When we settle into deep meditation or find ourselves deep in the forest, we may experience a moment of deep silence. Not just silence outside, but silence within, a quieting of the monkey mind. This is the goal of Yoga.
At first, inner silence may be pretty unclear, like a blank spot when nothing was noticed. Without content, it’s just empty.
As that silence becomes more familiar, we’ll notice it has a sense of presence and of being. It Is. We may find that sometimes, as we settle into silence or come out after, there is a wave of happiness. (this is crossing the bliss body) In fact, that may be the easiest way to recognize it at first.
Over time, we may begin to realize that silent being or presence is who I am. And then the shift happens. The silence wakes up to itself through this apparent person. (the “me” doesn’t wake up)
What form waking takes will vary – we may wake up to an infinite emptiness. Or if there is more clarity, it may have a sense of fullness, rich with potential.
Gradually, we may come to recognize the liveliness behind our experiences of the world. Everything can take on a vibrancy or aliveness. At some point, we recognize that outer liveliness is the same liveliness in our inner wakefulness. Then the inner and outer are recognized as one and Unity dawns. (the process of recognition will vary – this is one way it might be described)
After the Unity shift, there is no longer an inner silence and separate world. They are one and the same. There is no longer silence alone. It is full, lively silence.
With the Brahman shift, we go beyond the liveliness of creation and experience and lean back towards silence again as nothing. But again, there can be an empty nothing or some sense of totality of nothing. And that will evolve as it unfolds.
With the dawning of pure Divinity in ParaBrahman, silence falls way again. All is found to be pure Divinity with a clarity and power beyond anything prior. How can you describe something beyond the beyond?
Most interesting is that it means our early experiences of infinite silence were just touching the surface of Divinity. Even liberation is barely stepping the feet in. The vast power and intelligence behind all of creation is more than a person can experience. It is beyond the dynamics of consciousness and experience. It can only be known by becoming it.
So we step towards it instead. We discover deep silence and peace. And perhaps a wave of happiness.