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
All things I truly need will be provided for me. Step 253 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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things I truly need will be provided for me. Step 253
THIS STATEMENT YOU MUST GIVE YOUR COMPLETE FAITH, though your past has been a
record of discouragement and disappointment. Yet, even here you can realize
that those things that you truly needed for the advancement of Knowledge and
for the advancement of your true mental and physical capabilities were provided
THINGS YOU TRULY NEED WILL BE PROVIDED. It is when you want things that you do
not truly need that your awareness of this becomes confused, and this leads you
into dark speculation and grave disappointment. What you need will make you
happy; what you don’t need will make you confused. This is very simple, very
straightforward and very direct. Knowledge is always like that. Knowledge
affirms that which is essential. Here your approach to life becomes simple and
direct. Thus, you experience life as simple and direct.
YOU APPROACH LIFE IN A DEVIOUS WAY, life will appear devious to you. If you
approach life with simplicity and honesty, life will appear simple and honest
to you. Knowledge will indicate that which is truly needed and that which is
extraneous, those things that you must carry and those which are merely extra
baggage that will burden you. If you want what is unnecessary and devote
yourself to that, you will lose touch with what is real and genuine, and your
life will become confused and unhappy.
THESE WORDS UPON THE HOUR AND CONSIDER THEM. Life around you will demonstrate
that they are true. In your deeper meditation practices, enter stillness once
again. Direct your effort on your own behalf, and your mind will respond to
your command. It is your desire for Knowledge that will let all things come to
you. This confidence in life will give you the assurance to proceed. This
confidence in life will give you the assurance that your life is highly valued
in the world. This confidence in life will affirm that which guides life
itself, for within life there is Knowledge and there is fantasy, but life
itself is Knowledge.
253: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
my picture collection, this is the most bleak, harsh landscape I have. The
roads and farm fence lines are visible. It is populated, civilized and
productive – like Wisconsin where I grew up. There are, at the same time, needs
– particularly if you are of a different mind than those around you. So in this
area, the Step must apply: “All things I
truly need will be provided for me”.
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.