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Christian Mystic Quotes on Silence

I am silently lost in God.
St. Catherine of Genoa (Life and Doctrine - Chapter 9, 1551)
Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.
Evagrius Ponticus (The Praktikos - 35)

Miguel de Molinos Quote: In the throne of silence are manifest the perfections of...
In the throne of silence are manifest the perfections of spiritual beauty.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 3: Chapter 21, 1675)
It is best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still so that God may speak.
John of the Cross (Ascent of Mount Carmel)
God's greatest content and glory is to see the Soul in silence, desirous, humble, quiet, and resigned.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 1: Chapter 12, 1675)
If you could be silent from all willing and thinking for one hour, you would hear God's inexpressible words.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)

Jacob Boehme Christian Mystic Quote: When you move silently, then you are that which God was before nature and creature...
When you move silently, then you are that which God was before nature and creature, out of which He created your nature and creature.
Jakob Böhme (The Way to Christ, 1622)
The very pure spirit does not bother about the regard of others or human respect, but communes inwardly with God, alone and in solitude as to all forms, and with delightful tranquility, for the knowledge of God is received in divine silence.
John of the Cross (Sayings of Light and Love)
Finally, be of hope, suffer, be silent, and patient: let nothing affright thee: all of it will have an time to end: God only is he that is unchangeable: patience brings a man in every thing. He that hath God, hath all things; and he that hath him not, hath nothing.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 3: Chapter 8, 1675)
Seek silence in the midst of the tumult, seek solitude in the masses, light in the midst of darkness; find forgetfulness in injury, victory in the midst of despondence, and courage in the midst of alarm, resistance in the midst of temptation, peace in the midst of war.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide, 1675)
In this state of Resurrection comes that ineffable silence, by which we not only subsist in God, but commune with Him, and which, in a Soul thus dead to its own working, and general and fundamental Self-appropriation, becomes a flux and reflux of Divine Communion, with nothing to sully its purity; for there is nothing to hinder it.
Jeanne Guyon (Concise View of The Way To God; And of the State of Union)
O how few are the Souls, that attain to this perfect way of Praying, because they penetrate not enough into this internal recollection, and Mystical Silence, and because they strip not themselves of imperfect reflection, and sensible pleasure! O that thy Soul, without thoughtful advertency, even of it self, might give it self in Prey to that holy and spiritual Tranquility.
Miguel de Molinos (The Spiritual Guide - Book 1: Chapter 13, 1675)
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A Seeker's Thoughts on Silence

Silence is the closest to the supreme state of existence. There can be no teaching higher than the teaching that silence conveys. Why? Because silence is stillness and God is perfect stillness. As Plato said, the more you contemplate the perfect the more you become it. Silence is perfect contemplation. It is a timeless sanctity for the Supreme Beings presence to enter.

How can you attain silence? If you have tried meditation or read many books on stilling the mind, you can probably attest to that it is quite impossible to stop the flow of your own thoughts. They just seem to appear without any end in sight, and silence of the tongue is one thing; silence of the mind and the soul is quite another. So to answer the question, how can one attain silence? The answer lies in recognizing that which already is silent within you. True silence cannot be gained as a skill or an ability, its rather an unveiling of what has always been and is always so.

(Excerpt from Nirvanic Insights)


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