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I am without Knowledge now. Step 1 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing

Greetings All –

This is Steps to Knowledge 2016, the fourth year I have posted a Step a day for the calendar year. This may be the year you begin or do it a second time, in preparation for Continuation Training. If this is new to you, more information and links follow after the Step text.

I am without Knowledge now. Step 1 (MP3)  [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also. Also included a short introduction by Brian McGee, the student speaker of these Steps.]

I am without Knowledge now. Step 1

THERE MUST BE A STARTING POINT at any juncture of development. You must start from where you are, not from where you want to be. You start here in the understanding that you are without Knowledge. That is not to say that Knowledge is not with you. It is simply to say that you are not with Knowledge. Knowledge is waiting for you to proceed. Knowledge is waiting to give itself to you. Therefore, you are beginning now to prepare to be in relationship with Knowledge, the greater aspect of mind that you have brought with you from your Ancient Home.

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.

PRACTICE 1: Three 10-minute practice periods.

Picture: Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park, December 18, 2010 by TomC.

I am without Knowledge now. Step 1 x2 (second time) – Beginning Steps the second time with a little more clarity.
Picture: Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park, September 16, 2013 by TomC.
 
Steps to Knowledge is based on the book: Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing. This is a 365 step spiritual practice. It was brought to the world through Marshall Vian Summers, The Messenger for The New Message From God. Important background for the Steps is in: “Greater Community Spiritualityand the “Wisdom Books - I and II”. Hard copies are available from the New Knowledge Library Store. The Society also has a Free Book Project. If you need the books now, PDF files can be found here: http://goo.gl/RJuuGP

Keeping a journal is recommended. If you have a Steps book, write your reactions and comments, highlight or underline points that strike you, and date the note. In this way, your Steps book can be a partial journal.

Using the PDF, you can print out pages as you need them, or use the software to maintain a digital copy where you can enter notes and highlight text that stands out.

Other modern methods of keeping a journal include having a document on your PC or phone to keep notes. You could send yourself an email or use the voice recorder function. It is important to capture insights and reactions because it is by this means that you can understand change. Sometimes it may just be a word or short phrase, an image or a scene.

To end this post I offer the blessing: "May the presence of the Teachers be with you." In the invocative language of Knowledge, this blessing is: "Nasi Novare Coram" (pronounced NAH-see no-VAHR-ay co-RAHM)

The short form of Nasi Novare Coram used by students is NNC.

NNC

P.S. Often it takes 18 months to get through the Steps once. For this blog, the pace is one-a-day, but it really makes no difference how fast you do it, only that you begin, persist and repeat. Posts linked below provide a trail that may let you have a virtual companion when and if you want one. One may have to study alone, as I did in the beginning. There are other Steps students blogging their experience and you might find a person more like you as a companion, or use a number of such Steps journeys. There are options as well through the Free School of the New Message

A following day Journal entry link from Steps first time will be here. A Journal entry link from Steps x2 time will be here.

Doing Steps with only the texts, messages and your life experience, including what you may have studied and practiced is your journey. I’m showing Step comments after the Step, so as not to influence anyone in advance. It is a wilderness trek to be left to your own wits, but then you can also listen more closely for guides, angels and teachers, always first saying: “I surround and protect myself with the Love and the Grace of God.” Thankfully, I was taught this practice in 1989.