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 will not follow fear within the world. Step - 152 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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will not follow fear within the world. Step - 152(MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive
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will not follow fear within the world. Step - 152
IS GOVERNED BY WAVES OF FEAR that draw people here and there, waves of fear
that dominate their actions, their thinking, their conclusions, their beliefs
and their assumptions. Do not follow the waves of fear that move across the
world. Instead, remain steadfast and still in Knowledge. Allow yourself to
observe the world from this point of stillness and certainty. Do not be swayed
by the waves of fear. In this way, you will be able to contribute to the world
and not be its victim only. You are here to give, not to judge, and in
stillness you are without judgment upon the world. Recognize, then, the waves
of fear, but do not let them touch you, for in Knowledge they cannot touch you
because Knowledge is beyond all fear.
YOUR IDEA FOR THE DAY UPON THE HOUR, and consider it in light of all that you
experience today. In your two longer practice periods, apply your mind actively
in attempting to understand today’s lesson. Again, this is a form of mental
application. We shall not practice stillness and mental silence today but
mental application so that you may learn to think constructively. For when your
mind is not still, it should be thinking constructively. It should be
investigating. Do not rely upon early conclusions. Do not rely upon
self-comforting ideas. Allow yourself to be vulnerable today, for you are only
vulnerable to Knowledge. Yet, Knowledge will shield you from all things of harm
within this world and will provide a comfort and a stability that the world can
never change. Learn of this today so that you may be a source of Knowledge
within the world so that your Source may express itself through you.
152: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: “You are here to give, not to
judge, and in stillness you are without judgment upon the world. Recognize,
then, the waves of fear, but do not let them touch you, for in Knowledge they
cannot touch you because Knowledge is beyond all fear.”
Picture:This replica fort is on the Army Heritage Trail at the U.S. Army
Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The need for security leads
to the building of defensive structures in the world. Fear can lead us to
create mental defenses that operate in a similar way. There is always a gate
somewhere to get in or out.
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.