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
The presence of love is with me now. Step 339 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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The presence of love is with me now. Step 339
PRESENCE OF LOVE IS WITH YOU, within the fire of Knowledge within you. As
exemplified by the presence of your Teachers, this presence permeates all
things in the world. It is the context in which the world exists. It is still;
therefore, it abides with everything. Can you who perceive the world perceive
this abiding presence? Can you who act in the world see the effect of this presence
within the world? If this presence were not in the world, the world would have
destroyed itself long ago and there would be no hope for your salvation. There
would be no hope for true community and for all the things that human beings
are capable of in their temporary life here. All things of true value would not
emanate, for the darkness of imagination and the darkness of fear would cover
the world permanently and all would live in complete darkness. Without the
presence of love in the world, this would be the case. Your life here would be
sealed in darkness, and you would never be able to escape.
IS WHY YOUR LIFE IN THE WORLD IS TEMPORARY. It could not be permanent, for you
are born of the light, to which you will return. How could you live in darkness
permanently when you are born of the light, to which you will return? You have
been sent into the world to bring the light into the world, not to confirm the
world’s darkness. God’s Will is that you bring the light into the world, not
that you be banished to the world in darkness. You are here to bring the light
into the world.
WHO ARE A STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE ARE NOW LEARNING step by step to receive the
light of Knowledge and the fire of Knowledge. As you experience this within
yourself, you will see the fire of Knowledge burning in the world, for this is
the presence of love. This is God within the world. What God does in the world
God will do through you, but God’s presence in the world activates Knowledge in
all minds and calls to all minds to awaken. This substantiates, confirms and
strengthens the emergence of Knowledge wherever it is occurring.
PRESENCE IS PERMANENT. The world itself is temporary. The physical universe is
temporary. God’s presence is permanent. Can you then see what is great and what
is small? Can you then see that which gives and that which must learn to
receive? Can you then realize the importance of your preparation? Can you then
realize the importance of your service in the world?
THE HOUR BE ATTENTIVE and experience the presence of love in the world. If you
are attentive, you will experience this. In your deeper meditation practices
experience the presence of love within yourself, which is the fire of
Knowledge. Remember as you look upon this, within your world and within
yourself, that from the stillness of this presence emanate all good works, all
important ideas and the motivation for all important activities. This is what
drives humanity and even the Greater Community of Worlds towards Knowledge and,
with Knowledge, towards becoming one community.
339: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice
sculpture of children spelling out YMCA at the YMCA
of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. This is the location for recent
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.