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 284 - Stillness is my gift to the world. (MP3) Entry for Step 283 - The world is ambivalent, but I am not.
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Step 284 - Stillness is
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Stillness is my gift to the world. Step 284
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
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
283 - The world is ambivalent, but I am not.
The term “ambivalent/ambivalence” is first used in
Step 173. It is also found in Wisdom I and II. What does it mean? Wikipedia
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 is it useful? In the
margin I wrote, my sense is “to find the one direction that unites”
Looking at the full pages:
Understanding this is work over many hours, days,
years. The results are worth it.
From the Journal:
Region as territory of peers. It includes your neighbors, but the relationship
is different. Your tribe/family – is the primary group network – it is
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.
live, as humans, in the model for the world – our own bodies.
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
“region” is an organizing principle – local is more common. Dynamic regions are
“local” organizations – local organs – must incorporate the needs of the
are DNA genetics.
as the body of Christ. -
Much thinking this Step. Still working on it. Let
Journal second time x2
Step 283.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.