Greetings All –
Step 69 - Today I will practice stillness. (MP3) Entry for Step 68 - I will not lose faith in myself today.
Greetings All –
Step 69 - Today I will practice stillness. (MP3) [Open in Drive or copy to your Drive – Download folder or play from Drive – Step PDF also.]
IN YOUR TWO 30-MINUTE PRACTICE PERIODS TODAY, practice stillness. Allow your meditation to be deep. Give yourself to it. Do not enter meditation with demands and requests. Enter meditation to give yourself to it. It is the temple of the True Spirit within you to which you bring yourself. In your practice periods, then, be present and be still. Allow yourself to bathe in the luxury of emptiness. For the presence of God is first experienced as emptiness because it lacks movement, and then within this emptiness, you begin to feel the presence that permeates all things and gives all meaning in life.
PRACTICE STILLNESS TODAY so that you may know.
PRACTICE 69: Two 30-minute practice periods.
Picture: Greek Orthodox Church Bell Tower, Winchester, Virginia. The bells are still.
From the journal:
8:30 A.M. Thursday, Sept 23, 1999 - "I will not lose faith in myself today." S2K's affirmation is one I've often needed. I'm still here. Personal faith varies more than the weather.
This is a challenging time for me - I remain overwhelmed - just letting the too much flow by.
The journal is a self-talk therapy. Life can be very bumpy. Resilience is required.
Journal 2nd Time Step 68. This is for those who have completed Steps once. 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 you 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.
P.S. If you’ve some interest due to this or other Steps, you should go to the beginning blog post. From here you will learn about Steps to Knowledge and can begin it on the day that makes sense; 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 post 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.