Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step 328 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step 328 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

Today I will honor those who have given to me. Step 328
ONCE AGAIN WE AFFIRM THIS LESSON which will affirm the reality of love and giving in the world. Your ideas concerning giving are far too limited and small. They will need to be expanded so that you may recognize the extent of giving in the world.

UPON THE HOUR REMIND YOURSELF to remember those who have given to you. Do not only think of those who you are certain have given to you, but remember those who you feel have hurt you, who have denied you or who have stood in your way. Remember them, for they have given something to you as well. They have given you a reminder that Knowledge is necessary, and they have demonstrated to you a life without Knowledge. They have demonstrated to you that Knowledge is attempting to emerge in them as well. Whether they accept or resist this emergence, it is still present and still manifesting itself.

YOU ARE ADVANCING because others have demonstrated their inspiration and their errors to you—their acceptance of Knowledge and their denial of Knowledge. If there were no denial of Knowledge in the world, you could not learn here. You could not recognize the importance of Knowledge. Contrast in learning will teach you what is valuable and what is not, and this will teach you to be compassionate and to be loving. Understanding this will enable you to serve in the world.

UPON THE HOUR RECOGNIZE WHO IS GIVING TO YOU at that moment and recognize who has given to you in the past. In this way, this will be a day of gratitude and appreciation. You will understand how important your preparation is and how many have given themselves to you to serve you so that you may undertake this preparation.

IN YOUR TWO DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, repeat today’s idea and then allow to come into your mind each individual that awaits to be recognized and blessed by you. As you do this, all individuals who need to will present themselves to you. Look and see how they have served you and thank them for their service to you. Thank them for helping you to recognize your need for Knowledge. Thank them for showing you that there is no alternative to Knowledge. And thank them for strengthening your participation in Knowledge. Bless each one and allow the next individual to come to mind. In this way, you will bless all who have been in your life and are in your life currently. In this way, you will learn to appreciate your past and not condemn it. In this way, love will emanate from you naturally, for love must be born of gratitude, and gratitude must be born of true recognition. It is true recognition that you will practice today.

PRACTICE 328: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Picture:  Two converse in a San Francisco park.

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 aboveprovide 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.