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
I am free to love the world today. Step 329 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am free to love the world today. Step 329 (MP3)
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I am free to love the world today. Step 329
THE FREE CAN LOVE THE WORLD, for only the free can give to the world. Only they
can fully recognize the world’s need and their own contribution. Only the free
can love the world because only they can see that the world has supported and
served them to enable them to become free and to become contributors to the
world. Because the world so yearns for your contribution, it has given itself
to your preparation so that you may learn to be a contributor. It has fortified
this through the truth that exists in the world and through the denial of truth
that exists in the world.
ALL WAYS THE WORLD SERVES THE EMERGENCE OF KNOWLEDGE. Though the world
contradicts Knowledge and seems to deny, to reject and to attack Knowledge, if
seen from this perspective, you will realize that it actually serves Knowledge.
How can anything compete with Knowledge? How can anything deny Knowledge?
Anything that seems to deny Knowledge only calls for Knowledge and pleads for Knowledge
to come. Those in confusion, in darkness and in despair yearn for relief and
comfort. And though they do not understand the message of their own plight,
those who are with Knowledge can perceive this and through Wisdom will learn
how to serve these individuals, all individuals and the world as a whole.
UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that as you become free, you will be able to love
the world. As you learn to love the world, you will be able to become free
because you are in this world but not of this world. Because you are in this
world, you are representing that which you have brought with you from your
Ancient Home. How simple and clear this is with Knowledge, and yet how
difficult it is to grasp when you are in your own imagination and are
entertaining your own separate ideas. That is why you practice—so you may
confirm that which is natural to you and step away from that which is unnatural
YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES once again receive the freedom that comes to
you in stillness and receptivity. A mind that is still is a mind that is
unfettered and free. It will naturally expand itself, and within this expansion
it will naturally express that which is most natural to it. Thus, in your
deeper meditations you practice receiving, and in your hourly practices you
practice giving. You are free to love the world today, and the world needs your
freedom because it needs your love.
329: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: We are driving
down the road of life, looking out through a cracked window. The world is not
cracked, only the window. We can see past this. The crack makes us conscious of
the window. We can see past it, even though it is in the field of vision.
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. 1x and 2x links 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.