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 285 - In stillness all things can be known. (MP3) Entry for Step 284 - Stillness is my gift to the world.
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Step 285 - In stillness
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Step 285 - In stillness all things can be known.
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 willimpress 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
284 - Stillness is my gift to the world.
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
The journal on this day, April 26, 2000 is dealing
with stillness and the un-stillness of my life. Your journal may include the
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.
a.m. If I were to get anymore still, I might disappear.
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.
p.m. At home. Ambivalence rages. I do nothing. What is my meaning, purpose,
meaning – I am a soul when tends 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
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
the challenge of finding a suitable venue for my research and promotion of
regionswork is enormous – tiring still – insights & reflections come daily.
p.m. Spent the last 90 minutes surfing on job sites. It is encouraging – though
my job isn't out there.
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
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.
Journal second time x2
Step 284.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.