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 will seek the experience of true purpose in life. Step 131 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Step 131 - Today I will seek the experience of true
purpose in life. (MP3)
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Today I will seek the experience of true purpose in
life. Step 131
THE EXPERIENCE OF TRUE PURPOSE. This provides the foundation for all meaningful
relationships. Do not seek relationships outside of this context, for they will
lack foundation and, though perhaps very alluring, will prove to be very
difficult for you. Whether you are seeking marriage, great friendship or
someone to help you in your work, remember that Knowledge will draw to you all
individuals as you truly need them.
TODAY CONCENTRATE ON PURPOSE and not on relationship. The greater your
experience of purpose, the greater your comprehension of relationship. Though
you will see that people come together for enjoyment and stimulation, there is
a far greater component in their meeting. Few people recognize this, but it is
given you to recognize this through practice and experience. You can be certain
that if you are not trying to fit people into your own idea of purpose, you
will be opening yourself to the genuine experience of purpose itself. As you
begin to observe yourself objectively, you will begin to see the manifestations
of your own will in contrast to Knowledge, and this will be very essential for
REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR of your intent to realize your purpose. Let today
be a step in that direction—a step that will save you years and years of time,
a step that will advance you forever towards your goal of Knowledge, for
Knowledge is drawing you. In your two deeper practice periods, allow Knowledge
to draw you. Feel the greater attraction within you, which you will naturally
feel if you are not preoccupied with little things.
131: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Shouldn’t the
picture for this Step be of beautiful clouds, a bright sunrise or at least
something more uplifting than a nondescript person walking up a steep hill in a
generic city? For most of the people in the unglamorous world, contemplating
“true purpose” may occur in such mundane surroundings with themselves appearing
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.