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 practice is my gift to God. Step - 148 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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practice is my gift to God. Step - 148
PRACTICE IS YOUR GIFT TO GOD, for God wills that you receive Knowledge so that
you may give it to the world. Thus, you are honored as the recipient and as the
vehicle for Knowledge, God is honored as the source of Knowledge, and all who
receive it will be honored as well.This
is your gift now — to undertake the true preparation that you are involved in
TREAT EACH PRACTICE PERIOD TODAY as a form of giving. Upon the hour, give
yourself in each circumstance in which you find yourself. In your two deep
meditation practices, give yourself completely. Do not come begging for ideas
or information, but come to receive and come to give. As you give yourself, you
will receive and in this you will learn the ancient law that to give is to receive.
This must be born completely in your experience so that you may fully
comprehend its meaning and its application in the world.
PRACTICE IS YOUR GIFT TO GOD. Your practice is your gift to yourself. Come to
your practice today to give, for in your giving you will realize the depth of
your own resources.
148: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
with some iris flowers in the back doing their stillness practice. 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.