I am rich so I can give. Step 158 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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I am rich so I can give. Step 158 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I am rich so I can give. Step 158
ONLY THE RICH CAN GIVE, FOR THEY ARE NOT DESTITUTE. Only the rich can give, for they are not comfortable with a possession unless it is given. Only the rich can give, for they cannot understand their possession until it is given. Only the rich can give, for they wish to experience gratitude as their only reward.

YOU ARE RICH AND YOU CAN GIVE. You possess a wealth of Knowledge already, and this is the greatest possible gift. Any other action, any other favor, any other object that is a gift is only meaningful insofar as it is imbued with Knowledge. This is the unseen essence of all true gifts and all true giving. You have a great storehouse of this essence, which you must learn to receive. You are rich beyond your own awareness. Even if you are financially poor, even if you think you are alone, you are rich. Your giving will demonstrate this today. Your giving will demonstrate the source, the depth and the meaning of your wealth and will imbue all of your giving with the essence of giving itself. You will find in time that you will give without trying and that your life itself will be a gift. Then, your life will demonstrate the wealth that each person possesses but which they have not yet learned to receive.

REPEAT THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR, and in your two longer meditation practices, experience your own wealth. Experience the presence and the depth of Knowledge. Be the recipient of Knowledge and give yourself to Knowledge, for in giving yourself to your practice, you affirm your own wealth already, which only needs to be affirmed to be fully realized.

PRACTICE 158: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Note:You are rich beyond your own awareness. Even if you are financially poor, even if you think you are alone, you are rich.” This is something you may have already experienced in your life. If not, it is a place Steps can take you if you do the Steps.

Picture:  Today’s picture is not someone’s home or private business, but an art museum – that of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In most countries, there is public infrastructure of libraries, museums, parks, etc. to which we have access and are therefore part of our wealth which can be used to help in the world. That these exist at all is a reflection of historic community motive actors who wished to improve life for others.

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.