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
Who are my friends today? Step 258 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
are my friends today? Step 258 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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are my friends today? Step 258
FRIENDS TODAY ARE ALL WHO ARE RECLAIMING Knowledge and all who have reclaimed
Knowledge. Your friends tomorrow will be all who will reclaim Knowledge.
Therefore, everyone is either your friend or will become your friend. It is
only a matter of time, and time can only seem long to those who dwell within it
without purpose. But to those who dwell in time with purpose, time moves
swiftly and brings about this great result.
ARE YOUR FRIENDS TODAY? Everyone is your friend or will become your friend. Therefore,
why have an enemy? Why call another an enemy who is in opposition to you, for
they will become your friend. Knowledge will join you. You are reclaiming
Knowledge, so you are paving the way for this.
ARE YOUR FRIENDS TODAY? Your Teachers and your Spiritual Family and all who
reclaim Knowledge. Thus, your range of friendship is enormous. There are many
avenues in the reclamation of Knowledge, but the essence of learning is always
to become engaged with Knowledge itself and to allow Knowledge to express
itself through you. Thus, the universe is filled with your friends—some of whom
you may recognize and some of whom you may not be able to recognize, some of
whom you will be able to involve yourself with and some of whom you will not be
able to involve yourself with, some of whom you will be able to accomplish
things with and others whom you will not be able to accomplish things with. It
is all a matter of time.
THIS IDEA UPON THE HOUR. Witness it as a signpost of reality for you. In your
deeper practices, enter into stillness and silence so that you may experience
the depth of your relationship with your true friends. Your life is filled with
love. It is filled with the result of all those who are reclaiming Knowledge
now. Your desire for Knowledge is motivated by all those who still refuse to
reclaim Knowledge, for they in the future will be your friends as well. Given
this viewpoint, you will recognize that even those who will be your friends in
the future are in actuality your friends today, for they are serving you, and
they are asking that you serve them through your accomplishment with Knowledge.
258:Two 30-minute practice periods.
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.