Silence as Spiritual Midwife

Tender shoot emerging from a pumpkin seed, planted in soil.
Tender shoot emerging from a pumpkin seed, planted in soil. | Source
Zinnia bud, in the garden at Salman Raspberry Ranch, La Cueva, NM.
Zinnia bud, in the garden at Salman Raspberry Ranch, La Cueva, NM. | Source
Blue Moon rising.
Blue Moon rising. | Source

The words "silent" and "listen" are closely related. When we look at them, we see that they are made of the same letters.

Both silence and the art and practice of listening with one's heart, hold so much promise and potential, such fecundity.

In the Song of Solomon it is written:

"I slept, but my heart was awake. Hark! my beloved is knocking."

It is with our listening heart that we become attentive to God's presence; it is our awakened and wakeful heart which hears God's invitation, and senses God wooing us.

In the midst of our waking and sleeping, throughout our busy lives and even as we sleep, may our hearts be awake and attentive to that knock on the door of our innermost selves, that harkening, that invitation.

It is so important to make time for quiet reflection, in order to hear that knock, to discern the still, small voice, to be mindful of the ways and midwifery, the patterns and perfection, which surrounds us in Nature.

God is always gently knocking, but we alone must be willing and able to listen and to hear, to respond and to open all that has been closed.

In Revelation 3:20 it is written, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and him with me."

As the William Holman painting portrays, at that sacred threshold, there is only one door knob, and it is on the inside of the door. The one who stands outside and knocks can but ask to come in; only we have the ability to open the door. We don't want so much noise in our house that we can't hear the door.

Mother Teresa said, "We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls."

So, these words come from my heart to yours:

Enter into the rich, fertile soil

of a deep, covering silence.

Encounter there your spiritual midwife

helping to birth all of the promise & potential within you.


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