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
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
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There is a Greater Power at work in the world. Step
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
318: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Picture:Flying over the Rocky Mountains going to Denver from San Francisco.
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.