Why should I be afraid when a Greater Power is in the world. Step 319 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices

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Why should I be afraid when a Greater Power is in the world. Step 319 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

Why should I be afraid when a Greater Power is in the world. Step 319
WHENEVER YOU FALL INTO THE DARKNESS OF FEAR, you are withdrawing from Knowledge and entering the darkness of imagination. Whenever you fall into the darkness of your own fear, you are denying the reality of a Greater Power in the world and are thus losing its beneficence for yourself. Whenever you fall into the darkness of your own fear, you are following the teaching of fear, which runs rampant in the world. You are allowing yourself to be a student of fear. You are allowing yourself to be governed by fear. Recognize this and you will realize that this need not be, that you have the power to redirect your studenthood and that you have the ability to re-enter true preparation.

THINK OF THIS SERIOUSLY TODAY. Why should you be afraid when a Greater Power is in the world? This Greater Power which you are now learning to receive is the source of your redemption. What can you possibly lose as this source becomes recognized, as you learn to come into relationship with this source and as you serve this source and allow it to serve you? What can the world take from you when the source of Knowledge is within you? What can the world do to itself when the source of Knowledge is within the world?

THIS AWARENESS CALLS FOR YOUR COMPLETE PARTICIPATION in the world and your complete service to Knowledge. It calls for your complete engagement in contributing to others because you are a vehicle for the Greater Power in the world. Yet, in this active participation you understand as well that it is only a matter of time before all minds awaken to the light of Knowledge within themselves. This can take a very long time, but time is with you and in patience and in confidence you may proceed, for what can undermine your preparation and your contribution but self-doubt and fear? What can dissuade you from proceeding with certainty and complete engagement but the doubt that Knowledge exists in the world?

THEREFORE, WHENEVER YOU ENTER INTO FEAR, practice this day recognizing that a Greater Power is in the world. Utilize this recognition to bring yourself out of fear by remembering that a Greater Power is in the world and by remembering that a Greater Power is in your life. Think about this on the hour and in your two deeper meditation practices, re-enter your sanctuary where in stillness and in confidence you receive the Greater Power that is in the world. Here you must realize that your preparation requires that you step away from fear and darkness and that you step forward into the light of truth. These two activities will confirm your nature and will betray nothing that is real within you or within the world.

AS YOU LOOK UPON THE WORLD WITHOUT JUDGMENT and as you look upon yourself without judgment, you will see that a Greater Power is at work. This will restore happiness to you, for you will realize that you have brought your Ancient Home with you and your Ancient Home is here as well. This will lift the burden of fear, the oppression of anxiety and the confusion of ambivalence from your mind. Then, you will remember why you have come, and you will devote your life to contributing that which you have come to give. Then, your life will be a statement of happiness and inclusion, and all who see you will remember that they too have come from your Ancient Home.

PRACTICE 319: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

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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.