Stillness of mind allows a greater mind to emerge and to reveal its wisdom. Those who cultivate stillness with a desire for Knowledge will be preparing themselves for greater revelation and true insight to emerge. The insight may emerge during practice or during any normal activity. The important aspect here is that the preparation has been made.
Twice today practice yesterday’s practice of stillness, but practice without the expectation of a result. Do not use this practice to ask any form of question because you are practicing stillness, in which all speculation, all questions and all searching end. For 15 minutes, twice today, practice stillness once again.
Practice 9: Two 15-minute practice periods.
This is very pertinent for me and what speaks to me most directly in this Step.
I have just been reading the section on the forum about Stillness Practice and what other people share about how they practice stillness, all very interesting. But what I realized is important for me is being able to practice stillness wherever I am and whatever I am doing, without making special preparations and being in what I consider the "right" place. In other words, I strive for stillness being my normal operative mode. Perhaps this is a tall order, but I am aware that insights do indeed emerge as I go about my normal activity.
July 3, 2014 Round Two: I am feeling the importance of preparation here. It is very encouraging to know that I do not need to expect any results at this point. I practice and I prepare myself for greater revelation and true insight to emerge. I am feeling the value of this calm and steady approach. There is no rush, no striving to find answers, no pushing for results. Stillness has an indescribable all-pervading quality. It is where the truth resides.