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 world I see is attempting to become one community. Step 309 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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The world I see is attempting to become one
community. Step 309
WORLD YOU SEE IS ATTEMPTING TO BECOME one community, for this is its evolution.
How can the world evolve when it is fragmented? How can humanity advance when
it is opposing itself? How can the world be at peace when one faction competes
with another? The world you see is like the mind that you experience within
yourself—warring with itself, yet without purpose or meaning. The world you see
is attempting to become one community, for all worlds where intelligent life
has evolved must become one community.
THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED AND WHEN IT WILL BE ACHIEVED is beyond your present
scope, but as you look upon the world without judgment you will see the
yearning in each person to join. You will see the desire for separation to be
ended. The world’s pressing problems merely exemplify its predicament and call
for the creation of one community in the world. This is so obvious if you but
look. As you yourself are becoming one person and healing all wounds within
yourself as a student of Knowledge, so is the world attempting to become one
world and to heal all of its wounds and all of its internal conflicts and
separation. Why is this? Because Knowledge is in the world.
YOU ARE DISCOVERING KNOWLEDGE WITHIN YOURSELF, remember that Knowledge is
latent within each person, and even in its latency it is casting its influence
and extending its direction. The world contains Knowledge, too. It is a larger
representation of yourself that you look upon. Thus, as you become a student of
Knowledge and are able to objectively recognize your preparation, you will
begin to have a true view of the evolution of the world. Here your viewpoint
will not be distorted by personal preferences or fears, for the evolution of
the world will simply be obvious to you. The evolution of the world is obvious
to your Teachers, who look upon the world from beyond its constraints. But you
who are within the world, who feel the influence of the world and who share the
world’s doubt and uncertainty, must learn to look upon the world without these
restraints as well.
WORLD IS ATTEMPTING TO BECOME ONE COMMUNITY. Remind yourself of this upon the
hour, and in your two deeper practice periods engage your mind actively in
attempting to understand today’s idea. Think of the problems of the world and
the solutions that they call for. Think of the conflicts in the world and the
requirement that they be settled. Realize that if any individual or group of
individuals opposes these resolutions and requirements, this will induce them
to wage war against the world and one another. The conflicts you perceive are
merely the attempt to preserve separation. But the world is attempting to
become one community and regardless of the resistance to this, it will
relentlessly attempt to do this, for this is its evolution. This is the true
desire of all who dwell here, for all separation must be ended and all
contribution must be given. This is your purpose and the purpose of all who
have come here.
YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED and you are responding to your one true purpose. In time,
others will be called and they will respond. This is inevitable. You are
accomplishing the inevitable, which will take a great deal of time and many
steps. Knowledge is your source and Knowledge is the result. Therefore, you can
be certain of the final outcome of your actions. Regardless of how the world
will proceed in its preparation and its difficulties, it must accomplish this
one true goal. Thus, you can proceed with certainty.
YOUR LONGER MEDITATIONS ATTEMPT TO PENETRATE today’s idea. Do not be complacent
here, but actively engage your mind as your mind was meant to be engaged. Try
to recognize your own ambivalence about the world becoming one community. Try
to recognize your fears and concerns about this. Try to recognize as well your
desire for one community and your understanding that this is necessary. Once
you take inventory of your own thoughts and feelings concerning today’s idea,
you will further understand why the world is in its current predicament. The
world has a certain destiny and a certain course to follow, yet it is
ambivalent about everything. Thus, the world itself must unlearn ambivalence,
as you are now learning to do, and your accomplishments will assist it in its
great undertaking, for this is your contribution to the world.
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.