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 calling in life requires the development of others. Step 232 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My calling in life requires the development of
others. Step 232 (MP3) [Open
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My calling in life requires the development of
others. Step 232
YOUR CALLING TO EMERGE IN YOUR LIFE, it is not merely your own development that
is essential, but the development of others with whom you will be directly
engaged. Because your purpose in life involves your engagement with others, it
is not a singular pursuit. It is not an individual fulfillment. In reality,
there is no individual who is completely separate from other individuals
because individuality has meaning only in terms of expressing that which binds
and joins all life.
THIS DAY DEVELOP THE WISDOM and the understanding that your true accomplishment
is dependent upon the accomplishment of others as well. Think not that you know
who all these others are, for you have not met them all yet. Some are in this
world, and some are beyond the world. They may not be in your personal sphere
THEN, CAN YOU PROCEED when your accomplishment is partially dependent upon
others? You proceed by giving yourself to your preparation. The power of doing
this will strengthen those with whom you will be engaged in your life’s
calling. Because your application strengthens one another, you are already in
relationship; you are already influencing one another. The closer you come to
that point where Knowledge emerges, the closer they will come as well. The more
you hold yourself back, the more you hold them back. You cannot see the
mechanism for this while you are in the world, for you must be beyond the world
to see how this works. But you can understand the idea that all minds influence
each other, particularly those minds that are meant to be engaged specifically
with one another in life.
YOUR ADVANCEMENT IS DEPENDENT upon your own efforts and the efforts of others.
Yet, the efforts of others are supplemented and strengthened by your own
efforts. Therefore, your achievement is very much given to you to accomplish,
and yet your achievement will join you with life and will deepen the content
and experience of relationship beyond what you were formerly able to experience.
YOUR HOURLY REMEMBRANCES and in your longer meditations in stillness today,
allow your efforts to supplement the efforts of others, which will supplement
your efforts. Allow the combination of your mutual dedication, then, to be a
source of strength which you will experience this day and which will be
experienced by those whom you have not yet met in this life.
232: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Castle entrance, city of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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.