Friday, November 14, 2008

Be Still

Once again a church marquee on 200 St. has got me thinking … this one reads:

“I have sometimes regretted my words, but never my silences”

It made start thinking about the beauty of silence.

One of the reasons I love where I live is the silence. There are rarely any city noises, even through I live 5 minutes walking from a busy intersection. Occasionally I hear a siren, or a plane, but most of the time there is either silence or nature. Right now I hear a flock of geese honking their way to the lagoon, my kitten is purring, the clock is ticking, and my fingernails are tapping on the keys.

We are surrounded by noise. Almost all public places have piped in music as well as people noise. When I visit people I often find the TV or stereo on, even though they are doing something else. Sometimes people start talking about anything at all the moment silence stretches into an uncomfortable place for them. And sometimes we say things that we immediately wish we hadn’t when saying nothing would have served us so much better!

Our Spirit craves silence. “Be still and know that I am God” the psalmist wrote. Our Self is constantly communicating with us and we can’t hear It when our mind is so noisy. I once read a piece by Howard Thurman that said failing to listen to the sound of The Divine within us is like being at the end of a rope being pulled by someone else.

The Sacred Voice needs quiet and deep attention in order to be heard. It often "speaks" without words – through feeling. Haven’t you felt this sacred silence? I have - in a starry night outdoors, standing in an ancient forest, a great cathedral in England, in the Great Pyramid in Egypt and in my own home. This sacred silence is rich in mystery and majesty. It is possible anywhere, and is necessary for our well-being. Taking time to be still and know brings us back to Center, refreshes us, and causes us to remember our Truth.


I recognize the infinitely intelligent presence of The Divine in my life right now. It is a feeling of unconditional love. It is an acknowledgement of spiritual Law.

Law works through me with Love. I now experience more of my True Self by consciously being aware of my ability to be still and know that I am God.

I choose to spend time in sacred silence today and everyday, opening to the conscious realization of my True Nature. I do not regret this time as time spent in communion with The Divine brightens every area of my life. Soulutions come easily. Manifestations come quickly. Life is good.

I celebrate my ability to let go of attachment to noise and busyness. I celebrate my ability to be still and know. I am grateful to hear that still small Voice clearly.

I release these words into the Law of Mind knowing they are already done. And so it is.