This is a spiritual practice. It has been given to Humanity so it might be able to respond to the growing planetary necessity for Human Unity and Cooperation. We are encouraged to undertake Steps to Knowledge. This site is a simple aid to introduce people to this practice. There is much more to learn for anyone who becomes a student. As a Steps student since June 27, 1999, I am a witness for its benefit. Tom Christoffel
Today I feel the truth arising within myself. Step 18 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Today I feel the truth
arising within myself. Step 18 (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download
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Today I feel the truth
arising within myself. Step 18
TRUTH MUST BE FULLY EXPERIENCED. It is not merely an idea; it is not merely an
image, though images and ideas may accompany it. It is an experience, and so it
is something that is deeply felt. It may manifest in slightly different ways
for those who are beginning to penetrate it, but nonetheless it will arise. It
is something you must feel. To have a feeling orientation, your mind must be
still. Truth is something you will feel with your entire body, with your entire
DOES NOT SPEAK TO YOU AT EVERY MOMENT, but it always holds a message for you. To
come into the proximity of Knowledge means that you become more and more like
Knowledge itself—more whole, more consistent, more honest, more devoted, more
concentrated, more self-disciplined, more compassionate and more self-loving.
All of these qualities are developed as you approach that which is the source
of these qualities.
IS IN THIS DIRECTION THAT YOU WILL PRACTICE moving today as you feel the truth
arising within yourself. This will join all aspects of you, giving you a
uniform experience of yourself. In your three 15-minute practice periods, give
your full attention to feeling the truth arising within yourself. Practice in
stillness, and do not be discouraged if it is difficult at first. Simply
practice and you will proceed.
THE DAY AS WELL, without doubt or hesitation, pursue your true goal in life.
From this true goal will come all of the important things that you will need to
accomplish and the great power of vision and discernment that will allow you to
find those individuals that you have come into the world to find.
18: Three 15-minute practice periods.
Picture: Venice Beach, California – February 3,
If this is your first time seeing one of the “Steps to Knowledge”,
then welcome. There are 365 Steps, daily spiritual practices if one seeks to
complete them in a year, but that is not necessary. They can be used by people
of any religious tradition or no religious tradition. They will help one to
become mindful in the world.
The Step today is from the book: Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing. The practices were
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 Spirituality” and the “Wisdom Books - I and II”.
Hard copies are available from the New Knowledge Library Store. The
Society for the New Message from God 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 again 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
The short form of Nasi Novare Coram used by students is 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.
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.