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 must reclaim my Knowledge. Step 172 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I must reclaim my Knowledge. Step 172 (MP3)
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I must reclaim my Knowledge. Step 172
MUST RECLAIM YOUR KNOWLEDGE. It is not merely a preference in competition with
other preferences. The fact that it is a requirement in life gives it the
necessity and the importance that it truly deserves. Think not that your
freedom is in any way hindered by this necessity, for your freedom is the
result of this necessity and will be born of this necessity. Here you enter a
world of vital direction rather than casual choices. Here you become seriously
engaged in life rather than a removed observer who can only witness your own
NECESSITY OF KNOWLEDGE, then, is the importance that it bears for you and for
your world. Welcome necessity, then, for it frees you from the aggravation and
the disability of ambivalence. It rescues you from meaningless choices and
directs you to that which is truly vital for your well-being and for the
well-being of the world. Knowledge is a necessity. Your life is a necessity. Its
importance is not merely for you alone, but for the world as well.
YOU CAN COMPREHEND THIS IN TRUTH, this will override any sense of unworthiness
or indolence that you may still possess. For if your life is a necessity, then
it has purpose, meaning and direction. If your life is a necessity, then all
other lives are a necessity as well. In this, you will wish to harm no one but
instead will seek to affirm Knowledge in everyone. This necessity, then, bears
with it the strength and the direction that you require and provides you with
the grace and depth that you must receive for yourself. A necessary life is a
meaningful life. Knowledge is a necessity. Give yourself to your necessity, and
you will feel that you are a necessity yourself. This will dispel your sense of
unworthiness and guilt and bring you back into relationship with life.
AGAIN UPON THE HOUR, and in your two meditation practices allow the word RAHN
to take you deeper into the presence of Knowledge itself. The power of this
word, a word unknown within your own language, will resonate with your
Knowledge and will stimulate it. Thus, the means are mysterious, but the result
172: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
The RAHN exercise can be a
bit difficult. One may say it out loud. It is best done on the exhale. The
inhale I did was silent. Later The Teachers added an inhale sound option – NA,
so the phrase can then be – NA (inhale) RAHN (exhale) – silent or out loud.
Picture:The Steps training is future oriented.
Reclaiming Knowledge might seem like an activity for a setting like the
pyramids, but it will need to be done in present and future environments like
this modern setting in the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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.