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
My duties are small. My mission is great. Step 165 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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duties are small. My mission is great. Step 165 (MP3)
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duties are small. My mission is great. Step 165
DUTIES IN THE WORLD ARE SMALL. They are meant to secure provisions which you
need physically and to maintain those alliances with others that are beneficial
for your well-being and for their well-being as well. These duties are
important, but your mission is greater. Do not undermine your ability to
receive your mission by being in failure concerning your duties. This is only a
form of self- avoidance. Carry out your duties specifically this day regarding
your employment and your engagement with others. Do not confuse this with your
mission, which is something far greater that you are only now beginning to
receive and to experience. Thus, your duties will provide a foundation for you
as you undertake the preparation for the reclamation and the contribution of
THAT ALL CONFUSION is the confusion of different levels. Do not confuse mission
with duty. This is a very important distinction for you to make. Your tasks in
the world are specific, but your mission is far greater. As your mission begins
to express itself within you who are learning to receive it, it will create a
more specific influence upon your duties as well. This is gradual and entirely
natural for you. This merely requires that you be self-disciplined, consistent
and trusting enough to follow its steps.
CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES TODAY so that you may be a beginning student of
Knowledge. Remind yourself of your practice upon the hour, and in your two
longer practice periods, actively engage your mind in considering the idea for
today. Its true meaning is not superficial, and you must investigate it to
understand its full value. Do not be complacent with premature conclusions. Do
not stand on the outside of Knowledge and attempt to judge it for yourself.
Enter into it so that you may be a student today, for you are now a student of
Knowledge. You are now giving yourself to the world in your preparation.
165:Two 30-minute practice periods.
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.