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
Stillness is my gift to the world. Step 284 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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is my gift to the world. Step 284 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play
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is my gift to the world. Step 284
CAN STILLNESS BE A GIFT, you may ask. It is a gift because it is an expression
of certainty and peace. How can stillness be a gift to the world? Because your
stillness allows Knowledge to express itself through you. How can stillness be
a gift to the world? Because your stillness enables all other minds to be still
so that they may know. A mind in conflict cannot be still. A mind that is
desperately seeking for resolution cannot be still. A mind that is turbulent
with its own evaluations cannot be still. Thus, as you present the stillness
that you are now cultivating to the world, you give all other minds that recognize
you the opportunity and the demonstration that will enable them to enter
stillness themselves. You are, in essence, communicating that peace and freedom
are possible and that there is a great presence of Knowledge in the world,
calling upon each separated and tormented mind.
STILLNESS IS A GIFT. It will calm all minds. It will still all controversies.
It will have a calming, soothing effect on all who suffer under the weight of
their own imagination. This, then, is a great gift. It is not your only gift,
for you will also give through your ideas, your actions and your
accomplishments in the world. Here you will demonstrate the evolving qualities
of mind that are required of you as a student of Knowledge. Yet, of all that
you may contribute to the world, your stillness will have the greatest effect,
for in stillness you will resonate with all other minds, you will calm all
other minds and you will be extending true peace into the world and the freedom
that it demonstrates.
REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF STILLNESS upon the hour. Look about at the world of
turbulence and realize its great application there. In your two deeper
meditation practices, give yourself again to stillness. Allow yourself to
escape the ambivalence and uncertainty that haunt you and that hold you back.
Come closer to the realm of stillness, which is the realm of Knowledge, for
there you will find peace and certainty. This is God’s gift to you, and this
will be your gift to the world.
284: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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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.