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
Step 286 - I carry stillness into the world with me today. Entry for Step 285 - In stillness all things can be known.
CARRY STILLNESS WITH YOU. Allow your inner life to be
quiet as you move in the world of turbulence and confusion. There is nothing
for you to resolve in your thoughts now, for you are learning to be with
Knowledge. Knowledge will organize your thinking and give it true uniformity
and direction. Carry stillness with you and be certain that all of your
internal conflicts will be resolved through Knowledge, for you are following
the source of their resolution. Each day will bring you closer to peace and
fulfillment. And that which haunted you before and cast great dark clouds over
your mind will simply be escaped as you walk the path of Knowledge.
CARRY STILLNESS WITH YOU INTO THE WORLD. This will
enable you to be truly observant. This will enable you to see the world as it
is. This will enable you to diffuse the world’s conflict, for here you are teaching
peace by being at peace. This is not a false peace that you are teaching. It is
born of a true association with Knowledge, for you are following Knowledge
here. You are allowing Knowledge to provide the direction. You can only do this
THINK NOT THAT STILLNESS WILL RENDER YOU INCAPABLE of
genuine activity in the world. You will be active in the world, and you will
participate in its mechanism, but you may be still inside as you do so. You
will find, to your great delight, that you will be far more competent, more
effective and far more responsive to others, with greater involvement and
productivity as you carry this stillness into the world. Here your energy may
be expressed in the world in a meaningful way. Here all the powers of your mind
and your body are being contributed and are not wasted in internal conflict. Therefore,
you become more powerful and effective, more certain and productive as you
carry stillness into the world.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY REMIND YOURSELF that you are
carrying stillness into the world, and in your two deep meditation practices
seek the refuge of stillness. Escape the world that your senses report, and enter
the serenity and the sanctuary of stillness and Knowledge. You will find as you
proceed that your two longer practice periods will be times of great rest and
relief, great moments of rejuvenation. They are where you attend the holy
chapel of the Holy Spirit each day. They are where you and God meet through
THESE PRACTICE PERIODS,THEN, become the highlight
of each day as you learn to receive the gifts that are being presented to you. You
will look forward to your practice sessions as an opportunity to regenerate and
to refresh yourself, to find true inspiration and comfort and to enable your
mind to become stronger and stronger with Knowledge so that you may carry peace
and stillness into the world.
PRACTICE 286: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
This will take some analysis. Not a job for 2:23 a.m. in the morning. Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 285, we are into Part Two of Steps, so
if you’ve found this and find some appeal in this or other Steps, you should
really go to the beginning blog post. From here you learn about Steps to Knowledge and
can begin it on the day that makes sense and then progress as needed. You can
use the posts on this blog as a companion if it helps. They will remain in
order in the archives - one per Step.
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. Posts here 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. There are options as well
through the Free School of the New Message.