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
When others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge. Step 245 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge. Step 245 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive –
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others fail, I am reminded of the need for Knowledge. Step 245
OTHERS FAIL, LET THIS REMIND YOU of your need for Knowledge. Let your need for
Knowledge not be underestimated. Thus, you need not respond with condemnation
or judgment upon those who fail, but realize their great need and your great
need. This will only confirm, then, the depth with which you must now prepare
yourself. For you prepare yourself not only for your own advancement and
fulfillment, but for the advancement and fulfillment of humanity. This is no
idle claim or statement. It is absolutely the truth. For every step you take
towards Knowledge, you give your accomplishment to the world, and you lessen the
burden of all who struggle with their own fantasies and sense of failure.
LIFE, THEN, BECOMES YOUR TEACHING, for it is a life of Knowledge. It
demonstrates the presence of Knowledge in the world, which is the presence of
God. This happens as a result of your serving as an advanced vehicle for
Knowledge. In your advancement all human capabilities are furthered, all human
liabilities are dissipated and that which is most true and genuine in
individual human life in the world is exalted. And that which is beyond all
human life, but which contains human life, is affirmed as well. Therefore,
another’s failure is a call for your involvement with Knowledge. It is a call
for your advancement and strengthening because you have come into the world to
YOURSELF OF THIS UPON THE HOUR and in your two longer practice periods,
actively engage your mind in comprehending this idea. Think of every individual
that you think has failed and realize the meaning of today’s lesson in light of
those individuals serving you. Realize the need for Knowledge within their
lives and within your life. They are committing errors to spark your commitment
to Knowledge. They are serving you in this regard, and this calls for your
gratitude not your condemnation. They are teaching you to value the valuable
and to release the meaningless. Think not they are not saving you time. They
are saving you time. They are demonstrating that which you need to learn and to
accept. Therefore, commit yourself to their well-being for teaching you to
value Knowledge. As you value Knowledge, the result of your value will be given
back to them in return, and they will be strengthened and honored by your
245: Two 30-minute practice periods.
picture is from a particular funeral. Death itself is not failure, but some
choose death as a solution to their problems. Such an act creates a great need
for Knowledge in the lives of children, spouses, parents and friends, as they
deal with such an event.
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.