Seid still und erkennt, ICH BIN GOTT.
Psalm 46, 10 (AT)
Erfahrung der Stille
Zu einem Einsiedler kamen eines Tages Menschen. Sie fragten ihn:
"Welchen Sinn siehst du in einem Leben der Stille?"
Er war gerade mit dem Schöpfen von Wasser aus einer tiefen Zisterne beschäftigt.
Er überlegte und sprach:
"Schaut in die Zisterne, was seht ihr?"
Die Besucher blickten in die Zisterne:
"Wir sehen nichts",
Nach einer Weile forderte der Einsiedler die Besucher erneut auf:
"Schaut in die Zisterne! Was seht ihr?"
Sie blickten hinunter und sagten:
"Jetzt sehen wir uns selbst!"
Der Einsiedler sprach:
"Als ich vorhin Wasser schöpfte, war das Wasser unruhig und ihr konntet nichts sehen.
Jetzt ist das Wasser ruhig und ihr seht euch selbst. Das ist die Erfahrung der Stille."
| Vier Mönche beschlossen, zwei Wochen lang in Stille zu meditieren.|
In der Abenddämmerung des ersten Tages fing die Kerze an zu flackern und schließlich verlöschte sie.
|1.||Der erste Mönch sagte:|| "Oh nein! Die Kerze ist erloschen."||Faktischer Hinweis|
|2.||Der zweite Mönch sagte:|| "Hatten wir nicht beschlossen, |
nicht zu sprechen?"
|3.||Der dritte Mönch sagte:|| "Warum habt ihr beide das Schweigen gebrochen?"||Warum-Frage|
|4.||Der vierte Mönch meinte lachend:||"Ha! Und ich bin der Einzige, |
der nicht gesprochen hat."
Zitate zum Thema Stille / Silence
Besser eine Hand voll Ruhe als beide Hände voll Mühe und Streben nach Wind. Kohelet (Prediger Salomo) 4, 6 (AT)
Jesus sprach: Das Reich ist in euch und außerhalb von euch. Wenn ihr euch erkennt, werdet ihr erkannt werden und werdet erkennen. [...] Wenn man euch fragt: Was ist das Zeichen eures Vaters an euch? Sagt ihnen: Bewegung ist es und Ruhe.
Seine Jünger fragten ihn: Wann wird die Ruhe eintreten und wann wird die neue Welt kommen?
Er antwortete: Die neue Welt ist schon gekommen. Doch ihr erkennt sie nicht.
Hebt einen Stein auf, und ich bin da. Spaltet ein Stück Holz, und ihr findet mich. Thomasevangelium, Logion 77, Teil der Apokryphen, 50-140, 350 n. Chr., wiederentdeckt 1945
- Der Staub der toten Worte haftet an Dir, bade Deine Seele in Schweigen. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) indisch-bengalischer Philosoph, Maler, Komponist, Musiker, Dichter, Schriftsteller, Nobelpreisträger in Literatur, 1913, Aphorismus
- Stille ist Gottes Ursprache, alles Weitere ist schlicht Übersetzung. Um diese Sprache zu verstehen, müssen wir lernen, still zu werden und in Gott zu ruhen. Father Thomas Keating (1923-2018) US-amerikanischer Zisterziensermönch, Priester, Abt, Entwickler des Centering Prayers (Gebets der Sammlung), Autor, Invitation to Love. The Way of Christian Contemplation, Continuum, Juni 1994, Bloomsbury Academic, 20th annversary edition 21. June 2012
- Jedes Reden wiederholt das Schweigen. Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) deutscher Soziologe, transdisziplinärer Sozialwissenschaftler, Gesellschaftstheoretiker, Begründer der soziologischen Systemtheorie, Autor, Peter Fuchs, Mitautor, Reden und Schweigen, S. 15, Suhrkamp Taschenbuchverlag, 24. Oktober 1989
- In seinem Buch Das All-Sehende Auge empfiehlt ⚡ David R. Hawkins, auf die lautlose Stille des Schweigens, den Hintergrund von Geräuschen, zu lauschen. Geräusche sind wie Kratzer auf einer weißen Leinwand. Die Stille ist analog zu dem samtdunklen Nachthimmel, in den die Sterne eingestreut sind.
