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
The world is poor, but I am not. Step 160 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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world is poor, but I am not. Step 160 (MP3)
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world is poor, but I am not. Step 160
WORLD IS POOR, BUT YOU ARE NOT POOR. Regardless of your circumstances, this is
true because you are reclaiming the wealth of Knowledge. Understand, then, the
meaning of impoverishment. Understand, then, the meaning of wealth. Do not
think that those who possess more objects than you are in any way wealthier
than you are, for without Knowledge they are impoverished and will acquire
things only to offset their misery and uncertainty. Thus, their impoverishment
is compounded by their acquisition.
WORLD IS POOR, BUT YOU ARE NOT, for you have brought Knowledge with you into
the world where Knowledge has been forgotten and denied. Thus, in the
reclamation of your own wealth, the world will reclaim its wealth as well, for
you shall stimulate Knowledge in all, and their wealth will begin to reveal
itself in your presence and in the presence of Knowledge which guides you.
DO NOT ASK ANYTHING OF THE WORLD save what few material things you need to
fulfill your function. This is a small request in light of what you have come
to give. And if your demands are not in excess of what you need, the world will
gladly render them to you in exchange for a greater gift which you possess.
THE IDEA FOR THE DAY UPON EACH HOUR. Do not let any hour pass without this
recognition. Strengthen your resolution to use each practice in all
circumstances of the day so that your life may be meaningful in all of its
events. In your two longer practice periods today, enter into stillness and
peace to learn more of the wealth that you possess.
160:Two 30-minute practice periods.
Today’s practice says:“In your two longer practice periods today, enter into stillness and
peace to learn more of the wealth that you possess.” In time, this becomes a practice that can be done whenever
needed. Sometimes it will occur spontaneously.
Picture:It is not too difficult to find a picture that shows part of the
world being “poor”. This is a building along a railroad line in Italy near
Milan. The rails look new, but this perhaps old station building is on the
decline and showing graffiti which is very common in urban environments; that a
sign of poverty as well when people deface their own environment. Understanding
the poverty and wealth of the world is what will be an outcome for Steps
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.