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
God knows the Way to Knowledge. Step 38 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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God knows the Way to Knowledge. Step 38
CAN YOU FIND YOUR WAY WHEN YOU ARE LOST? How can you know certainty when you
value the temporary so greatly? How can you know the power of your own life
when you are so intimidated by threats of loss and destruction? Life is kind to
you, for it offers not only the reward but the way to the reward. If it were
left up to you, it would be cruel indeed, for you would have to attempt every
single possibility that you could conceive of, and then you would have the
possibilities that others have conceived of and even the opportunities to reach
Knowledge that others have used successfully but which may not in fact work
well for you. In your brief span of time in the world, how can you accomplish
all of these and still maintain your vitality? How can you maintain your
encouragement for Knowledge when so many ways will disappoint you?
FAITH TODAY IN KNOWING THAT GOD knows the way to Knowledge, and you need only
follow the way that is being given. In this way, Knowledge simply emerges in
you because it is acknowledged, for only God knows Knowledge in you, and only
Knowledge in you knows God. As the two resonate together, they both become more
apparent. In this, you find peace.
YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, each of a 30-minute duration, practice feeling
the presence of God, silently, in stillness. Not thinking about God, not
speculating, not wondering, not doubting, but simply feeling. It is no fantasy
that you are concentrating upon now, though you are used to concentrating upon
fantasy. In stillness and quiet, everything becomes apparent. God is very
still, for God is not going anywhere. As you become still, you will feel the
power of God.
38: Two 30-minute practice periods.
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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.