The Sounds of Silence 

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What if we had constructed the belief that, unless we spoke, we would die? That way of thinking is not so uncanny, as it is the premise the One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. That premise connects directly to the sound of silence: I must speak to save my life!

How did the belief that silence is a killer come about? The main story line of the Arabian nights concerns Shahryar, a sultan shocked to discover that his own wife have been unfaithful. In his grief, he decides that all women are the same, and begins to marry a succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning, before she has a chance to dishonor him. As the number of virgins are getting sparse, Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter, offers herself as the next bride. On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious to know how the story ends, is thus forced to postpone her execution. The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins (and only begins) a new one, and the king, eager to hear the conclusion, postpones her execution once again. So it goes on for 1001 nights. All stories proceed from this original tale.

The message is clear: speaking is the means to survival! The more eloquent “I” can be, the more seductive my words are, and the less I risk being attacked! The question that moves me, albeit unconsciously, remains: “will I get them before they get me?” That question comes from GReed – from the Giving/Receiving of fear! How then can my communication provide for harmonious results? Impossible!

“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again…” Such is precisely the invitation of the mouth chakra, whether we are aware of its subtle presence or not: to come to talk with “it,” until there is no need to seduce and/or profane the other anymore. From then on, we know such a depth of silence that we have nothing left to prove! Until then, we are going to use our words as a weapon, to help us in our hunt for the next meal.

So yes, being silent is equivalent to going out of business: it is a form of death, a change which we at once most dread, and most desire! On that note, Krishnamurti offered: “after enlightenment, the only communication left is ‘pass the salt!’” Until then, we allow ourselves to “get intoxicated by our verbosity,” as Brother Emilio would say (:-)). When we have a compulsive need to speak, it is because there is something we do not understand nor hear. Isn’t that what the analytical process is all about – to talk about our problems until we can hear ourselves and come to the root of the problem?

It would thus seem quite fitting to just say: “Let’s talk!” We will start at noon EST / 11 AM CST / 9 AM PST this Sunday and will inquire on P39 of the New Essenes eBook (please make sure you have downloaded the latest version). If you can join us live this time, great!  If not, you may always listen to the archive or join us for our other New Essene shows via Elevate the Soul radio. Logistics follow.

Until then and beyond, peace be with you,
Written by Mahalene Louis,
Sent by the heart of the emPowering NOW team.
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