"IN THE BREATH OF SILENCE"
by Rich Goodhart
Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree, 2011)
knowledge is nothing but direct contact with intent."
~ Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence
The container of all.
Is it possible
to truly speak of silence?
Of course, for a moment, but when we do we aren't.
The words should attempt to point beyond themselves,
or more accurately before themselves, to the place
that exists before words enter the picture.
So let's not linger too long in words about silence,
for they must ultimately be left aside.
In the breath
Clear light can be found,
conspired in presence, revealed awake
With a silent mind we can remember ~
remember, allow and gently embrace
In true silence there is opportunity always,
for true awareness, with unassumed grace
remembering calls our name...
Re-membering: "the act of becoming whole again"
And the space between the breath
Returning to the Light of the One
Returning to love as the only truth, the all that is,
when the separation of fear and doubt are removed.
It's always there,
clearer than the secret held in silence.
Are we still
speaking about silence?
There are a couple of empty pages near the end of the book.
On these pages we may read of the un-struck essence of inner silence.
But don't get me wrong, true inner silence is hardly vacant.
In fact there is a precious and refined elixir to be found there,
far more brimming full of vital presence and subtle being
than what may be found in the hungry clutter of an 'un-silent'
a whole lot more that needs to be said about silence, is there?
The power of silence is beyond the saying.
Then let your words,
Drift away like vapor trails
in myriad forms can take us there.
(And many things can be meditation.)
of the doing of this art of non-doing:
that this perceptually expansive condition of inner silence becomes
underlying constant state of being.
with what the qigong masters call Original Mind.
But for now,
as we dance with this page of words,
what is it that comes from the depth of this silence?
In the immediate vicinity:
This shaman mirror medicine music, these healing sounds, spirit
the poems in this book - all born from the sacred ground of Silence,
all arising from the clear mind, from the silent mind.
This is where
the big dream is dreaming
This is where the music is born
This is where the heart star is glowing
This is where the healing songs are found
In a Garden
of Light, ever regenerating, ever blossoming anew.
Life and we cannot stop it,
so why would we even try?
(Even as we do, but why? What do we fear? True connection? The
knowing of a greater truth and the responsibility of clearer seeing?
The expansion beyond the relative safety of who we thought we
.. and deeply awakening heart.
I knew there was something else.
Healing Electromagnetic Activational Receiver Transmitter
Holding Ecstasy And Rhythm Together
The core element
of the great re-membering of our time is the awareness of the
heart, of our heart, reclaiming its rightful place at the center
of the universe and all that is - at the center of our being.
That our heart resides at the center of our spiritual being, yes,
but also at the center of our perceptual being. For this re-awakening
is, in its prime essence, to the truth that the heart itself is
a perceptual organ and in fact the most complex and sensitive
one, and one that sends out responses as well as receives them.
(Our eyes and our touch can also transmit responses as well as
receive them, but even then they are likely but servants of the
sense" is not a mystery - our hearts have been listening
all along, even when our minds have been preoccupied elsewhere.
has its own intelligence.
The heart has its own language.
In the center of our perceiver beings
True heart awareness
The time is now and Spirit is calling
And I am talking
about something greater in range yet far more subtle than the
"universal language of love" that we all know and find
such great glorious confusion in. Although we can do well to give
that experience a deeper and more refined listening in the receptive
presence of inner silence as well. Certainly the consciousness
of the heart, in all of its forms, is infinitely worthy of our
efforts toward greater understanding. None of its aspects are
separate from each other and greater awareness in one realm will
holistically influence awareness in all others.
generates an electromagnetic field vastly greater than that which
the brain generates. Through this field our heart engages our
environment and it receives information from it. And through this
field it also transmits responses. This is certainly true human-to-human
and most of us are undoubtedly aware of this, even as we may not
think about it in such terms. This vibrational field interaction
is also present between human and animal, something that anyone
who has ever had a dog or cat in the family can surely attest
the most profound revelation is in realizing that this heart field
communication is also available in our living, breathing relations
with the vast and wondrous realm of plants. That it can occur
with small flowers and with great trees, with low growing moss
and with taller weeds. And even further to the elements of water,
wind and sun and the vibrations within earth itself.
power and great spiritual wealth reside in the natural world all
around and within us. Vital attuned cognition of this is not new
to humanity. Rather, it is ever available as an opportunity to
remember and develop a forgotten truth of our core heritage, of
our essential nature. Reawakening the depths of our heart-centered
perception is key to reclaiming our sacred essence, as well as
our engagement of the sacred intelligence profoundly alive all
around us, for these things are not separate. This awakening is
essential to humanity's great revival, to the reimagining of all
that we are and all that we are becoming, and to our role in the
healing of this miraculous planet that we have collectively disregarded
for far too long. This reclamation requires dedication and commitment.
The magic and the means are within us, as they have always been.
breath of silence a doorway appears.
With a silent mind we can remember.
Call the wind into waiting sails
Copyright 2011 Rich Goodhart/Beginner's Mind Productions
Reprinted by permission.
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out a tune but I never saw the face, heard but not replaced, I
ventured to talk, but I never lost my place."
~ Jon Anderson (Yes)