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An introduction to the nature and benefits of silence as a new spiritual reality that can lead to self-awareness and healing in our chaotic, fast-paced world With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence--a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the in An introduction to the nature and benefits of silence as a new spiritual reality that can lead to self-awareness and healing in our chaotic, fast-paced world With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence--a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the internal and external world. Drawing on images and ideas from the Trials of St. Anthony, anthroposophy, depth psychology, and phenomenology, the book delves deeply into the subtleties of silence, exploring the phenomenon as a source of wholeness and revitalization. Sharing his own insights from years of experience in spiritual psychology, Sardello takes us on an inner journey beyond the chaotic noise of the ego to a place of inner communion and self-healing. Silence opens our eyes to the importance of cultivating the nurturing aspects of silence in our personal relationships and enables us to awaken the inner currents of spirituality that ultimately lead to a path of universal compassion, service, and healing.


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An introduction to the nature and benefits of silence as a new spiritual reality that can lead to self-awareness and healing in our chaotic, fast-paced world With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence--a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the in An introduction to the nature and benefits of silence as a new spiritual reality that can lead to self-awareness and healing in our chaotic, fast-paced world With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence--a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the internal and external world. Drawing on images and ideas from the Trials of St. Anthony, anthroposophy, depth psychology, and phenomenology, the book delves deeply into the subtleties of silence, exploring the phenomenon as a source of wholeness and revitalization. Sharing his own insights from years of experience in spiritual psychology, Sardello takes us on an inner journey beyond the chaotic noise of the ego to a place of inner communion and self-healing. Silence opens our eyes to the importance of cultivating the nurturing aspects of silence in our personal relationships and enables us to awaken the inner currents of spirituality that ultimately lead to a path of universal compassion, service, and healing.

30 review for Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brian Wilcox

    [Note Second Reading... 2.7.2020: A second reading of Sardello, and I rarely read anything twice, affirmed more to me the excellence of Silence, as well as its abstruseness. One of the more significant aspects of the tome is Sardello's differentiation between 'meditation' and 'Silence.' As well, Sardello treats prayer (he does not treat prayer as a specifically religious act, not in the manner often meant by prayer) within Silence in a manner unlike what I have read before, and what he shares co [Note Second Reading... 2.7.2020: A second reading of Sardello, and I rarely read anything twice, affirmed more to me the excellence of Silence, as well as its abstruseness. One of the more significant aspects of the tome is Sardello's differentiation between 'meditation' and 'Silence.' As well, Sardello treats prayer (he does not treat prayer as a specifically religious act, not in the manner often meant by prayer) within Silence in a manner unlike what I have read before, and what he shares corresponds to much of my own experience in moving from audible prayer to silent prayer within Silence to prayer dissolving within Silence.] A needed caveat, first.... This book, to me, I am somewhat uncomfortable assessing publicly, but hope it helpful to some. The author may well say I, at some points, am totally missing what he meant. Yet, that possibility highlights the nature of the work Silence, and a need to assess what the author has given for guidance to readers on matters subtle and esoteric, even if plain and simple from within the experience of Silence Itself. After 2.5 decades of studying in and exploring Silence with others and in a semi-hermitic life, I have not come upon a book like Silence. Overall, I found it inspiring and informative, confusing and challenging, likewise esoteric and practical. This is a difficult one to assess and categorize. Sardello delves into the process of entering into Silence, while he presents Silence as simple, direct. In bringing these together, this can be misleading. If one chooses the process of movement from body into soul into soul-spirit, within Silence, one finds the Simplicity he, and others through the ages, refers to. Since he is working before body-mind, not regressively but as to timelessness, he cannot but be somewhat confusing and metaphorical. So, yes, Sardello is wise in taking the 'risks' in providing practical guidance in entering Silence, guidance beyond what is usually provided persons who are not well-acquainted with the aspect of Silence. This is so even with the limitations of the attempt and the inevitable interpretations he places on the direct experience, as many traditions do. One can question rightly some of his assessments of the 'stops' along the way, and one is wise to do so with any guide in these matters. One struggle I had with Silence was how to read his elaborations on 'presences.' He is working in the soul and soul-spirit domains, where real takes on a different meaning than real in our usual linear, subject-object mind. His 'presences' could be referred to as archetypes in the Jungian sense, if so, this appears regressive, as Jungianism is more an excavation of the lost past than the coming-future. I found my own experience of Silence to be validated by Sardello, when I had not read anyone else clarify for me these experiences. Among such was found in my favorite chapter on "Silence, Prayer, and Meditation." He gives practical help in working with allowing prayer spoken, externally or internally and as a mental act, to dissolve into the pure subjectivity of impersonal Feeling, and in which we find comfort to arise that remains after the time of prayer. This prayer for Sardello is other than the traditional mode of praying to 'another' as an object outside - God, Buddha, a saint, a Teacher ... - though it may begin as such, before the transformation into the pure subjectivity of inner communion, shared by 'presences' as one symphony. To me, to know how to relate with Silence, one would need to be one who daily seeks to live in union with Silence. Such would be true to the phenomenological aspect that inspires Sardello ~ for example, to know Silence directly, one knows it not as an object, but from within Silence Itself. He makes clear that linear logic cannot describe the process or Silence, and his book proves so, even though Sardello inspires us enough to take the journey for ourselves. Then, we can better assess Silence from Silence.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Hillman

