Silence.... There are a number of sources you can go to for different perspectives on this topic. I've heard many people say that silence is beyond spirituality and leads to divinity (True meaning of divinity Please) ect... Some say that it's even beyond energy (Though It might be a form of energy...not sure).
It might even be one of the fastest ways to connect to source and beyond. It seems so simple but so vast that it's apparently beyond all comprehension.
There are a handful of artists.. painters...musicans....ect..... who claim that the silent spaces connect them to something beyond what they could ever comprehend in there lifetime.
Stillness is one thing, but silence seems to go beyond it.
Stillness and silence seem confusingly the same but I think they are different. I think pure awareness is more of a stillness for example.
I'm a little fascinated with this topic and would like to experiment with it in the future.
Maybe stingray could provide us with some insight.
asked 06 Feb, 00:02
You're asking someone with possibly the biggest (virtual) mouth on Inward Quest to speak about silence? Hmmmm... :)
I'm not sure it's the concept of silence that you are really getting at here. Silence just means absence of sound that you can hear.
I can wear noise-cancelling headphones in a noisy place, and hear virtually nothing of the noise, but I don't think that "silence" is going to make me any more spiritual.
Aren't you more trying to get towards the idea of "listening" for the gentle nudges and inspirations from your own Bigger, Broader Self.
Isn't that "inner flow" what artists, painters, musicians are really trying to channel when looking for inspiration? See How do I channel experience of meditation to art?
And, if that's the case (which I think it is), it's really not about silence, but about your intention to connect to that bigger, broader part of You.
In my experience, that can happen in a silent meditative place or it can happen in a crowded shopping mall...that connection is always there waiting for you...it's really all about whether you are ready to "let it in" :)
answered 08 Feb, 06:15
Nope- the ultimate source of inspiration is excitement. Silence just gets all the noise out of the way so you can recognize it better.
answered 13 Feb, 09:39
silence allows the inward
answered 03 Apr, 16:20
I stumbled across this question while reading a book by Eckhart Tolle titled 'Stillness Speaks' and I was (literally) moved to a page which I am going to quote here. Initially I thought this was irrelevant to your question, but upon pondering it further, I think it is very much linked to your question:
There is no separation between stillness and spirituality, as there is no separation between our physical bodies and our spiritual selves. We try to separate and place in hierarchical forms because our mind can only take so much.
Through stillness (as a source of inspiration which is always available) one can experience this wholeness without the application of the analytical mind. Through stillness other forms of creation will flow.
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