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
There is a simple solution to all the problems that face me today. Step 267 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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There is a simple solution to all the problems that
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There is a simple solution to all the problems that
face me today. Step 267
PROBLEMS THAT FACE YOU INDIVIDUALLY have a very simple answer. How will you
find this answer? Will you find it by struggling with yourself? Will you find
it by trying every possible resolution that you can think of? Will you find it
by worrying about it and fretting over it? Will you find it by denying it and
seeking pleasurable stimulation instead? Will you find it by sinking into
depression and thinking that life is so hard for you that you cannot meet the
demands of your own circumstances?
IS A SIMPLE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEMS that you face today. It is to be found in
Knowledge. Yet, to find Knowledge you must become still and observant and learn
to disengage from fear and anxiety. Much of your life will be involved in
solving problems, and it is in learning how to do this effectively, responsibly
and even enthusiastically that you will achieve what you have come here to
YOURSELF OF THIS IDEA THROUGHOUT THE DAY and do not be deceived by the complexity
of problems. Problems are only complex when you are trying to derive a benefit
from resolving them or from avoiding them. When you have a preference that is
governing your mind, you cannot see the obvious. As you learn now to look at
each problem with Knowledge, you will see that the resolution is apparent. You
will see that you could not recognize this before because you were afraid of
the outcome in some way or you had anxiety that the resolution of the problem
would leave you bereft and poor. You will have a different vision today.
YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, abide with Knowledge. Do not attempt to
answer your problems, but simply be still and receptive. Knowledge is aware of
what things must be addressed and will cast its influence upon you so that you
may respond to it and follow its direction. Without continual interference from
you, the obvious will arise, and you will learn what to do step by step. Thus
it is that you will realize there is a simple answer for all problems that face
you. This will be an affirmation of Knowledge, and you will be happy that life
is giving you these problems so that you may exercise your true abilities in
response to them.
267: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
on a bench, Fairmont, West Virginia.
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.