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 have come to teach in the world. Step 259 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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have come to teach in the world. Step 259 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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have come to teach in the world. Step 259
HAVE COME TO TEACH. All you have been doing is teaching since you arrived here.
Your thoughts and your behavior are the vehicles for teaching. Even as a little
child you taught and delighted and frustrated those who loved you. Throughout
every stage of your life you have taught, for teaching is the natural function
of demonstrating life. Thus, you naturally have a teaching function. Even if
you do not carry this out in any formal sense with people, your life is a
demonstration and, therefore, a form of teaching.
IS WHY AS YOUR LIFE BECOMES ALLIED with Knowledge and expressive of Knowledge,
your life will become the teaching itself. Then, in whatever avenue you are
directed to choose for your self-expression, which will be genuine according to
your nature, you will be able to express your teaching in gestures great and
small, in words and without words and in accomplishments in every avenue and
walk of life because you have come to the world to teach. The world can only
teach you that you need to teach the truth. That is the world’s teaching to
you. It teaches you of the great need for Knowledge, and it teaches you of the
presence of Knowledge. Thus, the world serves and supports your true function,
as you serve and support the true function of life.
THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR. In your two deeper meditation practices give yourself
to thinking of this very, very carefully. These are practices of mental
engagement now. Think of the meaning of today’s idea. Realize that you have
always been teaching through demonstration. Think of what you want to teach
with your life and think of what you want to fortify with your life. Think of
what you want to give and think of what the world has given to you to stimulate
this true desire. All these things will generate right thinking and right
action, and through right thinking and right action Knowledge will flow
effortlessly through you to bless life around you and to bring purpose, meaning
and direction to your relationships.
259: 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.