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
Knowledge is my true desire because I am a student of Knowledge. Step 363 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Knowledge is my true desire because I am a student
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Knowledge is my true desire because I am a student
of Knowledge. Step 363
IS YOUR TRUE DESIRE. Think not that your desires are false, for all desires, if
recognized, are for Knowledge. It is because you have misinterpreted your
desires or have attempted to use them to fortify other things that they have
led you astray. Do not attempt to be without desire, for life is desire. Desire
is purpose. Desire is meaning and direction. Yet, you must recognize your true
desire, which is the desire for Knowledge to fulfill itself and to claim
itself, the desire for Knowledge to save you and for you to save Knowledge. How
can you save Knowledge? By holding it within yourself, by being a student of
Knowledge, by carrying Knowledge everywhere you go, by reinforcing your
awareness of Knowledge, by being simple with Knowledge and by not attempting to
use Knowledge to fulfill your own aims and your own purposes.
FORTH THE NORMAL ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY, but carry Knowledge with you. If
Knowledge is not in doubt, you need not be in doubt. If Knowledge is not
afraid, you need not be afraid. If Knowledge is not changing the situation, you
need not change the situation. Yet, if Knowledge holds you back, hold yourself
back. If Knowledge changes the situation, change the situation. If Knowledge
tells you to leave a circumstance, leave a circumstance. If Knowledge tells you
to stay in a circumstance, stay in a circumstance. Here you become as simple
and as powerful as Knowledge. Here you become Knowledge itself.
THE HOUR REPEAT THE IDEA FOR TODAY and experience it. Within your inner life,
experience it as well in your deeper meditation practices. Your inner and outer
life are where you apply yourself and where you give yourself. They are where
you carry Knowledge. In time, you will see that Knowledge will carry you.
363: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
is the “Ye Olde Yule Log” fire pit in President’s Park, across from the White
House in Washington, D.C., where the National Christmas Tree is displayed. The
yule log fire was discontinued in 2012. This picture is from 2010. For our
purposes, it is the Fire of Knowledge.
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.