'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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My friends, let's continue from this morning, July 12, 2019.
The Letter and the Spirit of Silence
Now, a word on learning to distinguish between the letter and the spirit of silence.
The letter of silence is just that: not speaking and not disturbing the silence around you in any way. Practicing the letter of silence, you tread as lightly as possible, do not utter a word or any other sound, do not use sign language or body language, and even avoid reading written communication, except perhaps, on occasion, inspirational articles or books. This of course is most applicable when you are practicing 'silence in seclusion'.
The letter of silence has both an interior and an exterior character. On the outside, you are careful not only to remain silent but also to avoid intruding on the silence of others—or, for that matter, of the “silence” of nature. On the inside, you stay away from “noisy” or useless thoughts.
Useless thinking is the running of interior mental tapes that are set in the past or in the future. The past is done, and we do not know nor have control over the future. We must be in 'the now'.
The spirit of silence poses a slightly different way of regarding being silent. When you practice the spirit of silence, you will actually find yourself speaking when it is -necessary. For instance, you have decided to be in silence for an afternoon. You have turned off the -television and the radio, you have switched off the telephone ringer and the computer, and you have closed down all the other noise--generating appliances in the house. You sit down with an inspirational book. Then the doorbell rings unexpectedly—the mailman is delivering a package. Practicing the spirit of silence, you go to the door, accept the package gracefully, and say, “Thank you.” You have not broken your silence. In fact, you have enhanced it with a simple expression of gratitude.
The spirit of silence is an important concept to learn. This discipline means that a person will strive to dwell in the interior world of the spirit as much as possible. But it does not mean that we will not speak at all. All of us must communicate in essential matters, for example. We have to speak at work and to our family and friends, etc. But the key is that we strive to speak briefly and quietly, in all our communications.
Living in the 'spirit of silence' allows me to dwell constantly in a silent place, even if words needed to be exchanged.
And, when practicing 'solitude' coupled with such as 'silence', and the other disciplines, you will truly experience what the soul desires - living a closer, more intimate life with Jesus Christ, ever being a branch on the vine for the Glory of God. [John 15]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The peace of God that surpasses all understanding [Philippians 4:7] that 'silence' has brought to me, is the same peace that 'silence' can bring to you - continually as you choose to practice it. It is hard to describe.
Being 'in silence' is feeling the bliss of balance and completion on an exceedingly high level. Silence grounds me and gives me serenity and mental clarity. My goal each day now is to dwell in silence. You can do this, too. You can create your own quiet inner 'closet'. If you have the opportunity to practice an hour of silence sometime during the day, [more on this on a future post] you may want to try it and see how it makes a difference for you. Like others in past times have found, like I have found, you may find that spiritual treasures you had not imagined will be revealed to you—not only in your silent time, but all through the day.
Thank you for returning this evening for a final post, that you may begin to practice the disciplines of 'solitude' and 'silence' during the next two weeks.
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