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 do not understand the world. Step 213 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I do not understand the world. Step 213 (MP3)
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I do not understand the world. Step 213
DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE WORLD. You only entertain judgments about it and then
attempt to understand your judgments. The world will reveal itself to you as
you look without these restraints and limitations. In this, you will find that
your beliefs can become useful in allowing you to take each next step in life.
They need not limit your perception of the universe. You cannot be in the world
without beliefs or assumptions. Yet, your beliefs and assumptions are meant to
be tools to serve your mind, to give it a temporary structure and to allow it
to engage its natural abilities in a positive manner.
DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE WORLD TODAY. Be happy that this is so, for your
condemnation is unfounded. You do not understand the world today. This gives
you an opportunity to witness the world.
THE HOUR REPEAT THIS IDEA as you look upon the world. Remind yourself that you
do not understand what you see, so you are free to look again. If you are not
free to look, it simply means that you are attempting to justify your own
judgments. This is not seeing. This is merely entertaining your own fantasies.
In your two deeper practice periods today, allow your mind to enter stillness,
for without the burden of attempting to justify your fantasies, your mind will
naturally seek its true place in service to Knowledge. You do not understand
the world today, and so you do not understand yourself.
213: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Graffiti – I’ve seen it in every country
I’ve visited. Train cars, as pictured, are a common canvas. It is one of many
things I don’t understand in the world. As artistic expression, it may have
some value, but it seems more anger about the environment young people find
themselves within. Steps practice can help one cope with limitation by finding
meaning, purpose and direction in their lives. This picture from 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
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.