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 great friends beyond this world. Step 211 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I have great friends beyond this world. Step 211
HAVE GREAT FRIENDS BEYOND THIS WORLD. That is why humanity is seeking to enter
into the Greater Community because the Greater Community represents a broader
range of its true relationships. You have true friends beyond the world because
you are not alone in the world and you are not alone in the Greater Community
of Worlds. You have friends beyond this world because your Spiritual Family has
its representatives everywhere. You have friends beyond this world because you
are working not merely on the evolution of your world but on the evolution of
the universe as well. Beyond your imagination, beyond your conceptual
capabilities, this is most certainly true.
THEN, THE GREATNESS OF THE UNIVERSE in which you live. Feel, then, the
opportunity you have to serve the Greater Community of which your world is a
part. You serve your great friends within the world and your friends beyond,
for the work of Knowledge goes on everywhere. It is the attraction of God. It
is the application of good. It is the force that redeems all separated minds
and gives purpose, meaning and direction to the universe. Regardless of the
mechanism of physical life, its value is determined by its origin and its
destiny, both of which are beyond your comprehension. Realizing that Knowledge
is the means that propels the world in its true direction, you can then value
and receive that which gives your life purpose, meaning and direction.
THE HOUR TODAY consider that you have friends beyond this world, both in other
worlds and beyond the visible as well. Consider that you have this greater
association. In your two deeper practice periods today, allow your mind to
enter stillness so that such things may be experienced. Do not dwell upon them
in your imagination, but allow instead for your mind to become still so that it
may bestow Knowledge into your awareness and experience. You have friends
beyond this world, and they are practicing with you today.
211: 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
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.