March 24, 2018 / 0 Comments
In our universe there is a force, the greatest and most complex, which moves everything even though itself it is motionless. Without this force we as humans would have no energy. This is why it is so important to know about and use this in order to expand our consciousness. This force cannot be found in weapons, ships, cars or in other things invented or produced by man. It outstrips all our tangible objects.
It is the mighty force that makes the sun rise and set, but it does so peacefully. This emits its heat around midday, silently, but with such power. A seed lies in the earth and slowly grows into a mighty tree. The tides change from high to low, but at the bottom of the ocean, where these forces are generated, a deep SILENCE reigns. This silence we find in nature can also be found in human consciousness. The human mind and body desperately need silence.
If we climb a steep mountain, we speak very little as we need all our strength for the climb and have none to waste. If we are concentrating on a demanding task, we do not waste energy on speaking or unnecessary gestures since being silent helps us to concentrate and conserve energy.
But in today’s loud and hectic life, complete silence seems to be a myth. Is there even such a thing as true silence? Can we be free of thoughts and feelings for a certain time whilst awake? Yes, and this is easier than it may seem.
The Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher and actor Bruce Lee found his own poetic words for this great, silent force within us:
“Be like water.
Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless – like water.
Now you put water in a cup,
it becomes the cup;
You put water into a bottle,
it becomes the bottle;
You put it in a teapot,
it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow
or it can crash.
Be water, my friend“
Our mind is filled with countless thoughts and emotions that stop us from properly concentrating or relaxing. But if we empty our mind and free ourselves of these distractions, our mind and our consciousness will become a silent, free-flowing force comparable to invisible water. This silent force strengthens and heals our psyche, our nervous system and our body.
Our mind needs silence, as only then can it regenerate and unfurl its true potential (creativity, intuition, imagination etc.). If we are constantly in activity-mode or in beta state (brain waves) our mind becomes tired, like a muscle that has been overstretched, and we feel like a depleted battery. If this battery is close to being completely depleted, it can take years to recharge it. This is why we need restful sleep and periods of relaxation. This is vital for our brain.
This relaxed state whilst being awake is called “alpha state” and, like everything, it is a matter of practice. Just 10 minutes a day in silence can provide great regeneration. Here is a simple exercise which helps us to arrive at alpha state wherever we may be:
There is so much more to say about silence, but for now it is this: “When everything is silent, this is when most things happen “, Danish philosopher and author Søren Aabye Kierkegaard once said. On this note – “be water, my friend“.