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 must experience my freedom to realize it. Step 279 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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must experience my freedom to realize it. Step 279 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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must experience my freedom to realize it. Step 279
IS NOT A CONCEPT OR AN IDEA. It is an experience. Therefore, it must be
realized in many, many different circumstances for you to see its universal
application. This you are given time to accomplish. This will make all of your
activities meaningful, purposeful and valuable. Then, you will have no
foundation for condemning yourself or the world, for all things will strengthen
your understanding of the necessity for Knowledge and all things will be the
recipients of Knowledge.
GIVE YOURSELF TO PRACTICE, preparation and application. Do not identify merely
with ideas, for even the greatest idea is meant to be an expression in
changeable circumstances and will itself be unstable. To have genuine stability
in the world, you must identify with Knowledge and allow Knowledge to
demonstrate its power, its efficacy and its benevolence within the world. You
must experience your freedom to value it and to comprehend its meaning in the
world. This is why you are a student of Knowledge. And this is why you must
apply everything that you are learning in your preparation here.
THIS UPON THE HOUR as you are engaged in the world. Remember this in your
deeper meditation practices where you are engaged in your inner life. In both
arenas, Knowledge must prevail. In both arenas, your freedom must be exercised
to be realized. In your deeper meditations, exercise the strength of your mind
to enable it to come into stillness and quietude. Do not let fear or
ambivalence dominate you this day. You are practicing your freedom and
exercising it, for you can only be free when you are still inside, and if you
are still inside, you are free already.
279: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
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.