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Stille und Schweigen

 

Vasen

Stillleben mit verschiedenen Vasen, 1636
Francisco de Zurbarán
(1598-1664) spanischer Maler


Seid still und erkennt,
ICH BIN GOTT.

Psalm 46, 10 (AT)


 

Erfahrung der Stille

Eines Tages kamen Wanderer zu der Hütte eines Einsiedlers. Durstig baten sie ihn um einen Trunk Wasser.

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Der Mann der Stille ging mit ihnen zur Zisterne, um ihnen Wasser zu geben. Einer fragte den Einsiedler:

"Welchen Sinn siehst du in einem Leben der Stille?"

Noch mit dem Schöpfen des Wassers aus der tiefen Zisterne beschäftigt, überlegte er und sprach:

"Schaut in die Zisterne, was seht ihr?"

Die Besucher blickten in die Zisterne:

"Wir sehen nichts",

sagten sie.
Dankbar tranken die Fremden die ihnen gereichten Becher mit Wasser leer.
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 aufgewühlt und ihr konntet nichts sehen.

Jetzt ist das Wasser ruhig und ihr seht euch selbst. Das ist die Erfahrung der Stille."

Inspiriert durch: ► Ludger Hohn-Morisch, deutscher Therapeut, Lektor, Herausgeber von Anthologien,
Für jeden Tag ein Stück vom Glück, Herder, Freiburg, 2004
Siehe auch: ► Geschichtensammlung

Missglückte Stilleübung

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.
༺༻MitspielerAussageKommentar
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?"
Suggestivfrage
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."
Hochmut stinkt.
Siehe auch: ► Geschichtensammlung und ► Stolz

Zitate zum Thema Stille / Silence

Zitate allgemein

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

 

Empfehlungen

  • 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, Nobelpreis-
    träger in Literatur, 1913, zitiert in: Aphorismen.de

 

Schlussfolgerungen

  • 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 [Gebet der Sammlung], Autor, Invitation to Love. Way of Christian Contemplation [Einladung zur Liebe. Christliche Kontemplation], Continuum, New York, Juni 1994, Bloomsbury Academic, Neuauflage 1. Dezember 1997, 20. Jahrestagauflage 21. June 2012

 

  • Jedes Reden wiederholt das Schweigen. Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998) deutscher Soziologe, transdisziplinärer Sozialwissen-
    schaftler, Gesellschaftstheoretiker, Begründer der soziologischen Systemtheorie, Autor, Peter Fuchs, Mitautor, Reden und Schweigen, S. 15, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag, 24. Oktober 1989

 

Analogie

  • 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 Nacht-
    himmel
    , 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

 

  • Wenn du vom Sinnen und Wollen deiner Selbstheit still stehst, so wird in dir das ewige Hören, Sehen und Sprechen offenbar und hört und sieht Gott durch dich. Dein eigenes Hören, Wollen und Sehen hindert dich, so dass du Gott weder siehst noch hörst. [...] Wenn du still schweigst, so bist du, was Gott vor Natur und Kreatur war, daraus Er
    deine Natur und Kreatur erschuf. So hörst und siehst du es mit dem Organ, mit dem Gott in dir sah und hörte, ehe
    dein eigenes Wollen, Sehen und Hören anfing.
    Jakob Böhme (1575-1624) deutscher Mystiker, Theologe, Naturphilosoph, zitiert in: Vom übersinnlichen Leben, S. 25, Ogham-Verlag, Stuttgart, 1986, zitiert in: Offenbarung und Philosophie bei Jacob Böhme, präsentiert von der Publikation Rosenkreuz, undatiert

 

 

Felsen
Kreidefelsen auf Rügen, ~1825-1826
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) deutscher Maler

 

 

  • Man braucht zwei Jahre um sprechen zu lernen und fünfzig, um schweigen zu lernen. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
    US-amerikanischer Journalist, Schriftsteller, zitiert in: Gutzitiert

 

  • 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

 

 

  • Manchmal wird das Schweigen von zwei Menschen benutzt, die sich lieben, wie romantische Partner, gute Freunde, Geschwister usw. Manchmal denken die Leute, wenn sie schweigen, wird die andere Person ihr Verhalten ändern
    oder tun, was die andere Person von ihnen möchte. Sie halten es fast für ein pädagogisches Werkzeug. Sie sind jedoch sehr falsch. Das Ignorieren einer anderen Person als eine Form der Bestrafung zerstört nur die Beziehungen.
    Artikel Das Schweigen: Der getarnte psychologische Missbrauch, präsentiert von der Publikation Gedankenwelt, 24. Dezember 2017

 

  • 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

 

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Zustimmendes Stillschweigen

  • Cum tacent clamant.
    Indem sie schweigen, stimmen sie zu. Redewendung

 

