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 trust my Teachers, who abide with me. Step 254 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I trust my Teachers, who abide with me. Step 254
YOUR TEACHERS, for they are entirely trustworthy. They are here to initiate
Knowledge within you, to remind you of your origin and your destiny and to
guide you in matters great and small. Trust your Teachers. They will not take
the place of your Knowledge but will step back as Knowledge comes forward
within you. Trust your Teachers, for they have already accomplished what you
are now attempting, and they are teaching it to you now so that they may
fulfill their destiny in the world. Trust your Teachers, for they have no goal
or ambition other than Knowledge. Thus, their approach to you is entirely
uniform and honest—without deception, confusion or conflict of mind.
YOU LEARN TO RECEIVE YOUR TEACHERS, you will learn to receive their approach to
life. In this, they will give you harmony, balance, power and direction. You
cannot respond to honesty dishonestly. You must learn to respond to honesty
with honesty. You must learn to respond to direction with a desire for
direction. You must learn to respond to commitment with commitment. Thus, in
your response to your Teachers, you learn how to respond. You learn to value
what is valuable, and you learn to release or overlook what is meaningless.
YOU TRUST YOUR TEACHERS, you will trust yourself. Remember this upon the hour.
In your two times of great refuge and happiness, in meditation, return to your
Teachers whom you now trust. In stillness and in silence they will abide with
you, and you may bathe in the depth of their love. You may experience their
universal affection and receive their grace, which will only stimulate your
Knowledge, for only your Knowledge will be stimulated.
254: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:Teachers abide. In today’s picture you can
decide: are the clouds your Teachers and you the mountains, or is it the other
way around? Maybe you are one of the stalks of grass, or a tree, so the clouds
and/or mountains are your Teachers. This view is from the road west from
Boulder up to Gold Hill, Colorado.
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.