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 honor those who have given to me. Step 86 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I honor those who have given to me. Step 86 (MP3)
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I honor those who have given to me. Step 86
TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN TO YOU will generate
gratitude, which is the beginning of true love and appreciation. Today in your
two deep practice periods, you are asked to think of those people who have
given to you, to think of them and nothing else during your period of practice.
You are asked to consider very deeply what they have done for you. With those
with whom you are angry and upset, try to see how they, too, have given service
to you in the reclamation of Knowledge. Do not bear false witness against your
feelings, but in spite of your feelings towards them, if there are ill
feelings, attempt also to recognize their service to you. For you can indeed be
angered or upset by someone that you recognize has served you, and this is
often the case. Perhaps you will even be angry at this curriculum which seeks
only to serve you. Why would you be angry at this curriculum? Because Knowledge
flushes out everything that stands in its way. That is why at times you are
angry and do not even know why.
ALLOW YOUR TWO PRACTICE PERIODS TO BE QUITE
FOCUSED. Concentrate. Use the power of your mind. Think of those individuals
who have served you. If individuals come to mind whom you had not considered
having served you, think how they have served you as well. Let this day be a
day of recognition. Let this be a day of restitution.
PRACTICE 86: Two 30-minute practice periods.
This can be a difficult Step. It is a practice that
will be done many times to achieve the intent. You will also gain some insight
on anger. Not all at once. This is a start.
applaud those who serve us. The cast of Mozart's Don Giovanni taking a bow at
the Prague State Opera House.
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.