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 honor the source of my preparation. Step 343 - Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing ~ Spiritual Practices
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Today I will honor the source of my preparation. Step
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Today I will honor the source of my preparation. Step
THE SOURCE OF YOUR PREPARATION by being a student of Knowledge today. Remember
this upon the hour and think again about what being a student of Knowledge
means. Try to recall all that has been given to you and all that is being
reinforced and try to recognize objectively that which obstructs you and holds
you back. Strengthen your faith. Strengthen your participation. Use your power
of decision to do so, and remember as you do this that you honor and represent
that which guides you and that which you serve.
YOUR TWO DEEPER PRACTICE PERIODS, actively engage your mind in considering what
today’s idea means. Remember that you can only serve that which you value. If
you value Knowledge, you will serve Knowledge. If you value ignorance and
darkness, you will serve that. That which you value is your master, and your
master will give you that which you must learn. You are a student of Knowledge.
You are a student of Knowledge because you have chosen that your studenthood
and the master that guides you reflect Knowledge and truth in the world. Here
you only have two choices, for you can only serve Knowledge or that which
attempts to replace Knowledge. Since nothing can really replace Knowledge, the
desire to serve that which replaces Knowledge is the desire to serve nothing,
to be nothing and to have nothing. This is what we mean when we speak of
poverty. It is a state of serving nothing, being nothing and having nothing.
HONOR THAT WHICH SERVES YOU. Honor that which acknowledges your reality and the
meaning and the value of your presence in the world, and you will serve
something real, you will be something real and you will have something real.
Thus it is that you who are learning to serve will be the one who is learning
343: 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.