    Perhaps it is the frame of mind I was in at the time of reading this book... Valley Fever had caught up with me again, so I was unable to do much of anything but read, meditation, sleep and dream. This book changed my vision of life through connection and the dance with the deep sense and reality of the Silence. Rich texture with a understanding of the nuances of the stillness, that quiet moments when the mind wanders off into another space and time. I felt the Silence with its invitation, guard Perhaps it is the frame of mind I was in at the time of reading this book... Valley Fever had caught up with me again, so I was unable to do much of anything but read, meditation, sleep and dream. This book changed my vision of life through connection and the dance with the deep sense and reality of the Silence. Rich texture with a understanding of the nuances of the stillness, that quiet moments when the mind wanders off into another space and time. I felt the Silence with its invitation, guardians, healing and such. I haven't really left the Silence. It touched my heart and soul and I reread this book each year since I first did in 2004, when I was gifted this book from a vendor at the Tucson Gem/Mineral Show. Somehow it may be that gift that gave me another gift of interacting with the Silence. Robert Sardello reflects the many aspects of the Silence through the powerful deliver of chapters to deep interpretations of the states of meditation and the space of peace, quiet and blank slate of all that is. If there was one book or at least on the top five books to read when entering and continuing one spiritual journey within, I would recommend or gift this book to them. I have given this book to many friends who I felt appreciated the vast space of the Silence. The foundation built upon this book is solid and brings the nuance and paradox of the spiritual journey in a fine writing and insightful introspections upon the elements and dance of the silence. As a spiritual teacher, I have assisted many on their inner vision quest and here it the best place to enter, refresh and connect to a truth within truths. Anyone who is too logic or unable to release the mind of mundane questions will not like this book as it is an adventure into the unknown and untouchable realms. It brings another view of the illusion of life into this one. It opens the curious to a place of reflection, understanding and refinement of the endless possibilities, with the connection of all that is and brings to the heart a new way of being. If entering the space of dreams and reflections, with the unveiling of the layers within the heart and soul is something you are looking for, this book will take you to that place of adventure without leaving your house...or do you? enjoy and peace~

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gordclements

    Really great book. A classic for me. I have ordered a few to hand out. Sardello writes from his experience and commitment to his practice. This book includes a wealth of wisdom including his wife’s prose and poetic additions. Its certainly a book that I find inspiring and that points me in an authentic direction and is most definitely an ongoing resource that I return to.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Henri Paradella

