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 ideas are small, but Knowledge is great. Step 277 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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ideas are small, but Knowledge is great. Step 277 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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ideas are small, but Knowledge is great. Step 277
THE TRUTH OF THIS STATEMENT will allow you to align yourself with the source of
all Knowledge. Then you can escape the darkness of the world of imagination.
Imagination is unstable, and even its brightest moments can turn to darkness in
a second. Even its greatest inspirations can be bitterly discouraged
with the slightest provocation. Here there is no certainty. Here there is no
reality. Here nothing is trustworthy, for only change can be expected. That
which is gifted and valued will most certainly be lost. That which is grim and
destructive will most certainly pursue you.
IS A LIFE LIVED IN IMAGINATION. Such is a life lived in the isolation of your
own thinking. Do not underestimate the power of Knowledge to liberate you from
this hopeless situation where nothing genuine can be discerned, where no true
meaning can be acquired and where nothing that is permanent and real can be
realized and established. It is your salvation out of the darkness of your
separate imagination that will lead you into the reality of life and will
redeem you there.
HERE THAT EVEN YOUR GREATEST IDEAS, even those ideas born of Knowledge, are
small in contrast to Knowledge itself. Knowledge is the great source of your
being as it is expressing itself in your individual life. Therefore, honor what
is great and realize what is small. Realize that in time as Knowledge begins to
emerge within you and as you allow it to express itself ever more freely, you
will begin to recognize those thoughts that emanate from Knowledge and those
thoughts that are merely imagined. Yet, even thoughts from Knowledge, which are
far more powerful and effective than any other thought that you can imagine,
even these thoughts which are the seeds of true understanding in the world are
small in contrast to Knowledge.
UPON THE HOUR THE POWER OF THIS IDEA, for it is given to liberate you from your
own confusion and false assumptions. In your deeper practice periods today,
apply your mind actively. Attempt to look at every idea that you hold dear,
whether it be positive or negative. Look at any idea that you believe in or
adhere to. Examine your relationship to the primary ideas that govern your
life. Then, remind yourself after you look at each one that Knowledge is far
greater than that idea. Here you will realize that there is a means for you to
escape the world of ideas and enter the world of relationship, where everything
is viable, real and based upon a foundation that can never change.
277: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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.