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 remember those who have given to me today. Step 178 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will remember those who have given to me today. Step
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I will remember those who have given to me today. Step 178
IS A SPECIAL DAY OF ACKNOWLEDGING THE PRESENCE of genuine relationships in your
life. It is a special day of acknowledging the gifts that have been given to
you. It is a day meant for gratitude.
THE HOUR, THEN, REPEAT THIS STATEMENT and take a moment to recall those who
have given to you. Try to think very carefully of the individuals who have
given benefit to you, both by demonstrating their Wisdom and their error. Think
of those who have illustrated the way to go and the way not to go. As you inquire
further into this in your two longer practice periods today, try to think more
carefully and allow any individual who comes to mind to be the subject of your
investigation. This is an active practice time in your meditation periods.
YOUR LONGER PRACTICE PERIODS, repeat the statement at the beginning of practice
and allow individuals to come to you. Learn to recognize their contribution to
the reclamation of Knowledge. Learn to recognize their contribution to your
physical and emotional well-being. Learn to recognize how they have served you.
In this way, your entire concept of giving and receiving and of service in the
world may be expanded and developed. This will give you a true vision of the
world so that you may learn to be compassionate with yourself and with others.
THEN, IS A DAY OF AFFIRMATION and a day of gratitude. Allow your practices to
be meaningful and effective so that you may receive their reward.
178: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
This Step says:“It is a day meant for gratitude.” The
importance of gratitude will be revealed in the Steps.
Monica, California beach showing the passage of many people in a day.
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.