Practice "mental application so that you may learn to think constructively. For when your mind is not still, it should be thinking constructively. It should be investigating. Do not rely upon early conclusions. Do not rely upon self-comforting ideas. Allow yourself to be vulnerable today, for you are only vulnerable to Knowledge. Yet, Knowledge will shield you from all things of harm within this world and will provide a comfort and a stability that the world can never change." 
"These thinking meditations require mental work. Here you will not be still. You will be investigating. You will be exploring. You will be actively using your mind to penetrate things that you recognize exist there. This is a time for serious introspection. When you realize that what you thought you knew is only a form of imagination, then you will realize your great need for Knowledge." 
Contemplative practice to grasp a novel idea
"Engage your mind actively in attempting to understand the depth and the meaning of today’s idea. Recognize objectively all of the feelings and the thoughts that are in favor of it and all of the feelings and the thoughts that are opposed to it. Take special care to recognize any objection that you might have to today’s idea. Then, recognize the power of this idea within your own mind. This will give you a recognition of today’s idea and its true meaning. This will also help enable you to realize objectively the current construction of your mind. This is all part of your education as a student of Knowledge. Give yourself to considering today’s idea and do not be complacent with simple answers and explanations, for today’s idea contains a gift you have not yet experienced." 
"Think about this message and all of your ideas surrounding it, and you will begin to understand your own current belief system. You will be able to understand this objectively. Then, you will be able to work with it, for the mind is fixed in a certain structure until it is utilized for other purposes. Do not accept this structure as your reality, for the outward manifestation of your mind is a structure that you have imposed upon it. Yet, its real inward harmony and nature seek only to be expressed.To enable this to happen you must have an adequate structure in the mind to enable the mind to express itself in the physical world without restraint or distortion."
Contemplative practice to know what Knowledge is
"THREE TIMES TODAY SPEND 10 MINUTES thinking about what Knowledge is, not merely applying your own ideas, not merely applying your past understanding, but thinking about what Knowledge really is." 
"Think about where you are, not just physically or geographically, but where you are in terms of your awareness of yourself in the world. Think very, very carefully. Do not allow your mind to distract you from this orientation." 
"Ask yourself what you really know and distinguish what you know from what you think or hope for or want for yourself or your world, what you are afraid of, what you believe in, what you cherish and what you value. Distinguish this question from all such orientations to the very best of your ability and ask yourself, 'What do I really know?' You must continuously examine whatever answers you give to this question to see if they represent your beliefs or assumptions or the beliefs or assumptions of other people or perhaps even of humanity at large.
"Think about the things you really think you know, including things that you have not thought to question before — things that you think you know."
"TWICE TODAY, SPEND TWO LONGER PERIODS of 15 to 20 minutes in considering what your true foundation may be. Think of all your ideas about this. This is a very important question. You must realize your great need for this to ask this question with sincerity and with penetrating depth." 
Contemplative practice to know yourself
"Dedicate yourself to actively looking at every single primary relationship involvement that you have had. Recognize in them the frustrations and the confusion, the great expectations and the great disappointments, the bitterness over error, the sense of failure and the projections of blame. Then, realize that with Knowledge none of this need be, for with Knowledge the meaning and purpose of each relationship was recognized at the beginning of your involvement and was affirmed at the end." 
"Reflect upon what your desire for separation has cost you in time, energy and pain. Realize your motivation for separation and you will know that you want to be free."
"Examine what you believe and then examine what you want. You will find that even your fearful or negative beliefs are associated with your ambitions. Only careful application of today’s practice will reveal this to you."
Contemplative practice to find direction
- "Dwell upon the idea that there is a great mission that you have in life.
- Think about this. Do not become immediately convinced by your own first responses.
- Think about it carefully. Think what this could mean.
- Think of the moments in your life when you have thought of this before or have entertained its possibility.
but beware—make no conclusions yet." 
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 152: I will not follow fear within the world.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 97: I do not know what fulfillment is.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 230: My suffering is born of confusion.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 127: Today I will not try to get even with God.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 1: I am without Knowledge now.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 2: Knowledge is with me. Where am i?
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 3: What do I really know?
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 4: I want what I think I know.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 6: I have a true foundation in the world.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 251: If I abide with Knowledge, there will be no confusion in my relationships.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 13: I want to be separate to be unique.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 5: I believe what I want to believe.
- Steps to Knowledge, Step 33: I have a mission in my life to fulfill.