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
Review~ … view your participation objectively. Here you will learn how to learn … Step 322 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Review~ … view your participation objectively. Here
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US NOW REVIEW THE PAST TWO WEEKS OF PREPARATION. Once again review each step,
rereading its instructions carefully and recalling your practice for that
particular day. Carry this forward for all the days in this two-week period. Be
objective and recognize where your practice could have become deeper or more
conscientious. Recognize how you still let the world overtake you and how you
need to reapply yourself with greater certainty and determination. Do this
objectively. Condemnation will only discourage you and will only lead you to
quit your participation, for condemnation is simply the decision not to
participate and the justification for not participating.
DO NOT FALL INTO THIS HABIT, but view your participation objectively. Here you
will learn how to learn, and you will learn how to prepare yourself and govern
yourself. You must choose to participate, and you must choose to deepen your
participation. Every decision you make on behalf of Knowledge is supported by
the decisions of all others who are making the same decision and by the power
and the presence of your Teachers who are with you. Thus, your decision for
Knowledge, whenever it is made and supported, is greatly amplified by the
presence of all who practice with you and by the presence of your Spiritual
Teachers. This is certainly adequate to overcome any obstacle you view within
yourself or within your world.
POWER OF DECISION IS GIVEN TO YOU. Here the power of decision is to view your
participation objectively and to recognize where it can be deepened and
strengthened. Resolve within the next two weeks of practice to carry forth what
you have recognized as necessary this day. Here you will be acting powerfully
onyour own behalf, and the application
of your power will be in the service of Knowledge, for you are preparing to
receive Knowledge. Here your will and your determination are confirmed, for
they serve a greater good.
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.