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
I find happiness in small things today. Step 85 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I find happiness in small
things today. Step 85 (MP3)
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I find happiness in small
things today. Step 85
YOU WILL FIND HAPPINESS IN SMALL THINGS because
happiness is with you. You will find happiness in small things because you are
learning to be still and observant. You will find happiness in small things
because your mind is becoming receptive. You will experience happiness in small
things because you are being present to your current circumstances. Small things
can carry great messages if you are attentive to them. Then small things will
not aggravate you.
A STILL MIND IS AN AWARE MIND. A still mind is a
mind that is learning to be at peace. Peace is not a passive state. It is a
state of the greatest activity, for it engages your life with great purpose and
intensity, activating all of your powers and giving them uniform direction.
This comes from peace. God is still, but everything from God is generated into
constructive and uniform action. This is what gives form and direction to all
meaningful relationships. This is why your Teachers are with you, for there is
PRACTICE STILLNESS TWICE TODAY IN DEEP MEDITATION.
State your lesson’s affirmation upon the hour and consider it briefly. Allow
your day to be given to practice, so practice can infuse itself into all of
your other activities.
PRACTICE 85: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Take note: "Peace is not a passive state. It
is a state of the greatest activity, for it engages your life with great
purpose and intensity, activating all of your powers and giving them uniform
Picture:I found happiness in watching and taking pictures of these hummingbirds in Colorado.
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.