How do we connect to the formless dimension?
By being still. â€śBe still and confess that I am Godâ€ť (Psalm 46:11). What does
it mean to be still? To be conscious without thought. When you are still, you
are deeply yourself. Then you open yourself up for the Source to communicate
with and act through you. In stillness, you become one with all.
â€śWe need to find God, and He cannot be found
in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature â€“
trees, flowers, grass â€“ grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silenceâ€¦We need silence to be able to touch souls,â€ť said
When you are concerned about a situation or
what you usually call a problem - physical, emotional, or otherwise - you may
not want to be still. You want to resolve the situation and so you want an
answer fast, you want it right now. You become desperate. You cannot afford to
be still. Stillness will not yield any result. So you think. Very few
situations require an immediate action. When an action is required, it is of
course proper to act. But for most situations, withdrawal from the situation is
necessary. There is the situation and here is your interpretation of the
situation which is often different from the situation. In fact, the problem is
usually not the situation but your interpretation of the situation. You need to
take a step back, you need to withdraw. Stillness can help you do that.
What people often want is an answer that will
give them their desired outcome. They want an answer that will relieve them of
the discomfort they feel. They consider the outcome more important than the
truth until they sense that the truth is more important than the outcome.
When you practice stillness, trust is
developed. You develop trust in your true nature and a deep trust in God. Then
you can say with St. Paul, â€śâ€¦All things work for good for those who love Godâ€¦â€ť
(Romans 8:28). Do you have a terrible life situation? Be still. â€śThe language
of God is silence; words are poor translation,â€ť said Deepak Chopra.
Imagine that a surgeon is operating a
patient. In the middle of the operation, the patient comes awake on the
operating table and starts shouting, â€śOh my God! I am undergoing an operation.
What should I do?â€ť This is a time the patient should do nothing and allow the
surgeon to operate.
We are so used to doing something that even
when the time comes for us to do nothing, we still want to do something. It is
as if we are scared of doing nothing, scared of being still. Sometimes we
should simply be and not do. Sometimes what is required is for you to be still.