Listening to Silence
Our minds can be filled with constant chatter. How do we quiet the mind?
When we allow our mind simply rest in the silence, an entire world of opportunity and learning is awakened. Explore various methods for quieting the mind and learn about the benefits of doing so.
Shaman & Healer
Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant Secunda is the adopted grandson of Don José and was chosen by Don José to take his place to help carry on Huichol Shamanism. He is the co-founder of the American Herbalist Guild, and the founder of the Huichol Foundation. Since 1979 Brant Secunda has been the Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies and leads seminars and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.
So that really impressed me, how they could do that, and they have different techniques of course, but silence is a time for us to quiet the mind. If you quiet the mind, you are silenced, quiet the heart there is silence. Stop the internal dialogue, stop the internal chatter, this brings about silence, and when silence can bring peace to your soul, peace to heart.
You don't always have to talk. You don't always have to be having this internal dialogue, or thinking things, whether you are thinking them out loud, or thinking them quietly in silence, and so this is what is very important in Shamanism for the Huichol's, for us just to stop the internal dialogue that goes on.
So many times we meet people, we don't like the conversation, we change what they said, and what you said. It is just needless chatter for a human being, and when we stop that, and when there is silence, there is peace. Peace of mind, peace of heart, peace of your soul, and it brings you definitely into a more calm state.
In this way, then when you silent, when there is no talking, or no internal chatter, you can hear the ancient one's speaking to your soul. You can feel the wind touch your heart. You can listen with your heart to the spirit of the world.