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
The world is ambivalent, but I am not. Step 283 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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The world is ambivalent, but I am not. Step 283 (MP3) [Open
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The world is ambivalent, but I am not. Step 283
ABOUT YOU IN THE WORLD and you will see that the world of humanity is lost in
its own ambivalence. It wishes to have this and wishes to go there. It wants to
keep everything it has acquired and lose nothing, and yet it wants more than it
needs. It is confused as to its predicament. It is confused as to the remedy.
It is confused as to its identity. It is confused as to what to value and what
not to value. All arguments and debates, all conflicts and all wars are engaged
in exercising this ambivalence.
YOU ABIDE WITH KNOWLEDGE, you will look upon the world and recognize its utter
confusion. This will teach you and remind you of the great need for Knowledge
in the world. Knowledge will never attack itself, and Knowledge is not in
conflict with itself. Therefore, two individuals, or two nations, or even two
worlds, will have no issues of contention if they are guided by Knowledge, for
Knowledge will always seek to join individuals in a meaningful way and to
clarify their interactions with one another. It is not possible that Knowledge
be in conflict with itself, for there is no opposition within Knowledge. It has
one purpose and one aim, and to this it organizes all activity. It organizes
all forms of opposition into serving one purpose and one direction. Thus, it is
the great peacemaker in the world. As you abide with Knowledge, you will become
the vehicle for its expression. Then, you will teach peace because peace itself
will be teaching through you.
AT KNOWLEDGE LIKE THIS will enable you to recognize your true involvement and
your true responsibility as a student of Knowledge. The world is in
ambivalence. It is in confusion and is suffering all of the results of this.
But you who are now learning to witness the world without judgment or
condemnation and are learning to witness the world from the certainty of
Knowledge will be able to simply recognize the predicament of the world and
know that you are carrying the remedy within yourself now.
YOUR DEEPER PRACTICES ENTER INTO STILLNESS ONCE AGAIN and use the RAHN word if
necessary to help you. Because you are learning to be still, you are learning
to be certain. Any individual who can acquire stillness in the world will
become a source of Knowledge in the world, for Knowledge will express itself in
the world wherever there is an opening in any mind. Your mind is now becoming
open so that Knowledge may express itself.
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.