I have a number of things to say about step 32 of Steps to Knowledge “The truth is with me. I can feel it.”
The practice of this step is a recap of the practice of step 18, “Today I feel the truth arising within myself.”
This step offered two separate strategies for getting past the constant restlessness of the mind. One is using the breath. There are much more sophisticated breath techniques that people use, than what is being offered here. The other strategy doesn’t have a formal name that I know, but I call it “consoling one’s mind.”
“If something permeates your mind and you have difficulty releasing it, tell yourself that you will look at it a little later, but that right now you are taking a small vacation from your mind.”
I don’t know whether this works for other people, but my mind finds this comforting.
This is a step where I wrote down something about my experience of doing this step in December of 2010.
“What does the truth feel like? I can only speak for myself. The truth doesn’t feel like the truth value of any particular proposition. The truth feels enormous, far greater than anything I could feel at any given moment. The truth feels in motion, up to something, purposeful. The truth feels like it will take me to other parts of the truth, if I am in its motion, if I am in its current. The truth bears witness to itself, supports its greater purpose. So I am seeing the image of the ocean currents, as my image of the truth. I haven’t seen these words in this order, but I grasp, ‘In stillness, truth is felt.’ And a very comforting feeling it is indeed. The feeling that truth can be felt is a very comforting feeling.”
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