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
There is a greater freedom awaiting me. Step 265 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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There is a greater freedom awaiting me. Step 265
WILL REQUIRE YOU TO BE FREE OF THE PAST and free of anxiety over the future. It
will require you to be present with life. It will require you to be open and
honest. It will require you to have faith and consistent self-application. It
will require that you not be in conflict. It will require that you have great
love and respect for yourself and a great appreciation for the world. It will
require that you be able to experience your Spiritual Family and recognize your
true place in the universe.
REQUIRES THIS OF YOU in order for you to fully extend yourself to accept it. In
this way, you become free in learning to become free. You become guided by
Knowledge by learning to become guided by Knowledge. Here you achieve the goal
by taking the steps. There is no magic formula where all of a sudden you become
free. There is no magic belief system which, once adopted, frees you from the
restraints of your past and concerns over your future. You learn this true
freedom by application, step by step. Thus, as you learn to reclaim Knowledge,
Knowledge reclaims you. And as you learn what freedom is, you actually become
PART IS VERY SMALL AND OUR PART IS VERY GREAT. You need only follow the steps
and utilize them. The steps that are given will guarantee the result. A greater
freedom awaits you and as you approach it, you assume that freedom and benefit
from all of the qualities of that freedom and demonstrate all aspects of that
freedom. Such is the nature of a perfect Plan that is beyond human
comprehension. So perfect is it that you cannot destroy it if you follow it
faithfully. This restores you and returns to you self-trust, self-confidence,
self-love and comprehension of yourself in the world.
UPON THIS IDEA EVERY HOUR TODAY, and in your deep meditation times enter into
stillness and freedom. It is a great freedom to have this opportunity to
immerse yourself in Knowledge, to immerse yourself in presence and to immerse
yourself in the actual substance of true relationship in the universe. As you
approach this, you will know that it is your freedom, and you will know that
you are becoming free to assume it. Therefore, today you will take a great step
towards realizing that a greater future is awaiting you. This great step will
release you increasingly from the concern, the anxiety, the pain and the
disappointment of your past. This will show you that a greater freedom is
265: 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.