- Stille und Schweigen muss sein, wo das Wort vernommen werden soll.
Man kann zu ihm nicht besser kommen als durch Stillesein und Schweigen;
da kann man es hören, da versteht man es Recht: im Unwissen!
Wenn man nichts mehr weiß, dann zeigt und offenbart es sich. Meister Eckhart (Eckhart von Hochheim) (1260-1328) deutscher Mystiker, dominikanischer Theologe, Philosoph, Deutsche Predigten und Traktate, Diogenes Verlag, 19. Auflage 1993
- Unser Leben endet an dem Tag, an dem wir über Dinge schweigen, die wichtig sind. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US-amerikanischer Baptistenpastor, Bürgerrechtler, Aphorismus
- Das Schweigen beginnt zu sprechen, wenn sich die Worte, die die Bedeutungen verzerren, endgültig verabschiedet haben. Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé (*1956) Burkina Faso-stämmiger US-amerikanischer Psychologe, Medizinmann, Seminarleiter, Autor, Quelle unbekannt
- Man braucht zwei Jahre um sprechen zu lernen und fünfzig, um schweigen zu lernen. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) US-amerikanischer Journalist, Schriftsteller, Quelle unbekannt
- Jeder eigene Ausdruck führt zu einem Eindruck bei anderen und der erzeugt in ihnen einen neuen Ausdruck, der wiederum für einen selbst beeindruckend ist. Wer sich ständig ausdrückt, ist auch immer beeindruckt. So entstehen Ehekräche und Weltkriege. Irgendwann legt dieser ständige Druck jeden lahm. In der Stille herrscht kein Druck. Wenn ich nichts denke, nichts ausdrücke, bin ich aber trotzdem immer noch da. Auf dem Weg treffe ich eigentlich immer wieder nur auf eins: Auf mich.
Und was ich in Zukunft ausdrücke, werde ich mir noch genauer überlegen als bisher. Hape Kerkeling (*1964) deutscher Entertainer, Komiker, Moderator, Schauspieler, Sänger, Synchronsprecher, Autor, Ich bin dann mal weg, S. 237, 22. Mai 2006
- Es ist nicht notwendig, dass du aus dem Haus gehst. Bleib bei deinem Tisch und horche. Horche nicht einmal, warte nur. Warte nicht einmal, sei völlig still und allein. Anbieten wird sich dir die Welt zur Entlarvung, sie kann nicht anders, verzückt wird sie sich vor dir winden. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) österreichisch-ungarischer kulturell einflussreicher deutschsprachiger Romanschriftsteller, Quelle unbekannt
- Stille ist das absolute Gleichgewicht von Körper, Geist und Seele.
Stille ist der Eckpfeiler des Charakters.
Weisheit der Ohiyesa, Santee Sioux
- Der einfachste Weg, um unsere wahre Natur zu finden, ist das Eintauchen in die innere Stille. Christina Devaprem Wenderoth, Quelle unbekannt
Schweigen tötet, Reden kann Leben retten.
Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Friedensnobelpreisträger, Ende 1999
- Cum tacent clamant.
Indem sie schweigen, stimmen sie zu. Redewendung
- Wenn es nur einmal so ganz stille wäre
Wenn es nur einmal so ganz stille wäre.
Wenn das Zufällige und Ungefähre verstummte und das nachbarliche Lachen,
wenn das Geräusch, das meine Sinne machen, mich nicht so sehr verhinderte am Wachen –
Dann könnte ich in einem tausendfachen Gedanken bis an deinen Rand dich denken
und dich besitzen (nur ein Lächeln lang),
um dich an alles Leben zu verschenken wie einen Dank.
- Die Frucht der Stille ist das Gebet.
Die Frucht des Gebetes ist der Glaube.
Die Frucht des Glaubens ist die Liebe.
Die Frucht der Liebe ist das Dienen.
Die Frucht des Dienens ist der Friede.
