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Cosmic consciousness- entering the peace within the silence

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.

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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

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6 Comments

  1. Tracy McDonald says

    Hi Susan, I like this. I placed a few line here, to make comments on,
    1. “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.”
    I’ve never quite grasped the concept of ‘astral’, but here it seems to be linked to our feelings (emotions). Could you give me ‘your’ explanation of ‘astal’?

    2. “as though your soul, released at last from its prison, were free to expand and sour into space.”
    Someone made a ‘boo-boo’! The word intended is, ‘soar’, (to fly, or glide), not ‘sour’. Tee! Hee!

    3. “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.”
    Attuning one’s self to “heaven”? Or “cosmic consciousness”? Too many ideas of what “heaven” exist and is generally thought of as a ‘place’, rather than a state of ‘consciousness’. Could you give me your take on this? They are very different to me.
    Peace to you, Tracy

    • Hi Tracy. Thanks so much for pointing out my typing error!
      The master borrowed from the Hindu system to describe the human structure. In this system the ‘astral body’ means the body of feeling, emotion and desire – those felt by the human rather than divine nature and including those arising from animal instinct such as fear, anger, jealousy etc . You might like the post ‘Expressing our true, divine nature’ which describes in more detail the different subtle bodies and the lower and higher nature within human beings.

      In this context, I think the word ‘heaven’ refers to a state of consciousness but also to the regions of the invisible world that are inhabited by the most luminous spiritual entities. The master explained that when Jesus referred to the ‘many mansions in my father’s house’ he was referring to the fact that our soul and spirit inhabits the ‘space’ that our consciousness resonates with (before and after death). He said-‘Where you heart is, there you will be one day’- the law of attraction and resonance at work. ‘Attuning yourself to heaven’ means having thoughts and feelings full of universal love, light, peace, wisdom, joy, abundance and all the other divine qualities.
      I hope this helps.
      Love and light to you
      Susan

      • Dear Susan, Your reply to my comments have, in “Dippy Druids” words, provoked thoughts, deep inside of me. I think it will be a day or four , ^-^ before I can respond fully. You are presenting me with viewpoints I’ve never encountered before, even though I did spend a short time with some people who thought they were practicing “Wicca”. I do not feel that they truly realized what they were doing. It’s the furthest I’ve gone outside the concepts taught in so called “Christianity”, which most people don’t seem to “get”, either.
        Love and Light to you also,
        Tracy

      • Hi Susan,
        I know it has been a good while since I spoke to you. I focus a lot on my own studies. But I do keep your posts and read them.
        Many Blessings to You, Tracy

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