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
Today I am a beginning student of Knowledge. Step 100 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Today I am a beginning student of Knowledge. Step
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I am a beginning student of Knowledge. Step 100
ARE A BEGINNING STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. Accept this starting place. Do not claim more
for yourself, for you do not understand the road to Knowledge. On the road to
greater assumptions you may have garnered great rewards for yourself, but that
leads in another direction from the road to Knowledge, where all things that
are unreal are relinquished and all things that are genuine are embraced. The
road to Knowledge is not a road that people have imagined for themselves, for
it is not born of imagination.
BE A BEGINNING STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. Upon the hour repeat this statement and
give it serious consideration. Regardless of your view of yourself, whether it
is exalted or diminished, no matter what you have done before, no matter what
you consider your accomplishments to be, you are a beginning student of
Knowledge. As a beginning student you will want to learn everything that can be
learned, and you will not have the burden of defending that which you think you
have claimed already. This will ease your burden in life considerably and give
you the possibility for true motivation and enthusiasm, which are lacking now.
A BEGINNING STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. Begin your two longer practice periods with
this affirmation and allow yourself to sit in stillness and to receive. Without
petitions, without questions and without expectations or demands, allow your
mind to be quiet, for you are a beginning student of Knowledge and do not yet
know what to ask for or what to expect.
100: Two 30-minute practice periods.
and my son viewing a bonsai tree at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
in 1977. Then I was 31. It will be 20 years before I meet Marshall and learn of
Greater Community Spirituality in 1997. In 1999, when 52, I started Steps. I did not have a problem being a beginner
then, nor even now. The entire work is so great, that there is always something
new to incorporate, integrate and apply. As it says, being a beginning student
has advantages as it enables learning.
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.