The Power of Silence

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Silence is an empty space. Space is the home of the awakened mind. ~ Buddha


Many years ago, when I was a new commercial pilot, part of our flight training had been, odd as it sounds, practicing silence. Well, silence was not the purpose of the practice, just a side benefit.

My flight school was in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver, Colorado. Our training included, as you’d expect, learning to handle emergencies, one of which was losing engine power. In which case, your plane turned into a glider. To practice this, we deliberately shut off the engines.

The first thing that struck me was the complete silence. It was mesmerizing, and hauntingly beautiful. I felt a deep peace and wonder as I gazed at the majestic scene—soaring, snow-capped mountains and bright blue skies.

Although the entire experience fascinated me, the most striking part was the complete and utter silence.


Silence is one of the most powerful tools you have. Although it is certainly underestimated by your modern world, filled as it is with all its noise and craziness.

Silence is one reason we often suggest everyone practice meditation, daily if possible. It does not matter what type of meditation—whatever feels right for you.

One of the greatest benefits of meditation is it quiets your busy mind and creates that stillness and silence you all could use much more of.

What are the benefits of practicing silence (whether through meditation or other means)? There are many. Here are a few of the most important:

  • Silence is healing on every level—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.


  • Silence connects or aligns you powerfully with your spirit self, enabling a much deeper level of communication.


  • Your intuition is deeper and more powerful.


  • Your relationships are enriched when you practice silence with another human. Despite the fact your modern world is uncomfortable with just be-ing with another in total quiet.


  • If you have domestic pets, particularly dogs and cats, you will find yourselves connecting with them at a deeper level. Animals appreciate silence because it clears out your mind clutter, which often confuses them. (They are very capable of reading your minds.)


  • Being quiet every day, or at least regularly, with meditation or another practice, will increase and deepen your sense of self-love. Lack of self-love is perhaps one of the greatest ways you do massive damage to yourselves and others.

These are but a few of the many benefits you get from exercising the power of silence.

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In this short video, that wonderful spiritual teacher, Mooji, explains the difference between our human egos and who we truly are, which is consciousness, presence. Our true selves dwell eternally in silence.


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16 Responses

  1. Pat

    I enjoyed this so much. Thank you! The Mooji video was very interesting.

  2. Mikala

    Yellowstone is the only place where I can sit in a quiet place and listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It is there that you can integrate with Her.

  3. Mikala

    My home is in an area in Montana that is quiet and mostly noiseless. I have been unable to stay there in the winter due to illness. When I come home in the late Spring, I feel as though I am entering into heaven. Even the birds that awaken me in the morning stop singing so I may enjoy the silence.
    It is a very peaceful place which drags out all the garbage from my mind and soul, and allows me to be truly who I really am.
    You know the place and the peace, John, right?

    Love to all.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Mikala.

      I think many folks would envy you living in a beautiful, peaceful place like that. I also live in a similarly quiet place — though yours is a bit quieter than mine. 🙂

      So, yes, I do know the place and the peace, having been there many times over the years.

      On a similar note, my son and I were up at Yellowstone National Park last week. The silence there is stunning. It’s not quite the height of the tourist season yet. So it was still peaceful, but won’t remain that way much longer.

  4. Ron B.

    As I often say, words are funny. The most egoistic of people feel a lot of vindication when hearing the info that self-love is a great gift. I cannot blame them for that.
    In-spiration cannot happen at the same time as ex-piration. Common sense.
    It is worth remembering that all ideas taken to extremes turn into their opposites.
    An open mind without the same amount of skepticism is sick and the reverse is also true. Again obvious but not so easy without some amount of consciousness.
    Un-consciousness, silence, is also necessary but the part which is missing, the listening or watching part makes it useless at our level. Words are funny. Why?
    Because reality is funny.

  5. JoAnn Berge

    One of my favorite topics. Years ago I read a book by blind singer Andrea Bocelli called Amo il Silenco (I love silence). At first it struck me as strange that a person already without one of the senses would “love silence”… Until I tried it. I already “hear” and feel so much more when in physical and emotional stillness. What a joy!
    Also, I have 2 very ill cats and there is a direct and positive correlation between my internal and external silence and their symptoms. Animals teach us much… As does the silence.
    Thank you Johnny (John, sorry)

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, JoAnn.

      I love Andrea Bocelli, but have not heard that song. I’ll look it up.

      Indeed, animals do teach us much. My spirit guides are fond of reminding us of that. I’ll send your cats some healing energies.

      “Johnny” is fine. Most of my family and close friends call me that. 🙂

      • John Cali

        One of our readers, in response to our last post, The Power of Silence, mentioned Andrea Bocelli, the blind Italian singer. Here’s a beautiful version of La Voce del Silenzio (The Voice of Silence). His singing partner is the beautiful Italian singer, Elisa Toffoli. They’re singing in Italian, but I think you’ll enjoy it, even if you don’t speak the language.

  6. George Ball

    Yes, dear John, I do appreciate silence though I often listen to classical CDs. (I wrote about this a minute ago and then my comment disappeared.) Enjoy your silence. Love, George

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, George. I do enjoy the silence. I think there are really 2 types of silence. One is the absence of physically-generated sounds. The other, much deeper, is the absence of mind chatter — inner silence. That’s where we meet the divine, our true selves.

      Love, John

  7. George Ball

    Yes dear John; I appreciate silence. My problem is being intolerant of unwanted noise. I was appreciating the silence of eating alone in a restaurant last evening when a waiter walked along side my table and slammed shut a book-like thing. I soon complained about it to my waitress. (I do confess that I often listen to classical CDs both in my car and at home.) Enjoy your silence. Love, George

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