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
My Teachers hold the memory of my Ancient Home for me. Step 273 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My Teachers hold the memory of my Ancient Home for
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My Teachers hold the memory of my Ancient Home for
me. Step 273
TEACHERS REPRESENT YOUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY that are beyond the world. They hold
the memory of your origin and your destiny for you, which you must learn to
realize through your experience in the world. They have traveled the ways of
the world. They know of its opportunities and its difficulties. They know of
the possible errors that you can commit, and they are aware of the errors you
have committed already. They are fully prepared to guide you. They have the
Wisdom and the accomplishment to do so.
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEIR VALUE to you and always remember that they are
present in your life to initiate you into Knowledge. They wish for you to
become strong in Knowledge, eventually as strong as they have become. Thus,
they serve your greatest need and purpose, and you must follow them, receive
them and honor their presence, as a student honors a teacher. This will allow
you to receive their gifts completely and will free you from any false
associations you may make with them. This is a very responsible relationship,
and you will mature within it.
THEN, THE PRESENCE OF YOUR TEACHERS. Accept it upon the hour as you remind
yourself that they are with you, and accept it in your two deeper meditation
practices as you open yourself to receive them. This is a great opportunity for
Knowledge. Your Teachers will initiate you into Knowledge, for they can only be
known. Your images or concepts regarding them are relatively meaningless,
except in that they might limit your approach. You must experience your
Teachers’ essence, which is their presence, to fully know them. And you will
find out from this experience, as it develops, that this is how you can
experience life as a whole.
YOUR SENSES WILL PERCEIVE the form of things, your heart will experience the
essence of things, and this is how things will become known. Once they are
known, you will realize how you are to participate with them. Thus, all your
faculties of mind will be utilized for one great purpose, for Knowledge will
utilize all your faculties and the faculties of the world for the redemption of
the world, which is the redemption of Knowledge within the world.
273: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
view mirror catching winter sunset; a fading memory.
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.