Referenzen: de.Wikiquote-Einträge Stille und ► Schweigen

Literarische Zitate

  • 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, Roberto
    Calasso, Herausgeber, Die Zürauer Aphorismen, Aphorismus #109, September 1917-April 1918, veröffentlicht 1931,
    Aphorismen, "Betrachtungen über Sünde, Leid, Hoffnung und den wahren Weg", Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main, 1970, 2006

 

Gedicht

  • 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.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) böhmisch-österreichischer Dichter, Lyriker, Berlin-Schmargendorf, 22. September 1899

 

Gebet

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Gebet, das Mutter Teresa auf ihre Visitenkarten drucken ließ

  • 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 über die Basis ihres Glaubens, zitiert in: Lucinda Vardey (*1949) britisch-kanadische Autorin, Mutter Teresa. Der einfache Weg, Bastei-Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach,
    3. Taschenbuchausgabe 30. September 1997, zitiert in: mat.univie.ac.at

  • Wir Indianer wissen um die Stille. Wir haben keine Angst vor ihr. In der Tat ist für uns die Stille mächtiger als Worte. Unsere Ältes-
    ten wurden in den Wegen der Stille geschult, und sie haben dieses Wissen an uns weitergegeben. Beobachte, höre zu, und dann
    handle, sagten sie uns. Das war die Art zu leben.
    Bei Ihnen ist es genau das Gegenteil. Ihr lernt durch Reden. Ihr belohnt in der Schule die Kinder, die am meisten reden. Auf euren Partys versucht ihr alle, gleichzeitig zu reden. In eurer Arbeit habt ihr ständig Besprechungen, in denen jeder jeden unterbricht und alle fünf, zehn oder hundert Mal reden. Und das nennt ihr "ein Problem lösen". Wenn Sie in einem Raum sind und es herrscht Stille, werden Sie nervös. Sie müssen den Raum mit Geräuschen füllen. Also redet man zwanghaft, noch bevor man weiß, was man sa-
    gen will.
    Weiße Menschen lieben es, zu diskutieren. Sie lassen die andere Person nicht einmal einen Satz beenden. Sie unterbrechen immer. Für uns Indianer sieht das nach schlechten Manieren oder sogar Dummheit aus. Wenn Sie anfangen zu reden, werde ich Sie nicht unterbrechen. Ich werde zuhören. Vielleicht höre ich auf zuzuhören, wenn mir nicht gefällt, was Sie sagen, aber ich werde Sie nicht unterbrechen.
    Wenn Sie zu Ende gesprochen haben, werde ich mir eine Meinung darüber bilden, was Sie gesagt haben, aber ich werde Ihnen nicht sagen, dass ich nicht einverstanden bin, es sei denn, es ist wichtig. Ansonsten werde ich einfach schweigen und weggehen. Sie haben mir alles gesagt, was ich wissen muss. Es gibt nichts mehr zu sagen. Aber das ist für die Mehrheit der Weißen nicht genug.
    Die Menschen sollten ihre Worte als Samen betrachten. Sie sollten sie säen und sie dann in der Stille wachsen lassen. Unsere Ältesten lehrten uns, dass die Erde immer zu uns spricht, aber wir sollten schweigen, um sie zu hören.
    Es gibt viele Stimmen neben der unseren. Viele Stimmen ...

 

Quelle: ► STILLE – Lakota-Erzählung von Aŋpétu Wašté Wiŋ (1889-1971)
Julian Rice, Deer Women and Elk Men. The Lakota Narratives of Ella Deloria, University of New Mexico Press, 1. Januar 1862

General quotes

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Solomon, Proverbs 17, 28 (OT)

 

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)

 

Personal avowals

 

  • 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

 

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Breaking the pathological silence

Busting a taboo

  • 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

 

  • I make monastic silence a protest against the lies of politicians, propagandists, and agitators, and when I speak it is
    to deny that my faith and my church can ever be aligned with these forces of injustice and destruction. But it is true,
    nevertheless, that the faith in which I believe is also invoked by many who believe in war, believe in racial injustices,
    believe in self-righteous and lying forms of tyranny. My life must, then, be a protest against these also, and perhaps
    against these most of all.
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Anglo-American Catholic Trappist monk, mystic student of comparative religion, social activist, poet, writer, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, S. 82, Doubleday, 1. January 1966

 

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  • 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 wo-
    men 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 authorita-
rianism. 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."
Audio interview with Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, #877 – Jordan Peterson, presented by The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, host Joe Rogan (*1961) US American actor, comedian, podcaster, sports color commentator, Spotify audio, minute 2:37:33, 2:50:05 minutes duration, 26. November 2016

 

Recommendations

 

 

  • 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 bet-
    ween 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

 

