11/22/16

I will be at peace today. Step 327 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices


Greetings All –

I will be at peace today. Step 327 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I will be at peace today. Step 327
YOU CAN BE AT PEACE TODAY, even while you consider greater things in the world and beyond the world. You can be at peace today even while you meet the challenge of becoming a student of Knowledge and the challenge of observing your world with objectivity. How can you be so active and have such challenge and still be at peace? The answer is that Knowledge is with you. As you abide with Knowledge, feel Knowledge and carry Knowledge out into the world, within yourself you will be still, though on the outside you may be actively engaged. There is no contradiction between peace and movement, between inner stillness and outer engagement. Though the world is a difficult and frustrating place to be, it is a natural recipient of Knowledge. Its difficulties and its frustrations need not affect your internal state, which is becoming ever more unified and harmonious.

REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR to be at peace while you are in the world. Release all fear and anxiety and fortify your adherence to Knowledge as you do so. In your two deeper practice periods when you take refuge from the world, rekindle the fire of Knowledge and take comfort in its warm presence. Realize that within this fire all things that are imaginary and harmful are consumed. The fire of Knowledge will not burn you, but it will warm your soul. You can enter this fire without fear of pain or harm. It will purify and cleanse you, for it is the fire of love. Today be at peace, for today is a day of peace, and peace is given you to receive this day.

PRACTICE 327: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Picture:  Seattle, Washington: Looking away from Elliot Bay on the waterfront one sees the traffic of the ground level Alaskan Way  with the concrete pillar elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct, looking grey, noisy and unpeacful.


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. 1x and 2x links aboveprovide 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.