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 need but relinquish my ambivalence to know the truth. Step 317 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I need but relinquish my ambivalence to know the
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I need but relinquish my ambivalence to know the
truth. Step 317
SIMPLE IT IS TO KNOW THE TRUTH when the truth is truly desired. How easy it is
to recognize ambivalence and to see its devastating impact upon your life. How
simple it is to see the evidence of ambivalence in the world around you and how
it undermines the deeper inclinations of all who dwell here. Seek, then, escape
from ambivalence, for this is confusion. Seek, then, escape from the burden of
constant decision making and choice, for this is a burden.
MAN AND WOMAN OF KNOWLEDGE need not burden themselves with constant
deliberation of what they must do, how they must be, who they are and where
they are going in life, for these things become known as each step is
anticipated and taken. Thus, the great weight that you carry in the world is
released from your shoulders. Thus, you begin to trust yourself and the world.
Here peace is possible and assured even for those who are active in the world,
for they carry stillness and openness within them. They are unburdened now and
are in a position to truly contribute.
YOURSELF OF YOUR LESSON UPON THE HOUR and as you look upon the world, see the
effect and influence of ambivalence. Recognize how disabling it is and how it
emanates from and supports confusion. It is the result of attempting to value
the meaningless and to ignore the meaningful. Here things of no value compete
with things of true value in the estimation of those who perceive them.
Recognize this as you look upon the world. Let not an hour pass today without
practice, for in this way this day will teach you the importance of Knowledge.
It will teach you that ambivalence must be escaped and that it is the curse of
confusion upon the world.
YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, escape your own ambivalence and re-enter the
sanctuary of Knowledge where in stillness and in peace you can fully experience
the power of Knowledge and the truth of your own nature. This is a day of
freedom. This is a day of understanding your dilemma and realizing that your
escape is at hand. Take this step with confidence, for today you can escape
317: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
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 no-VAHR-ay
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.