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 not be concerned about myself today. Step 156 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will not be concerned about myself today. Step 156
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I will not be concerned about myself today. Step 156
IS A FORM OF HABITUAL THINKING, born of negative imagination and of errors that
have not been corrected. This compounds your sense of failure, thus influencing
your lack of self-trust and self-appreciation. Our lesson for today, then, is
to fortify that which is genuine within you. If you are with Knowledge,
Knowledge will care for all things that require your attention. Think not that
anything will be left unattended to that is for your own behalf. All needs of a
greater spiritual nature and of the most mundane nature as well will be met and
understood by you, for there is no neglect in Knowledge. You who are accustomed
to neglect, who have not used your mind properly in the past, who have not been
able to see or hear the world, can now be comforted, for you need not have
concern for yourself today.
THIS YOU MUST EXTEND YOUR FAITH and your trust that Knowledge will provide for
you. This in time will allow you to receive the gift of Knowledge which will
dispel all doubt and confusion. You must prepare for this experience. In this,
you must extend your faith and trust. Be confident this day. Recognize those
things that require your attention, even if they be of a mundane nature, and
attend to them well, for Knowledge is not seeking to take you out of the world
but to bring you into the world, for you have come here to give.
YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF TODAY’S IDEA by repeating it upon the hour and giving it
a moment of true consideration. Fortify your practice today by utilizing it in
your deeper practices where you enter stillness and silence. You can only enter
stillness and silence if you are without concern for yourself. Thus, your
commitment to give yourself to your practice is an affirmation of the safety
and the certainty that abide with you.
156: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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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.