objectivity, insight, strength, tolerance and an abiding sense of self-worth.