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
My anger is unjustified. Step 241 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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anger is unjustified. Step 241 (MP3)
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anger is unjustified. Step 241
IS UNJUSTIFIED, FOR ANGER ALONE is merely your response to your failure to
apply Knowledge. This engenders anger at its very source. But this need not
happen, because anger is a response. As a response it can generate anger in
others and stimulate a violent response internally and externally wherever it
is applied. Knowledge, however, will redirect anger so that it has no
destructive qualities, for what you wish to express is that which fortifies
Knowledge in others. It is the strength of your conviction and not your desire
to hurt yourself or others that is the true efficacy of the emotion that is the
core of anger. Thus, it may be said that your anger is a true communication
that has been distorted by your own projections of blame and fear. Once these
distortions have been cleared away, the true communication that is the seed of
all anger can be expressed. This can only bring about good.
THEN, IS NOT JUSTIFIED, for it is a misinterpretation of a true communication.
Your anger is not justified because anger is born of confusion. Yet, confusion
calls for preparation and the true application of Knowledge. Therefore, the
sinful are not punished but are attended to. The wicked are not sent to hell
but are prepared for Heaven. This is the true nature of God’s purpose in the
world. That is why God can never be angry, because God is not offended. God is
merely applying God to a situation where God has temporarily been forgotten.
THE GREATER SCOPE OF THINGS, even the separation of all individual minds is a
very temporary occurrence. You cannot think yet at this level and will not be
able to do so for a long time, for you must undergo the various stages of
development that integrate your mind into greater and greater experiences of
relationship and life. But as you proceed and as you take each vital step that
expands your horizons, you will begin to understand that anger is unjustified.
It merely represents a failure to apply Knowledge in a particular situation.
This calls for remedy not for condemnation. Here you will realize that your
anger is something to be understood. It is not to be rejected, for if you
reject anger, you also reject the seed of anger, which is true communication.
Therefore, we wish to clean away that which has spoiled your true communication
so that your true communication may shine forth, for true communication always
comes from Knowledge.
OF THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR. In your deeper practice periods, actively engage
your mind in looking at every single thing that you are angry about, from very
tiny things that are specific to things in general that upset or discourage
you. Remind yourself as you review your inventory of anger that your anger is
unjustified. Remind yourself that it calls for the application of Knowledge and
that within each angry experience or feeling that you have, there is a seed
which is true. Therefore, your anger need not be rejected but cleansed, for in
cleansing your anger you will be able to communicate that which you intended to
communicate in the beginning where you initially failed. Then your
self-expression will be complete, and anger will be no more.
241: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Van Eyck square, Bruges, Belgium. This bronze statue was erected in 1878 in
honor of Jan Van Eyck (c.1390 - 1441), who lived and died in Bruges and is
known for his paintings of unprecedented, almost photographic detail. He held
high positions throughout his career, including court painter and diplomat. The
young people might be holding a bit of anger in the year 2009, one year after
the global financial crisis. Steps to Knowledge and this particular Step might
be useful to them.
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.