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
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)
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I am born of an Ancient Heritage. Step 186
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
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.
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.
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
“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.
In three days, on July 7, 2016, Students
of Steps to Knowledge can celebrate the tenth anniversary of the July 7, 2006
message – The
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 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.