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 part of a Greater Force for good in the world. Step 233 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I am part of a Greater Force for good in the world.
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I am part of a Greater Force for good in the world.
STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE, though from a separated point of view it may be
very difficult to understand. It is not expected that you will understand
today’s idea, but it is given you to experience its power and potency, for
being representative of truth it can lead you to the truth, which is the
experience of Knowledge. This is the greatest possibility for any idea—that it
can be a doorway to Knowledge.
IDEA, THEN, MUST BE APPROACHED PROPERLY. You must realize the limitations of a
separated point of view and not attempt to judge the value of this day’s idea.
You cannot judge it. You can only respond to it or deny it because its truth is
greater than your current interpretation. Recognizing your current limitations
in this regard gives you access to greatness, for without protecting that which
weakens you, you may find your way to that which strengthens you and gives you
purpose, meaning and direction.
ARE PART OF A GREATER FORCE FOR GOOD, for this force is joined and directed by
Knowledge. Knowledge here is beyond what any individual can own. Therefore,
there is no “your” knowledge and “my” knowledge; there is only Knowledge. There
is only your interpretation and my interpretation, and in this there can be
discrepancies, but Knowledge is Knowledge. It leads people together; it takes
people apart. If it is truly comprehended from stillness and objectivity, its
true direction can be discerned and followed.
STRENGTH TODAY AS YOU REPEAT THIS IDEA upon the hour. Know that all of your
efforts on behalf of Knowledge are supplemented by those who practice with
you—those whom you can see and those whom you cannot see. In your deeper
practices allow your own self-discipline, which prepares you to enter into
stillness and peace, to be supplemented as well. Thus, your accomplishment
today will supplement the efforts of all others who practice, those who are
unlearning the false and those who are learning the true along with you.
233: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Living Cosmology
Conference, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT.
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.