The Language of Silence

Winter Winds
Winter Winds
Summer Winds
Summer Winds

Well, it is 4:30am and I am awake, yet again. I awoke from a dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. So getting up, I settled on the couch and was instantly caught up in listening.

The wind which is harassing our trailer sounds like winter. It has a howl to it, empty and cold. The furnace has cut in a number of times since I have been sitting here. I feel I would see snow if I opened the blinds of the window. It is amazing to me how a summer wind sounds so different from a winter wind. Winter sounds hollow and sad, whereas summer wind sounds full, warm and content. I listen to this early morning wind whistling around corners, shaking the trailer, moaning its sad song and it makes me feel…what? Melancholy, sad, maybe meditative. It’s like the call of the loon – lonely, haunting and yes, sad. The sound draws me in. Weirdly, for me, it is an energizing, creative calling sound; not in a ‘perky’ kind of way but in a deep contemplative kind of way.

 

I want to listen – really listen. Not just with my ears but with my whole sense which seems to be listening and absorbing. I feel the language in the tones of the wind. I believe there is language in the wind. Just because I don’t understand the language does not mean it’s not evident. I don’t understand Spanish but I can still hear it and recognize tonal meaning. So it is with the wind and sometimes (bear with me here) air and space. One can hear the tonal language in the atmosphere surrounding. It can be heaviness or a joy, lightness in the air. Or it can be a foreboding expectation – yet in both instances there may be no people present – it’s just “in the air.” Ever heard that before?

There is something that knocks at the consciousness that calls one to listen. To just sit quiet—listen. There is a healing, energizing component to listening with your whole being. Even now as I try to describe it, I want to get lost in it. It is not a trance though; it is not doing ‘nothing.’ Listening is an active, absorbing, reaching, collecting activity. It takes a little while (not too long) to get past the normal everyday “white” noise. For me now it would be – the click clanking of the clock; the creaking of the furnace; the squeaking of the R.V.; now the electric heater kicks in…but get past these things and there is a delightful, inviting sound to silence.

 

I use to think silence was well, just that… silent. But silence has a comforting sound and tone all to itself. If…one would just sit still long enough to hear it. Have patience, wait, and stay with it. Suddenly the warmth of silence begins to penetrate the soul, bringing in its arms comfort, deep soul rest, courage and strength, as well as a bone deep energy. This kind of silence encourages me to “know” that anything is possible.

Now, place this on an open horizon—with space, air, big never ending sky—and the language of silence is increased exponentially. Space, openness is a megaphone for the quietness of silence. As the silence gets louder its intensity increases. It’s like if I “listen” hard enough, full enough, still enough I will actually hear the words on the wind, speaking who knows what mysteries, what deep knowledge known only to the wind’s originator. I do know this —the silence wants to share, companionably. It calls continually.

Silence, space, stillness, they are the voice of God in His creation. And I am too—His creation, made with an affinity for His voice. I am made for the voice of creation, the voice of the Creator—who spoke and created. It is His voice, His Word, His language which holds all together. Listen…and you will hear it as it wraps itself around your being.

Silence

Reminding us, the created, of our Creator.

Instructing us, leading us, forming us.

There’s a force in the language of silence.

A healing, growing force.

A directive force.

Drawing, holding and restful.

The comforting, soothing, safe voice of silence.  

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yaknowwhat 6 years ago from USA

silence can get loud at times - like in a relationship full of silence .

other times it is the thoughts in our heads that get loud when there is alot of quiet

silence can be stiffling when there are alot of emotions stirring , and yes silence can be comforting when we are centered , content , and balanced - good hub :)


rls4immanuel 6 years ago

Excellent hub Ulrike Grace! You write on an issue that not many in our modern world are willing to embrace. Silence can be a scary place for the one who fears God or perhaps just won't come to believe in Him. Silence is a place where the soul is challenged in the truth if it is willing to listen. Silence does take listening in order to be a place of blessing. I agree with "yaknowwhat" in writing that the thoughts of our heads can get loud when there is a lot of quiet. However, the one who truly turns to God and seeks Him whole heartedly will find in His Holy Spirit the power to turn away from the endless ramblings of the self focused mind and turn instead to embrace the thoughts, the voice of the one true living God. It is here that silence is proven to be a pearl worthy of paying a significant price to obtain.

