If Steps to Knowledge were to be considered as an educational text, I believe it would be seen as introducing new ideas with a certain degree of subtlety. For example, the final sentence of the final paragraph of Step 4…
Understanding this [that there is a difference between what I think I know, and what I know] may be upsetting and disconcerting, but it is absolutely essential for you to give you the impetus and the desire to discover your true foundation in the world.
…contains a reference to Step 6 “I have a true foundation in the world.” A similar thing happens in this step, where the final sentence of Step 8 introduces Step 9 “In stillness, all things can be known.”
Another piece of evidence about the importance of stillness is the association of stillness with not one, but two Uncommonly Capitalized terms in one sentence.
Stillness of mind allows a Greater Mind to emerge and to reveal its Wisdom.
This Greater Mind might emerge during the practice of stillness. The Greater Mind might also emerge while doing some prosaic task, like dicing onions. Each time of practicing stillness is building a pathway, building a bridge, between the surface of the mind, where all things are deliberated, and the depths of the mind, where all things are known. I don’t know that this is so, but it is as if this Greater Mind required an unguarded moment to reveal itself.
Perhaps if I put this step together with the working definition of knowing something that I wrote about in the post on step 4, then perhaps this sentence makes sense: “In stillness, I experience things being self-evident, and receive inspiration for consistent action.”
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