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
God knows more about me than I do. Step-104 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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DOES KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOU DO. That must be obvious if you have
considered yourself honestly. And yet, consider the implications of this. If
God knows more about you than you do, then would not God’s evaluation be
something that you would want to learn to investigate? Of course it would. And
would not your evaluations of yourself be necessarily in error? In this alone you
have sinned, for sin is only error. Error calls for correction, not
condemnation. You would condemn yourself and think that God would then follow
your example and render to you a greater condemnation. That is why people have
made God in their image, and that is why you must unlearn what you have made,
so that you may find what you know and so that your creations in this world may
be for good and have lasting value.
KNOWS MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOU DO. Do not pretend you can create yourself, for
you have already been created and that which has been genuinely created is far
greater and happier than the life that you have realized thus far. It is your
unhappiness that is bringing you to truth, for it is driving you to a genuine
resolution. This, of course, is true.
THE HOUR REPEAT THIS STATEMENT and consider it seriously. As you do so, observe
the world around you in order to attempt to learn of the meaning of today’s
idea in the world. In your longer practice sessions in stillness, allow your
mind to become quiet so that it may learn to enjoy its greatness. Give it this
opportunity for freedom, and it will give freedom to you in return.
104: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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.