Awakening to the Silence

Awakening silence

Hidden behind all noise, is the subtle presence of silence. You become aware of it only when you turn your attention away from the humdrum of life and listen to it. You may wonder whether you can listen to silence at all. Yes, you can listen to silence here and now or wherever you are. However, it is possible only when you pay attention to it and become aware of it.

This silence, which is hidden in the entire universe is vastly infinite. You cannot fathom its depth. If you leave our planet and enter the intergalactic space or the interstellar space, what you find there is an unending silence only. You may be even frightened by it because it offers no security to those whose minds are caught in the web of noise.

Silence pervades the whole universe, and it is hidden in everything and in all movements. There is only one thing that is comparable to silence in the whole universe. It is space. Space, emptiness, silence share the same qualities of humility, immateriality and invisibility. They are present in your life and being, but they do not interfere with your movements or actions. In fact, they  facilitate them. They connect you to the rest of the world and beings. They make you aware of the presence of objective and perceptible world. In the following essay, the author speaks to you about the awakening you can experience by paying attention to the silence hidden in you and around you. He wants you to be aware of it, listen to it, experience it and understand its value and significance in your life. Jayaram V


by Robert Rabbin

I want to talk about awakening. I want to talk about the kind of awakening that is all around us, that doesn’t require any special effort or activity, the kind of awakening that exists as the inner truth of all living things…of all things everywhere. I want to talk about awakening as a fact of existence, the kind of awakening in which that Silence that created the whole universe out of its own joy, suddenly remembers itself in the midst of life, in the midst of turmoil and confusion, in the midst of joy and prosperity, sadness and grief, in the midst of cities and forests, in the midst of sirens and traffic, in the midst of birth and death, in the midst of multitudes and stark solitude.

The Benefits of Silence
1. Makes you wiser. 2. Saves you from troubles. 3. Improves your understanding. 4. Helps you to empathize and connect. 5. Relaxes your mind and body. 6. Relieves you from stress. 7. Improves your intuition and creativity. 8. Makes you think and plan. 9. Gives you space to be yourself. 10. Helps you become aware. 11. Keeps your mind charged. 12. Strengthens relationships. 13. Prevents conflicts and misunderstandings. © Hinduwebsite.com

There is such an awakening. The kind of awakening that occurs in parking lots and bus stations, in Disneyland and homeless shelters. This awakening is waiting for us in our offices and cars, as much as in a cave or meditation center. This awakening doesn’t need any particular conditions. We don’t have to become ripe through years of effort and toil. We don’t have to climb into the high and rare atmosphere of mountains hiding like myths in exotic countries. This awakening is here, now.

Why wait? Are we not tired enough of sadness and separation, of carrying ideas and beliefs about Reality, when Reality itself, pure and shining, is but a glance away? Awakening means to awaken, to rise up, whole body and whole mind, whole spirit and whole heart, to awaken from sleep, from the slumber of past and future, from the deep sleep of thoughts, concepts, and beliefs, from the tragic burden of me, me, me…always me…awakening from all of this into the timeless beauty that is here, now, here, now…the beauty that can be seen, can be felt, can be known now, without any further preparation.

Whether you look inward or outward, left or right, above or below, there is only one thing to see, one thing that sees…it is that Silence, the true Self, the one in the many. How hard can it be to wake up and live in this joy, in this lightness, in this freedom, in this clarity, in this kindness, in this friendliness of the one Self?

How hard can it be, to see what is Real? It isn’t hard at all. We are doing it now, together, as we listen, as we speak, as we hear, as we breathe, as we release our hold on thoughts, as we enter the Silence between them, between thoughts, as we enter the Silence from where thoughts come, from where questions come, from where the breath itself comes. Together we are awakening into the fulfillment of our truest dreams, finally fulfilling what our hearts long for, our souls cry for…and in this fulfillment, we become truly alive.

The sound of things breathing is the sound of Silence coming awake…opening its eyes…smiling…can you hear it? The one primordial Silence shaking off dreams and nightmares, awakening to the morning of its own glory…

Listening like this is magic. The deeper we listen, the more we become awake…not listening to our own mind, to our own thoughts, to our own compulsions, but deeper listening…listening to cells speak their ancient secrets, to what is deep within all of life…the very force of life, the very breath of life…can we hear this now? It is here…between our own thoughts…between our breaths…in the vast spaces between. Can we hear the deep movement of life now, in this moment? Can we give our full attention to that Silence coming awake within us…taking us…holding us…rousing us from our trances of self-interest into something more magical…beyond words…beyond imagination…the simple present…the awakened present?

Yes, it is like heat, like a current…a presence…listening to the breath within the breath, we feel this…and this feeling, this presence…this is Silence…creator of the universe…coming awake within us, as us…giving truth to our lies…giving life to our death…giving joy to our sadness…giving freedom to our bondage…giving ease to our pain…giving love to our hate…giving peace to our conflict.

Can you feel this awakening of pure Silence now, where it lives, in this moment? Nowhere else…just here, and now, within and without…

Don’t be afraid of depth, of stillness, of Silence, of beauty…don’t turn away…don’t be too busy, too agitated, too distracted…listen…deeply…with your whole being…listen to what is moving in the still and silent places where we can’t see with our eyes, where we can’t know with our mind, where we can’t control with our fear, where we can’t even speak…so still…so silent…as though love itself were speaking in a whisper, softly, from the deepest part of our own being…speaking…are we listening?

And when we hear it, when we hear this awakening of truth within us, will we give ourselves to it, fully, completely, wanting never again to sleep, but to remain awake, to become the awakened Silence that is our true beauty, our true body, our true mind, our true purpose, our true path, our true heart?

It is here, within. And seeing it within, it is everywhere. Only that. Only that one reality, radiant, shining, beyond words, beyond thought, beyond all concepts, dreams, and wishes. It is the simple, uncluttered eternal present awakening within us, as us. Do not betray your own truth, the deepening truth of this moment, the deepening truth of your listening, the deepening truth of your loving. All within this moment. All within your pure soul.

Listen to your own Silence. Love your own Silence. Share your Silence.

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Author: Robert Rabbin is a San Francisco-based writer and speaker. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and the founder of Radical Sages, an online hub of global spiritual activism. For more information, please visit www.radicalsages.com.

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