I will honor the world today. Step 145 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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I will honor the world today. Step 145 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I will honor the world today. Step 145
HONOR THE WORLD TODAY, for it is the place you have come to reclaim Knowledge and to bestow its gifts. Thus, the world in its beauty and in its tribulation provides the right environment for you to fulfill your purpose. Honor the world because God is in the world honoring the world. Honor the world because Knowledge is in the world honoring the world. Honor the world because without your judgment you will realize it is a place of grace, a place of beauty and a place that blesses you as you learn to bless it.

REPEAT YOUR LESSON UPON THE HOUR. In your two longer practice periods, experience loving the world. Allow Knowledge to give its grace. You do not have to try to be loving here, but merely to be open and to let Knowledge express its great affection.

HONOR THE WORLD TODAY so that you may be honored for being in the world, for the world honors you as you honor yourself. The world is acknowledged as you acknowledge yourself. The world needs your love and your blessings. It needs your good works as well. In this way, you are honored, for you have come here to give.

PRACTICE 145: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Note: “Thus, the world in its beauty and in its tribulation provides the right environment for you to fulfill your purpose.” This implies we have chosen to be here. Bad news for the claim: “I didn’t ask to be born.”

Picture:  The built-environment of our world is one part of “the world” we can honor. The Vltava River flows through the center of Prague, and is the waterway around which the city has developed over the past 1000 years. When I selected this picture, I didn’t connect it to that of the sundae for the prior Step. Here we see nature in the trees and river; an iron railing reflecting foundational technology and the city on a hill. A church is prominent in the landscape, showing the people who built and maintain this city had a spiritual practice which may be in need of renewal today.

Plan B - If the MP3 doesn’t work, here’s the link to the folder:  New Message - Student Spoken Steps Recordings - Steps to Knowledge - Working file
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 Spiritualityand 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 co-RAHM)

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.