Waking up to Wisdom
In Stillness and Community

Stillness Speaks

--by Eckhart Tolle (Jun 25, 2007)

Silence is helpful, but you don't need it in order to find stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself.

You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness.

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Pay attention to the gap -- the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath.

When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of 'something' becomes -- just awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form.

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True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.

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Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself - the underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be separate from who you are?

The form that you think you are came out of that and is being sustained by it.

It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and all other forms.

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Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world.

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[...] What is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

--Eckhart Tolle, from "Stillness Speaks"

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On Jun 26, 2007 steamer wrote:
My little reflections on stillness brings out some qualities that are embedded in one which one is not conscious of and if exploited can take one to unimaginable heights

On Jun 26, 2007 Eliud wrote:
to forgive is human;toforget is stick to what is blessed.

On Jun 26, 2007 Conrad wrote:
Nipun and Viral, Your selections are outstanding.
With gratitude. Conrad

On Jun 26, 2007 WadeM wrote:
As always, a fantastic message. Sitting in a busy office and reading this message, the world melted away, back to what's beyond the noise; back to it's origin of stillness.

Thank you for this fantastic weekly service.

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On Jun 26, 2007 Claire wrote:
I'm very grateful to be receiving your insightful and inspiring messages filled of wisdom. It's a wonderful reminder of what it takes to find one's center. In the hustle and bustle of each day, it's easy to lose one's perspective. Thanks.

On Jun 27, 2007 Mark S. wrote:

in my experience--when being attentive--there is no gap between the in breath and the out breath.if you are breating "unconsiously".. there is nothing there.. it is either ---in-- or --out---

"Pay attention to the gap -- the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and the out-breath".

of course i could be wrong. :)

On Sep 13, 2007 nandan wrote:
The gap when understood & put to practice ( just be ) all your qs are answered. WISDOM FLOWS.

On Mar 20, 2008 Venita wrote:
Sitting in a very, very quiet office, alone, yet finding it difficult to be still. Thanks for the help. I did it...I am doing it.

On Mar 20, 2008 JayKrishna wrote:
Belive that Space between words ,short intervals between thoughts is the highest form of mediation we can inculculate in our life irrepective of where we are in our life.

On Aug 13, 2010 Alberto wrote:

My whole life has been transformed by the teachings of Eckhart Tolle , I feel at peace even when faced with challenges . Thank you Eckhart !

On Mar 6, 2012 Tina wrote:

On Mar 6, 2012 KathyI. wrote:
It's like when you get stuck trying to figure out a problem on a project and you get up and take a walk...the solution presents itself in the stillness.