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
How can I possibly fulfill myself? Step 95 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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can I possibly fulfill myself? Step 95
CAN YOU POSSIBLY FULFILL YOURSELF when you do not know who you are, when you do
not know where you have come from or where you are going, when you do not know
who has sent you and who will be waiting for you when you return? How can you
possibly fulfill yourself alone when you are part of life itself? Can you
fulfill yourself apart from life? Only in fantasy and imagination can you
possibly even entertain the idea of fulfilling yourself. There is no
fulfillment here, only increasing confusion. As the years progress, you will
feel a growing darkness within you, as if a great opportunity has been lost. Do
not lose this opportunity to realize life as it truly exists and to receive
fulfillment as it is truly offered to you.
IN IMAGINATION CAN YOU FULFILL YOURSELF otherwise, and imagination is not
reality. Accepting this may at first seem like a limitation and a
disappointment, for you already have designs and motives for your own personal
fulfillment, whether they have been experienced or not. Your entire agenda for
your fulfillment must now be brought into question, not to deprive you of
anything of value, but to release you from a bondage which could only deceive
and disappoint you in time. Therefore, accepting the hopelessness of your
attempt to fulfill yourself opens you finally to receive the great gift which
is available to you and which is awaiting you. This great gift is
meant to be given through you into the world in a way that is specific for your
happiness and for the happiness of those who will naturally be drawn to you.
CAN YOU POSSIBLY FULFILL YOURSELF? Upon the hour today, repeat this question
and give it a moment of serious consideration, regardless of your
circumstances. As you practice upon the hour, look out into the world and see
how people are trying to fulfill themselves, both in situations that now exist
and in situations that are hoped for. Understand how much this separates them
from life as it truly exists. Understand how this separates them from the mystery
of their own existence and the wonder of life that they are free to encounter
every moment of every day. Do not allow yourself to be so deprived. Fantasy
will always paint a grand picture for you, but it has no foundation in reality.
Only those who attempt to fortify each other’s fantasies will attempt
relationship with each other for this purpose, and their disappointment will be
mutual, for which they will be inclined to blame each other. Do not seek, then,
that which can only bring you unhappiness and only destroy the great
opportunity for relationship for you.
THE HOUR REPEAT THIS STATEMENT. In your two practice periods, enter stillness
and receptivity so that you may learn to receive fulfillment as it truly
95: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: “Do not lose this opportunity to
realize life as it truly exists and to receive fulfillment as it is truly
offered to you.” There is an opportunity
here. It will take work.
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.