Silent Prayer and Meditation (No Agenda)
According to Christian mystic tradition silent prayer is seen as the highest form of prayer, it’s a form of prayer and meditation I can relate to myself and that I enjoy very much.
In the past I have done a lot of different kinds of prayer and meditations, too many to even start to describe here, but lets just say that I have probably gone through most of the modalities and techniques – until the day came when all those forms started to fall away.
Nothing but silence resonated with me, I even stopped praying.
When I realized my oneness with God there was no longer a God to talk with, the subject-object relationship was no longer present at all. It was like talking to myself and therefore words became unnecessary.
Nowadays my meditations and prayers are pretty much the one and the same, it’s a deep silence, an attentive stillness, a time of reflection where I simply rest in the presence of God.
That doesn’t really describe it either as it implies that there’s a time where I so to speak ‘connect’ with God as if it wasn’t already and constantly already here – all the time.
But I do enjoy moments where I simply ‘sit in silence’ while at the same time it’s a way of moving and being in life even when I’m active, even when I’m not actually sitting in contemplation like in the picture below.
Meditation can be active as well, one can meditate when walking too for example.
(The pic is from a lake nearby where I live and where I like sitting and just being, surrounded by nature and water).
With this post I want to invite you to pray and mediate in the way that the Christian mystics did and see how it resonates with you.
To pray without asking for anything, without expecting anything, without wanting anything at all.
Resting in the words “Be Still and Know That I am God”.
With no dependence on words, no talking, no agenda, no wanting for anything.
Being totally open and naked, casting yourself into the vast unknown, the mysterious intelligence, the wisdom that can’t be described.
Nothing to ‘do’, no techniques, nowhere to ‘get’ (that includes the wish to get to peacefulness), letting everything be as it is, no interference, letting thoughts come and go as they will, let emotions arise and move, no trying to do this or that, no trying at all!
Stillness. Listening. Awareness.
Do not rely on yourself, let Life take over and direct you.
Don’t try to solve anything, let there be no trying to figure things out, let yourself be, totally relinquished from any kind of feelings of responsibility, just for a moment, feel into that.
How does it feel to be free? Right now.
Don’t ask any questions, no need to try to figure out the right things to ask or the right words that you think God will understand, no need for any kind of clarity at all!
Only stillness. Not yours, but the stillness of existence.
Not of the mind, but to be stillness without asking anything of it.
Surrender the need to control the prayer and meditation.
In the movement of stillness direction arises, and it’s always in the present moment.
Be still and listen.
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Speaking of Christian mystics; here’s a free e-book for you by Saint John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul:
And here’s an old post that can be fun to read and great if you want to develop your intuitive feeling: