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 a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds. Step 187 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I am a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds.
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I am a citizen of the Greater Community of Worlds.
ARE NOT MERELY A HUMAN BEING in this one world. You are a citizen of the Greater
Community of Worlds. This is the physical universe that you recognize through
your senses. It is far greater than you can now comprehend. The extent of its
relationships are far greater than you can even imagine, for reality is always
greater than imagination.
ARE A CITIZEN OF A GREATER PHYSICAL UNIVERSE. This acknowledges not only your
Lineage and your Heritage but also your purpose in life at this time, for the
world of humanity is growing into the life of the Greater Community of Worlds.
This is known to you, though your beliefs may not yet account for it.
UPON THE HOUR, affirm your citizenship in the Greater Community of Worlds, for
this affirms a greater life that you are now beginning to discover. In your two
meditation practices, once again enter stillness and quietude. This growing
experience of stillness will enable you to understand all things, for your mind
was created to assimilate Knowledge, and this is how understanding comes about.
The accumulation of ideas and the accumulation of theories do not constitute
either Knowledge or understanding, for understanding is born of true affinity
and experience. In this, it has no parallel in the world and can thus serve the
world that you perceive.
187: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: “You are a citizen of the
Greater Community of Worlds.” This is a claim that
might take one a while to recognize, but the truth has a certain inevitability
once the mind can envision the context.
Picture:As citizens of the Greater Community we should be able to travel
about in the sky in some craft that isn’t as boring as a conventional airplane
or noisy helicopter. We might then observe the world below somewhat like
today’s picture shows. Not a simulation, this is a pod of the London Eye in 2009.
In two days, July 7, 2016, Students of
Steps to Knowledge will 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 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.