“Silence is the only language spacious enough to include everything and to keep us from slipping back into dualistic judgments and divisive words.” – Richard Rohr, Silence & Strain

Contemplations of Quietude

By Eric Anthony Crew

 There comes a moment when you finally stop being pulled away from yourself by your own thoughts and you just sit in your own miraculous silence, a beautiful feeling of quietude, peace and reflection washes over you before you even realize what had happened. 

Life is difficult, there is no question about that. Life takes work, effort and a conscious will to press to further yourself from whatever you are to what you should or would like to be.

Relationships, whether family, friends or your true love will all require effort and work and will sometimes even require absence in order to obtain peace. This is because some lessons need to be learned from the reflection of the feeling of the loss of connection from one being to another. The human need to feel loved and to love others in return is possibly our most powerful feature, it is certainly our most endearing.

Allow yourself the space and most importantly the silence to reflect upon your relationships, because every relationship you have with every person will be unique and will therefore require individual attention to make them healthy and stable.

If you find there is a strain between yourself and another take a moment to ask yourself just how much of the strain is actually caused by your own actions, inactions or reactions; and then start from there. Because we have not yet taken the time to reflect on our own behavior, we end up projecting our perceived inadequacies onto others; especially those we are closest to.

Often times it is our own prejudices and detestations that we are afraid to see in ourselves that can be the strongest feelings of aversion available to the subconscious. The problem is that when we are afraid of looking into ourselves and really understanding how we feel about ourselves and our own nature, we do not grow. When these aspects of our consciousness remain in the subconscious we stay the same and our own personal ascension is severely stunted, if not halted entirely.

So then how do we balance this out? What works for one person will not always work for everyone, and the reason is because these people discovered for themselves what worked and what didn’t by looking within and finding their own answers.

Turning In

We truly live in a new age of consciousness, drifting farther from the time of the “guru” when the Piscean Age of being told what to do and what to believe was so prevalent and truly embodying the Aquarian Age of consciousness. Big words to say a simple fact, that we each carry such a unique version of reality with us and it is in embracing ourselves by journeying within that we will finally find ourselves reaching a point of enlightenment that is both satisfying and attainable.

Only in silence can the correct path be seen. Sometimes it may require effort to “clear the mind” but often times it is when the mind is most chaotic that paying attention to what is being thrown around inside is most important. A beautiful poem reads similar to this stating that, “The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

– Eric Anthony Crew


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Eckhart Tolle – ‘Silence and Stillness’ 

Osho on Silent Meditations

“Your enlightenment is perfect only when silence has come to be a celebration. Hence my insistence that after you meditate you must celebrate. After you have been silent you must enjoy it, you must have a thanksgiving. A deep gratitude must be shown towards the whole just for the opportunity that you are, that you can meditate, that you can be silent, that you can laugh.”

“THINKING cannot be stopped. Not that it does not stop, but it cannot be stopped. It stops of its own accord. This distinction has to be understood, otherwise you can go mad chasing your mind. No-mind does not arise by stopping thinking. When the thinking is no more, no-mind is. The very effort to stop will create more anxiety, it will create conflict, it will make you split. You will be in a constant turmoil within. This is not going to help. And even if you succeed in stopping it forcibly for a few moments, it is not an achievement at all — because those few moments will be almost dead, they will not be alive. You may feel a sort of stillness, but not silence, because a forced stillness is not silence. Underneath it, deep in the unconscious, the repressed mind goes on working.”

Osho on Silent Meditation

“What is the difference between a real silence and a false silence? A false silence is always forced; through effort it is achieved. It is not spontaneous, it has not happened to you. You have made it happen. You are sitting silently and there is much inner turmoil.

You suppress it and then you cannot laugh. You will become sad because laughter will be dangerous — if you laugh you will lose silence, because in laughter you cannot suppress. Laughter is against suppression. If you want to suppress you should not laugh; if you laugh everything will come out. The real will come out in laughter, and the unreal will be lost. So whenever you see a saint sad, know well the silence is false. He cannot laugh, he cannot enjoy, because he is afraid. If he laughs everything will be broken, the suppression will come out, and then he will not be able to suppress.” – Osho

The energy of the whole has taken possession of you. You are possessed, you are no more, the whole is.

This moment, as the silence penetrates in you, you can understand the significance of it, because it is the same silence that Gautam Buddha experienced. It is the same silence that Chuang Tzu or Bodhidharma or Nansen…. The taste of the silence is the same.

Time changes, the world goes on changing, but the experience of silence, the joy of it, remains the same. That is the only thing you can rely upon, the only thing that never dies. It is the only thing that you can call your very being.

Osho Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt Chapter 1

Card Commentary

The silent, mirrorlike receptiveness of a star-filled night with a full moon is reflected in the misty lake below. The face in the sky is deep in meditation, a goddess of the night who brings depth, peace and understanding.

Now is a very precious time. It will be easy for you to rest inside, to plumb the depths of your own inner silence to the point where it meets the silence of the universe. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go, and the quality of your inner silence permeates everything you do.

It might make some people uncomfortable, accustomed as they are to all the noise and activity of the world. Never mind; seek out those who can resonate with your silence – or enjoy your aloneness. Now is the time to come home to yourself. The understanding and insights that come to you in these moments will be manifested later on, in a more outgoing phase of your life.