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
My freedom is to find my purpose. Step 94 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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freedom is to find my purpose. Step 94 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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freedom is to find my purpose. Step 94
VALUE CAN FREEDOM POSSIBLY HAVE except to enable you to find your purpose and
to fulfill it? Without purpose, freedom is merely the right to be chaotic, the
right to live without external restraint. But without external restraint, you
will merely act out the harshness of your internal restraint. Is this an
improvement? Overall it is not an improvement, though it can lead to
opportunities for self-discovery.
NOT CALL CHAOS FREEDOM, for this is not freedom. Do not think that because
others do not limit you that you are in an exalted state. Realize that your
freedom is to enable you to find your purpose and to fulfill it. Understanding
freedom in this way will enable you to utilize all aspects of your life—your
current situation, your relationships, your involvements, your successes, your
errors, your attributes and your limitations—everything on behalf of
discovering your purpose. For when a greater purpose begins to express itself
through you in a manner that you can recognize and accept, you will feel at
last that your life is being completely integrated. You will no longer be
separate individuals within yourself, but one person, whole and unified, with
all aspects of yourself engaged in serving this one purpose.
FREEDOM TO COMMIT ERRORS WILL NOT REDEEM YOU. Errors can be committed under any
circumstances, and freedom can be found under any circumstances. Therefore,
seek to learn about freedom. Knowledge will express itself when it is
unfettered and when you as a person have developed sufficiently to be able to
carry its great mission in the world. Your Spiritual Teachers, who abide with
you beyond your visual sight, are here to initiate you into Knowledge. They
have their own method for doing this, for they understand the true meaning of
freedom and its true purpose in the world.
IN YOUR PRACTICE PERIODS we once again affirm the power of this statement and
give you two opportunities to experience it deeply within yourself. You do not
need to try to speculate about this mentally, but simply relax so that it can
be experienced. Focus your mind completely to allow it to experience
the greatness of the presence of God that is with you and that is within you,
for this is looking in the direction of freedom where freedom truly exists.
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.