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 learning to learn because I carry Knowledge within me today. Step 362 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am learning to learn because I carry Knowledge
within me today. Step 362 (MP3) [Open
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I am learning to learn because I carry Knowledge
within me today. Step 362
ARE LEARNING TO LEARN. You are learning to receive Knowledge. You are learning
to value Knowledge. You are learning to carry Knowledge. You are learning to
express Knowledge. You are learning to cultivate all of your mental and
physical faculties that are essential for this overall preparation. You are a
consummate student. Therefore, be totally engaged with your studenthood today,
which will free you from false assumptions and from placing impossible burdens
upon yourself. That which is given in truth you will naturally be able to do,
for you are naturally created to do this. Your physical and mental vehicles,
those things that are tied to this world, will naturally be engaged in your
TO LEARN. Learning to learn means that you are learning to participate. It
means you are both following and leading all at once. You follow your Teachers
and their program for development, and you lead your mental and physical
vehicles. In this way, leading and following become all the same, as giving and
receiving are all the same. Thus it is that those who receive will give and
those who follow will lead. Thus it is that those who give will need to
continue to receive and those who lead will need to continue to follow. Here
the duality of such things disappears. Their uniformity and their complementary
natures are recognized because this is simple, because it is apparent and
because it is true.
THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR and use your two practice periods to engage yourself
with Knowledge in stillness and simplicity. Allow these final practice periods
in this program to have great depth. Give yourself to them as completely as you
can, for in doing so you will increase your capacity for Knowledge and your
experience of Knowledge. As your capacity and experience of Knowledge grow,
your desire for Knowledge will grow as well, for Knowledge is your true desire.
362: 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. 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.