⚡ Mutter Teresa (1910-1997) albanienstämmige indische katholische Missionarin, Heilige, die Basis ihres Glaubens, Quelle unbekannt
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt. Solomon, Proverbs 17, 28 (AT)
And behold, thou shalt be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall come to pass,
because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. Gospel of Luke 1, 20 (NT)
- I shall assume that your silence gives consent. Plato (427-347 BC) Ancient Greek pre-Christian founder of the occidental philosophy, writer, dialogue Cratylus, 435b, ~350 BC
- I made a vow. I knew I was going to write to bear witness. I felt that I had to because not to bear witness to an event that one lived is a betrayal of that event. I did not know how. I was afraid of not finding the words. And I come from a mystical background. One can purify language through silence. And that's why I was waiting for ten years. And during the tenth year I wrote it [ The Night ]. Video TV interview with Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) German-French Jewish professor, political activist, Nazi concentration camp survivor, writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1986, presented by the US American TV channel CNN, sitcom One on One, part 2, host Riz Khan, minute 1:18, 10:59 minutes duration, 4. August 2007
- My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you. [...] What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.
I began to ask each time: "What's the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?" Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, "disappeared" or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.
Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it's personal. And the world won't end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Caribbean-American activist, poet, writer, treatise on transforming silence into redemptive action, excerpted 1984, The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action, 26. June 2006
- Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent. […] It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to have the opportunity to speak out – to many thousands of people – on something so important. Rachel Louise Carson (1907-1964) US American marine biologist, conservationist, promoter of the global environmental movement, author of Silent Spring, 1962, letter to Dorothy Freeman, cited in: Ellen S. Levine, Up close. Rachel Carson, S. 72, Viking, Penguin Group, 2007
| Spoken truth as counterveiling force to evil|
"Life is hard, it's no wonder people get corrupted by it. It's not an easy thing to live in a truthful manner, but the alternative is hell. […] I learned a lot about the importance of spoken truth as the counterveiling force against tyranny and authoritarianism. It isn't an alternative political structure that's counterveiling force, it's spoken truth that's the counterveiling force. […] The ability to speak your truth is the bullwark against hell. And losing your job that's nothing compared to where things can go, when they go badly. […] Most people don't understand the risks of [pathological] silence." Video interview with Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, Joe Rogan Experience #877 – Jordan Peterson, presented by The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, host Joe Rogan (*1967) US American comedian and sports color commentator, YouTube film, minute 2:37:33, 2:50:05 minutes duration, 28. November 2016
- Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) assassinated 16th US President (1861-1865), abolisher of slavery, source unknown
- We have to climb up to this kind of silence. This language is not taught in the Berlitz repertoire. We have to teach ourselves. The primary teaching of Centering Prayer is basically very simple and can be expressed in two words: "Do it!" It will then do you. But it requires doing it every day. That is extremely important when we consider the other influences that are bearing down upon us. At times in our lives we have to make choices and set up priorities. Once we are dealing with Christ as the primary focus of our prayer, there is no longer a question of simply choosing between good and evil. There is a question of choosing between good, better, and best. The exercises or methods that we used in the beginning may have to be set aside for better tools, and finally for the best tools when we have moved as far as our human faculties can move us with the help of grace.
