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 mission is great. Step 166 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
My mission is great. Step 166 Therefore I am free to
do small things. (MP3)
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My mission is great. Step 166
IS ONLY IN YOUR GRANDIOSE IDEAS, which are a cover for fear, anxiety and
despair, that you would avoid the small things that are required of you to do
in the world. Again, do not confuse the greatness of your mission with the
smallness of your duties. Greatness expresses itself in the smallest thing, in
the tiniest action, in the most fleeting thought, in the simplest gesture and
in the most mundane circumstances. Thus, maintain your small actions in the
world so that Knowledge in time may express itself through them. Actions in the
world are small in contrast to the greatness of Knowledge. Prior to your
preparation, the world was considered great and Knowledge small, but you are
now learning that the opposite is true—that Knowledge is great and the world is
small. This also means that your activities in the world are small, but they
are vehicles through which Knowledge may express itself.
BE CONTENT DOING SMALL THINGS IN THE WORLD. Be simple and humble in the world
so that greatness may flow through you without obstruction.
PRACTICE WILL REQUIRE REPETITION upon the hour and deep consideration in your
two longer practice periods, where you will engage your mind actively in comprehending
the meaning of today’s idea. Use your mind for investigation. Allow yourself to
consider these things. Do not rely on conclusions but continue your
exploration. This is the right use of your mind which will lead you to a
greater understanding. Here the mind is not merely weaving visions and
illusions to take itself away from its own anxiety. Here the mind is examining
its own content. Here the mind is working on behalf of Knowledge, as it was
intended to do.
166: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
the right edge of the picture, the student, here a worker at the Getty Center
in Los Angeles, California, is doing something small, perhaps aware of a
mission as great as this grand columned space.
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.