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
My practice is my gift to the world. Step – 149 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My practice is my gift to
the world. Step – 149 (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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My practice is my gift to
the world. Step – 149
YOU GIVE TO THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR OWN DEVELOPMENT
at this time, for you are preparing to give a greater gift than you have ever
given before. Thus, each day that you undertake the practice according to each
step that is given, you give a gift to the world. Why is this? It is because
you acknowledge your value and your worth. You acknowledge your Ancient Home
and your Ancient Destiny. You acknowledge those who sent you and those who will
receive you when you leave this world. All this is given to the world each time
you practice sincerely, upon each day, upon each hour. This is a greater gift
to the world than you can yet understand, but in time you will see the total
need that it fulfills.
THEREFORE, YOUR PRACTICE IS A GIFT TO THE WORLD,
for it gives that which you are affirming within yourself. What you affirm
within yourself you affirm for all individuals, in all circumstances, in all
worlds and in all dimensions. Thus, you affirm the reality of Knowledge. Thus,
you affirm your Ancient Home while you are here.
UPON THE HOUR, GIVE TO THE WORLD through your
practice of giving. Remind yourself of this. In your two longer practice
periods, give yourself completely into stillness and silence. Give of your
heart and give of your mind. Give all that you realize you can give, for this
is a gift to the world. Though you cannot as yet see the result, have
confidence that this giving will extend beyond your own mind and will touch all
minds in the universe, for all minds are truly joined in reality.
PRACTICE 149: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture:Bright orange poppies
again, a picture symbolic of our practice as our “gift to the world”, but the
poppies are not as full and vibrant as yesterday’s picture for our “gift to God,”
nor as big. The difference to me, as the basis of choice of pictures, is that
God would see our gifts fully, whereas the world is unlikely to see our gifts
fully, or very much at all, and also because they are not yet fully developed.
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 no-VAHR-ay
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.