Then, without doing anything, silence does everything in us. Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. (1923-2018) US American Trappist monk, priest, founder of the Centering Prayer movement, author, Intimacy with God. An Introduction to Centering Prayer, The Crossroad Publishing Company, 3rd edition 1. September 2009
- Do you use the silent treatment as punishment? If so, remember the harm it does to both you and the other individual involved. Psychically, the communication lines remain open even if you are not speaking to someone in anger, so just be aware that the silent treatment is not really silent. Better to inform an individual that you need to withdraw from him or her in order to gather your own thoughts back together. Caroline Myss Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, bestselling author, The Power of Silence Part 2, presented by Caroline's Blog, 23. July 2018
- As an adult, you can not expect to meet God as a child. You must meet Him in the maturity of your personhood. You speak "Thou" on your lips. You wait patiently. In silence, you listen for the God who is. Out of the silence you hear a whisper, ever so softly: "I am who am." And you respond with the totality of your life. Person to person. God to man and man to God. John Barich, US American author, essay A Few Thoughts on Martin Buber's I and Thou, undated Link deleted
- You do not need to do anything, just remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, just wait. Do not even wait, just be quiet, still and solitary, and the universe will expose itself to you. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian-Hungarian culturally influential German-language novelist, The Zürau Aphorisms, aphorism ... of 109, written September 1917-April 1918, published 1931
- Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously. Lance Morrow (*1939) US American professor of journalism, Boston University, writer for magazine TIME, author, cited in: Eric Garner, The Art of Communicating, S. 37, 2012
- When things are too hard to handle, retreat and count your blessings instead. Islamic saying
- But please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Alice Walker [Work LoC 440] (*1944) US-American feminist, political activist, poet, author, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (1983) and the National Book Award, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens. Womanist Prose, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983
- It is really important that we enter into silence to rejuvenate our brains. Audio interview with Annette Jahnel (*1962) South African photographer, artist, world traveller touring with project "Searching for Galileo", public speaker, author, presented by the Whale Coast Radio 96fm, MP3, host Pieter van Aswegen, 34:10 minutes duration, 1:23:36 duration, aired 3. April 2016, posted 6. April 2016
- God's first language is silence. Everything else is a poor translation. In order to understand this language, we must learn to be silent and to rest in God. Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. (1923-2018) US American Trappist monk, priest, founder of the Centering Prayer movement, author, Invitation to Love. The Way of Christian Contemplation, Continuum, June 1994, Bloomsbury Academic, 20th annversary edition 21. June 2012
- We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. […] We need silence to be able to touch souls. ⚡ Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) Albanian-born Indian Catholic nun, beatified saint, missionary, humanitarian, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Nobel Prize for Peace laureate, 1979, A Gift for God. Prayers and Meditations, "Carriers of Christ's Love," 1975, HarperOne, reprint edition 26. August 2003
- Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) German-French Jewish professor, political activist, Nazi concentration camp survivor, writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 1986, Nobel Peace Prize lecture Hope, Despair, and Memory, Oslo, Norway, 10. December 1986
- Silence is what allows people to suffer without recourse, what allows hypocrisies and lies to grow and flourish, crimes to go unpunished. If our voices are essential aspects of our humanity, to be rendered voiceless is to be dehumanized or excluded from one's humanity.
Words bring us together, and silence separates us, leaves us bereft of the help or solidarity or just communion that speech can solicit or elicit. Rebecca Solnit (*1961) US American culture historian, journalist, writer, The Mother of All Questions, Haymarket Books, paperback, 7. March 2017, cited in: Breaking Silence as Our Mightiest Weapon Against Oppression, presented by the free weekly digest Brain Pickings, host Maria Popova (*1984) Bulgarian critic, blogger, writer, 20. March 2017
- The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) French composer, unsourced aphorism
- There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (1926-2004) Swiss US American psychiatrist, death and dying researcher, founder of Near-death studies, author, Quotes
- Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Maurice Switzer, Native American of Mississauga, Mohawk, and Jewish ancestry, director of Communications for the Union of Ontario Indians, journalist since 1965, Mrs. Goose, Her Book, S. 29, Moffat, Yard & Company, New York, 1907, Nabu Press, revised edition 8. September 2010
- Every so often you meet a person who is very different. You can't put your finger on what it is that attracts you to this individual, but he or she exudes a mystery and strength, radiating a silent power that is strange and beguiling. Stuart Wilde stuartwilde.com (1946-2013) British music producer, humorist, lecturer, scriptwriter, essayist, lyricist, writer on metaphysics and consciousness, Silent Power, chapter 1, Hay House, 1. April 1998
