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
With Knowledge I am free in the world. Step 167 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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With Knowledge I am free in the world. Step 167
KNOWLEDGE YOU ARE FREE IN THE WORLD. You are free to join. You are free to
leave. You are free to make agreements. You are free to complete and change
agreements. You are free to surrender yourself. You are free to extricate
yourself. In Knowledge you are free.
ORDER FOR YOU TO COMPREHEND THE TRUE MEANING of this and to realize its
immediate value to you in your current circumstances, you must understand that you
cannot use Knowledge to fulfill yourself. That must be a tacit understanding.
Never lose sight of this, for if you think you are using Knowledge to fulfill
yourself, you will misinterpret Knowledge and will not experience it. You will
merely attempt to fortify your illusions and your attempts at escape. This can
only darken the clouds that are now cast over you. This can only disappoint you
as a form of temporary stimulation and compound your sense of isolation and
YOU ARE FREE. There is no restraint now, for Knowledge will merely give you
where you are intended to be given and express itself through you where it is
intended to be expressed. This will free you from all inappropriate
involvements and engagements and will lead you to those individuals who are
waiting for you. This will lead you to those circumstances that are for your
greatest benefit and for the benefit of others who are involved. Here Knowledge
is the guide. Here you are the recipient. Here you are the contributor. There
is no greater freedom than this, for in this you are free.
YOURSELF OF THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR, and in your two deeper meditation
practices, once again enter into stillness and silence. Once again allow your
mind to be quiet, for in this you are free. Prepare yourself for your practices
by repeating the idea and dedicating yourself to your practice. Without your
domination, your mind will be free and will experience its own depth in
167: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
The word “tacit” is used in
this Step: “…you cannot use Knowledge to fulfill yourself. That must be a tacit
understanding.” What does tacit
mean? In Wikipedia we find “tacit knowledge.”
Picture:A walk on the
beach - Venice, California - in February.
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.