I am born of an Ancient Heritage. Step 186 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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I am born of an Ancient Heritage. Step 186 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

I am born of an Ancient Heritage. Step 186
YOU ARE BORN OF AN ANCIENT HERITAGE. This will arise in your mind naturally, though it is beyond words and beyond description. In essence it is a pure experience of life and inclusion. What is remembered in this experience are those relationships that you have cultivated thus far in your evolution up until this time. Only the reclamation of relationships can be carried forward beyond your life in this world. The individuals that you have reclaimed unto yourself as your Spiritual Family now exist as your Spiritual Family. They form the growing body of Knowledge and inclusion in life which you are now capable of experiencing.

YOU ARE HERE TO SERVE YOUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY, your small learning group that have been working together through many ages and circumstances in order to cultivate and advance their members so that your group may join with other groups, and so forth. Like streams joining together into greater and greater bodies of moving water, you follow your inevitable course to the source of your life. This is the natural way, the genuine way, the way that exists beyond all speculation and philosophy, beyond all the fears and ambitions of humanity. This is the way of things—forever mysterious, beyond your comprehension and yet fully available to serve you in the immediate circumstances of your life. Such is the greatness of the mystery of your life, and such is its application in even the smallest detail of your life. Thus, your life here is complete.

YOU ARE BORN OF A GREAT HERITAGE. Thus, greatness is with you because of your relationships. Receive this Heritage in stillness in your two deep meditation practices today and acknowledge it upon the hour. Allow this day to demonstrate both the reality and the denial of this great truth, for as you see the world in its denial attempting to act out the substitutes for Knowledge, you will learn to value Knowledge and to realize that Knowledge is here already.

PRACTICE 186: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

There is quite a bit of information in this Step. Depending upon your spiritual journey to this point, you may or may not have entertained the idea of Spiritual Families. Now you will.
Picture:  What is “Ancient”? This picture is from 2004 where I was at the dedication of a school that had been converted to a county office building. What struck me about this cornerstone was the date: A.L. 5934. The A.D. dates commemorated the school’s building dates; 1934 the original and 1958 rebuilding. My initial thought was that the A.L. date had something to do with the computed date for the beginning of creation based on the history in the Old Testament.
 That turned out to be true. AL is the abbreviation of the Latin words anno Lucis, meaning "in the year of light." The link gives rest of the story. What is ancient? For teenagers it applies to anyone over age 30.

Plan B - If the MP3 doesn’t work, here’s the link to the folder:  New Message - Student Spoken Steps Recordings - Steps to Knowledge - Working file

Special Announcement

In three days, on July 7, 2016, Students of Steps to Knowledge can celebrate the tenth anniversary of the July 7, 2006 message – The Proclamation.

Like Steps to Knowledge and the Continuation Training, The Proclamation was received by Marshall Vian Summers. It has been combined with other messages to create the book – God Has Spoken Again, published in 2015. It is the first chapter of book one of Volume 1, which as compiled, will be the complete New Message From God. The Steps books are part of Volume 3. All this can be experienced by going to the links provided.

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 Spiritualityand 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 co-RAHM)

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.