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 343 (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]

Today I will honor the source of my preparation. Step 343
HONOR 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.

IN 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.

THEREFORE, 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 to receive.

PRACTICE 343: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.

Picture:  Look for the in the sky as the sun is setting; Warren County, Virginia.

Plan B - If the MP3 doesn’t work, here’s the link to the folder:  New Message - Student Spoken Steps Recordings - Steps to Knowledge - Working file
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 Spiritualityand 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 no-VAHR-ay co-RAHM)

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.