SILENCE may seem especially miraculous to the new parents who have finally gotten their infant to sleep. SILENCE may seem elusive to the night shift worker as his day ends and his neighbors begins. And, when he finally drifts off to sleep, SILENCE becomes a miraculous gift. SILENCE however is always present no matter how elusive it may seem. It is miraculous in its existence before time, before sound. In the SILENCE, lies all answers, all wholeness, all potential. In the silence lies the contrast to sound. The SILENCE provides the space for sound, and sound then gives back vibration to the SILENCE in a perfect circle of harmony. It is in the miracle of SILENCE that thought is born and form takes shape. SILENCE is the miracle beneath all that takes shape, all that breathes, all that is. In the SILENCE we find our Source, the Face of God moving across and through the waters of Mind and Heart. In the SILENCE is the Word and the Word is alive in me.
Ever notice the voice inside your head? The one that talks incessantly? It describes every detail of everything you see, feel, hear and smell. And then just in case you might be interested it goes on to give you a detailed commentary, as historical review and a prediction of the future. It can be helpful of course at times and it can also be a great distraction to the peaceful inner being that you truly are. It can distract you from a place of balance, observation and pure being.
Ekharte Tolle’ and Michael Singer both reference the voice inside your head and suggest that we learn to quiet this voice. Psychologists call it the inner critic, the voice that often discounts and discourages that which we choose to manifest. When this inner critic or incessant chatter mouth becomes the dominant voice you can become absorbed in a belief that you are that voice. And you most definitely are not!
Mastering the inner maniac begins with three very simple and important tasks. First, observe the voice. Notice what it is thinking and saying and who it is that observes the voice. Second, have compassion for the voice as it tries desperately to watch out for you. Third, set boundaries for this voice as if it were a dear friend who talks too much. Let it know when you are willing to listen and when you are not. Thank the voice for its observation and the let it know that you; the you behind the thoughts, the you behind the feelings, the inner beingness of you will handle everything from here. There is nothing to fear.
If you would like to learn more about mastering the inner maniac, join us this Sunday, April 12th at 10 am at Unity of Livonia for the first of a 7-part series titled “Awakening to Spiritual Power” based on the ideas set forth in Michael Singer’s book “The Untethered Soul.” This multi-generational series includes a formal Spiritual Message and age appropriate lessons for children and teens on Sundays at 10 am. Our Wednesday 7 pm services will explore the series with a deep meditation, spiritual discussion and experiential discovery. Hope to see you at one or all of these awakening opportunities. For now, tell the inner maniac “shhhh” I’m busy “BEING”.