May God continue to bless you in sharing His teaching and encouragement with many others.

Your hubs always challenge me in my walk with God. Thankyou and be blessed.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Old folks used to say 'Silence Is Golden". I used to think that meant be quiet, but you have put a new meaning to it with your descritive passages of the language of silence. Beautiful.


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Silence is a rare commodity in our chattering world, something we'd all benefit from finding more. Thanks for this lovely reminder of the art of being. Lynda


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

I try to teach my kids the beauty of silence...probably for selfish reasons. lol Silence is rare around here, but I am sure that there is coming a day when I wish there was more noise. Thanks for a great hub!


Inge 6 years ago

Ulrike, this has to be one of my favourite hubs from you. So insightful and calming ~ what a great hub. thank you so much for sending it. Love you.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Thank you Ulrike for sharing the glory found in the serenity of life. I rejoice in blessed quietness.

God bless you,

Forever His,


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

yaknowwhat...thank you so much for stopping in and having a read. I concur with the loud noise in our heads...at times it is my head that takes the longest to quiet. It was not before my third time that I attended a weekend long "silent" retreat that I actually achieved for a short time blessed silence...and then of course as realized it...I got so excited about it I blew it...:)

Blessings to you


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

rls4immanuel...thank you for your very kind and encouraging comments...

your comment:

...the one who truly turns to God and seeks Him whole heartedly will find in His Holy Spirit the power to turn away from the endless ramblings of the self focused mind and turn instead to embrace the thoughts, the voice of the one true living God...

is truly the desire of my heart and I pray that many others will also find the courage to seek after the quiet of the Lord...Blessings to you my brother...UlrikeGrace

@bayoulady...thank you for dropping in and having a read, I appreciate your interest and your comments...may you be blessed in your meditations...

@lmmartin...I crave silence in this noisy world more than anything else...if I wouldn't get so cold I would even leave off the furnace in my RV! The older I get the more I appreciate quiet...it's a wonderful healing place...Bless you


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Specialk3749 ... there is noise...and then there is lovely noise and I believe the sound of our little cjhildren are in the lovely category (most times). Yes, I miss the sounds of my kids at home as well...and do so enjoy it when I get to...but do enjoy the restful silence when you can get it...bless you


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Inge...good to hear from you! Thank you for your kindness...I believe this will be a favorite hub of mine as well...silent active listening is a distinct gift from the LORD and one to be engaged inwhenever we can. Love you and blessings to you, Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

RevLady...Bless you my sister...thank you for stopping in and having a read...have missed the fellowship of the hubs and look forward to a more sedate schedule soon...grace and mercy to you...Ulrike Grace


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Ulrike... you are in a special place with the Father right now, more aware than you have ever been with Him near. Treasure this time and be filled with His love, His grace and above all His joy which your writing is showing.

Well done and a glimpse into where you are, I for one love what I sense.

Blessings and Hugs


jasper420 6 years ago

very well writtin you have tallent


ThorineAnne 6 years ago

this is truly an amazing piece of writing...i love it..i felt it..i was there in the trailer with you..sitting listening and also yearning for the peacefullness that silence can bring. this has made me think that i need to do this...just sit and enjoy the silence around me, quiet the "noise" in my head and just "BE". Thanks for sharing this, if this is representative of a different style for you, grasp it! it is very very good, insightful and full of expression.

luv you!


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Thorine 6 years ago

Well done!


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

Grace, I truly enjoyed this hub. I love silence! I used to work at a cash register. When I would walk through the door at home I would grab the remote and turn the TV down. My husband would get irritated with me, but I needed the quiet to relax and regroup. Silence is a blessing from God as well as noise. We enjoy the noise of children laughing and playing also. Each has its time and place. Each in its own way glorifies God. Blessings!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Quill...thanks for those uplifting Words....I do so appreciate it...One thing your words made clear to me is the fact that we can be grateful that Father is near to us whether we are aware or not...He NEVER leaves us or forsakes us...praise His name...Blessings to you


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

jasper420...thank you so much for stopping and having a read...bless you...


