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
I will accept the world as it is. Step 55 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I will accept the world
as it is. Step 55 (MP3)
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I will accept the world
as it is. Step 55
IDEALISM IS THE ATTEMPT NOT TO ACCEPT THE WORLD AS
IT IS. It justifies blame and condemnation. It establishes expectations of a
life that does not yet exist and thus renders you vulnerable to grave
disappointment. Your idealism fortifies your condemnation.
ACCEPT THE WORLD TODAY AS IT IS, not as you want it
to be. With acceptance comes love, for you cannot love a world that you want to
exist. You can only love a world that exists as it is. Accept yourself now as
you exist, and true desire for change and advancement will naturally emerge
within you. Idealism justifies condemnation. Recognize this great truth, and
you will begin to have a more immediate and profound experience of life and of
that which is genuine and not based upon hope or expectation but upon true
THEREFORE, IN YOUR TWO 30-MINUTE PRACTICE PERIODS
TODAY, concentrate on accepting things exactly as they are. You are not
condoning violence, conflict or ignorance in doing this. You are merely
accepting the conditions that exist so that you may work with them
constructively. Without this acceptance, you have no starting place for true engagement.
Allow the world to be exactly as it is, for it is this world that you have come
PRACTICE 55: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture:There are many aspects of the
world that we will need to learn to live with as it has become impacted by many forces, including cumulative human action. This machine
visualizes data relating to the individual aspects. I found it in the terminal of Love Field, Dallas, Texas.
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.