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
Knowledge is more powerful than I realize. Step 195 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Knowledge is more powerful than I realize. Step 195
IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU REALIZE. It is also more wonderful than you realize.
You are as yet afraid of it because of its great power. You are unsure if it
will dominate you or control you, unsure of where it will take you and what you
will have to do and unsure of what the result of all this will be. Yet, as you
go away from Knowledge, you re-enter confusion and the world of imagination. As
you come closer to Knowledge, you enter certainty, confirmation and a world of
reality and purpose. How can you know Knowledge from a distance? How can you
determine its meaning without receiving its gifts?
CLOSE TO KNOWLEDGE TODAY. Allow it to silently abide within you, as you are
learning to silently abide with it. Nothing could be more central to your
natural experience than the experience of Knowledge. Be glad that it is greater
than you realize, for your evaluation has been small. Be glad that you cannot
understand it yet, for your understanding would only limit it and its usefulness
to you. Allow the great to be with you so that your greatness may be
demonstrated and experienced today.
THIS IDEA WITH YOU AND PRACTICE IT UPON THE HOUR. Keep it in mind throughout
the day. In your two longer practice periods, allow yourself to experience the
depth of Knowledge. Feel the power of Knowledge. Strengthen your resolve to do
so. Dedicate your self- discipline, for here self-discipline is wisely
employed. Knowledge is greater than you realize. Therefore, you must learn to
receive its greatness.
195: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: For Step 195, I
looked at all those in my working collection. Thirteen candidate pictures were
selected. The major notion was to depict some aspect of “power,” but none of
the images gave what seemed needed. The church here represents a setting where
an openness to Spirit would be one’s meditative state for the Step's
recognition: “Knowledge is more
powerful than I realize.”
This may not resonate for
some, but I had been amazed by the powerful size of European cathedrals since I
first saw them in the 1970's; this a period when I was agnostic. It seemed to
me it was the power in the spiritual ideas of Jesus that had inspired these great
edifices. In the case of other messengers and the buildings related to their
religions, the feeling has been the same; powerful ideas in earlier times and still
powerful today. This is St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City.
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.