8/24/16

I am only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices


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I am only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I am only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237
YOU ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND the meaning of your life. This will naturally arise in your understanding without your efforts in attempting to conceptualize it. The meaning and purpose of your life will simply arise and be expressed today and tomorrow and in the days to come, for Knowledge is that simple and fundamental. Thus, your intellect can be used to deal with the physical necessities of your life, the particulars of your life and the mechanism of your life, for this is the application of the intellect. Yet, the greatness of Knowledge provides purpose, meaning and direction, which the intellect can never provide. Therefore, the intellect is a faculty that has a true function here, for it serves the greatness of Knowledge.

YOU ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND THE MEANING of Knowledge and the nature of Knowledge. Think not that your conclusions thus far are adequate to your needs, for you are a beginning student of Knowledge and as a beginning student, you will not make the mistake of relying upon your assumptions alone. For beginning students make few assumptions and are eager to learn all that is necessary for them. Be a beginning student today. Recognize how little you know and how much you must learn. You have a lifetime to learn this, and yet your lifetime must be activated and strengthened beyond what you have realized thus far. In time, the greatness that you carry will express itself through you in actions both great and small.

TODAY, IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS where you enter stillness, allow your awareness of Knowledge to be cultivated further. Attend to your practice like a patient gardener who does not demand that all plants bear fruit today, but who understands the seasons of growth and change. Allow yourself to have this comprehension, for in time you will understand objectively how human beings develop and grow and what they carry within them. When you leave this world, if you are successful in cultivating Knowledge and in allowing it to give all of its gifts into the world, you will then be able to become one of the Teachers of those who remain behind. In this way, you will fulfill your learning in the world by contributing all that you have acquired in the world to others. In this, your gift is fulfilled and theirs is furthered.

YOU ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND THESE WORDS. Today strengthen your experience of Knowledge so that the comprehension of these words may deepen within you. Upon the hour repeat today’s idea so that all of your activities and all of your engagements, in whatever environment you find yourself, are conducive to your practice. For there is no event or interaction which Knowledge cannot bless and harmonize.

PRACTICE 237: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Picture:  Approach to Garibaldi Train Station, Milan Italy.


Plan B - If the MP3 doesn’t work, here’s the link to the folder:  New Message - Student Spoken Steps Recordings - Steps to Knowledge - Working file
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 Spiritualityand 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 co-RAHM)

The short form of Nasi Novare Coram used by students is NNC.

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.