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
With Knowledge I cannot be at war. Step 287 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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With Knowledge I cannot be at war. Step 287
KNOWLEDGE YOU CANNOT BE AT WAR. You cannot be at war within yourself or with
others, for with Knowledge there is only Knowledge and there is confusion in
the world. Confusion does not require attack. Therefore, with Knowledge you are
not at war, for you have one mind, one purpose, one responsibility, one
direction and one meaning. The more your mind becomes uniform, the more your
external life will become uniform as well. How can you be at war within
yourself when you are following Knowledge? War is born of ambivalence where
opposing value systems conflict with each other to gain your recognition.
Competing ideas, competing emotions and competing values all wage war on one
another, and you are caught in the middle of their great battles.
KNOWLEDGE ALL OF THIS IS ESCAPED. With Knowledge you cannot be at war within
yourself. In time, all of your self-doubt, uncertainty, fear and anxiety will
wear away. As they do so, you will increasingly feel that you are not at war
and will enjoy the full benefit of being at peace. This will enable you to turn
your eyes upon the world with the full force of your involvement, for all of
your mental and physical energy will now be available for you to contribute to
the world. What you will contribute will be greater than your actions or your
words, for you will carry stillness and peace into the world.
YOU WILL NOT BE IN OPPOSITION TO ANYONE, though others may choose to be in
opposition to you. Here you will not be at war with anyone, even if others
choose to be at war with you. This will be your greatest contribution, and this
is what your life will teach through demonstration. Here Knowledge will bestow
itself upon the world and teach the great lessons that you are now learning to
receive for yourself. This teaching will occur naturally. You need not force it
upon the world, and you need not attempt to change anyone else, for Knowledge
will accomplish its true task through you.
THE HOUR REALIZE THE MEANING OF TODAY’S IDEA and realize the power of Knowledge
to end all of your suffering and eventually the suffering of the world. In your
deeper practice periods, return to your great sanctuary and once again become a
recipient of Knowledge in openness and humility. Then, you will be able to
carry your abiding relationship with Knowledge into the world with greater and
greater certainty. Then, what needs to be contributed will radiate from you
287: Two 30-minute practice periods.
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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 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.