'Stillness' Chapter

Stillness

Stillness is possible for everyone. Stillness is the eye of calm in the center of the storm without which the storm can’t actually achieve the power it has. Human beings reject the very font of their own spiritual, emotional, and even physical strength. Stillness.

But the stillness… People fear it. They think it is death. First, there is no death. Second, in the stillness there isn’t a lack of form. There is perfect form, perfect clarity. This is why ancient elders sought to go into the stillness. The forms of the ancestors are not lost. They are perfected as is their wisdom.

“One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.” D.H. Lawrence (British Poet, Novelist and Essayist, 1885-1930)

“Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat” Lao Tzu (Chinese taoist Philosopher, founder of Taoism, wrote “Tao Te Ching” (also “The Book of the Way”). 600 BC-531 BC)

“If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.” Chuang Tzu (The most significant of China’s early interpreters of Taoism, 389-286 BC)

Mind Has Rhythms

Stillness. I don’t think people know it very well. I know it well, but only because of how nature “favoured” me. Autism prevents much of that internal turmoil from ever forming, but it also blocks my being able to share… Seek More

Emotional Storm

Stillness is readily available. Any energy someone has to yell at you they gain from stillness, and that energy they are using to yell at you will be spent. Inevitably expended and force our minds back to stillness. But if… Seek More

World In Stillness

We all are familiar with at least some stories of famous mystics, shamans, sages, of one form or another. At the very least, we have all heard some fairy tales. They are marked by something other than their great spiritual… Seek More

Dance Of Stillness

What does it mean if you have trouble sitting perfectly still? If you have to fidget and keep your hands busy? You have trouble sitting perfectly still, because you are trying to sit perfectly still. It’s like trying to stand… Seek More

Approach The Threshold

There is stillness in the world and there is stillness in the mind. They echo each other. The observer and the observed. The forces of the cosmic stillness give rise to the mind, and the mental stillness gives form to… Seek More

What Is Stillness?

There is a passage from the Bible. The words of Jesus to his apostles when they were aboard a boat on the storm tossed sea. All of the apostles were trying to figure out what they should do. Each having… Seek More

Between Thinking And Being

Is there a discordance between “sense” and situation? There is, yes. Situation is an opinion, a rigid pattern, a shell. Sense is music. Consider a loved one. If you try to understand them, what do you understand? What I can… Seek More

Witness In Stillness

In stillness, the blind find their way. In stillness, the deaf come to know the world. What if changes of mind are no different? If changes of mind are no different, does your insistence on any one way of being… Seek More

Your Real Self

In stillness, I can have a thought for a moment then choose to have a different thought. Then choose to act on a thought if I like one of them. Can I do this by thinking? In thinking, it seems… Seek More