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 am not alone in the universe. Step 157 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am not alone in the
ARE NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE because you are part of the universe. You are not
alone in the universe because your mind is joined with all minds. You are not
alone in the universe because the universe is with you. You are now learning to
be with the universe so that your relationship with life may be fully reclaimed
and so that it may express itself in your world. The world sets a poor example
for this, for humanity has lost its relationship with life and now seeks
desperately within the realms of imagination and fantasy to find that which has
been lost. Be happy today, then, that the means for life’s reclamation have
been given to you so that you may give yourself to your practice and to your
destiny. In this way, you are affirmed. You are not alone in the universe. The
depth of this idea is far greater than what it appears to be at first. It is a
statement of absolute truth, but it must be experienced to be comprehended.
UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF of this statement. Attempt to feel it in whatever
circumstance you find yourself. In your two longer meditation practices,
attempt to experience your complete inclusion in life. You need not think of
ideas or see images, but only feel the presence of life of which you are a
part. You are within life. You are immersed in life. Life is embracing you.
Beyond any images the world may present, beyond any actions the world may
demonstrate, you are within the loving embrace of life.
157: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
busts of wise teachers are in a passage way of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the
Ambrosian art gallery of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana a historic library in Milan,
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.