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
My role in the world is too important to neglect. Step 323 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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My role in the world is too important to neglect. Step
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My role in the world is too important to neglect. Step
ROLE IN THE WORLD IS TOO IMPORTANT TO NEGLECT. Therefore, do not neglect it this
day. Carry forth the resolution that yesterday’s Review has given to you. Carry
forth that which you need to do to deepen your practice, to utilize your
practice, to utilize your experience in the world for practice, to carry your
practice into the world and to allow your world to support your practice. Do
not neglect this, for if you neglect this, you but neglect yourself, your
certainty, your fulfillment and your happiness.
NOT NEGLECT THE PREPARATION that is underway now. Every day you strengthen
this, and as you do this every day you advocate Knowledge. You advocate your
participation in life. Indeed, even in your preparation now you are teaching
Knowledge, and you are strengthening Knowledge in the world. Perhaps you cannot
yet see this, but in time this will become so evident to you that you will
learn to value every moment, every encounter with another, every thought and
every breath. You will value every experience in life because you will be
present to them, and you will realize that within each, you can express
Knowledge and experience Knowledge expressing itself.
UPON THE HOUR TODAY. Make this dedication, at the beginning of today and at the
beginning of all the days to follow, to utilize your steps as completely as
possible. In your two deeper practice periods, re-enter stillness to refresh
your mind. Strengthen your ability and your resolution to allow your mind to
become still and receptive. This you must fortify each day, for this is part of
your practice. This you must give yourself to each day, for this is how you
give to yourself and to the world.
NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR ROLE, but do not burden yourself with
thinking that your role is beyond your grasp, for what could be more natural to
you than to fulfill the role for which you have come? What could be more fully
confirming of the importance and the value of your life than to carry forth
what your life was meant to be? The power of decision is given you today to
strengthen and to apply, yet the Greater Power behind your decision is greater
even than your decision. This Greater Power abides with you now. Do not neglect
your preparation. Do not neglect to move towards the completion and the
fulfillment of your role in the world, for as you approach this, happiness will
323: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
trail at sunset; Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
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 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.