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 trust my deepest inclinations today. Step 316 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I will trust my deepest inclinations today. Step 316
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I will trust my deepest inclinations today. Step 316
DEEPEST INCLINATIONS EMANATE FROM KNOWLEDGE. As your mind becomes clear of its
restraints and as your life begins to open to the greater calling that is
emerging for you now, these deeper inclinations will become more powerful and
more evident. You will be able to discern them more easily. This will require
great self-trust, which of course will require great self-love. To trust your
deepest inclinations, to follow Knowledge and to be a student of Knowledge will
re-establish your self-love and will place it upon a firm foundation that the
world cannot shake.
YOU ARE REDEEMED IN YOUR OWN EYES. Here you are brought into relationship with
life. Here your self-love engenders love for others, for there is no inequality
here. You are reclaimed, and in your reclamation Knowledge begins to express
itself within the world. You are its primary beneficiary, but even greater than
this is its impact upon the world. For in your giving, you will remind the
world that it is not bereft of hope, that it is not alone, that you are not
alone, that others are not alone and that all the deepest inclinations for
hope, truth and justice that others feel are not without foundation, but are
born of Knowledge within themselves. Thus, you will be a force for confirmation
within the world and a force to confirm Knowledge in others as well.
YOUR IDEA UPON THE HOUR and attempt to utilize all situations that you
encounter today for the purpose of reclaiming Knowledge. In this way, you will
see that your entire life can be used for practice. As this is done, everything
that happens will serve you, and you will feel love towards the world. Your
deeper inclinations will spark and encourage the deeper inclinations in others,
and thus you will be a force for Knowledge in the world.
YOUR TWO DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, in stillness take refuge in the temple of
Knowledge within you. Attempt here to be still and simply feel the power of
Knowledge in your life. Bring not your questions, for they will be answered by
Knowledge as it emerges within you. Come in openness, seeking relief, seeking
comfort, seeking power and seeking certainty. These you will experience because
these emanate from the essence of Knowledge within you. Let this day be a day
of self-trust and therefore a day of self-love.
316: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Pietro in Ciel d'Oro (Italian for "Saint Peter in Golden Sky") is a
Roman Catholic basilica of the Augustinians in Pavia, Italy. The church is the
resting place for the remains of Augustine of Hippo, who died in 430. Among his
most important works are The City of God and Confessions.
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.