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
I am happy that I can finally serve the truth. Step 349 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I am happy that I can finally serve the truth. Step
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I am happy that I can finally serve the truth. Step
IS YOUR GREATEST JOY, it is your greatest happiness and it is your greatest
contentment to finally serve the truth. Your past has been frustrated and
dismal because you have attempted to serve things without foundation and
meaning. You have attempted to identify with things without purpose and
direction. This has rendered to you the feeling that you have no purpose,
meaning or direction. Feel happy now that you can represent the truth and serve
the truth, for the truth gives you all that is true. It gives you purpose,
meaning and direction which are what you have sought in all of your
engagements, relationships, activities and endeavors. This is what you have
sought in all of your fantasies, in all of your concerns and in all of your
YOU HAVE TRULY WANTED is being given to you now. Learn now to receive what you
have truly wanted, and you will realize what is true. You will also realize
what you have always truly wanted. This enables the truth to become simple and
evident. This enables your own individual nature to become simple and evident,
for in simplicity all things are known. In complexity all things are concealed.
Only what is mechanical in the world can be complex, yet its essence is simple
and can be directly experienced. Only in controlling what is mechanical in
life, which you must do to a certain extent, are there complexities, but even
these complexities are simple to determine step by step. Thus, your approach to
life must be simple, whether you are dealing with simplicity or complexity. The
complexity that we speak of, which is a form of denial, represents the
complexity of your own thinking and the difficulty in your own approach.
HAPPY, THEN, THAT YOU CAN SERVE THAT WHICH IS TRUE, for this will simplify all
things and will enable you to deal with mechanical complexity in a direct and
effective manner. Be happy, then, that your life has purpose, meaning and
direction, for you serve that which has purpose, meaning and direction.
Remember this upon the hour, and in your two deeper practice periods re-enter
stillness with great receptivity and devotion. Remember that you give yourself
here, that practice is giving, that you are learning to give and that you are
learning to serve. You give what is true and you serve what is true, and as a
result you experience what is true and you receive what is true. Therefore,
this is a day of happiness because you serve what is true.
349: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
door knocker, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, Joshua 24:15 is
on my neighbor’s front door. I don’t recall how long it was there or when I
first noticed it. My initial thought about it was that “my house” meant simply
the physical building. Since perhaps 2010, as a consequence of Steps study, it
came to me that “my house” is my Spiritual Family. I’m not the head of this
family, but a member.
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. The 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.