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 wish to be at home in the world. Step 358 Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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I wish to be at home in the world. Step 358
WISH TO BE AT HOME IN THE WORLD. You have not come here to escape the world.
You have come here to be at home in the world. Understanding this will enable
you to value your contribution and engage yourself completely in its
expression. To escape the world without contributing to the world will only compound
your dilemma, and you will return to your Spiritual Family with your gifts
unopened and undelivered. You will then realize that you must return because
the work that you set out to accomplish in the world was not accomplished.
GLAD, THEN, THAT YOU ARE IN THE WORLD NOW and that you need not wait to
re-enter. You are here already. You have progressed this far. You are in the
perfect position to fulfill your destiny here. You have brought your Ancient
Home with you—within the seed and within the light of your Knowledge, which is
now growing, emerging and sprouting forth.
WORLD IS NOT YOUR HOME, but you are meant to be at home in the world. Upon the
hour think of this and realize how much you want to be at home in the world.
Realize how much you do not want to condemn the world or simply escape from the
world. When you are at home in the world, you will be able to move beyond the
world to serve in a greater way and to experience a greater reality than the
world can present to you. But you will not leave with regret, with anger or
with disappointment. You will leave with happiness and satisfaction. This will
complete your experience here. This will bless the world and will bless you who
have blessed yourself and the world while you were in the world.
YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES, allow yourself to seriously consider what
home means to you. Again, this is a practice of active mental engagement.
Utilize your mind to consider the important things that are being given to you
now. You will need to examine all the thoughts you have in relation to today’s
idea in order to understand how you are approaching today’s idea and how you
will respond to it. The power of decision is yours, but you must understand the
current content of your mind. With this, you will be able to make an
appropriate and wise decision on your own behalf, within your range of
responsibility. You are meant to be at home in the world. Bring home with you
so that others may feel at home in the world. In this way, the world becomes
blessed because it is not a place apart any longer. Do not escape the world
today, but be present to serve the world.
358: 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. 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.