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 can only be a student; therefore I will be a student of Knowledge. Step 290 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I can only be a student; therefore I will be a
student of Knowledge. Step 290 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive
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I can only be a student; therefore I will be a
student of Knowledge. Step 290
THE WORLD YOU ARE A STUDENT—ALWAYS. Every day, every hour and every minute you
are learning and attempting to assimilate your learning. You are either a
student of Knowledge or a student of confusion. You are either a student of
certainty or a student of ambivalence. You are either a student of wholeness
and integrity or you are a student of conflict and war. You can only learn from
being in the world, and you can only demonstrate the result of your learning.
THERE IS NO CHOICE whether you will be a student or not, for you will be a
student even if you decide not to be a student. If you decide not to be a
student, you will merely study another curriculum. In this, you have no choice,
for to be in the world is to learn and to demonstrate the result of your
learning. Recognizing this, your decision, then, is to determine where you will
be a student and what you will learn. This is the power of decision that is
given to you. Knowledge will naturally guide you to make the right decision and
will lead you unto itself, for it is given to you to give to the world. Thus,
as you approach Knowledge, you will feel as if you are engaged in a great
homecoming. You will feel a great integration within yourself, and you will
feel your self-conflict and your war with yourself begin to diminish and to
A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE TODAY, for a student you are. Choose the curriculum that
has chosen you. Choose the curriculum that will redeem you and through you the
world. Choose the curriculum that fulfills your purpose here and that
exemplifies your life beyond this world, which wishes to express itself here.
Become a student of Knowledge.
THE POWER OF TODAY’S IDEA and remember it upon the hour. Always remember to
read the day’s lesson prior to entering into the world so that you may begin to
utilize its practice for that day. Confirm your studenthood in Knowledge.
Strengthen your involvement as a student of Knowledge. Follow today’s practices
with greater and greater devotion.
YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, actively engage your mind in considering what
it means to be a student in the world. Engage your mind in understanding the
message for today, and attempt to realize that you are a student under all
circumstances. Try to realize that you have no choice here, for you must learn,
assimilate and demonstrate your learning. This is the foundation for true
teaching. Realize that your purpose in the world is to become a student of
Knowledge, to assimilate Knowledge and to allow Knowledge to express itself so
that you may demonstrate Knowledge in the world. In the simplest way, this is
an expression of your purpose, and from your purpose a specific calling will
come forth to guide you in specific ways in the world according to your nature
and your design.
TODAY YOU WILL STRENGTHEN YOURSELF AS A STUDENT of Knowledge. In your longer
practice periods, actively engage your mind in attempting to penetrate today’s
idea and to recognize its absolute relevancy to your life.
290: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture:University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus.
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.