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 not be afraid to follow today. Step 314 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will not be afraid to follow today. Step 314
NOT BE AFRAID TO FOLLOW, for you are a follower. Do not be afraid to be a
student, for you are a student. Do not be afraid to learn, for you are a
learner. Merely accept what you are and utilize it for good. Here you end the
war against yourself, where you have attempted to be something that you are
not. Learn to accept yourself, and you will realize you are accepted. Learn to
love yourself, and you will realize that you are loved. Learn to receive
yourself, and you will learn that you are received. How can you love, accept
and receive yourself? By being a student of Knowledge, because here all these
accomplishments are natural. You must accomplish them to be with Knowledge, and
Knowledge will accomplish them. Thus, a simple means is given to you to resolve
a seemingly complex dilemma.
NOT DOUBT THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE WITHIN YOU and what it can accomplish, for you
cannot comprehend the meaning of Knowledge, the source of Knowledge or the
mechanism of Knowledge. You can only receive its beneficence. You are only
asked to receive this day. You are only asked to be a recipient of Knowledge.
THE HOUR REMEMBER YOUR IDEA and give it serious consideration throughout the
day. Realize the many opportunities to practice this day, as your mind now is
being drawn away from fantasy and confusion. Realize how much time and energy
is available to you. You will be amazed at how your life will open and what
great opportunities will begin to emerge for you.
YOUR DEEPER PRACTICES TODAY, once again enter stillness. Once again take refuge
from the vicissitudes and the confusion of the world. Once again enter the
sanctuary of Knowledge to give yourself. It is in this giving that you receive.
It is in this giving that you will find what you seek this day.
314: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture: Going into a
tunnel we’ve established as somewhat fearful, maybe more so a passenger. Here
we are following into a tunnel that goes underwater. Another level of anxiety –
but still we trust and follow.
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.