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 am honored when others are strong. Step 244 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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am honored when others are strong. Step 244 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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am honored when others are strong. Step 244
YOU ARE STRONG, OTHERS ARE HONORED. When they are strong, you are honored. In
this way, Knowledge affirms itself in the world, where Knowledge has been
forgotten. Knowledge need only be affirmed through experience and expression to
be given to others. Your greatest teaching in this life is the contribution of
your life as it is demonstrated to others. Indeed, this is your greatest gift
to yourself, for as your life is demonstrated in its value to you, your
estimation of yourself will be redeemed, and you will understand your true
value in proportion to life itself.
WHEN OTHERS ARE STRONG, you are honored. In this way, you will not seek to
belittle another to strengthen yourself. You will not seek to affirm your
advantage based upon another’s disadvantage. In this way, no guilt will attend
your accomplishment, for no one has been betrayed as you seek to gain
experience and advancement in life.
LESSON FOR TODAY IS VERY DEEP and will require much consideration. Upon the
hour repeat the idea for today and give it serious consideration in every
circumstance in which you find yourself. In your deeper practices today, enter
stillness and silence. Allow yourself this gift because the idea for today is
very simple and very true. It is in no way complex, though it will require
serious consideration, for you are far too used to entertaining only things of
superficial value. Throughout our training together in these days, weeks and
months, you are learning to engage your mind to recognize what is obvious and
apparent, but which has not yet been apparent to you who have entertained
yourself with shallow things.
TODAY LET THIS TIME BE GIVEN TO KNOWLEDGE. Let this time be given to that which
strengthens you and all other individuals in the universe. When others are
strong, you are honored. In this, all separation ends, and true giving becomes
244:Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture:South Fork - Shenandoah River bridge building, Front Royal, Virginia.
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.