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
I am a friend of the world today. Step 260 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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am a friend of the world today. Step 260
ARE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD TODAY, and as you experience this you will experience
the world as a friend to you, for the world can only reflect your purpose as
you express and experience it. Here you will experience a new world with
Knowledge, a world that you had not considered before, a world that you only
momentarily experienced before.
A FRIEND OF THE WORLD TODAY, for you have come to be a friend of the world. The
world is in great need. It is demonstrating great confusion and error, and yet
you have come to be a friend of the world because the world needs your
friendship. In this, you receive a greater reward than anything you could
secure for yourself alone, for anything you secure for yourself alone you must
take from life. Yet, anything you give and receive as a friend to the world,
life gives to you, and it does not lose in the exchange. Then, there is no
guilt in your giving and in your receiving. Here your involvement is wholesome
and clean. With Knowledge this becomes evident and is demonstrated day after
day until you finally learn that it is true without exception.
THE HOUR BE A FRIEND TO THE WORLD. Recognize that all anger comes from
confusion and that Knowledge is emerging now to resolve all confusion. As a
result, your life is now engaged with true resolution and not with compounding
the world’s predicament. Your life is about resolution and not predicament. Be
a friend to the world. In your two deeper practice periods in stillness, give
yourself to being a friend to the world, for this will ease the world’s
confusion. As you learn to give this with Wisdom and discernment, you will
allow the world to become a friend to you, for the world wishes to become your
friend as well.
260: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:Runner on the Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park.
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.