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
Above all else I seek Knowledge. Step 281 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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all else I seek Knowledge. Step 281
ALL ELSE SEEK KNOWLEDGE, for Knowledge will give you all else that you need.
You will seek Knowledge with total conviction when you realize that any other
avenue of endeavor and any other use of your mind and body will be hopeless and
will lead you into greater confusion. For without Knowledge, you can only learn
that you need Knowledge, and with Knowledge, all true learning will proceed.
Your past has already taught you the great need for Knowledge. You need not
learn this again and again. Why repeat the same lesson over and over, thinking
that it will yield for you a different result?
YOURSELF YOU CAN DO NOTHING. Without Knowledge you can only generate more
imagination. Therefore, there is one answer to your one greatest need, and the
one answer will meet all other needs that emanate from your one great need.
Your need is fundamental and the response to your need is fundamental. There is
no complexity here, for in essence you need Knowledge to live meaningfully. You
need Knowledge to advance. You need Knowledge to realize your True Self. You
need Knowledge to fulfill your destiny in the world. Without Knowledge, you
will simply wander around and come once again to realize that you need
IS A DAY OF THANKSGIVING, for your prayers have been answered. Your need has
been responded to. The gift has been given to you to reclaim your Knowledge.
Above all else seek that which will serve everything through you. In this, your
need and the remedy for your life will become simple, and you will be able to
proceed in certainty and patience, becoming a consistent student of Knowledge.
Day by day you are reclaiming your True Self. Day by day you are escaping all
else that seeks to pull you into the darkness of confusion. Day by day that
which is unreal begins to disintegrate and that which is genuine begins to
THE HOUR TODAY remember and affirm this great truth—that you seek Knowledge
above all else. In your deeper meditation practices, allow yourself to enter
stillness. Allow your life to be transformed. Allow Knowledge to emerge so that
you may be a vehicle for its expression, for in this you will find happiness.
281: 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 above 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.