On this one point all saints, sages, and illumined beings agree: there is nothing as certain as silence, stillness, and solitude to introduce you to the divinity within.
The first step in learning to be still isn’t really an action at all, meaning that it’s nothing like we might ordinarily think of doing when we want our world to stop spinning like a top. Being still begins with being quietly aware that whatever seems to be whirling around you is really just a reflection of the world of unseen reactions within you. Here we come upon one of the cardinal rules of realizing higher consciousness. If you will remember this timeless injunction, you’ll never find yourself lost for an explanation as to why any moment in your life appears as it does to you—or what to do about it:
The inner determines the outer.
In these five short words lives all the power you need to transcend any unwanted experience in your life, starting with this realization: what we receive in—and from—each moment of life is inseparable from our perception of it.
To help make this last idea clear, imagine a man who complains to his friend that for the whole day he has felt dark and gray, only to be reminded that he’s wearing his dark gray sunglasses. Once he realizes that his sense of self is being negatively affected because of his dark lenses, he removes them. Now he sees the light, in all meanings of the word. He understands that before he could alter his gloomy experience of that day, he had to first change what was causing him to see it that way. Any other action was not only doomed to fail but could only serve to lead him further and further away from the one realization that set him free. Which brings us to this next cardinal rule:
There is nothing to do, only something to see. . . [ to be continued]
Your true self is a creative silence, a ground of perfect stillness from which all disturbances appear and to which they return if left alone. The clearer this revelation becomes, the more confident you become that being still is the same as the power to solve any problem before it begins.
We cannot separate the problems of this world—including the pain endured in agreeing to honor, respect, and support those we love—from the awakening of a patience and kindness that can be born in us no other way.
Guy Finley reveals and explains the four words that will always aid you and those around you in any stressful family situation.