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
Alone I can do nothing. Step 249 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I can do nothing.Step 249
YOU CAN DO NOTHING, for nothing in life is done alone. This is so very obvious
if you simply observe the activity around you. No one is doing anything alone.
This is so very true; it cannot be denied if you look upon the world honestly.
Even if you were alone on a mountaintop without another soul in sight, you
would not be alone, for your Teachers would be with you, and everything that
you would accomplish there would be a joint effort, as everything that you
accomplish with other people is a joint effort. This affirms the intrinsic
nature of relationships and gives complete evidence to the fact that nothing
can be done alone. In this, you must learn to value your relationships, for
they are the vehicles for accomplishment in all areas and in all avenues of
WE EMPHASIZE THE VALUE of your relationships to you who now seek to reclaim
Knowledge. These relationships must be imbued with the Knowledge that you are
reclaiming. Then they will have the stability, the efficacy and the grace that
Knowledge contains for you. For only relationships based upon Knowledge can
carry the Wisdom that Knowledge will exert within the world. Relationships
based upon personal attraction or personal fantasy do not have the foundation
to carry Knowledge and will fail abruptly in the presence of the demands and
requirements of a true life.
AS YOU RECLAIM KNOWLEDGE, you also learn the lessons of relationships. Remind
yourself of this upon the hour and witness the obviousness of today’s lesson in
whatever context you find yourself. If you look, you will see that nothing can
be done alone—on any level, in any avenue. Nothing can be done alone. There is
no individual creativity. There is no individual contribution. There is no
individual invention. The only thing that can be made alone is fantasy, and in
this a great deal has been produced. But even this is shared and fortified as
each individual fortifies it within his or her own imagination. Therefore, even
illusion is shared and substantiated through relationship. Nothing can be done
alone. Even illusion cannot be done alone. There is no escape from this. Yet,
the fact that there is no escape from life is the true promise of your
redemption, for here life will redeem you, and all that you have brought into
the world will be
activated and contributed.
YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, bring yourself to Knowledge and bring
yourself to your Teachers in stillness and humility. Realize that you can do
nothing alone. Even your attempt to discipline your mind and to prepare
yourself for meditation is something you share with others who are practicing
and with your Teachers as well. All power of God can be expressed through you,
for nothing can be done alone.
249: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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.