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
The world is emerging into the Greater Community of Worlds. Step 256 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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world is emerging into the Greater Community of Worlds. Step 256
IS A STATEMENT OF TRUTH regarding the evolution of your world. It gives meaning
and direction to your understanding of your participation and your contribution
in the world. It is not meant to frighten you or to create uncertainty or
anxiety because with Knowledge uncertainty and anxiety are not essential. With
Knowledge there is no uncertainty, for the quietness of Knowledge is your
certainty, the voice of Knowledge is your certainty and the movement of
Knowledge is your certainty. All of your mental and physical abilities and
faculties can serve to express this in whatever avenue you are destined to
STATEMENT THAT THE WORLD IS EMERGING into the Greater Community of Worlds is an
affirmation of your purpose because your perception, your understanding and
your appreciation of the world must grow. Your understanding of the world’s
difficulties and opportunities must grow. You cannot hold a small vision of the
world and possibly understand the meaning of your own Knowledge. You must think
in a larger context. You must not think only of yourself—your wants and your
fears—because you are part of a greater life which you have come to serve. The
world that you are serving now and will learn to serve in the future is
emerging into the Greater Community of Worlds.
THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR and think of it as you view the world around you. In
your deeper practices, engage your mind actively in attempting to understand
today’s lesson. Today’s practice is not focused upon stillness but on
comprehension. Here the mind is used meaningfully, for the mind should either
be used meaningfully or not at all. Allow yourself to consider all of your
ideas about today’s lesson. Concern yourself with understanding your objections,
your beliefs, your fears and your preferences. When these have been recognized,
you will be in a position to know. Knowledge will be stimulated by today’s
lesson, for today’s lesson is to stimulate Knowledge.
256: 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.