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
Realize how much of your energy is being wasted in doubt and confusion … Review - Step 280 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
how much of your energy is being wasted in doubt and confusion… Review - Step 280 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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THE PAST TWO WEEKS, beginning with the first lesson in your Review period and
continuing on each day up until the last lesson. Try to gain an overview of all
that has transpired in the past two weeks. Try to see how you could deepen and
improve your practice. Recognize how much time and energy are wasted in
ambivalence and idle speculation. Realize how much of your energy is being
wasted in doubt and confusion when you need only abide with Knowledge. Your
ability to follow that which is beyond your comprehension, which is necessary
here, will lead you to the greatest possible certainty that life can render to
you. Through this certainty, your ideas, your actions and your perceptions will
gain a uniformity that will allow them to be a powerful expression in the
world, where humanity is confused and lost in the ambivalence of imagination.
It is by following that you are able to give and you are able to lead. You will
recognize this in time as you exercise your freedom and allow your freedom to
exercise itself through you.
ARE NOW A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE. Dedicate yourself to the application of your
preparation with increasing devotion and involvement. Allow the mistakes of
your past to motivate you. They need not be and should not be a source of
self-recrimination. They are intended now to be understood as the demonstration
of your need for Knowledge. Thus, you may be very thankful that Knowledge is
being given to you, for you are realizing that above all else it is Knowledge
which you seek.
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.