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 presence with me. I can feel it. (MP3) Step 333 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
There is a presence with me. I can feel it. Step
333 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive –
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There is a presence with me. I can feel it. Step
THE PRESENCE OF YOUR TEACHERS TODAY who abide with you and oversee your
preparation as a student of Knowledge. Feel their presence today and you will
feel your own presence, for you are joined together in this presence that you
feel. Remember that you are not alone, and you will not become isolated in your
own thoughts. You will not become isolated in your own fearful considerations.
THE HOUR EXPERIENCE THIS PRESENCE, for this presence is with you upon the hour.
Feel this presence no matter where you are today, whether you are at work or at
home, whether you are alone or with another, for this presence is with you
wherever you go.
YOUR TWO DEEP MEDITATION PRACTICES allow yourself to experience the presence of
love, which is the presence of Knowledge, which is the presence of Wisdom,
which is the presence of certainty, which is the source of your purpose,
meaning and direction in the world and which contains for you your calling in
the world. Come into the proximity and into the experience of this presence in
your deeper meditations. Do not neglect this, for here you will experience
self-love, self-worth and true inclusion in life. Take this presence with you
today and receive this presence in your deeper meditations, and you will know
that the presence is with you every day.
333: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
in the trees, Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National Park, Warren County,
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.