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Tracking Silence

Over the last few years, I have been suspecting that what we call silence in our world - the absence of noise - is just a big disguise for true silence. My readings have been leading me there, but it is a scary place indeed. It means letting go of everything and being present. Yes: everything. This thought occurred to me when I heard that in Hindu tradition, silence is taught by sending people into the busiest parts of Indian cities, where noise is constant and overwhelmingly loud. They are to stay at least 24 hours at a stretch, and perhaps it will take several stretches before they can be there in silence: their own interior silence. Then Aliveness can emerge.

I recalled this when I recently read a quote from Adyashanti: "All the words, all the books, all the teachings and all the teachers can only get you to the door, and perhaps entice you to enter. Once there, you start to feel the presence of silence very powerfully...without being somebody." (Emptiness Dancing, 5)

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10.12 | 08:27

I have browsed your comments on these books at various times and came back again now to be inspired to round out my selection for my 'winter reading'.

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02.12 | 19:23

Yes indeed...will show you tomorrow.

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02.12 | 19:20

I like these very much. The spirals amid stars and land especially feel like pure whimsy and joy. Black paper and gel pens, you say?.....

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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