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 gain strength from all who practice with me. Step 212 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I gain strength from all who practice with me. Step
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I gain strength from all who practice with me. Step
DO GAIN STRENGTH FROM ALL WHO PRACTICE WITH YOU, for every mind that attempts
to engage itself with Knowledge strengthens all other minds in doing so as
well. In this, you cast your influence upon the world. In this, all others who
seek to serve a true purpose cast their influence upon you. This counteracts
the ignorant forces of the world. This counteracts the destructive forces in
the world. This casts its influence on all minds to begin to awaken.
FAITH FROM TODAY’S IDEA, then, for faith it will give you as you realize that
your own application is so greatly supplemented by the application of others.
This will transcend any sense of inadequacy that you may have. This will help
you overcome any sense of ambivalence regarding true preparation, for all other
minds that are engaged in the reclamation of Knowledge are available to assist
you here and now.
GREATNESS IS WITH YOU, the greatness of Knowledge and the greatness of all
those who seek to reclaim Knowledge. With them you share a true purpose, for
your true purpose is to keep Knowledge alive in the world. From Knowledge all
things of good, whether they be of a spiritual or material nature, are bestowed
upon the races for whom they are intended.
THE HOUR REPEAT TODAY’S IDEA, and in your deeper practice periods attempt to
receive the influence of all who are attempting to reclaim Knowledge. Allow
their gift to enter into your mind so that you may experience true appreciation
for life and begin to understand the meaning and efficacy of your own efforts
as a student of Knowledge.
212: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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.