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
Let me recognize that what is complex is simple. Step 313 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
Let me recognize that what is complex is simple. Step
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Let me recognize that what is complex is simple. Step
YOU THINK YOUR PERSONAL PROBLEMS
ARE COMPLEX. You think the world’s problems are complex. You think your future
and your destiny are complex. This is because you have lived in imagination and
have attempted to resolve questions without certainty. This is the result of
using your personal beliefs to organize the universe according to your liking.
This is the result of attempting the impossible, and this is the result of
failing the impossible.
HAVE BEEN SAVED BECAUSE KNOWLEDGE is with you. You have been redeemed because
you are learning to receive Knowledge. Thus it is that all conflicts will
become resolved, and you will find true purpose, meaning and direction in the
world. You will find that you will still attempt to solve your problems for
yourself, and this will only remind you that you need Knowledge to guide you,
for all your own efforts can do without Knowledge is remind you of your need
TODAY REMEMBER UPON THE HOUR that Knowledge is with you and that you are a
student of Knowledge. Have confidence that all problems you perceive—great and
small, within yourself and without—will be resolved through Knowledge. Remind
yourself as well that this does not put you in a passive state. This will
require your active engagement as a student of Knowledge and the active
development of your abilities for a true purpose. Indeed, you have been passive
before because of your attempts at the impossible and your failure at the
impossible. Now you are becoming active, and that which is active within you is
Knowledge, for you are now receiving your True Self.
YOUR TWO LONGER PRACTICES, actively engage yourself with today’s idea. Attempt
to penetrate its meaning. Review all ideas and beliefs that you currently
possess that are related to it. Allow yourself to take inventory of your
thoughts and beliefs so that you may come to recognize the work that must be
accomplished within you. You are the first recipient of Knowledge, and once you
have attained a certain degree of accomplishment here, Knowledge will naturally
flow through you. Your activities will then be increasingly engaged in serving
the world around you, and greater problems will be presented to you so that you
may be saved from your own dilemma.
313: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
shopping – simple or complex. Not only are there thousands more products, but
your must have the vocabulary, knowledge and time to read the labels.
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.