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
Review … a confirmation of the presence of Knowledge in your life. Step 252 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Review … a confirmation of the presence of
Knowledge in your life. Step 252 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy
to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
LET YOUR REVIEW OF EACH LESSON in the past two weeks
be a confirmation of the presence of Knowledge in your life. Review each lesson
and practice. Review objectively the extent of your involvement and realize the
opportunities to give yourself more fully and more completely. Realize how
meaningless your denial is and how great the promise of your reward, given your
participation in life. You will realize this as you review your practices, for
your practices demonstrate your ambivalence towards Knowledge and the presence
of Knowledge itself.
YOU WILL LEARN IN TIME that as you come closer to
Knowledge, all things that are meaningful and valuable will be affirmed, and as
you go away from Knowledge, you will enter the darkness of your own
imagination. This, then, will convince you of where you need to apply yourself.
This will convince you of the great presence that is with you to assist you.
This will convince you that you are included in life and that your Teachers are
with you. Whatever obstacle or inadequacy that you can recognize or imagine can
be easily overcome with Knowledge. It is your desire for Knowledge and your
capacity for Knowledge that need to be strengthened. And once this is done,
Knowledge will express itself and you will be the beneficiary of life’s
IN YOUR LONGER REVIEW TODAY, allow yourself to
undertake your practice with great depth and sincerity. Allow this day to
affirm your studenthood. Allow this day to affirm that you have been saved.
PRACTICE 252: One long practice period.
Note the last line: “Allow
this day to affirm that you have been saved.”
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.