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 life is necessary. Step 174 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My life is necessary. Step 174
LIFE IS NECESSARY. It is not a biological accident. It is not a mere chance
circumstance that you arrived in this world. Your life is necessary. If you
could but recall what you went through to come into this world and the
preparation that was required—both within this world and beyond—for you to
emerge here, then you would realize the importance of your being here and the
importance of the Knowledge that you carry within you. Your life is necessary.
There is no form of conceit here. It is simply a recognition of truth. In your
evaluation of yourself, your life is either pathetic or grandiose. Yet, the necessity
of your life has nothing to do with your evaluations, though your evaluations
can bring you closer to or take you farther from this one true recognition.
LIFE IS NECESSARY. Understand this and it will banish your sense of
self-judgment and condemnation. Understand this and it will bring humility into
your self-grandiose ideas. Understand this and your plans may then in time be
adjusted to Knowledge itself, for your life is necessary.
THIS STATEMENT UPON THE HOUR and consider it regardless of your emotions, your
circumstances and whatever thoughts are prevailing in your mind, for Knowledge
is greater than thoughts and is meant to govern thoughts. In your two
meditation practices, allow the word RAHN to take you deep into practice. Feel
the necessity of your own life—its value and its importance. This is something
that you can experience directly. It does not require your evaluation. It does
not require that you consider yourself to be greater than others. It is merely
a profound experience of reality, for your life is necessary. It is necessary
for you. It is necessary for your world. It is necessary for life itself.
174: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: What demonstrates necessity in life? Getting on a plane to go
somewhere is offered in this picture. It does take planning, reservations,
money, purpose and commitment. Travel is sometimes fun, but very often work –
necessary work, for which pay may be inadequate or non-existent. This, the Milan
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.