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
True instruction is available to me. Step 48 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
is available to me. Step 48 (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your Drive –
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is available to me. Step 48
TRUE INSTRUCTION IS AVAILABLE. It
has been waiting for you to reach the point of maturity where you realize its
necessity in your life. This engenders true motivation for learning. It is born
of recognizing your limitations in light of that which is your true need. You
must love yourself to become a student of Knowledge and continually love
yourself to proceed. There is no other obstacle to learning but this. Without
love there is fear, for nothing else can replace love. But love has not been
replaced, and true assistance is available to you.
IN YOUR TWO MEDITATION PRACTICES
TODAY, attempt to feel the presence of that true assistance. In stillness and
in silence, feel this within your life and around you. These meditation
practices will begin to open a greater sensitivity within you, a whole new
sense. You will begin to discern things that are present, even though you
cannot see them. You will be able to respond to ideas and information, even
though you cannot hear the source of the message yet. This is the actual
process in creative thinking, for people receive ideas; they do not create
them. You are part of a greater life. Your personal life is the vehicle for its
expression. Your individuality, then, becomes more highly cultivated and more joyful,
a prison no longer for you, but the form of your joyful expression.
TRUE ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE TO
YOU. Practice this day feeling its abiding presence in your life.
PRACTICE 48: Two 30-minute
Picture:Truck stop – Route 6, Utah. Could a parking lot for land ships be a
place where true instruction might be received? Steps practice is not limited
to monasteries or college campuses.
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.