The power is in Silence

Spiritual work must always be done in secret. All you can share with others are the results of your work. As for the work itself– what it consists of, the experiences you have, the states of consciousness you experience – it is better to keep quiet about them. You can boast about your qualifications, your sporting achievements, your business successes, and so on, but spiritual life requires the greatest humility. You have to just work and keep quiet about what you are trying to achieve, even more so about what you have achieved. You can speak, but in another way, by means of what you emanate, your vibrations, the example you give, the positive influence you have. That is all.

~Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

The above quote by Omraam reminds me of a similar post by Henri Nouwen on hidden greatness, in which he wrote “Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.”

I think Jesus is a living example of someone whose spiritual work was done in secret. The gospels were silent on his formative years between 12 and 30 years of his age. He might have been going through spiritual exercises such as yoga and meditation, learning from various teachers in Israel and probably India, and acquainting himself with the social issues of his day, such that by the time he was ready to start his ministry, all people could see were the results of his spiritual development –  his vibrations, the example he gave and the positive influence he had, through teaching, healing, liberating and lifting up people who were oppressed and marginalised.

Ram Dass Quote
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
Ram Dass

According to Ram Dass’ quote above, it is in silence we hear the most. I would like to believe that we hear the still, small voice of love affirming our belovedness, guiding us from within into all truth and teaching us all things about our true self, bringing to our remembrance the words of our Beloved. In Nature, flowers bloom in silence and become a powerful silent testimony to the world of their inner and outer beauty. While there is a place for spiritual guides and teachers to share about meditation practices and experiences, for example, I think people usually are inspired and learn the most from the examples they set and the positive influence they have in daily life.

“Jesus was led by the breath to deal with the idea he was fragmented from God and wholeness. In the same way today we are being led to deal with things we have pushed down for centuries. The key is when we use the breath to bring them to consciousness light; we must stay present and conscious enough to allow healing to occur.

In Aramaic the term “only begotten son” means: One who is realized in all aspects of self; sees wholeness of everything. This realization can happen to each of us when we are willing to be still, breathe, and get to know the I AM within.”

(From “Power of your sacred breath” by Mary Lou Houllis, New Beginning Ministries)

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