I am always intrigued and rather amused by the display of emotions when I tell people I am going to spend my time, energy and money on seven days of silence.
Sometimes there is an internal sigh of “I wish I could have that”, often from the overly extended, exhausted introverts. Then there is also the brilliant response that in translation is “Why in God’s name would you choose to do that?”
So, after many years of committing to this practice myself and offering it as part of my teachings, it seems like an excellent question and one I will do my utmost to answer.
As you know, life can become rather full. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it could be overflowing with relationships, creativity, spontaneity and my prayer for you, is much laughter. Yet it can also be filled with timelines, deadlines (I’ve never liked that expression!), to do lists and sometimes the overwhelm of knowing what you are aspiring to is not actually humanly possible. This may sound familiar.
So, in comes the possibility of a day of silence.
During this precious time you are fully taken care of. There is no need to communicate with anyone and your external senses are given a holiday. The silence, stillness and the slow pace becomes the beloved container which holds you, supports you and for a precious moment in time allows the unconscious to rise to the surface. This allows space for unresolved issues to be gently revealed and inquired into. What is vital to your well being is discovered with such clarity. And the threads of life no longer serving you are blatantly shown.
What amazes me is within this simple choice of silence is what we cling to for dear life will gently dissolve and release throughout the day. The commitment is to allow whatever arises to flow through the cracks of your mind. And yes there are many amazing therapies and ways to reveal our truth, yet in my experience this simplest of ways is one of the most powerful.
What is most profound for me is having nothing to do, nothing to fix, nothing to change. It is all about allowing, receiving and shedding. The space itself is the healing and the revelation. The beauty is, you will leave transformed, yet the mind will not necessarily know why. And that, my dear friend, is the whole point.
It is the sweet, exhausted, fearful mind that is always trying to fix and control our life. Yet with all its brilliance it has such limitation. In the sound of silence, the mind for a precious fleeting moment gets to let go and release its grip. Then more of your true nature and essence is revealed as the clenched fists of the mind begin to let go.
So if this peaks your interest or a part of you knows this is a next step for you, please give yourself this gift and experience so you can find out what this silence, stillness and receiving will give to you…
From the loving silence of my heart,
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”