Greetings All –
Step 285 - In stillness all things can be known. Entry for Step 284 - Stillness is my gift to the world.
Greetings All –
IN STILLNESS ALL THINGS CAN BE KNOWN, for the mind is able to respond to Knowledge. Then, Knowledge will find expression in your specific thoughts and activities. Your mind was meant to serve Knowledge, as your body was meant to serve your mind. In this, the contribution from your True Home is able to express itself in the world of exile. Here Heaven and Earth touch, and when they touch, true communication begins to exist, and the transference of Knowledge is made into the world.
YOU ARE PREPARING TO BECOME A VEHICLE FOR KNOWLEDGE so that all things that you accomplish, great and small, unique and mundane, will express the presence of Knowledge. Therefore, your function in the world is not grand; it is simple. It is what is expressed through your activity that is important, for the simplest action done with Knowledge is a great teaching of Knowledge and will impress and affect all minds in the world.
THEREFORE, REMIND YOURSELF UPON THE HOUR TODAY of the importance of cultivating stillness and the immediate freedom from anxiety and conflict that it provides for you. Allow your deeper practice periods today to be times of true devotion, where you come to the altar of God to give yourself. This, in essence, is the true church. This is the true chapel. This is where prayer becomes real and where your mind, which is an expression of God’s Mind, in stillness, humility and openness, yields itself to its great source. In this, God blesses you and gives to you a gift to give to the world which is the result of your own development.
ALL THIS IS TRANSPIRED IN STILLNESS, for in stillness the transference of Knowledge can be completed. This is absolutely natural and totally beyond your comprehension. Therefore, you need not spend energy and time speculating about it, wondering about it or trying to comprehend its mechanism. This is not necessary. It is only required that you be a recipient of Knowledge. Do not stand apart and attempt to understand it.
DO NOT STAND APART TODAY BUT ENTER STILLNESS, for this is God’s gift to you. In stillness the transference of Knowledge will be made. With this, you become a vehicle for Knowledge in the world.
PRACTICE 285: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
Step 284 says: “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.”
This is a mysterious explanation for a mysterious Step.
The journal on this day, April 26, 2000 is dealing with stillness and the un-stillness of my life. Your journal may include the same.
6:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000 – ending ambivalence on regions. Standard boundaries – can't use Legos unless you know their dimensions. Regions For Free – Working Regions – Working Strategic Regions
– The challenge of being in body and pushing an idea which has little reinforcement in the world.
8:05 a.m. If I were to get anymore still, I might disappear.
Standard State regions. Encourage inter region & intra region networking.
9:45 a.m. At work – feeling ill, weak, upset stomach, stiff, out of place, confused, ambivalent and lost. Loss of status hurts – what I can do? I'm disconnected from the world – ready to float away. It is amazing that the world runs at all. What is the real value of the region? I'm confused – I want to be useful – stillness is very easy – too easy it seems.
5:35 p.m. At home. Ambivalence rages. I do nothing. What is my meaning, purpose, direction?
My meaning – I am a soul who intends to serve the creator. The personal dedication to this is deep, but on the surface I am confused. Right now my life demonstrates survival. The purpose I believe I have is to promote cooperation through regions. My direction is to understand and promote my vision. It turns out to be difficult to express the beneficial aspects of these regional relationships. Not only are regions invisible, but the spatial relationships of geography.
With maps we symbolically remote view the world. It seems that very few can do this well. So – the local nature of life is what dominates. People are not aware of their environment.
So – the challenge of finding a suitable venue for my research and promotion of regionswork is enormous – tiring still – insights & reflections come daily.
8:30 p.m. Spent the last 90 minutes surfing on job sites. It is encouraging – though my job isn't out there.
I want to build regions work. It seems I don't have the energy I need – or the focus to articulate it. Still – I think – New Regions – Hot Regions – Invisible Planet
11:55 p.m. View 2100 – draft #2 – I felt that if I could complete it I'd have done my work. I didn't. Would be nice to be a safely kept do-nothing guru. Our rock like Patience in the woods – such imagination…
Step 284 says: “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.” A beautiful thought. 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.