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 do not need to be special to give. Step 243 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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do not need to be special to give. Step 243 (MP3)
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do not need to be special to give. Step 243
ATTEMPT TO BE SPECIAL UNDERLIES ALL HUMAN AMBITION. All human ambition that is
not born of Knowledge is born of the attempt to offset the grave disappointment
and great anxiety of separation. The attempt to be special is the attempt to
fortify separation. It is the attempt to make yourself greater at the expense
of others. It always denies life and Knowledge and always leads to greater
confusion, frustration and despair.
ARE FREED THIS DAY FROM ATTEMPTING to make yourself special, for in this way you
will find the true relief that you have sought in all of your previous
endeavors. What is special in you is your unique form of expression of that
which is inherent in all life. Then, that which joins life and is life is
affirmed. Your individuality is affirmed as well, but not to the exclusion of
the value of any other expression of life. Here you are not special. You are
simply you. You are greater than an individual because you are part of life,
and yet you are an individual because you express life individually. Here all
conflict and confusion end. That which is limited expresses that which is
unlimited, and that which is unique expresses that which is inherent and
intrinsic. This is the resolution that you seek, for you do not really wish to
be special. You only wish to have your individual life have purpose, meaning
THE HOUR THINK OF THIS after you repeat the idea for today. In your deeper
practices, enter into stillness and peace once again. Do not petition for
answers because you do not need to do this in your meditation practices. Your
time now is to practice receiving Knowledge, in which your individuality is
honored and confirmed for its true purpose and in which your specialness, which
has only been a grave and impossible burden for you, is gently lifted from your
shoulders. Do not seek to be special today, for that is not the purpose of your
life. Then, all fear of death and destruction will leave you. Then, all
judgment and comparison with others will leave you. Then, you will be able to
honor life and honor your relationships, which are an expression of everything
today’s lesson will teach you.
243: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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.