Silence is Grace

Silence is not an absence of sound, mainly. It is a positive thing, a presence in itself, a fullness beyond our ordinary understanding.

There is a word, pleroma, which is usually translated from the Greek as ‘fullness’. Carl Jung used it in some of his later work, but it is first encountered in the New Testament, in Paul’s beautiful letter to the Colossians, where he says, “For in [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1.19-20)

Pleroma. The heart of silence. John the Evangelist wrote, “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1.16)

Silence is grace, presence, the still point. Gift that is the giver, peace beyond mind or longing.

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