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 Teachers are with me. I will be with them. Step 129 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Teachers are with me. I will be with them. Step 129 (MP3)
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Teachers are with me. I will be with them. Step 129
TEACHERS ARE WITH YOU. They are not speaking to you except on very rare
occasions, and then only if you are capable of hearing. From time to time they
will send their thoughts into your mind, and you will experience this as your
own spark of inspiration. You are as yet unaware of how your mind is joined
with all other minds, but in time you will begin to experience this in the
context of your own world. The demonstration of this will become so obvious that
you will wonder how you could ever have doubted it.
TEACHERS ARE WITH YOU and today in your two longer practice periods, practice
being with them. You do not need to create an image of them in order to have
this experience. You do not need to hear a voice or see a face, for their
presence is enough to give you a complete experience that you are in fact
together. If you will be still, breathe deeply and not weave fantasies—neither
happy fantasies nor fearful fantasies—you will begin to experience what is
actually there. Your Teachers are actually there. And today you can practice
being with them.
129: Two 30-minute practice periods.
perspective on how one is “not alone.”
Picture: To be receptive to one’s Teachers; an
environment for stillness is required. For me, hiking on the Dickey Ridge Trail
was my thinking/listening time and space. To have a place of meditation, it was
necessary to go off the trail. The picture is a selfie from 2003. There is a
three legged stool purchased for this purpose and a bottle of water is nearby,
plus the fanny pack that carries the journal. Meditating there, behind the rock
I named Little Bear, I was out of sight of hikers on the trail above. I’d often
go late in the day, when there’d be fewer hikers. Being with my Teachers is now
an alertness to my thoughts, recording that which seems worthy.
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.