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
Freedom is with me. Step 57 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Freedom is with me. Step
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Freedom is with me. Step
FREEDOM ABIDES WITHIN YOU, waiting to be born
within you, waiting to be claimed and accepted, waiting to be lived and applied
and waiting to be honored and followed. You who have lived under the weight of
your own imagination, you who have been a prisoner to your own thoughts and to
the thoughts of others, you who have been intimidated and threatened by the
appearances of this world now have hope, for true freedom abides within you. It
awaits you. You have brought it with you from your Ancient Home. You carry it
with you each day, each moment.
WITHIN THIS PROGRAM OF DEVELOPMENT, you are now
learning to turn towards freedom and away from fear and the darkness of your
own imagination. In freedom you will find stability and consistency. This will
give you the foundation upon which to build your love and sense of self-worth,
and this foundation shall not be shaken by the world, for it is greater than
the world. It is not born of the misgiving of separation. It is born of the
truth of your total inclusion in life.
UPON THE HOUR REPEAT TODAY’S IDEA and take a moment
to feel that freedom is with you. As you come closer to freedom throughout the
day, you will be able to recognize more and more clearly what holds you back.
You will realize that it is but your adherence to your own thoughts that holds
you back. It is your interest in your own imagination that holds you back. This
will lighten your burden, and you will realize that a true choice is available.
This realization will give you the strength to come to freedom today.
IN YOUR TWO DEEP MEDITATION PRACTICES, repeat
today’s idea and attempt to allow your mind to be still, which is the beginning
of its freedom. This practice in stillness will enable your mind to shake loose
the chains that bind it—its unforgiveness from the past, its anxiety over the
future and its avoidance of the present. In stillness your mind rises above all
that keeps it small, hidden and isolated within its own darkness. How close is
freedom to you today who need but be still to receive it. And how great is your
reward, you who have come into the world, for freedom is with you.
PRACTICE 57: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Picture: A crow flies freely in the winter sky -
Front Royal, Virginia.
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.