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
Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step 328 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step
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Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step
AGAIN WE AFFIRM THIS LESSON which will affirm the reality of love and giving in
the world. Your ideas concerning giving are far too limited and small. They
will need to be expanded so that you may recognize the extent of giving in the
THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF to remember those who have given to you. Do not only
think of those who you are certain have given to you, but remember those who
you feel have hurt you, who have denied you or who have stood in your way.
Remember them, for they have given something to you as well. They have given
you a reminder that Knowledge is necessary, and they have demonstrated to you a
life without Knowledge. They have demonstrated to you that Knowledge is
attempting to emerge in them as well. Whether they accept or resist this
emergence, it is still present and still manifesting itself.
ARE ADVANCING because others have demonstrated their inspiration and their
errors to you—their acceptance of Knowledge and their denial of Knowledge. If
there were no denial of Knowledge in the world, you could not learn here. You
could not recognize the importance of Knowledge. Contrast in learning will
teach you what is valuable and what is not, and this will teach you to be
compassionate and to be loving. Understanding this will enable you to serve in
THE HOUR RECOGNIZE WHO IS GIVING TO YOU at that moment and recognize who has
given to you in the past. In this way, this will be a day of gratitude and
appreciation. You will understand how important your preparation is and how
many have given themselves to you to serve you so that you may undertake this
YOUR TWO DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, repeat today’s idea and then allow to
come into your mind each individual that awaits to be recognized and blessed by
you. As you do this, all individuals who need to will present themselves to
you. Look and see how they have served you and thank them for their service to
you. Thank them for helping you to recognize your need for Knowledge. Thank
them for showing you that there is no alternative to Knowledge. And thank them
for strengthening your participation in Knowledge. Bless each one and allow the
next individual to come to mind. In this way, you will bless all who have been
in your life and are in your life currently. In this way, you will learn to
appreciate your past and not condemn it. In this way, love will emanate from
you naturally, for love must be born of gratitude, and gratitude must be born
of true recognition. It is true recognition that you will practice today.
328: 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. 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.