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 will learn to listen to life. Step 62 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I will learn to listen to life. Step 62 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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I will learn to listen to life. Step 62
YOU ARE PRESENT TO THE WORLD, you will be able to hear the world. If you are
present to life, you will be able to hear life. If you are present to God, you
will be able to hear God. If you are present to yourself, you will be able to
TODAY PRACTICE LISTENING. Upon each hour practice listening to the world around
you and the world within. Repeat the affirmation and then practice this. It
only takes a moment. You will find that regardless of your circumstances, there
will be a way for you to practice this today. Do not let your circumstances
dominate you. You can practice within them. You can find a way to practice that
does not produce embarrassment or inappropriateness with others. Whether you
are alone or engaged with others, you may practice today. Practice upon the
hour. Practice listening. Practice being present. To truly listen means that
you are not judging. It means that you are observing. Remember, you are
developing a faculty of mind that will be necessary for you to be able to give
and to receive the greatness of Knowledge.
62: Hourly practice.
Picture:Beijing Capital International Airport – departure gate. Being in the
world can place one in areas where it may be a challenge to listen, yet we do
learn to do so.
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.