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 have come into the world for a purpose. Step 185 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I have come into the world for a purpose. Step 185 (MP3)
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I have come into the world for a purpose. Step 185
WE AFFIRM THIS GREAT TRUTH, which in your Knowledge you will know to be true.
Regardless of your current stage of personal development, the reality of your
purpose in life remains true. Therefore, from time to time we repeat certain
lessons that are essential for your well-being and development. We give them
different wording from time to time so that you may have a greater and greater
experience of them. In this way, they may find their way into your heart so
that your heart may find its way into your consciousness.
ARE HERE TO SERVE. You are here to give. You are here because you are rich with
Knowledge. Regardless of your circumstance in life, your own sense of poverty
will be banished forever as Knowledge arises within you, for there can be no
sense of deprivation when Knowledge is being experienced and expressed. This is
the promise of this program of preparation. This is the promise of your life.
This is your destiny and your mission here. From this, your specific calling in
the world will be given to you. It will be quite specific to your activities
and behavior. Before this can happen, your mind must be cultivated, and your life
must be rearranged and brought into genuine balance so that it may reflect your
Knowledge and not your fears and wishes only. A greater life must come from a
Greater Source within you. A greater life is made possible for you now.
ARE HERE TO SERVE, but to serve you must receive. In your longer practice
periods today, practice receptivity. Go deeper in your practice of stillness.
Cultivate this practice. You are now learning the specific skills that will
help you to do this. When your will is being experienced, the methods will
follow naturally. We give only so much methodology as is necessary to aim your
mind in the proper direction. From here you can refine your practice to meet
your needs without betraying the instructions that are given in this course.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS that are given and make minor adjustments as necessary.
When you learn to work with your nature, you will learn to utilize it on your
own behalf. Practice upon the hour so that your practice may go with you everywhere
and so that everything that happens to you today may be a part of your
185: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note: “You are here to serve. You are here to give. You are here
because you are rich with Knowledge.”
Picture:The picture offered for this step is what? A parent and child
seems the simplest description. A parent is mother or father; a child – boy or
girl. “I have come into the world for a purpose.” Depending upon the life stage, the “I”
is a child, a parent, or both. In this picture, the relationship between the
two feels strong.
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.