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
Review Take special care today to see how deeply and how carefully you are practicing. Step 42 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Review ~ Take special care today to see how deeply
and how carefully you are practicing. Step 42 (MP3)
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IN YOUR REVIEW TODAY, review all of the
instructions given in the past week and your experiences of practice. Take
special care today to see how deeply and how carefully you are practicing. Make
sure that you are not changing or adjusting the lessons to meet your tastes or
expectations. Remember that you need only follow the curriculum to receive its
true rewards. Your part is small. Our part is great. We give the means. You
need only follow them, in faith and in true expectation. In doing this, you will
develop patience, discernment, trust, consistency and self-worth. Why
self-worth? Because you must value yourself highly to allow yourself to
approach the great gifts of Knowledge. Nothing else will undo self-hatred and
self-doubt more expediently and more completely than receiving the gifts that
are meant for you.
THEREFORE, IN YOUR ONE LONG PRACTICE PERIOD TODAY,
review the past week of practice. Without judgment look and see what has been
offered, what you have done and what can possibly be done to deepen your
practice so that you may receive its benefits more directly. If you are having
difficulty, recognize the problems and attempt to correct them. Give the week
ahead greater involvement. In doing so, you will correct self-doubt and
confusion merely by directing your will.
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.