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 286 - I carry stillness into the world with me today. (MP3) Entry for Step 285 - In stillness all things can be known.
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Step 286 - I carry
stillness into the world with me today. (MP3)[Open in Drive or copy to
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I carry stillness into the world with me today.
CARRY STILLNESS WITH YOU. Allow your inner life to
be quiet as you move in the world of turbulence and confusion. There is nothing
for you to resolve in your thoughts now, for you are learning to be with
Knowledge. Knowledge will organize your thinking and give it true uniformity
and direction. Carry stillness with you and be certain that all of your
internal conflicts will be resolved through Knowledge, for you are following
the source of their resolution. Each day will bring you closer to peace and
fulfillment. And that which haunted you before and cast great dark clouds over
your mind will simply be escaped as you walk the path of Knowledge.
CARRY STILLNESS WITH YOU INTO THE WORLD. This will
enable you to be truly observant. This will enable you to see the world as it
is. This will enable you to diffuse the world’s conflict, for here you are teaching
peace by being at peace. This is not a false peace that you are teaching. It is
born of a true association with Knowledge, for you are following Knowledge
here. You are allowing Knowledge to provide the direction. You can only do this
THINK NOT THAT STILLNESS WILL RENDER YOU INCAPABLE of
genuine activity in the world. You will be active in the world, and you will
participate in its mechanism, but you may be still inside as you do so. You
will find, to your great delight, that you will be far more competent, more
effective and far more responsive to others, with greater involvement and
productivity as you carry this stillness into the world. Here your energy may
be expressed in the world in a meaningful way. Here all the powers of your mind
and your body are being contributed and are not wasted in internal conflict. Therefore,
you become more powerful and effective, more certain and productive as you
carry stillness into the world.
THROUGHOUT THE DAY REMIND YOURSELF that you are
carrying stillness into the world, and in your two deep meditation practices
seek the refuge of stillness. Escape the world that your senses report, and enter
the serenity and the sanctuary of stillness and Knowledge. You will find as you
proceed that your two longer practice periods will be times of great rest and
relief, great moments of rejuvenation. They are where you attend the holy
chapel of the Holy Spirit each day. They are where you and God meet through
THESE PRACTICE PERIODS, THEN, become the highlight
of each day as you learn to receive the gifts that are being presented to you. You
will look forward to your practice sessions as an opportunity to regenerate and
to refresh yourself, to find true inspiration and comfort and to enable your
mind to become stronger and stronger with Knowledge so that you may carry peace
and stillness into the world.
PRACTICE 286: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly
285 - In stillness all things can be known.
From the Steps page:
From the Journal:
a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000 –
PDC is hanging by a thread. If only I could focus –
into stillness – it would be nice to know the way out.
a.m. Regions are at a critical period. They need more investment. Local
governments are becoming more local. More incentives have to come from the
State and Federal levels. A regional structure of cooperation is needed to
overcome the fragmentation of localism. Bioregional geography is invisible. We
can only get a view of ourselves remotely through maps/panoramic pictures.
fragments, regional re-integrates. – divide to conquer.
map is not the territory – those that can navigate territories and return, have
a survival advantage. The visual/spatial part of the brain – the design of the
p.m. Work is getting simpler – only a few projects a day. I'm irked still, but
have no recourse right now. I feel I'm going to be deprived of my results – I
could have listened more to the Ability Potentials comments. Still confused –
and wanting to go through with Visible Regions. The regional partnership
meeting emphasized the benefits of the NSV DMO Council for Tourism. Now – to
long practice #2
"In stillness – all things can be known." It seems there's much I
should know – like my next step. Ambivalence is a great force in my life – I'm
waiting for Knowledge to direct me.
p.m. Early to bed. Cindy in a bitchy mood. No energy for TJ C work.
stillness, Knowledge communicates with the mind, later – the mind expresses the
Knowledge. At least that's what it seems based on the narrative for 285.
confused and amused by my life. I decided to give Marie a Secretary’s Day card
tomorrow – it is Mafia insurance. Possibly even stupid, but that's that's what
I have a sense to do.
Vision – a global public corporate database which compiles by region and
permits benchmarking on factors across the globe. This would give the future a
I think about the business model/working for a company, I'm returned to the
University-based model. I need to write, get organized, have energy
Messy, messy life. Sorting
out things is not easy. These Steps were really needed at this time, in my
life. I continued. Let us continue.
Journal second time x2
Step 285.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.