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 understand myself. Step 214 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I do not understand myself. Step 214 (MP3)
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I do not understand myself. Step 214
IS NOT A STATEMENT OF FAILURE OR LIMITATION. It is simply a statement to
liberate you from your own impediments. How can you possibly understand
yourself if Knowledge is not revealing all things to you? How can you possibly
understand the world when Knowledge is not revealing the world to you? This is
pure experience, beyond all concepts and beliefs, for concepts and beliefs can
only follow the experience and attempt to provide a structure where the
experience can arise again. In no way can beliefs, assumptions or ideas
possibly imitate Knowledge itself.
COURSE YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOURSELF or the world, for you only understand
your ideas, and they are not eternal. Therefore, they cannot provide a solid
foundation upon which you must learn to stand. Thus, they can only fail and
deceive you if you rely upon them instead of Knowledge to reveal yourself and
the world to you.
THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that you do not understand yourself. Free yourself
from the burden of justifying your own judgments. Look upon yourself in your
deeper meditation practices and remind yourself that you do not understand
yourself. Now you are free to enter into stillness, for you are not attempting
to use your experience to justify your fantasies about yourself. Here your mind
becomes free to be itself, and you become free to appreciate yourself.
214: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
may not understand myself, but I am keeping a journal and doing my Steps daily,
as the pile on the nightstand shows in this 2009 picture from London.
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 no-VAHR-ay
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.