Resting in Silence – 5 quotes from Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko’s book – The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living

by Mark Votava

51HASH0VxPL._SY344_BO1204203200_1. By resting in silence

“By resting in silence, we begin to allow the divine therapist to do its work of healing… As this happens, the undigested psychological damage of a lifetime, warehoused within our bodies, begins to rise to the surface of our consciousness. We begin to reexperience feelings of hurt, anger, and frustration, allowing them to circulate through our bodies and consciousness. But by not re-repressing them during their recapitulation, we begin to let go of these damaging experiences. Through continual practice we develop the fortitude and maturity to allow the deepest experiences of pain to resurface, and by doing so evacuate the energetic constrictions that form the foundation of the false-self system.”  

2. An integrate spiritual life

“One’s spiritual practice should consist of a number of different practices meant to develop an integrated spiritual life…”

3. Create a world that works for all

“We see these movements as spiritual impulses, moving us away from an era of fixed dogmatic religious formulations and embedded power structures. These impulses are awakening a whole new generation of people across the globe. These are people who are not interested in imposing a new and fixed rule, but rather want to commit to a daily practice of putting aside their egos and exploring what it means to create a world that works for all, a world the is rooted in the principles of direct democracy, mutual aid, trust in our original goodness, and a radical acceptance of each individual and the unique gifts each has to offer.”

4. Outside of traditional forms

“The truth is there is a quiet revolution happening. People are beginning to reevaluate what matters and to rediscover spiritual life outside of traditional forms, in stark contrast to Western society’s empty vision of a consumer-driven world…”

5. Dialogical dialogue

“Dialogical dialogue does not require or necessarily produce an overarching philosophical understanding that can be articulated in language (though it might), but it does demand a philosophical openness, a loving awareness that is able to recognize the presence of the Divine in others and allow oneself to be changed in such an encounter. It is having enough confidence in the movements of the Spirit to let another’s revelation into the deepest recesses of our being. It is becoming comfortable with allowing our own understanding to evolve, which requires we do not identify with our conceptual belief structures. Then it can be a revelatory, joyous experience. As the astronomer searches the night sky, relishing the ever-expanding mysterious happenings of our universe, so the dialogical dialogue becomes an exploration of our own interior and collective depths. It is a catalyst for emergent insights and intuitions into the hidden destiny of the human being. It is an exploration tinged with existential questions in which the very meaning of our lives is caught up…”   

Have you been resting in silence lately?

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