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 only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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am only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237(MP3)
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am only beginning to comprehend the meaning of my life. Step 237
ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND the meaning of your life. This will naturally
arise in your understanding without your efforts in attempting to conceptualize
it. The meaning and purpose of your life will simply arise and be expressed
today and tomorrow and in the days to come, for Knowledge is that simple and
fundamental. Thus, your intellect can be used to deal with the physical
necessities of your life, the particulars of your life and the mechanism of
your life, for this is the application of the intellect. Yet, the greatness of
Knowledge provides purpose, meaning and direction, which the intellect can
never provide. Therefore, the intellect is a faculty that has a true function
here, for it serves the greatness of Knowledge.
ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND THE MEANING of Knowledge and the nature of
Knowledge. Think not that your conclusions thus far are adequate to your needs,
for you are a beginning student of Knowledge and as a beginning student, you
will not make the mistake of relying upon your assumptions alone. For beginning
students make few assumptions and are eager to learn all that is necessary for
them. Be a beginning student today. Recognize how little you know and how much
you must learn. You have a lifetime to learn this, and yet your lifetime must
be activated and strengthened beyond what you have realized thus far. In time,
the greatness that you carry will express itself through you in actions both
great and small.
IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS where you enter stillness, allow your awareness
of Knowledge to be cultivated further. Attend to your practice like a patient
gardener who does not demand that all plants bear fruit today, but who
understands the seasons of growth and change. Allow yourself to have this
comprehension, for in time you will understand objectively how human beings
develop and grow and what they carry within them. When you leave this world, if
you are successful in cultivating Knowledge and in allowing it to give all of
its gifts into the world, you will then be able to become one of the Teachers
of those who remain behind. In this way, you will fulfill your learning in the
world by contributing all that you have acquired in the world to others. In
this, your gift is fulfilled and theirs is furthered.
ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO COMPREHEND THESE WORDS. Today strengthen your experience
of Knowledge so that the comprehension of these words may deepen within you.
Upon the hour repeat today’s idea so that all of your activities and all of
your engagements, in whatever environment you find yourself, are conducive to
your practice. For there is no event or interaction which Knowledge cannot
bless and harmonize.
237: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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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.