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Not everything is meant to be written down or spoken, as John is instructed not to write concerning "the seven thunders have said" of this Apocalypse. The controversial guru Osho once said, "Some things can only be hinted at, some things can only be whispered, and some things cannot be spoken." Personally, I love to write, talk, and proclaim whatever is on my heart, mind, and spirit. However, this is not always ideal, as the true proverb says, "The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin." (Proverbs 10:14) Restraining the tongue and dwelling in silence is the Way of the wise. In one of the previous chapters of this Book, the writer tells us that there was silence in the cosmos at one point "for about a half an hour." Let this be our daily practice: to dwell in utter noiselessness for at least a few minutes a day. Many meditation teachers have instructed their students to meditate for at least twenty minutes a day. In this age of advanced technology, we can always play an album, a motivational speech, or anything to stimulate our ears. As a musician, I love to notice how music is actually created by the silent spaces between the notes and chords being played. Without silence, music would just be a perpetually annoying noise.
When one gazes up at a starry night sky, what is it that is seen? Certainly, the celestial bodies stand out, but also the infinite spaciousness that is apparent. Eckhart Tolle points out how this vast nothingness is really what strikes at the core of our being, and induces awe and wonder. The outer space we can gaze upon is a reflection of the inner space that breeds creativity, as this beloved teacher points out how "all true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of 'no-mind,' from inner stillness." Whether we are writing, cooking, or teaching, all that we say, do, and think emerges from that place of Inner Silence. In classic theology, this is named as the Holy Spirit. The more we can cultivate a daily habit of meditation, the more we can draw upon this Inner Resource of Love, Light, and Life to spark the candle of creativity in our world. What else could be more significant in this loud twenty-first century?
The Buddha once said that "those who are enlightened live in a state of constant amazement." While we never want to be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good, we need the grounding of a daily spiritual practice to remain centered on our God-inspired goals. Without some form of this, we can lose our minds being driven my ambition, rivalry, and conceit. Our species is facing copious potential crises. Until we stop dividing up humanity by skin color, religious preference, and partisan politics, we will never evolve to our next stage of Oneness. I am not calling for uniformity in our global society, but am pressing all of us to search for some form of unity. How can we take that next step that is so desperately needed now? If we do not ask ourselves and our neighbors these simple questions, how can we ever ensure a better world for us, our children, and our children's children? Without a longer perspective, we will devolve into a selfish myopia which will destroy the human race. Don't believe me? Check back tomorrow for chapter eleven, and I hope to make this abundantly clear.
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