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
Today I will be attentive. Step 338 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
Greetings All –
I will be attentive. Step 338 (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to your
Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
I will be attentive. Step 338
ATTENTIVE TODAY so that you may see what is occurring around you. Be attentive
today so that you may experience yourself in the world. Be attentive today so
that you may experience that the fire of Knowledge is burning within you. Be
attentive today so that you may experience that the presence of your Teachers
is with you. Be attentive today so that you may see that the fire of Knowledge
is burning within the world and that the presence of your Teachers is present
in the world as well. These things will naturally come to you as you are
attentive, for without condemnation you will see what is actually occurring.
This will confirm your spiritual nature and purpose in the world. This will
confirm your true identity and give meaning to your individual life.
ATTENTIVE UPON THE HOUR TODAY and have confidence that being attentive will
yield its own true results for you. Without judgment and evaluation, you will
see through all fearful appearances that the world may present to you. You will
see through all fearful appearances that your imagination may present to you,
for all fearful appearances are born of and substantiated by imagination. In
being attentive to the world, you recognize the world’s confusion and its need
for Knowledge. This will confirm your own confusion and need for Knowledge and
will make you happy that you are now preparing to receive Knowledge itself.
YOUR DEEPER MEDITATION PRACTICES BE ATTENTIVE, be present and give yourself in
stillness within the sanctuary of Knowledge. You need only be attentive.
Judgment is not necessary. Be attentive and you will penetrate the false and
you will receive the true. For true attention will always give you that which
is true, and false attention will always give you that which is false.
YOU STRENGTHEN THIS FACULTY OF MIND, this ability to be attentive. You
strengthen this for yourself and for the world, which needs to be recognized.
For the world needs to be loved, and love only comes through true recognition.
338: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
hiker approaches a downed tree on the Dickey Ridge Trail, Shenandoah National
Park, Warren County, Virginia.
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.