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 value Knowledge beyond all things. Step 83 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I value Knowledge beyond all things. Step 83 (MP3)
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I value Knowledge beyond all things. Step 83
YOU COULD EXPERIENCE THE DEPTH AND POWER of this statement, it would free you
from all forms of bondage. It would erase all conflicts in your thinking. It
would end completely all that troubles you and perplexes you. You would not
view relationships either as a form of domination or as a form of punishment.
This would give you an entirely new basis of understanding in your
participation with others. It would give you a frame of reference within which
you would be able to develop yourself mentally and physically, keeping a
greater perspective as you do so. What has disappointed you but the
misappropriation of your abilities? What grieves and angers you but the
misappropriation of other people’s abilities.
KNOWLEDGE. It is beyond your understanding. Follow Knowledge. It guides you in
ways that you have never experienced. Trust Knowledge. It gives you back to
yourself. Trust comes before understanding, always. Participation comes before
trust, always. Therefore, participate with Knowledge.
YOURSELF OF YOUR AFFIRMATION UPON THE HOUR. Try to be very consistent. Do not
forget today to emphasize that you value Knowledge above all other things. In
your two meditation practices, give this statement as an affirmation and then,
in stillness, allow yourself to receive. Do not use these practices to gain
answers or information, but allow yourself to become quiet, for a quiet mind
can learn all things and know all things. Words are but one form of
communication. You are now learning to communicate, for your mind is now
opening to a greater association.
83: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
front-end loader at the ATM during a snow clean up. What is valued more than
Knowledge? Money perhaps.
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.