Magical Silence

David Price
4 min readOct 29, 2021
Lizzie Riches

“It is part of the mystery of life on earth that the human soul can awaken, grow greater, and reveal inner gifts when everything turns dark and seems about to fall apart. Soul does not fear a downturn or seek to avoid a period of darkness. Soul carries a deeper wisdom and darker knowledge born of descent and loss and renewal. Soul would have us go where we fear to go in order to learn who we are intended to be.”

— Michael Meade

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“Live your life without hurting anybody. Harmlessness is a most powerful form of Yoga and it will take you speedily to your goal. This is what I call nisarga yoga, the Natural yoga. It is the art of living in peace and harmony, in friendliness and love. The fruit of it is happiness, uncaused and endless.”

~ Nisargadatta

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As my prayer became more attentive and inward

I had less and less to say.

I finally became completely silent.

I started to listen

— which is even further removed from speaking.

I first thought that praying entailed speaking.

I then learnt that praying is hearing,

not merely being silent.

This is how it is.

To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking,

Prayer involves becoming silent,

And being silent,

And waiting until God is heard.

~Søren Kierkegaard

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Once your mind becomes absolutely still, your intelligence transcends human limitations.

— Sadhguru

Silence is golden, we’re told as children, but we live in a very talkative and noisy culture. Things the natives of the American continent knew and taught their children we still have to learn. We’re both too slow and too arrogant to take lessons from people who hadn’t invented gunpowder. We couldn’t see the balanced relationships their cultures had with nature and between men and women. We just wanted their land.

Owing to our unimaginable ruthlessness and our powerful tools, we simply. took what we wanted, excusing…

David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.