The opportunity of these times is calling us all to remember the power of inner silence—not a silence that condones hate, injustice, or lies, but a silence that speaks loud enough to find solutions that return us to values and virtues. These times are reminding us of our pure potential, even in the face of ALGAE (Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachment, and Ego). We must remember that our interior world records every thought, word and deed done upon ourselves or another. The recording, whether loud or quiet, sits inside of us and if it is driven by ALGAE, our inner silence is lost.
This year has certainly prompted many of us to wake up feeling challenged to protect one of our greatest powers, silence. Silence, at the deepest level, is not simply a physical absence of sound, but when a person inwardly holds the highest reverence of themselves with noble thoughts and deeds. If waste thoughts, commonly known as negative thinking, or impure motives are mixed in our thinking, it will deplete our greatest asset, silence.
One must ask the self as we approach the new year, ‘Am I at peace with myself? Are others at peace with me? Is our world better because of me?’ The highest achievement for these times isn’t another zero at the end of your bank balance, nor is it taking advantage of others who you might deem weak or less than you. Rather, the highest achievement for these times is to emanate a deep, living, profound presence of inner silence that mirrors to anyone who sees it. When others are so moved by your story, that they make a change for the better in their own lives; inner silence is at work.