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
I am in the world to express my Self. Step 357 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am in the world to express my Self. Step 357 (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your Drive –
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I am in the world to express my Self. Step 357
YOU HAVE EVER SAID and everything you have ever done has been an attempt to
express your Self. Your dilemma in the past is that you have attempted to
express a self that is not your Self. This temporary self, this personal self,
has been used as a substitute for your True Self, though it is only meant to be
an intermediary between your True Self and the world. Because it has been used
as a substitute, its own inherent confusion and lack of foundation have
disabled your communication and expression. Therefore, you have not found the
source of your expression or the best vehicle for your expression.
YOUR TRUE SELF WISHES TO EXPRESS ITSELF is evident in all of your past
activities if you will understand them objectively. Everything you have ever
said to anyone contains a seed of true expression. Everything you have ever
done or attempted to demonstrate contains the seed of true demonstration and
expression. You need only purify your expression to have it be complete and truly
representative of your nature and, therefore, truly satisfying to you.
YOU ARE HERE TO EXPRESS YOUR SELF, you must also learn how to express your
Self, how your true expressions will affect others and how this effect can be
utilized appropriately, for your wellbeing and their well-being as well. Here
you learn what you wish to express and how to express it. And you also learn to
realize its impact upon the world. This requires the cultivation of Knowledge
within you, the cultivation of your personal abilities and the transformation
of your personal self from being a substitute for Knowledge to being an
intermediary for Knowledge. As an intermediary, your personal self must be
developed and activated properly. Here it serves a Greater Self within you, as
your Greater Self serves the Great Self of the Universe. Here everything finds
its rightful place and its uniform expression.
YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR that you wish to express your Self and in your deeper
meditation experiences, where you come in stillness and devotion, allow your
True Self to express itself to you. Beyond words and beyond actions, your True
Self will express itself and you will know its expression. You will know that
you wish to receive its expression and to extend its expression into the world.
The world is the place where you have come to express your Self because the
world is the place where you wish to be at home.
357: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Young people on a
Saturday in Milan, Italy. This traffic circle is Largo Cairoli where the
Garibaldi Monument stands in the center.
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. The 1x and 2x links above 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.