Step Two Hundred and Eighty-Four
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 practice.
I wish to cultivate this stillness so that it may indeed be felt in the world.
P.S. Today, October 11, 2016, as I revisit this Step, I can say I have made significant progress in stilling my mind. I no longer worry when calls are not on time. I "know" that all is well and the call will come in due time. I am more at peace within myself, although I don't know if my stillness is being conveyed to others or whether I am resonating with them.
P.P.S. It is October 11 again, 2017. Another year, another step forward in my ability to still my mind and perhaps have my stillness influence others who come in contact with me. I am more confident in my ability to have a calming and freeing effect on other minds and a positive effect in the world.