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
I am grateful to my brothers and my sisters who err against me. Step 291 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am grateful to my brothers and my sisters who err
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I am grateful to my brothers and my sisters who err
against me. Step 291
GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE THE NEED for Knowledge. Be grateful to those
who teach you that it is hopeless to engage in any pursuit in the world without
Knowledge. Be grateful to those who save you time by demonstrating the results
of things you are contemplating for yourself even now. Be grateful to those who
show you your own great need in the world. Be grateful to those who demonstrate
what you must give to the world. Be grateful to all those who seem to err
against you, for they will show you what is necessary in your life, and they
will remind you that Knowledge is your one true purpose, your one true goal and
your one true expression.
THIS, ALL WHO ERR AGAINST YOU become your friends, for even in their misery
they serve you and will call upon you to serve them. Here all folly, error,
confusion, ambivalence, conflict and war in the world can lead you to the
conviction of Knowledge. In this way, the world serves you, supports you and
prepares you to serve it in its great need. Here you become a recipient of the
world’s accomplishments and are given a reminder of the world’s errors. In this
way, your love and compassion for the world will be engendered.
REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR of this message and attempt to realize its
meaning in the context of all of your activities so that everything that
happens today will demonstrate the meaning of today’s idea. In your deeper
practice periods, actively engage your mind in attempting to penetrate today’s
idea. Recall every person who you think has erred against you. See how that
person has served you and will continue to serve you as a reminder. This can
save you great amounts of time and energy by bringing you closer to Knowledge,
by increasing your resolve for Knowledge and by reminding you that there is no
alternative to Knowledge. In your longer practice periods think of every person
who you feel has erred against you and realize their tremendous service to you
from this point of view.
THIS DAY TO BE A DAY OF FORGIVENESS and a day of acceptance where you recognize
and extend your gratitude to those who have erred against you. Life is
conspiring to bring you to Knowledge. As you enter Knowledge, you will realize
the great service that life is rendering unto you, both from its
accomplishments and from its failures. Be a recipient of this gift, for in love
and gratitude you will turn to the world and wish to contribute that which is
the greatest of all contributions. Here you will give Knowledge in gratitude
and in service to the world which has served you.
291: Two 30-minute practice periods.
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prisoners, people who have erred.
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. The 1x and 2x links 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.