Silence has long been recognized as a powerful tool for change. In silence we can access the deep inner wisdom, the voice of conscience, what mystics have recognized as the voice of the divine. Listening to this voice can provide the inspiration and inner strength to be a change-maker.
The practise which Frank Buchman, founder of Initiatives of Change, taught was about quiet inner searching, writing down each thought which came in order to free one's attention for the next thought.
In silence we also encounter the voice of the ego, and it is important to learn to distinguish ego from the inner voice of love. There are few more dangerous self-deceptions than an ego which believes it speaks divine truth. Constantly referring back to the values of absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness and love can help distinguish the two. Sharing the thoughts we write down can also help.
It is important to act on what is revealed through silence. A voice which is repeatedly ignored eventually becomes silent. This is certainly true of the inner voice, the voice of conscience.
Many people familiar with IofC practice morning quiet time to seek guidance, get organised, be tuned for the day. Another very valuable experience is to have quiet time in a group and then share the thoughts that came with other people in a safe environment. It brings a special energy and compliments your individual daily practice.
At Greencoat Place we offer a regular monthly evening meeting for quiet reflection, contemplation and sharing. All are welcome to this very simple and rich time together.
The Initiatives of Change Centre
24 Greencoat Place
London SW1P 1RD
6:30 pm ending at 8.00 pm.