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 will be at peace today. Step 327 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will be at peace today. Step 327
CAN BE AT PEACE TODAY, even while you consider greater things in the world and
beyond the world. You can be at peace today even while you meet the challenge
of becoming a student of Knowledge and the challenge of observing your world
with objectivity. How can you be so active and have such challenge and still be
at peace? The answer is that Knowledge is with you. As you abide with Knowledge,
feel Knowledge and carry Knowledge out into the world, within yourself you will
be still, though on the outside you may be actively engaged. There is no
contradiction between peace and movement, between inner stillness and outer
engagement. Though the world is a difficult and frustrating place to be, it is
a natural recipient of Knowledge. Its difficulties and its frustrations need
not affect your internal state, which is becoming ever more unified and
YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR to be at peace while you are in the world. Release all
fear and anxiety and fortify your adherence to Knowledge as you do so. In your
two deeper practice periods when you take refuge from the world, rekindle the
fire of Knowledge and take comfort in its warm presence. Realize that within
this fire all things that are imaginary and harmful are consumed. The fire of
Knowledge will not burn you, but it will warm your soul. You can enter this
fire without fear of pain or harm. It will purify and cleanse you, for it is
the fire of love. Today be at peace, for today is a day of peace, and peace is
given you to receive this day.
327: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Washington: Looking away from Elliot Bay on the waterfront one sees the traffic
of the ground level Alaskan Waywith the
concrete pillar elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct, looking grey, noisy and unpeacful.
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 aboveprovide
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.