How to Enter “The Silence”
Unity’s prayer method is called “the silence.” We enter the silence to consciously experience our oneness within the one Mind, God. To do so we must change the focus of our minds; we must withdraw our attention from the manifest realm of effects and turn inward where we seek and find the cause of all things, God as Spirit. God’s presence in all its fullness is always available to us, for it is in, around, and through us.
We must, however, turn to God in the silence in order for this Truth to be revealed to us. For this revelation to come about, we need to learn to disengage from our everyday consciousness, which is focused primarily in the realms of sensation, thought, and feeling. By detaching ourselves from these areas of consciousness, we enter the intuitive faculty of our minds and discover there our link with God: “the secret place of the most high.” The secret place of the most high is the place in consciousness where God is directly experienced, where believing becomes knowing, where the concept of the Christ within becomes a personal reality. In the secret place we accomplish our goal in prayer by realizing God as the all-providing Father-Mother presence, All Good.
Within the secret place of the most high we listen for the “still small voice” of God. This voice is not a sound but rather a feeling of inner knowing and peace. All of us must learn to contact this voice of God within ourselves and become accustomed to it. This inner voice comes from the silence within us, and it will teach us exactly what we need to know and do to unfold spiritually. The still small voice will direct and guide us in definite ways once we learn to hear and trust it. To contact the voice of God, we must wait upon the Lord in the silence.
When we are comfortable and relaxed, the process of detaching from a normal state of consciousness can begin. It is therefore important to take the time needed to prepare the environment, body, and consciousness for entering the silence. Once we have disengaged from our everyday consciousness, we turn our full attention to God by meditating and concentrating on words or ideas of Truth. We may dwell upon divine ideas or aspects of God such as love, life, peace, health, or substance. Or, we may simply focus on words of Truth that invoke a realization of God’s love such as “God Is, I Am” or “Peace, be still.” Whatever technique we use, the purpose is the same — to lead us into the secret place, a state of consciousness where we commune with God, to realize our sonship, and to claim the gifts of the kingdom. [Quoted from Unity: 100 Years of Faith and Vision published by Unity Books (1988), pp. 18-19; emphasis supplied.]
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