Quotes by Meister Eckhart and Rupert Spira unveil us to the silence that is the language of heaven itself
How to get the most out of these Wisdom Quotes:
Put aside everything you think you already know.
Open your mind and heart to receive something new.
Take your time going through each point.
Return to any points that particularly touch you.
In the coming days, listen carefully to the wisdom within you.
1. A Huge and Beckoning Silence
"There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven."
“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness."
Silence and stillness are not something that we experience very much in today's world. There is a movement of mindfulness to help us enter into this realm of silent stillness, but it is often tainted with misconceptions and feelings of inadequacy.
Notice the "huge silence" within you that is calling you to itself. This is not something that is apart from you or coming from another place. It is your own silence.
What comes to mind when you think of silence? Is it boring? Unnatural? Or something attractive and to be desired? Take a moment to consider what silence means to you.
What does your conditioned mind say about God? Have you ever thought of God as stillness?
2. The Silence Behind the Silence
"Any feeling of boredom betrays the fact that our desire for peace and happiness is invested in the content of experience, invested in what happens.
Who is the one who resists sinking into the silence behind the silence? The separate self or ego. But the separate self or ego is not an entity in its own right. It is simply the activity of expectation and boredom, seeking and resisting.
See what happens to expectation and boredom when they are met with this understanding.
The silence that is the absence of sound and thought is a reflection in the mirror of the mind of the silence behind the silence, the great silence in which everything and the absence of everything are contained."
~Rupert Spira, from the video: Guided Meditation - The Silence Behind the Silence
For some, Rupert's words may seem confusing, but they are worth re-reading and contemplating because they can shine a light into the depths of our being.
Notice how heavily invested your peace and happiness are in what happens. What if nothing needs to happen for peace and happiness to exist?
Notice, also, any resistance to sinking into silence.
Consider the words, "the mind of the silence behind the silence, the great silence." Whose mind could this be?
3. Words Within Silence
"The very best and noblest attainment in this life is to be silent and let God work and speak within. Therefore, it is said, in the midst of silence the secret word was spoken to me."
“I need to be silent for a while, words are forming in my heart.”
~Meister Eckhart, from the video: Selected Verses and Teachings for Meditation - Christian Mystics
Be silent for a while today.
4. Falling in Love With the Silence
"Meister Eckhart said, 'There is in each one of us an immense silence which beckons us into itself.'
To begin with, we think that it is we who approach this silence. In reality, it is this silence that draws us into itself.
In the beginning, as we come out of our thoughts and feelings we get brief tastes of this silence and its inherent peace. In time, as we become more acquainted with it, we begin to fall in love with it.
We don’t just visit it from time to time, we begin to live there. We make it our home."
~Rupert Spira, from the video: A Meditation on Silence
Our experience of this vast, beckoning silence takes us on a journey from occasional visits to settling into it as our home.
Notice where you are on your journey into silence. There is no judgment here, only noticing.
The key to finding this silence is to "come out of our thoughts and feelings." What concepts do you have about how difficult it is to do this? What frustrations arise when you think about doing this? Just notice.
The easiest and simplest way to allow silence to draw you in, is to take a conscious breath - the deeper, the better. Begin there. Then take another breath. And another. You will find that, no matter where you are or what you're doing, silence will find you, and you will experience the marvelous, enveloping peace it brings.
5. Investing Time to Know Yourself
“A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart.
We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul.
Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.”
"Be sure of this: absolute stillness for as long as possible is best of all for you."
How did we miss that the most important thing in life is to know ourselves? Fortunately, it's never too late to begin this journey.
You can learn to know yourself by going "into your own ground." Without realizing it, we externalize everything, projecting our thoughts onto others and creating a world of personal perception. By making the shift from the mind to the heart, and coming back to ourselves, we can begin to really get to know our true nature.
Practise going into your own ground. Presence is the key, as it brings you out of the world of the mind and into the present moment, where there is stillness. Use conscious breathing as an anchor to ground yourself.
Once you're here, in the stillness, stay for as long as possible - even if it's only a few seconds. It's all valuable. It all counts.
6. The Realm of Eternal Peace
"Heaven is our being, that’s what heaven is, the realm of eternal peace that is the nature of our being."
~Rupert Spira, from the video: Heaven Is the Truth of Our Being
"Before death, God is in me; after death, I am in God. Heaven is God’s presence, which is both within us, as our very own being, and spread out over the face of the earth, appearing to us as the world. Hell is the overlooking of that fact."
~Rupert Spira, from the website: rupertspira.com
“All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.”
Here we see that heaven, God's presence, the realm of eternal peace, and the nature of our being are all one in the same thing.
If this is so, how can God be separate from us in any way?
If this is so, how can there be any distance between us and heaven?
Recognize silence to be the language of divine presence, of heaven itself, and remember that "all God wants of man is a peaceful heart."