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  • Do you use the silent treatment as punishment? If so, remember the harm it does to both you and the other individual involved. Psy-
    chically, 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 #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 Uni-
    versity, 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

 

Appeals

  • 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 (*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, host Pieter van Aswegen, 34:10 minutes duration, 1:23:36 duration, aired 3. April 2016, posted 6. April 2016

 

Conclusions

 

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Reference:

Article Silence: God’s first language, presented by The Catholic Thing, Cardinal Robert Sarah, 7. July 2017

 

Pascal
  • We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restless-
    ness. 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 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

 

Insights

  • Music is the space between the notes.
    Alternative version: The music not in the notes, but in the silence between them. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) French composer, cited in: Jonathan G. Koomey, Turning Numbers into Knowledge. Mastering the Art of Problem Solving, S. 96, 2001

 

 

 

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Falsely attributed to:

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and Mark Twain

  • It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. 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

 

  • Movement overcomes cold.
    Stillness overcomes heat.
    Stillness and tranquility set things in order in the universe.
    Lao Tzu (604-531 BC) Chinese sage, philosopher, founder of Daoism, author of Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Way], verse 45,
    6th century BC

 

  • Fish live in the sea, and they are silent. Animals on earth bellow, bark and pray. But the birds who inhabit the heavens sing.
    Silence is proper to the sea, braying is proper to the earth, and singing belongs to heaven. But man has a share in all three, for within himself he bears the depths of the sea, the burden of the earth and the heights of heaven. Hence he possesses all three properties: silence, bellowing and singing.
    Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Indian Bengali philosopher, musician, painter, playwright, poet, novelist, Nobel laureate in lite-
    rature, 1913, cited in: Goodreads Quotable Quote

 

  • The greatest revelation is stillness.
  • 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, cited in: AZ Quotes

 

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[Paraphrased]

"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. Audio speech by 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, Beyond Vietnam, presented by the King Institute, New York, 4. April 1967

 

 

  • 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

 

Wasserfälle
Iguazu Falls, Misiones, Argentina

 

  • 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; cited in: Bernstein and Silence, presented by the blogspot Philosophers playground, 29. August 2008

 

 

 

  • 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 envi-
    ronments. 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 tongues,
    silence or the mystics is with their hearts,
    and silence for the lovers is with restraining the stray thoughts that come to their most innermost being.
    Traditional saying

 

Reference: en.Wikiquote entry Silence

Literary quotes

  • 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

 

 

  • "I want to write a novel about Silence," he said; "the things people don’t say." Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) English
    publisher, essayist, writer of short stories, novel The Voyage Out, Duckworth, United Kingdom, 26. March 1915

 

  • 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

 

Poems

Stillness is what creates love,
Movement is what creates life,
To be still, yet still moving –
That is everything!

Do Hyun Choe, Sugi Master

Flowers are silent
Silence is silent
The mind is a silent flower
The silent flower of the world opens
Ikkyu (1394-1481) Japanese Zen master, poet, cited in: Stephen Berg (1934-2014) US American editor, poet,
Ikkyu. Crow With No Mouth. 15th Century Zen Master, Copper Canyon Press, reprint edition 1. September 2000

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, Facebook entry,
23. September 2020


The Message
Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity.
But silence is impossible.
Silence screams.
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

Personal avowals

  • 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
⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • 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 exacti-
    tude. 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

 

 

 

 

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Realizing everything is happening of itself


 

 

  • 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 (un-
    intelligible) 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 bet-
    ween 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 Si-
    lence 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 main-
    tain 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 Si-
    lence. 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
Sources:
Blog article by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (*1969) US American neurosurgeon, media reporter, chief medical correspondent at CNN,
     Self-censoring linked to higher death risk, 27. August 2007
Blog article When Women Have No Voice In A Relationship, presented by Monch Bravante, undated
See also: ► Marriage and ► Communication and ► Health and ► Death

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.
༺༻CharacterStatementComment
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.
See also: ► Stories and ► Pride and ► Questions

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

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Externe Weblinks


Exzerpiert aus: Rebecca Solnit (*1961) US-amerikanische Kulturhistorikerin, Journalistin, Autorin, The Mother of All Questions,
Haymarket Books, 7. März 2017



Linklose Artikel

  • Interview mit Konstantin Wecker (*1947) deutscher Musiker, Liedermacher, Komponist, Schauspieler, Autor, Stille und Engagement, präsentiert von dem deutschen Magazin "Was ist Erleuchtung? (WIE)", Dr. Thomas Steininger (*1968) österreichischer Philosoph, Kulturaktivist, Hörfunkmoderator von evolve Radio, Journalist, ehemals WIE-Chefredakteur, Herausgeber des deutschen Magazins evolve, Heft 15, Winter 2004

External web links (engl.)


Audio- und Videolinks

Filme

  • 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]

 

Interne Links

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