Step 284 - Stillness is my gift to the world. Entry for Step 283 - The world is ambivalent, but I am not.
Greetings All –
HOW CAN STILLNESS BE A GIFT, you may ask. It is a gift because it is an expression of certainty and peace. How can stillness be a gift to the world? Because your stillness allows Knowledge to express itself through you. How can stillness be a gift to the world? Because your stillness enables all other minds to be still so that they may know. A mind in conflict cannot be still. A mind that is desperately seeking for resolution cannot be still. A mind that is turbulent with its own evaluations cannot be still. Thus, as you present the stillness that you are now cultivating to the world, you give all other minds that recognize you the opportunity and the demonstration that will enable them to enter stillness themselves. You are, in essence, communicating that peace and freedom are possible and that there is a great presence of Knowledge in the world, calling upon each separated and tormented mind.
YOUR STILLNESS IS A GIFT. It will calm all minds. It will still all controversies. It will have a calming, soothing effect on all who suffer under the weight of their own imagination. This, then, is a great gift. It is not your only gift, for you will also give through your ideas, your actions and your accomplishments in the world. Here you will demonstrate the evolving qualities of mind that are required of you as a student of Knowledge. Yet, of all that you may contribute to the world, your stillness will have the greatest effect, for in stillness you will resonate with all other minds, you will calm all other minds and you will be extending true peace into the world and the freedom that it demonstrates.
TODAY REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF STILLNESS upon the hour. Look about at the world of turbulence and realize its great application there. In your two deeper meditation practices, give yourself again to stillness. Allow yourself to escape the ambivalence and uncertainty that haunt you and that hold you back. Come closer to the realm of stillness, which is the realm of Knowledge, for there you will find peace and certainty. This is God’s gift to you, and this will be your gift to the world.
PRACTICE 284: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
The term “ambivalent/ambivalence” is first used in Step 173. It is also found in Wisdom I and II. What does it mean? Wikipedia follows:
Simultaneously experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings, beliefs, or motivations.
1. Alternately having one opinion or feeling, and then the opposite.
This seems accurate, but there is more to this Step. In the margin I wrote “to find the one direction that unites.”
Looking at the full pages:
Understanding this requires work over many hours, days, years.
From the Journal:
April 24, 2000
- Region as territory of peers. It includes your neighbors, but the relationship is different. Your tribe/family – is the primary group network – it is intentional.
Step 283 – the path of the peacemaker is organization – strategic organization – that removes conflict. Peace is in organization – the gift of administration.
Organization for the body of man.
We live, as humans, in the model for the world – our own bodies.
Organs are whole – parts of networks.
- The humans of the world require a flexible organization to deal with the level of change generated by population growth and the technology’s acceleration of communication.
The “region” is an organizing principle – local is more common. Dynamic regions are needed.
The “local” organizations – local organs – must incorporate the needs of the greater body.
Regions are DNA genetics.
Earth as the body of Christ. -
My thoughts are an application of the Step to my line of thought. Still working on not being ambivalent. Let us continue.
P.S. At Step 284, 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.