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
The presence of my Teachers is with me every day. Step 334 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
The presence of my Teachers is with me every day.
Step 334 (MP3)
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The presence of my Teachers is with me every day.
DAY, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, no matter where you go, the presence of your
Teachers is with you. This idea is to remind you that you are not alone. This
idea is to give you an opportunity to come out of the isolation of your own
imagination and to experience this presence and to receive the gift of this
presence. In this gift, your Teachers will give to you the ideas and
inspiration that you need. In this, you will express what you have received and
thus confirm what you have received.
REMEMBERING THIS UPON THE HOUR by once again concentrating on the presence that
is with you. You need only relax to feel it, for it is most certainly with you.
In your deeper practices, once again enter stillness in the sanctuary of
Knowledge so that you may receive this presence and the great confirmation and
comfort that it gives to you. Allow yourself to leave self-doubt and the sense
of unworthiness aside, for these things will be consumed in the fire of
Knowledge and purified from your mind. When this is done, you will not need to
give yourself grandiose ideas of yourself. You will not need to misrepresent
yourself in the attempt to escape your sense of guilt and inadequacy, for guilt
and inadequacy are consumed in the fire of Knowledge. Therefore, bring all that
obstructs your participation and all fears that haunt and oppress you to the
fire of Knowledge so that they may be consumed. You will sit in front of this
fire, and you will see them being consumed, and you will feel your mind being
bathed and cleansed in the loving fire of Knowledge. The presence is with you
every day. The fire of Knowledge is with you every day.
334: Two 30-minute practice
Picture: An individual takes a posed picture of friends
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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. The 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.