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
How can I judge myself when I do not know who I am? Step 262 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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can I judge myself when I do not know who I am? Step 262 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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can I judge myself when I do not know who I am? Step 262
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE, you can only judge what you think you are. Your
thoughts about yourself are largely based upon your expectations and
disappointments. It is very difficult to observe yourself from within your
personal mind, for your personal mind is made up of your personal thoughts,
which are not born of Knowledge. To view yourself with Knowledge, you must be
in relationship with Knowledge. This will lead you to experience yourself in an
entirely new way. This experience must be repeated and expressed over and over
again, in many, many situations. Then, you will begin to get a real sense and
experience of who you are. This sense and experience will not be born of
condemnation and unforgiveness, for only your idea of yourself can be
disappointed. Life will disappoint you in this way, for life can only fulfill
you according to your true nature and True Self. To realize this means you have
realized the value and meaning of life and your inclusion in it. This requires
discernment. This requires Wisdom. This requires a step-by-step preparation.
This requires patience and tolerance. This requires that you learn to use your
experience for good not for ill.
YOUR CONDEMNATION OF YOURSELF IS UNFOUNDED. It is based merely on assumptions.
Remember this upon the hour and consider it in light of all the events this
day, which will teach you the meaning of today’s lesson. In your two longer
practice periods, once again engage your mind actively in attempting to
comprehend the meaning of today’s lesson.
YOU PENETRATE YOUR OWN SELF-JUDGMENT, realize it is born of your fear and based
upon assumption. If you realize you don’t know who you are and you are
completely confused about this, then you will place yourself in a position to
become a true student of Knowledge. You will put yourself in a position to
learn all things rather than attempting to defend your assumptions. This
represents your studenthood. Your function in life now is to be a student of
Knowledge. Use your mind purposefully today. Use your mind objectively. Use
your mind to realize what you do not know and all that you need to know. Use
your mind to appreciate and to utilize the steps that are being given to you
now for you to reclaim Knowledge in the world.
262: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
individual in a passageway at an old steel mill site near Beijing –lost or just
out of place?
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.