- Stillness in one individual can affect society beyond measure. Bede Griffith (1906-1993) British-born Catholic Benedictine monk, mystic, ashramite in India for 50 years, source unknown
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- A time comes when silence is betrayal. Men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness so close around us. [...] We are called upon to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) US American Baptist minister, activist, leader of the African American civil rights movement, Riverside Church, New York City, 1967
- Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on sick or well. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) celebrated English nurse, statistician, writer, pioneer in nursing during the Crimean War, source unknown
- God's first language is silence. There is no word in the Trinity except the Eternal Word, and that one Word contains everything. As St. John of the Cross writes: "It was said once, and said in absolute silence. And it is only in silence that we hear it. Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. (1923-2018) US American Trappist monk, priest, founder of the Centering Prayer movement, author, Intimacy with God. An Introduction to Centering Prayer, The Crossroad Publishing Company, 3rd edition 1. September 2009
- Furthermore, as muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil. Alan Watts (1915-1973) British religious philosopher, minister, Episcopal priest, Zen expert, speaker, writer, The Way of Zen, Vintage Giant, pocketbook, 26. January 1999
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- Silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system. Imke Kirste, Ph.D., German regenerative biologist, Duke University, Durham, Is silence golden? Effects of auditory stimuli and their absence on adult hippocampal neurogenesis, 1. December 2013, cited in: article This Is Your Brain on Silence. Contrary to popular belief, peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head., presented by the US American magazine Nautilus, Daniel A. Gross, issue 16, 21. August 2014
- Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. Our most emotionally active life is lived in our dreams, and our cells renew themselves most industriously in sleep. We reach highest in meditation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great; he is free from the experience of hostility; he is a poet, and most like an angel. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) US American composer, conductor, pianist, music lecturer, author, 1976
- The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'. Alfred Brendel (*1931) Czech Austrian pianist, source unknown
- The power of nature exists in its silence. Human words cannot encode the meaning because human language has access only to the shadow of meaning. Malidoma Patrice Somé, Burkina Faso born, American based psychologist, medicine man, author, Of Water and the Spirit. Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, Penguin, revised edition 28. September 1995, pocketbook, 31. December 2011
- Researchers found that silence helps new cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system, and that when we experience silence, our brains are able to work at better understanding our internal and external environments. We can make sense of our lives and gain perspective, something that is vital for our overall wellbeing. Blog article Science Says Silence is Vital for Our Brains, presented by the blogspot Uplift Connect, Azriel ReShel, 9. May 2018
- Silence for the ordinary people is with their ,
silence or the mystics is with their ,
and silence for the lovers is with restraining the that come to their most innermost being.
| Reference: en.Wikiquote entry ► Silence|
- All Profound things, and emotions of things are preceded and attended by Silence. Herman Melville (1819-1891) US American poet, short story writer, essayist, novelist, Pierre: or, The Ambiguities, book XIV, chapter 1, 1852
- After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ⚡ Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) English US American visionary poet, humanist, pacifist, essayist, writer on parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, collection of essays Music at Night, 1931
- There is a still place, a gap between the worlds, spoken by the tribal knowings of thousands of years. In it are silent flyings that stand aside from human struggles and the designs of our own makings. At times, when we are silent enough, still enough, we take a step into such mystery, the place of spirit, and mystery, we must remember, by its very nature does not wish to be known. Linda Hogan (*1947) Native American academic, environmentalist, storyteller, playwright, poet, novelist, writer of short stories, Dwellings. A Spiritual History of the Living World, W. W. Norton & Company, reprint edition 17. July 2007
Stillness is what creates love,
Movement is what creates life,
To be still, yet still moving –
That is everything!
Do Hyun Choe, Sugi Master
|Stand still, my love, and breathe,|
breathe into the chaos of this world.
You are only witnessing the passing of form.
What you are cannot pass, will not die,
shall not be ended when everything ends.
This is only a play of noise and shadow,
light and silence, and you, forever,
rooted, at its core, so still,
never witnessed, yet witnessing
through child-like eyes, invisible.
Jeff Foster |ifewithoutacentre (*1980) English astrophysicist, depressive, spiritual teacher, source unknown
* The Message
Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence is a message,
just as doing nothing is an act.
Let who you are ring out and resonate
in every word and deed.
Yes, become who you are.
There's no sidestepping your own being
or your own responsibility.
What you do is who you are.
You are your own comeuppance.
You become your own message.
You are the message.
