There is a Greater Power at work in the world. Step 318 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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There is a Greater Power at work in the world. Step 318 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

There is a Greater Power at work in the world. Step 318
THERE IS A GREATER POWER AT WORK IN THE WORLD because there is a Greater Power at work in your life, and this Greater Power is at work in the lives of all who dwell here. Even if the majority of the inhabitants of your world are not yet ready to begin the reclamation of Knowledge, Knowledge dwells within them still and casts its influence upon them—an influence which will affect them in certain ways and which they will ignore in other ways. Yet, as you become the recipient and the representative of Knowledge and as you become the vehicle for Knowledge’s expression in the world, you will have the power to activate and to influence all who need to receive Knowledge within themselves. In this way, everything you do, great and small, becomes a blessing upon the world. You who are now learning to give up self-condemnation and to escape ambivalence will see the efficacy of your own Inner Guidance casting its spark of life upon the world. Thus, you become a part of the force for good, a force that is serving a Greater Power in the world.

THE WORLD DEMONSTRATES ITS ERRORS with gravity and magnitude, but these errors are offset by the presence of a Greater Power in the world. Without this Greater Power, humanity would not have evolved this far. Without this Greater Power, all that has been good in your manifestations, all that has served and inspired humanity and all that has spoken of the greatness of Knowledge, directly or indirectly, would not have occurred. The Greater Power in the world has allowed the evolution of humanity to continue and has kept Knowledge alive in the world through individuals such as yourself who, through the spark of their own Knowledge, have been called into preparation so that Knowledge may be reclaimed and expressed and thus kept alive.

THEREFORE, HAVE HOPE BECAUSE A GREATER POWER is in the world. But do not think that this makes you passive. Do not think that this lifts from your shoulders the responsibility that always accompanies the reclamation of Knowledge. This Greater Power in the world requires that you be prepared to receive it and to express it. Your voice is its voice; your hands are its hands; your eyes are its eyes; your ears are its ears; your movement is its movement. It relies upon your preparation and upon your demonstration, as you rely upon it for certainty and as you rely upon it for purpose, meaning and direction. Thus, it is through your reliance upon Knowledge and Knowledge’s reliance upon you that your union with Knowledge is made complete.

UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF that a Greater Power is at work in the world. Think of this as you look upon the world in its ambivalence and error. Think of this when you look upon the world in its magnificence and its inspiring expression. If you will but look without judgment, you will see the amazing presence of Knowledge in the world. This will give you confidence in the world as you are now learning to have confidence in yourself.

IN YOUR DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, re-enter your sanctuary where you come to give yourself to a Greater Power that is in the world and that is within yourself. Allow your mind to be still so that you may receive and experience this Greater Power in your life. Here you learn to receive that which receives you. Here you learn to recognize that which receives the world and which gives the world its only true hope.

PRACTICE 318: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Picture:  Flying over the Rocky Mountains going to Denver from San Francisco.

Plan B - If the MP3 doesn’t work, here’s the link to the folder:  New Message - Student Spoken Steps Recordings - Steps to Knowledge - Working file
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 Spiritualityand 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 co-RAHM)

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.