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 must experience my True Home while I am in the world. Step 354 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I must experience my True Home while I am in the
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I must experience my True Home while I am in the
world. Step 354
YOUR TRUE HOME YOU ARE HAPPY, you are included, you are complete, you are in
relationship, you are a complete participant, you are essential and you are
meaningful. Your True Home is incomprehensible to you while you are in the
world. In fact, your True Home will be incomprehensible to you until you have
fully arrived at your True Home, until your Spiritual Family has rejoined all
other Spiritual Families and all joining is complete in the universe.
EVEN THOUGH YOUR TRUE HOME IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE, do not think that it is beyond
your reach. It is given you this day to experience your True Home, for you
carry Knowledge within you. Your only limitation here is your capacity to
experience and to express Knowledge. Yet, as you take each step and as you
receive each step in your preparation, your capacity to experience relationship
and communication grows. As you increasingly seek freedom from your own
imagination and from your own isolated thinking, you experience your inclusion
in life to an ever greater and greater degree. Thus, your evolution can be
gauged in terms of your ever increasing capacity to experience relationship and
communication and your ever increasing capacity to experience and express
Knowledge. Thus, you are at home while you are in the world, for your True Home
is growing within you in your own experience. The fire of Knowledge is growing
more powerful, and its consuming benevolence is ever more evident as your mind
becomes free, whole and directed.
THE HOUR remember this and return to your True Home in your deeper practice
periods. You are at home in the world. Therefore, you can be at peace in the
354: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Dickey Ridge Trail in the Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal, Virginia is
where I’ve hiked for over 30 years. Both hiking and stopping for meditation,
led me to an experience of peace, which I learned in Steps was the sense of
being at home in the world.
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.