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 am honored by God. Step 103 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am honored by God. Step 103 (MP3)
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am honored by God. Step 103
ARE HONORED BY GOD, and yet this statement can inflame your sense of
uncertainty, arouse your sense of guilt, confuse your sense of pride and
stimulate all manner of conflict that actually exists within you now. In the
past you have attempted to be something unreal, and it has failed you. Now you
are afraid to be anything for fear that failure will pursue you once again.
Thus, greatness appears to be littleness and littleness appears to be
greatness, and all things are seen backwards or reversed from their true
ARE HONORED BY GOD whether you can accept this or not. It is true regardless of
human evaluation, for only things that are beyond evaluation are true. We are
taking you to that which is beyond evaluation, which will be the greatest
discovery possible in this life or in any life.
THE HOUR REPEAT THIS STATEMENT and consider it seriously. In your two practice
periods, allow your mind once again to be still and receptive so that you may
learn to receive the honor that God has for you. Surely, this honor must be
directed towards a part of you that you are barely aware of. It is not your
behavior that is honored. It is not your idealism that is honored. It is not
your beliefs, your assumptions, your demands or your fears. These may be for
good or for ill. These may serve you or betray you. But honor is reserved for
something greater, which you are now learning to recognize.
103: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture:Rainbow over house, Front Royal, Virginia.
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 no-VAHR-ay
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.