Silence; Wisdom; Inner Peace
Knowledge can be found in words; but wisdom cannot be found in words—not in reading words, nor writing words, nor in listening to the words that parade through your mind and clog your consciousness. Wisdom may be found in silence.
In silence one may hear the voice of God.
If the idea of “voice of God” does not appeal to you, you may substitute “universal wisdom,” or “the life force,” for it is the same.
Tuning into a deeper wisdom cannot take place so long as your ears and mind are filled with the static of words, and especially with the static of out-of-control thinking, obsessing, remembering and anticipating.
Silence and stillness are your natural condition, and therefore you need not employ effort or manipulation in order to arrive there. You may simply relax into a natural awareness of all that you perceive. No special effort is required—in the same way that, when your eyes are open, they naturally see, without effort or strain.
In natural awareness you do not learn and employ a technique, and you do not try to control the mind. Instead you notice all your usual attempts at control and you let them drop away.
As your mind relaxes you may notice a deeper layer of consciousnessthat lies beneath the foreground activity. Contacting this level of awareness is enormously beneficial; learning to live in it leads to a great reduction of anxiety and tension, and an increase of openness and pleasure in the process of living.
We say again: this deeper layer does not need to be created. It exists now, in the depths of the ocean of awareness, beneath all the turbulent waves at the ocean’s surface. Given the proper conditions, it naturally emerges.
A serene and silent mind, living in the here and now, naturally blossoms into true inner peace. Living in a state of inner peace, the realization of your divine nature is very close at hand.
In the words of Rumi: “This silence, this moment, brings you what you need. Die and be quiet. Live in silence and emptiness.”
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