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

ThorineAnne...thank you so much for taking the time to read and your very kind comments...I will pray that you will enjoy the silence that is granted to you...it is a very peaceful place and has great healing in it...blessings and luv Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kristeen! I am the same as you...I come home and promptly either start turning things down or off...my hubby and I have been known to do a long distance drive somewhere and not once turn on the radio or cd player. And not becuase we are angry or hate music...we love music...but it's compaionable silence...I love it...thanks for stopping in...


Jorjette 6 years ago

It is a great feeling to listen with all senses, it's another level of conciousness. I feel gret when I have the chance to listen to the wind who gives me power, and to listen the rain, or the sounds of the whole nature that surrouns me.

Sometimes is is very difficult because of the thougts, but i chase them away.

Sometimes it happens to me to wake up early in the morning and listen to the night, it's quite different than the day. Sometimes it seems as i can hear even the moon and i start talcking with it without any word, we talk through feelings. It's such a great feeling...


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Jorjette...thank you so much for stopping in and having a read...it was wonderful to have you. I agree with you listening in the night to its silent noises makes one meditatively talkative...blessings to you


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InspiredHippy 6 years ago from Old Town, California

Thanks for your hub...I do not get enough silence these days and reading this helped me to see how much I need it! God Bless..Becky Jo aka InspiredHippy


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you InspiredHippy (love your name) for dropping in and having a read...I am glad the hub "inspired" you to greater silence...may we all find the healthy, healing silence taht can only be found in Jesus...Blessings to you


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great thoughts to ponder. It is in silence that the Lord often speaks. Sometimes we have to pause in silence so that we will hear the Lord speaking to us. In silence we hear more from God than simply talking. Thank you for sharing these precious thoughts here at Hubpages. Blessings to you.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Ulrike,

You are a woman afer my own heart. Oh how I have missed you! This hub has ministered to my heart in so many ways. I am linking it to my fb account. I started to copy and paste all the things you said that ministerd to me and then I found I would have likely copied it all! But here are a couple of the things said that reached right into my soul...

"Listening is an active, absorbing, reaching, collecting activity."

"But silence has a comforting sound and tone all to itself. If…one would just sit still long enough to hear it."

love you, friend

Carol


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Oh coffeesnob...you are such a dear dear woman of God...thank you for your comments...thank you for linking this to FB...this was an amazing session for me and I love to read this particular hub...my favorite place to be is in the place of silence...specifically God's silence...

May Father, by His gracious and Holy Spirit gather you close to Himself in any and all circumstances you may find yourself...just listen for Him, His love is right there...

Love you my dear friend and sister

Ulrike Grace


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

cristina327...I am sorry, I missed your wonderful comments...and wonderful they are...thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts...

Bless you my sister Ulrike Grace


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

UlrikeGrace, How lovely, As you wellstated: "...stillness, they are the voice of God in His creation. And I am too—His creation, made with an affinity for His voice. I am made for the voice of creation, the voice of the Creator." Amen!

There is an unspoken beauty in silence! In the stillness one can hear the sounds that often are missed as well as the meditations of the heart! There is Peace in Quietness. The Word tells us "To be STILL and KNOW!"

Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Oh Deborah...my apologies...I missed your comments...and so am late in responding...forgive me...I love that verse you quoted...it is one I remeind myself often of when I am overwhelmed...thanks for stopping in and having a read...the sound of silence is so often missed...we are so geared to the material world that we do not wait long enough to hear what is in the heart of God's Holy Spirit. Praise God for His patience and tenacity as He continues to reach out to and for us...

Love you...Ulrike Grace


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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

a beautiful write! I love moments of inner quietness.


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UlrikeGrace 5 years ago from Canada Author

viveresperando, thank you for your visit and for stopping lomng enoughn to make a comment, I appreciate that. I too love silence...in fact I live for it...Blessings to you Ulrike Grace


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gingerka 3 years ago from Colorado

I love your hub. It is nostalgic and encouraging.

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