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 Teachers are with me. I am not alone. Step 215 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My Teachers are with me. I am not alone. Step 215 (MP3)
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My Teachers are with me. I am not alone. Step 215
TEACHERS ARE WITH YOU, in the background. They are very careful not to extend
their influence upon you too strongly, for you are not yet capable to receive
this and to utilize it on your own behalf. Realize, then, that you travel
through life with great assistance, for your Teachers are with you to help you
to realize and to cultivate Knowledge.
THEY MUST HELP YOU TO REALIZE YOUR NEED for Knowledge, for your need for
Knowledge must be fully established before you can engage in the reclamation of
Knowledge. You must realize that without Knowledge life is hopeless, for you
are without purpose, meaning and direction. Then only your errors can teach
you, and only they can support your unforgiveness.
THE FAILURE OF YOUR OWN IDEAS to be a substitute for Knowledge, you can then
turn to Knowledge and become the happy recipient of its true gifts. Here all
things that you have truly sought will be meaningfully satisfied. Here you will
have a true foundation in life. Here Heaven and Earth will come together within
you and all separation will end. Here you can accept the limitations of your
physical existence and the greatness of your spiritual life. Turning to
Knowledge, therefore, is of the greatest benefit for you.
YOURSELF OF THIS IDEA upon the hour, and in your two deeper practices today,
enter stillness, using the word RAHN if it helps you. Be happy today that you
can receive that which frees you.
215: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Angels, Saints, guiding spirits, thought-adjusters, …Teachers with me? Human
artists have pictured them to help us. Center of this picture, “Saint Francis
of Assisi in His Tomb” by Francisco de Zurbarán at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Maybe we are in the other room.
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.