There is a Silence that we don’t know. Yet it is as near to us as our breath.
The Silence I speak of seems familiar when it first appears, but is unknown to us in our ordinary state of consciousness. Within the gentle enfolding of this Silence is the freedom we long for. But in the bellicose noise of our outer and inner worlds, we have lost contact with its transformative and healing power. We need to reclaim our inner connection with Silence if we are ever to become whole.
Silence has been referred to as the Eternal, or Holy Silence, a vast Stillness, or an unnameable Presence. No matter how valiant our efforts may be to pin a label on it, words can only point to the contours of a very great mystery. Silence just IS.
This book is written for those who sense that something vital is missing in how we relate to each other and to nature; who want to live a fuller, more authentic life; and who have been searching for what is hidden in plain sight, not realizing how close we are to what we long for, if only we could find this mysterious something which eludes us. You are not alone in this perennial quest.
We explore the great mystery of Holy Silence throughout the book, and offer simple suggestions that may bring you closer to what already resides within you.
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The beauty and wonder of the natural world offer us a window into ourselves, if we know how to look. It is a precious gift, but most of us don’t know how to open it.
We have been trained to think that nature is separate from us. But nothing could be further from the truth. We are entwined with the natural world, like a tree with its roots.
When we come upon the silence of a majestic mountain or listen to joyful birdsong on a spring morning, we are invited into the present moment, where there is no past and no future. In these rare and wonderful moments, the thinking mind stops its constant chatter, and we encounter a dimension of being where there is no time. It is the gateway to a sacred dimension within every human being.
When we are in communion with nature, we are in communion with ourselves. And it is within this mysterious and beautiful relationship that we begin to see ourselves as we really are.
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