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 will learn to be honest today. Step 177 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will learn to be honest today. Step 177 (MP3)
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I will learn to be honest today. Step 177
IS A GREATER HONESTY THAT IS WAITING for you to discover. There is a greater
honesty that you must utilize on your own behalf. It is not enough merely to
know how you feel. It is a greater requirement to feel what you know. This is a
greater honesty and an honesty that is in harmony with life itself, an honesty
that reflects the true advancement of all beings in the world. This is not
merely expressing and demanding that your personal intent be carried out. It is
demanding instead that the necessity of life within you may express itself in a
way that is genuine to life itself. The form and the manner of this expression
will be contained in the messages that you will need to deliver to others when
the time comes for that to happen.
THEN, TO FEEL WHAT YOU KNOW. This is agreater honesty. It requires both openness and restraint. It requires
self-inspection. It requires objectivity about your life. It requires stillness
and peace as well as the ability to engage your mind actively in exploration.
Thus, all that you have learned so far is contributed and utilized in today’s
YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR OF TODAY’S PRACTICE and seriously consider it in the
moment in which you find yourself. In the longer practices today, again enter
stillness and engage your mind in this meaningful activity. The mind must be
brought into the proximity of its Ancient Home for it to find comfort and
peace. This requires self-discipline at the outset, but once the engagement is
made, the process happens in and of itself naturally.
TO BECOME MORE HONEST TODAY. Learn to discern a greater level of honesty, a
genuine level of honesty that affirms your very nature and does not betray your
177: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
today? The glass wall in today’s picture could be taken as symbolic of a
clarity/honesty in relation to the world, or in some other sense. Your choice. It
is the entrance to the Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany.
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.