Leonard Peltier (*1944) Dakota, Chippewa Native American activist, member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), jailed for murder (*1977), Harvey Arden, editor, Prison Writings. My Life Is My Sun Dance, S. 216, Griffin, June 2000
Quotes by David Hawkins
- As I step over a rattle snake, there I am on the top of Schnelby Hill. I was looking at this big place there and I step over and 'Good God Almighty!' there it is, the hugest rattler you ever saw. 'Good Lord!' and in that instant there was letting go at absolute depth, an absolute letting-go-ness. All fear disappeared. All perception of it as a possible enemy – and in its place there as profound stillness and peace that was infinitely powerful, the presence of love, the Presence of God is so powerful it sweeps away everything and so the snake is held there, suspended – just like that – can't move. That profound state of peace, the stillness of the Presence of God holds all within itself and nothing can withstand it. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart, DVD 1 of 3, minute ~52:00, 27. September 2002
- In ordinary states of consciousness, sound prevails over a background of silence and replaces it. In contrast, in the Presence, the opposite occurs. Although sound is perceptible, it is in the background. The Silence prevails so that the silence is actually not interrupted or displaced by the sound. Nothing disturbs the stillness or interferes with its peace. Dr. David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, 2001
- The radiance of God is the light of awareness that reveals the divinity of all that exists. In the stillness of the Infinite Presence, the mind is silent as there is nothing that can be said; all speaks of itself with completeness and exactitude. With this realization one transcends the final duality of existence versus nonexistence because only existence is possible. The opposite of Truth does not exist because Reality excludes nonreality. In this realization resides the peace of God. Dr. David R. Hawkins, The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 118, 2001
- The substrate of existence of all of us at this moment is Silent. The source of our existence is Silent. The rug is silent. This is silent. [...]
Out of that innate Silence then, is where, as you expand context, you begin to own the silence as yourself and that which is interfering with the silence is the not-Self. Sound becomes the content. It’s only because of the Silence that you can hear any sound. You begin to identify with the Silence as that which you are. It comes on profoundly – the Oneness with the Silence is one’s own existence beyond all time.
When you choose it, you’re not at the effect of it, so you choose to experience this existence as you experience it. In so doing, you let go resisting it and as you let go resisting it you can solve it. And you go back into that which you are prior to this existence and that is the meaning of the Silence.
To be that which you are now, you have to be the Whole Universe, because it’s all part of the whole picture. So (unintelligible) dream on the in-breath the creation arises and on the out-breath the creation melts. No, it’s the other way around. On the out-breath creation arises, on the in-breath it disappears. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Advaita. The Way to God through Mind, DVD 2 of 3, 52-57 minutes, August 2002
- It is the Infinite silent field out of which thoughts are arising. […] The arisings then become occasions for the ego to latch on to in a 1/10,000th of a second and own them as "mine". Therefore the ego is nothing but a collection of an assortments of ownership over eons. Underneath this activity is the Totality of Absolute Silence. The difference between Enlightenment and non-enlightenment [...] this 1/10,000th of a second and catching the ego at its claims. [...] 1/10,000th of a second later that the ego jumps into a stake calm to the phenomena as "mine". In Reality there is no I, me or mine. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Witnessing and Observing, CD 5 of 5, 16. October 2004
- When all sound stops, you don’t have to create silence. Silence is the basic condition, you’ve just removed that which obscures it, and then you hear the silence. And if you’re spiritually evolved you hear the silence even if there is noise. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Phoenix presentation Title unknown, Unity Church, January 2005
- That which is the Voice of God is silence. When we sink into the Voice of God, we sink into the silence, which is indicative of Divine Presence. Behind the thought, behind the thinkingness is an infinite silence. And the Infinite Silence is the source of our existence. And between the thoughts, under the thinkingness is a profound silence. All we have to do is become aware of that silence by realizing it's there. […]
Behind all the sound of the universe, the silence is forever there. Behind the sounds of the woods, the woods are silent. The sound of the bird doesn't have anything to do with the silence. You see, the silence is maintained even though there's sound above it. But the only reason you can hear the sound is because of the background of silence. So the silence is there, right in the middle of the sound. So, you focus on the silence, which is ever present.
