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
There is a Spiritual Presence in my life. Step 216 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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There is a Spiritual Presence in my life. Step 216
SPIRITUAL PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE is ever with you, ever available to you and
ever reminding you to look beyond your own judgments. It is forever providing
for you the support, the assistance and the guidance necessary to minimize the
wrong application of your mind and to strengthen the right application of your
mind to allow Knowledge to arise within you.
ARE NOW LEARNING TO RECEIVE and to respect this Spiritual Presence, and in time
you will realize its great importance to you and to the world. This will
generate greatness and humility all at once within you, for you will realize
that you are not the source of your greatness, but the vehicle for its
expression. This will keep you in true proportion and relationship to that
which you serve. In relationship you receive all of the benefits of that which
you claim to be your own. And yet, with Knowledge you will not become
self-aggrandized because you will realize your own limitations and the depth of
your own need for Knowledge. With this understanding, you will realize and
accept the source of life. With this, you will realize that you are in the
world to serve Knowledge and that the world is meant to be the recipient of
IS A SPIRITUAL PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE. Feel this upon the hour as you repeat
today’s idea. In your two deeper practice periods enter deeply into this
Presence, for this Presence is most assuredly with you and wishes to give
itself to you this day.
216: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
Note: “There is a Spiritual Presence
in your life.”
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.