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 carry stillness into the world with me today. Step 286 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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carry stillness into the world with me today. Step 286
STILLNESS WITH YOU. Allow your inner life to be quiet as you move in the world
of turbulence and confusion. There is nothing for you to resolve in your
thoughts now, for you are learning to be with Knowledge. Knowledge will
organize your thinking and give it true uniformity and direction. Carry
stillness with you and be certain that all of your internal conflicts will be
resolved through Knowledge, for you are following the source of their
resolution. Each day will bring you closer to peace and fulfillment. And that
which haunted you before and cast great dark clouds over your mind will simply
be escaped as you walk the path of Knowledge.
STILLNESS WITH YOU INTO THE WORLD. This will enable you to be truly observant.
This will enable you to see the world as it is. This will enable you to diffuse
the world’s conflict, for here you are teaching peace by being at peace. This
is not a false peace that you are teaching. It is born of a true association
with Knowledge, for you are following Knowledge here. You are allowing
Knowledge to provide the direction. You can only do this in stillness.
NOT THAT STILLNESS WILL RENDER YOU INCAPABLE of genuine activity in the world.
You will be active in the world, and you will participate in its mechanism, but
you may be still inside as you do so. You will find, to your great delight,
that you will be far more competent, more effective and far more responsive to
others, with greater involvement and productivity as you carry this stillness
into the world. Here your energy may be expressed in the world in a meaningful
way. Here all the powers of your mind and your body are being contributed and
are not wasted in internal conflict. Therefore, you become more powerful and
effective, more certain and productive as you carry stillness into the world.
THE DAY REMIND YOURSELF that you are carrying stillness into the world, and in
your two deep meditation practices seek the refuge of stillness. Escape the
world that your senses report, and enter the serenity and the sanctuary of
stillness and Knowledge. You will find as you proceed that your two longer
practice periods will be times of great rest and relief, great moments of
rejuvenation. They are where you attend the holy chapel of the Holy Spirit each
day. They are where you and God meet through Knowledge.
PRACTICE PERIODS, THEN, become the highlight of each day as you learn to
receive the gifts that are being presented to you. You will look forward to
your practice sessions as an opportunity to regenerate and to refresh yourself,
to find true inspiration and comfort and to enable your mind to become stronger
and stronger with Knowledge so that you may carry peace and stillness into the
286: 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.