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What is the Difference between Silence and Calmness in Spiritual Growth?
Posted: 3/19/2009 | Spiritual Growth Comments
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I’m sure most of you know about the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. With both of them, you have a limited number of characters to make a connection with the other members and present your question or statement. On a recent post I wrote on both Facebook and Twitter the following statement regarding spiritual growth and development: “The answers are in the silence.” I then attached my virtual meditation page from this website for folks to use.


From this statement someone asked me the question: “What is your experience with silence and calmness?  Isn’t there a difference between understanding and integrating this? And in my experience there is still a big step between calmness and silence.”


I answered on what is called their “wall” so I could say more than the normal amount allowed with the following words: “I’ve had varying experiences with silence. I’ve had experiences like thinking I was meditating for only 10 min or so but turned out it had lasted 4 hours. Mostly I only have a limited amount of time to meditate with my timer set so these experiences of expanding time and no-self are not as dramatic.”


“Calmness to me seems more of a psychological state rather than being seated deeply in silence. But learning to calm ourselves down is a great skill. We would have to start with an ability to slow ourselves and calm down enough in order to simply be with what shows up internally. This moves us toward deep silence. Being with what reveals itself in the moment is what helps us find and work our way towards being our True Selves. The True Self connects us with that which is greater than our small “s” selves.”


“Yes, a glimpse of this deep silence is a start on the road to stabilizing a state of unified consciousness. After an experience of oneness in meditation, we can learn to weave this embodied experience into our everyday lives and into every moment. Eventually the weave is so tight that life breathes us with no separation. That means no separation between subject and object.”


There is much more that could be said about this but for now I will leave it here with these thoughts.


I thought that this might be helpful spiritual information as well as for those not on these social networking sites, this is a way to see what kind of interchanges are happening between people on these kinds of sites. It’s amazing how deep as well as valuable some of the conversations can be.



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