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
Knowledge is my salvation. Step 276 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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is my salvation. Step 276
IS YOUR SALVATION, for it leads you out of your hopeless predicament which is
born of attempting to live in fantasy and imagination. It leads you into the
brightness and the clarity of reality. It guides your action and your thinking
so that both may be effective and lead to true self-realization. Thus, God has
given you the greatest possible gift: the means within yourself to correct all
error, to resolve all confusion and conflict and to set your life on a true
course that is aimed at your true destiny. Here you become empowered and
honored and your self-worth is reclaimed. It is your value that must be
reclaimed to you. God does not require that God’s value be reclaimed, for it
has never been lost. But your value to yourself has been lost, and this can
only be reclaimed by following a Greater Plan not of your own making, but which
has been created for your total welfare.
REALIZE HOW MUCH OF YOUR LIFE has been wasted in ambivalence and how few
results that has produced, then you will recognize the great need for
Knowledge. This will give you the strength and the conviction to proceed in
your preparation with the greatest possible self-involvement. Once you
recognize your true need, then you will be able to recognize the true remedy
that has been provided.
YOU AS A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE WILL REALIZE with clarity of mind and simplicity
of truth exactly what is necessary, for Knowledge is your salvation. Remember
this upon the hour and think of it in light of your recent practices. In your
deeper meditations, allow yourself to enter stillness completely, recognizing
that you are engaging yourself with the means for your own salvation and
through you the salvation of the world.
276: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:Steps are everywhere; these in Gold Hill,
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 no-VAHR-ay co-RAHM)
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
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.