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
There is a Way to Knowledge. Step 37 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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There is a Way to
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There is a Way to
Knowledge. Step 37
HOW CAN THERE NOT BE A WAY TO KNOWLEDGE when it is
your True Self? How can there not be a way for Knowledge to express itself when
it is the most natural form of expression? How can there not be a way for
Knowledge to guide you in relationships when Knowledge is the perfect source of
all your relationships? There is a way to Knowledge. It requires skill and
desire. Both will take time to develop. You must learn to value the true and
not to value the false, and it takes time to learn to separate the two and to
recognize them. It takes time to learn that the false does not satisfy you and
that the true does satisfy you. This must be learned through trial and error
and through contrast. As you approach Knowledge, your life becomes more full,
more certain and more direct. As you go away from it, you reenter confusion,
frustration and anger.
IN YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, which will not
be meditation practices, spend at least 15 minutes thinking of all the ways to
gain access to Knowledge. Write down on a piece of paper all the ways to get to
Knowledge. Spend both practice periods doing this and exhaust all the
possibilities that you can think of. Try to be very specific. Use your
imagination, but chart out routes that appear to be quite real and meaningful
to you. In this way, you will know what you think about how to find a way to
Knowledge, and from this you will realize that God knows the way to Knowledge.
PRACTICE 37: Two 15-minute practice periods.
Time to use the journal.
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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.