By John Freund — I hadn’t performed improv comedy for several years prior to taking a class at the People’s Improv Theater in New York, so, needless to say, I was a little rusty. In my first scene I did what most novice improv performers do – I talked. A LOT. Improv is all about […]
Silence is not the same as being quiet. You can be quiet but not silent. Silence implies stillness of the mind, emotions and body not merely the absence of noise. It isn’t a place you go to but it’s a state the Buddhists call “no mind.” It isn’t easy to define, describe or know about. While it can be reached in a spontaneuous split second by some, for others reaching it is an arduous journey. But once experienced you are not the same and you long for more.The silence is rich, full, sweet. I consider it the kiss of the Beloved that leaves you longing for more.
Silence is always present. It’s like a blackboard. You can write as much as you want on the blackboard, and the blackboard is always there underneath. When you erase the writing, the blackboard is still there, no more, no less.
Have you ever heard of the sound of Om? Many people toss it around, but how many people know what it is? For a long time I was one of those who never knew what it was. Om is the sound of the universe. It permeates everything. I liken it to a giant electric generator somewhere in the south pacific. This generator generates all the electricity necessary to run our universe. When it is running it also makes a sound. That sound is pronounced AUM. You can hear the sound of Om once you are in a state of meditation. The quieter and stiller you become the more the sound becomes apparent. If you just let it happen you can hear it. Once you focus on it you will loose it. It’s like the fabric of the universe weaving its net of energy throughout the world. I remember the first time I heard it. It was the sound in back of the silence I had discovered. This sound vibrated through my entire body. My chakras opened up and filled with energy (prana). It was like my whole body was resonating with this energy.