Posts Tagged ‘silent’

Shifting presence

May 12, 2010

Humans rely upon words to do the majority of their communicating. We talk to ourselves relentlessly – it’s called “thinking.” Others communicate with us using words, either speaking them or writing them. We can sometimes rely upon actions: a gesture, a glance, the silent message of just walking away. Actions, like words, are subject to interpretation. Our brains work very hard to make sense of all that we encounter.

If I pay close attention to my inner process when I think, I find that one aspect of me is blabbing away, another aspect is listening, and yet a third aspect is observing. My body is responding to this chatter as well, sending messages that make my response to life a more accurate reflection of who I truly am . . . should I choose to be.

This is a gifted way of being in the world – a way of being that allows me to interact when I am fully present. There’s so much going on inside and outside of me that I need to pay attention to. If I am not present, I will miss some key messages from someone or somewhere.

I worry that turning off my thinking might cause me to not respond in a way that supports me or other people. But, as I mentioned in yesterday’s writing, my being in the world has moments of full presence without thought. Of course my brain latched on to this with a ferocity that won’t let go. And the answers that I seek seem to find me right when I need them.

Last night, I stumbled across “silent knowledge” in don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Fifth Agreement. My term for silent knowledge is the wordless place. Ruiz writes that silent knowledge is truth that we know and feel without words. As I shift into my wordless place, I am more the presence that exists for eternity. It is from here that I wish to respond to life.   

©2010 by Barbara L. Kass