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 work within the world. Step 320 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am free to work within the world. Step 320
THE WORLD DOES NOT OPPRESS YOU, you are free to work in the world. When the
world does not intimidate you, you are free to work in the world. When you
recognize that the world is a place calling for your contribution, you are free
to work in the world. Thus, the greater your experience of Knowledge within
your life, the freer you are to work within the world. And work within the
world you will in time, and your work will be far more effective, far more
engaging and far more complete than anything you have done thus far. In your
past you have been afraid of the world, intimidated by the world, angered by
the world and depressed by the world. Therefore, your past contribution to the
world has been limited by these reactions. You have been ambivalent about being
in the world because you were afraid of the world. Perhaps you have sought
refuge in spiritual things, but your true spiritual nature will redirect you
into the world and bring you back with greater power, certainty and purpose,
for you have come to be in the world.
THIS, YOU WILL AGAIN REALIZE the importance of Knowledge. You will again
confirm how much you want to give to the world and how painful it is for you
when this giving is obstructed or withheld. You have come to work in the world,
and you want to do this completely so that when you leave, you leave with your
gifts given and with everything presented. You have nothing to take Home with
you from the world except the reclamation of relationships. With this
understanding, you will become free to be in the world.
THE HOUR REPEAT TODAY’S IDEA and recognize that to whatever extent you are
still ambivalent about being in the world, your ambivalence is caused and is
being perpetuated by your own intimidation and fear of the world. Remember this
upon the hour so that you may learn the great lesson that is being taught
today, the great lesson that you are becoming free to be in the world. Here you
bring your Ancient Home with you. Here you will not attempt to escape the world
simply because it frightens you, threatens you or depresses you.
ARE HERE TO GIVE TO THE WORLD, for Knowledge is greater than the world—the
world only being a temporary place where Knowledge has been temporarily
forgotten. In this, you will realize that which gives and that which receives,
that which is great and that which is small. Your work in the world can now
have your complete attention and devotion. Your work can now have your complete
engagement. Thus, your physical life can become fully meaningful, purposeful and
filled with value.
YOUR TWO DEEP MEDITATION PRACTICES TODAY, rekindle the fire of Knowledge within
you by re-entering your sanctuary. Remember to be still. Remember to give
yourself to practice. This is the work at hand. From this work your work in the
world will be given freedom to express itself, and you who are within the world
will be given the certainty and the comfort that your Ancient Home is with you.
320: 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. 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.