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
Today I will do what is necessary. Step 173 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Today I will do what is necessary. Step 173 (MP3)
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Today I will do what is necessary. Step 173
WHAT IS NECESSARY WILL ENGAGE YOU with vitality in life, for life in the world,
in all its forms, is engaged in what is necessary. This at first seems
oppressive to human beings, for they are accustomed to living in fantasy, where
everything is preferential and nothing is really necessary.
IT IS WHEN SOMETHING IS REALLY NECESSARY IN LIFE, even if it is a dire
circumstance, that people are able to liberate themselves momentarily from
their fantasies and feel purpose, meaning and direction. This, then, is a gift
to humanity, but people usually give themselves this gift only under dire
IS UNDER HAPPIER CIRCUMSTANCES that you must now learn to receive this and
welcome necessity as a saving grace in your life, for you wish to be needed,
you wish to be included, you wish to be vital and you wish to be an essential
part of community. This is all necessary. It is not merely a preference on your
part. It cannot be born of a casual choice but of a deep conviction, for your
greater giving must be born of a deep conviction if it is to be great and
complete. Otherwise, at the sight of the first adversity or disappointment, you
will be cast away and will withdraw back into fantasy and illusion.
THEN, THE NECESSITIES OF THIS DAY. Do small tasks without complaint, for they are
small. Follow your procedure today in preparation, for it is necessary and it
is great. Do not confuse the great and the small, for the small is only to
express the great. Do not try to make the small great or the great small.
Understand their true relationship with one another, for within you is both the
great and the small. Within you, the great wishes to express itself through the
CARRY OUT YOUR MUNDANE ACTIVITIES TODAY. Do what is necessary today. Remind
yourself upon the hour of our idea for today, and give yourself to your
practice so that your day may be a day of giving and receiving. In your deeper
meditation practices, enter into stillness using the word RAHN to take you deep
into meditation. Do this because it is necessary. Do this with necessity and
you will feel the power of your own will.
173: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
crew at work in the city Centre of Brugge, Belgium.
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.