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 will step back from the world's persuasions today. Step 303 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I will step back from the world's persuasions today.
Step 303 (MP3)
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I will step back from the world's persuasions today.
BACK FROM THE WORLD’S PERSUASIONS. Recognize what is certain and what is
confused. Recognize what is devoted and what is ambivalent. Let not the power
of the world’s frustration and confusion overtake you today, but hold the light
of God within your heart. Keep it burning within yourself as you venture into
the world. Thus, you pass through the world unscathed and uninfluenced because
you are abiding with Knowledge. Without Knowledge, the world merely sweeps you
away in its own frenzy. It sweeps you away in its inducements and its mad
YOU ABIDE WITH KNOWLEDGE, and so you are free of the world’s persuasions.
Repeat today’s idea upon the hour and recognize how important it is in
maintaining your inner balance and your sense of self and certainty. Realize
how important today’s idea is in allowing you to keep stillness alive within
you so that your deeper meditations, in which you will practice stillness again
today, can exert their influence and their results upon all of your activities,
for this is their purpose.
THE WORLD’S PERSUASIONS AND STEP BACK. This you are given to do, for here you
have the power of decision. This you can do once you recognize the world’s
persuasions and realize how important Knowledge is. This will enable you to
exercise the power of decision on your own behalf. Here the world will not
claim you, and here you will be a force for good in the world, for this is your
YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, once again give today’s idea as an invocation
to prepare you. In stillness and in silence enter into the sanctuary of
Knowledge so that you may rejuvenate and refresh yourself there. Find reprieve
there from your own internal conflicts and from the conflicts that rage in the
world. When you return from your sanctuary, remind yourself that you will not
be claimed by the world’s confusion. Remind yourself that you will not fall
prey to the world’s persuasions. Then, you will carry forth the safety that you
are now learning to receive into the world around you.
303: 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. 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.