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