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 a student of Knowledge today. Step 342 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
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YOU ARE A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. You are following your preparation step by
step. You are learning to be unburdened of your own judgment and anxiety. You
are learning to be confirmed by the presence of Knowledge within you and by the
presence of love within your life. You are learning to honor yourself and
learning to appreciate your world. You are learning to recognize your
responsibility and learning to recognize the world’s need for this
responsibility to be carried forth. You are learning to be still within and
meaningfully engaged without. You are learning to receive. You are learning to
give. You are learning to recognize that your life is being redeemed.
A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE TODAY and carry forth today’s directions as completely
and as explicitly as you can. Remind yourself upon the hour that you are a
student of Knowledge and take a moment upon each hour to think what this means,
particularly in your current circumstances. In your deeper practice periods,
actively engage your mind in considering what a student of Knowledge is. Recall
what you have been taught thus far. Recognize what is being reinforced step by
step and what you are being encouraged to relinquish. Your two practice periods
are periods of active mental engagement where you look at today’s idea and
attempt to see its meaning in terms of your life. When you think, think
constructively, for all thinking must be constructive. When thinking isn’t
necessary, Knowledge will carry you forth. In the world you must have
Knowledge, and you must learn to think constructively because you are a student
of Knowledge. Today be a student of Knowledge and you will honor that which
guides you, that which leads you and that which blesses you. You will represent
Knowledge, for you are a student of Knowledge.
342: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, where Encampments are held.
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.