There are people-too few, unfortunately- who give the impression of being wrapped in inner silence. Even when they talk, something silent seems to emanate from them. Yes, because silence is a quality of the inner life. But to understand this you must first succeed in maintaining true silence within yourself, if only for a few moments…and it is quite possible that this has not yet happened.
How wrong we are to think that silence necessarily means emptiness, nothingness, the absence of all activity and creation. In reality, there is more than one kind of silence: the silence of death and the silence of a higher degree of life. It is this , the silence of a higher degree of life, that we must try to understand. This is not the silence of inertia; on the contrary, it is the stillness that surrounds a work of great intensity that is taking place in a climate of perfect harmony. Nor is it the emptiness of absence; on the contrary, it is fullness, a fullness comparable to two human beings who love each other very deeply and share something that cannot be expressed in words or gestures. Silence is a quality of the inner life.
In human beings, silence is a result of harmony on the three planes: physical, astral and mental. This means that, in order to be inwardly silent, you must try to create harmony in your physical body, in your feelings and in your thoughts. You have certainly all had the sensation of a sudden, profound silence within yourself, as though all inner tumult- that you are so accustomed to that it goes almost unnoticed- had suddenly ceased. This silence is felt as a liberation, a lightening; it is as though a load suddenly slipped from your shoulders, as though bonds had fallen away and doors flown open, as though your soul, released at last from its prison, were free to expand and soar into space.
So, devote some time- even if only a few minutes- several times a day, to replenishing your reserves of silence. Close your eyes and try to detach your thoughts from your daily preoccupations and turn them upwards, towards the summit, towards the source from which all life flows out to the whole universe. Then, as you feel the usual procession of thoughts and images has stopped running through your mind, say within yourself, ‘Thank you, Lord’. ‘Thanks’ is the simplest of words but it is capable of melting away all tensions because when you give thanks you are attuning yourself to heaven, you are breaking out of the narrow circle of self and entering into the peace of cosmic consciousness. Remain in that state of silence for as long as you can and, when you come back into yourself, you will feel that some new and very precious elements- elements of serenity, lucidity and strength- have crept into you.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov The Path of Silence