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
My life in this world is more important than I had realized before. Step 188 - Steps to Knowledge - 10th anniversary of the July 2006 message – The Proclamation
Greetings All –
My life in this world is more important than I had
realized before. Step 188 (MP3)
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My life in this world is more important than I had
realized before. Step 188
THIS A GRANDIOSE IDEA? No, it is not. Does this idea betray your need for
humility? No, it does not. You are here for a greater purpose than you have
imagined, for your imagination does not contain the meaning of your purpose in
life. In life there is only purpose and all the things that are substitutes for
this purpose, which are born of fearful imagination. You are here to live a
greater life than you have yet realized, and this greatness is what you carry
within you. It may be expressed in the simplest of lifestyles and in the
simplest of activities. Activities are great because of the essence that they
convey, not because of the stimulation that they may arouse in other people.
THIS DISTINCTION VERY CAREFULLY, and you will begin to learn to discern
greatness from smallness and to learn how smallness can serve greatness. This
will integrate every aspect of yourself, for part of you is great and part of
you is small. Your personal mind and your physical body are small and are meant
to serve the greatness of Knowledge. This integrates you. This is what
integrates life as well. There is no inequality here, for everything is working
together to serve a greater purpose, which you have come to serve.
YOUR LONGER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, engage your mind actively in attempting to
understand these things. Your understanding will be born of your investigation,
not merely of ideas that you find self-comforting or personally agreeable. Use
your mind to investigate. With eyes closed, think on these things. Concentrate
very carefully, and when your concentration comes to an end, release all ideas
and enter into stillness and silence. Thus, the mind is purposefully engaged,
and then it is brought into stillness. These are the two functions of the mind,
which you will be practicing today.
YOURSELF OF YOUR PRACTICE upon the hour and utilize this day for your
development, which is your gift to the world.
188: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Note:“Your personal mind and your physical body are small and are meant to
serve the greatness of Knowledge. This integrates you. This is what integrates
life as well.”
the terminal waiting to travel on Spirit.
July 7, 2016, Students of Steps to Knowledge celebrate the tenth anniversary of
the July 7, 2006 message – The
Steps to Knowledge and the Continuation Training, The Proclamation was received
by Marshall Vian Summers. It has been combined with other messages to create
the book – God
Has Spoken Again, published in 2015. It is the first
chapter of book one of Volume 1, which as compiled, will be the complete New
Message From God. The Steps books are part of Volume 3.
All this can be experienced by going to the links provided.
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.