In the middle of cacophony and catastrophe, when the bullets are flying around and the planes are crashing and all hell is breaking loose, there is nothing but the Infinite Silence. Hmm. So, you identify with that silence and just maintain awareness. You can go about your daily life and do everything that you need to do and yet at all times maintain the awareness of silence. So that gives you a centering. A centering kind of prayerfulness is that you're always aware of the presence of silence, which is the infinite context. The Reality of the Presence of God is an Infinite Silence. And then that what you hold in mind in that silence tends to manifest, not as a result of causation but as potentiality manifesting.
And we thank thee, O Lord, for Thy Divine Presence, as the Infinite Silence, out of which arises our existence. Amen. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Sedona Seminar Reason vs. Truth, DVD 3 of 3, minute 1:43:56-1:48:15, 19. August 2006 – August 2006 lecture – Closing prayer, YouTube film, 3:45 minutes duration, posted by darrylhoward 2. October 2012
Englische Texte – English section on Silence
Study on marriage, [silenced] communication and death (1997-2007)
10-year study on the effect of marital strain in relationship to the development of heart disease and death
Published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, July/August edition 2007
| Study results – Communication and death rates of spouses |
|⚑||Unhealthy anger building up can, like stress, damage the heart.|| |
|⚑|| "The study also confirmed that marriage is good for men's health, but that unmarried men were twice as likely to die as married men."||Dr. Elaine Eaker, US American study's author|
|⚑|| "We don't really know why women self-silence. It may be some type of protection mechanism. Self-silencing women need to learn how to express themselves more constructively and put themselves in an environment where they feel safe to do so."||Dr. Elaine Eaker, US American study's author|
|⚑||Women who don't express themselves during disagreements with their husbands are FOUR times |
more likely to die [of a heart disease] compared with women who express themselves freely.
|⚑|| "Girls learn more 'relational forms' of aggression. |
Boys contrary to girls are taught to express their anger openly."
|Dana Jack, US American psychologist, expert on self-silencing, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University|
Skipping the commitment to silence for pride
|Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks.|
By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
|1.||The first monk said:|| "Oh, no! The candle is out."||Fact based statement|
|2.||The second monk said:|| "Aren't we supposed not to talk?"||Suggestive question|
|3.||The third monk said:|| "Why must you two break the silence?"||Why question|
|4.||The fourth monk|
laughed and said:
| "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak."||Pride sucks.|
Love emerges from stillness.
| Stillness is what creates love,|
Movement is what creates life,
To be still, yet still moving –
That is everything!
| Source: ► Do Hyun Choe, Japanese Master|
Links zum Thema Stille / Silence
- Stuart Wilde stuartwilde.com (1946-2013) British music producer, humorist, lecturer, scriptwriter, essayist, lyricist, writer on metaphysics and consciousness, Silent Power, Hay House, 1. April 1998
Exzerpiert aus: Rebecca Solnit (*1961) US-amerikanische Kulturhistorikerin, Journalistin, Autorin, The Mother of All Questions, Haymarket Books, 7. März 2017
- Interview mit Konstantin Wecker (*1947) deutscher Musiker, Liedermacher, Komponist, Schauspieler, Autor, Stille und Engagement, präsentiert von dem deutschen Magazin Was ist Erleuchtung?, Thomas Steininger, österreichischer Philosoph, Chefredakteur des aufgelösten Magazins WIE / EnlightenNext, Radiomoderator, Heft 15, Winter 2004
External web links (engl.)
Audio- und Videolinks
- Dokumentarfilm Die grosse Stille, präsentiert von Philip Gröning, deutscher Regisseur, 2005, YouTube Film, 4:28 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 14. Februar 2010
Eindrücke vom Leben im Kartäuserkloster La Grande Chartreuse
Audio and video links (engl.)
Music links (engl.)
- Video song presentation by Paul Simon (*1941) US American singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet, and Garfunkel, Sound of Silence [Lied über die Stille] YouTube film, 2:51 minutes duration, posted 28. September 2006
Over 14 million clicks/views [status June 2013]