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
My errors give birth to my Knowledge. Step 26 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My errors give birth to
my Knowledge. Step 26 (MP3)
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My errors give birth to
my Knowledge. Step 26
IT IS POINTLESS TO JUSTIFY ERROR, but error can
bring you to value truth, and in this it can lead to true Knowledge. This is
its only possible value. We do not condone error, but if error occurs, we wish
to make it serve your truest need so that you may learn from it and repeat it
no more. It is not merely for you to forget your errors, for you cannot do
that. It is not merely for you to justify your errors, for this will make you
dishonest. It is not merely for you to look upon your errors as pure service to
you, for they have indeed been painful. What this truly means is that you
recognize that error is error and then you attempt to use it on your own
behalf. The pain of error and the tribulation of error must be accepted, for this
will teach you what is real and what is not, what to value and what not to
value. Using your error for development means you have accepted the error, and
now you are attempting to utilize it to derive value from it because until
value is derived from error, it is error only and will be a source of pain and
discomfort for you.
TODAY, IN YOUR TWO 30-MINUTE PRACTICE PERIODS, look
at specific errors that you have made that have been very painful. Do not try
to dismiss the pain of them, but see how in your current circumstances in life
you can use them for your own benefit. Using errors in this way can show you
what you need to do and what corrections or adjustments need to be made to
enhance the quality of your life. Remember that any resolution to error always
engenders true recognition and true discernment in relationship.
IN YOUR PRACTICE PERIODS REVIEW THE ERRORS that
come to mind as you sit quietly alone, and then see how each one can be
utilized to your current benefit. What needs to be learned from them? What must
be done that was not done before? What must not be done that was done before?
How can these errors be recognized in advance? What were the signs that
preceded them and how can such signs be recognized in advance of error in the
USE THESE PRACTICE PERIODS for this introspective
process and when you are done, do not speak of the results to any other person,
but allow the investigation to continue naturally, as it naturally will.
PRACTICE 26: Two 30-minute practice periods.
the States, many errors are made shopping – like here at the San Marcos Premium
Outlets near San Antonio, Texas, where people buy on credit and become greatly
indebted. The arch makes it church-like, as consumerism is a religion for some.
October 24, 2007.
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. Posts linked below 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.