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
The Greater Community is influencing the world I see. Step 203 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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The Greater Community is influencing the world I
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The Greater Community is influencing the world I
see. Step 203
YOU CAN ACCEPT THAT YOUR WORLD IS PART of a Greater Community, which is simply
obvious if you will look, then you must accept that the world is being
influenced by the Greater Community, for the world is part of a Greater Community
and cannot be independent of it. How the Greater Community is influencing your
world is beyond your current ability to comprehend. But to understand that the
world is being influenced allows you to view it from a greater perspective,
which from a purely human viewpoint you would not be able to accomplish, for a
purely human viewpoint does not allow for other intelligent life to exist. The
absurdity of this point of view becomes quite evident as you begin to look at
the universe objectively. This will inspire in you wonder, greater interest and
caution as well. This is very important because the world is being influenced
by the Greater Community, and you are part of the world that is being
THE PHYSICAL WORLD THAT YOU LIVE IN is being influenced by greater physical
forces beyond your visual range, so the world mentally is being influenced by
intelligent life that is engaged with your world. This intelligent life
represents forces for good and forces for ignorance as well. In this, you must
come to comprehend a fundamental truth: Weaker minds are influenced by stronger
minds. This is true in your world and in all worlds. Beyond the physical, this
does not hold true, but in physical life this is the case. That is why you are
engaged now in making your mind strong and learning to respond to Knowledge,
which represents the force for good everywhere in the universe. As you become
stronger, you come to understand and comprehend more and more. Thus, your mind
must be cultivated in Knowledge to become stronger so that it may serve a true
UPON THE HOUR, repeat the idea for the day and in your two deeper practice
periods, attempt to concentrate on the words that we are giving you here. Use
your mind actively. Do not allow it to stray and find refuge in meaningless or
little things. Think of the greatness of these ideas, but do not consider them
fearfully, for fear is not called for. What is called for is objectivity so
that you may comprehend the greatness of your world, your universe and your
opportunity within it.
203: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
City of Austin as viewed from its space needle.
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.