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
The poor cannot give. I am not poor. Step 159 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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The poor cannot give. I am not poor. Step 159 (MP3)
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The poor cannot give. I am not poor. Step 159
POOR CANNOT GIVE, FOR THEY ARE DESTITUTE. They are required to receive. You are
not destitute, for the gift of Knowledge is with you. Therefore, you are in a
position to give, and in your giving you will realize your worth and any sense
of destitution will leave you. Be confident that Knowledge will provide all
material things that are truly needed by you. Though it may not provide what
you wish, it will provide what you need and in the right amount. Thus, you will
have what you need to contribute according to your nature and your calling in
the world. But you will not be burdened with that which can only burden you.
You will have exactly what you need, and the world will not burden you with its
deprivation or its excesses. Thus, everything will have perfect balance.
Knowledge will give to you what you need, and what you need is what you really
want. You cannot yet assess your needs, for you are lost in what you want. But
your needs will reveal themselves through Knowledge, and in time you will
understand the nature of need and how it may be fulfilled.
ARE NOT POOR, FOR THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE IS WITH YOU. Repeat today’s statement
upon the hour and consider it in light of your observations of others. In your
deeper practice periods, allow yourself to experience the wealth of Knowledge
that you now possess.
159: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: “You are not destitute, for the
gift of Knowledge is with you. Therefore, you are in a position to give, and in
your giving you will realize your worth and any sense of destitution will leave
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.