    Not easy to read, but a beautiful introduction to the beauty and richness of silence. I would say that this book will help people who already have a practice of silence and meditation, but is too abstract for someone who is interested to discover it without a former experience of it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    The Goodreads review accompanying the duplication of the book cover is a good summary of the experience of reading Sardello's volume. Deceptively short, full of meaning, for me "Silence" was a sleeper, an unexpected powerhouse of relevance. The last 4 chapters (6,7,8,and 9) were similar to a few esoteric writings I had read several years ago, but Sardello's fluency and ability to describe obscure processes in clear minded terms is truly impressive. I particularly enjoyed reading "Making a Cleari The Goodreads review accompanying the duplication of the book cover is a good summary of the experience of reading Sardello's volume. Deceptively short, full of meaning, for me "Silence" was a sleeper, an unexpected powerhouse of relevance. The last 4 chapters (6,7,8,and 9) were similar to a few esoteric writings I had read several years ago, but Sardello's fluency and ability to describe obscure processes in clear minded terms is truly impressive. I particularly enjoyed reading "Making a Clearing for Silence" and "The Silence of the Heart." His reflections on prayer were helpful and more succinct than I have read at any time past.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    For a book about silence this one has way too many words. While I found the content of this book interesting and eye opening; I had to wade through way too many words. Furthermore, I did not connect with the writer's prose. I would however recommend anyone interested in learning and practicing silence in their lives to make an attempt to read this book because, there are some very good concepts within (once you wade through the verbose text). For a book about silence this one has way too many words. While I found the content of this book interesting and eye opening; I had to wade through way too many words. Furthermore, I did not connect with the writer's prose. I would however recommend anyone interested in learning and practicing silence in their lives to make an attempt to read this book because, there are some very good concepts within (once you wade through the verbose text).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Moisès

    It has not been an easy reading at all. Some shockingly clear explanations to very elusive experiences appear mixed amongst concepts that I'm unable to grasp the slightest meaning from. This is a book to be reread when I grow up. Just I'm unsure I've got sufficient years left to grow enough to really understand it. Anyway, thanks to this reading, now I'm consciously enjoying the peaceful feeling of my heart beats while my fingers slide silently over my cellphone screen to compose this modest revie It has not been an easy reading at all. Some shockingly clear explanations to very elusive experiences appear mixed amongst concepts that I'm unable to grasp the slightest meaning from. This is a book to be reread when I grow up. Just I'm unsure I've got sufficient years left to grow enough to really understand it. Anyway, thanks to this reading, now I'm consciously enjoying the peaceful feeling of my heart beats while my fingers slide silently over my cellphone screen to compose this modest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Regina Bland

    Read with a Centering Prayer group, this book was used as teaching reflection to accompany our weekly activity. While at times, the work seemed incredibly wordy, the group discussions of the chapters showed us all a deepening progression of our understanding of the role of Silence in our spiritual path.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Barrass

    Will be rereading, exploring and savouring the profound challenges and wisdom here again and again. A first reading for 'information' about silence could scarcely begin to mine the meaning or the treasures here, as Sardello tells the reader so clearly. Will be rereading, exploring and savouring the profound challenges and wisdom here again and again. A first reading for 'information' about silence could scarcely begin to mine the meaning or the treasures here, as Sardello tells the reader so clearly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    George

    Finding Silence Moving from believing to Knowing is the essence of Silence. One will need to be deeply thoughtful and reflective while reading each of the 124 pages.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I had a hard time with this one. Maybe because I was impatient, trying to finish it to meet my reading challenge ha ha.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Not worth your time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Antonia G. Melamed

    Insightful,transforming, It is without a question the most helpful guide to enlightenment/ finding one’s true wholeness I have read in my 80 year quest!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Guschke

    This expanded my understanding of silence at a much deeper level. When integrating this into relationships broadens the holy envelop surrounding us and pushes our praying further into the cosmos!

  15. 5 out of 5

    MICHAEL NELSON

    Enveloping Presence Letting go of our our certainties becomes an invitation in a way that dissolves the imperativeness of finding a way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle McNamara

    Had to read for school, some OK concepts but also a little alt/new wave-y.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Shoop

    How does one rate a book like this one? The content of the book was difficult to understand and unlike anything I've read before. Way out there. Kooky. Intriguing. Hard to believe. How does one rate a book like this one? The content of the book was difficult to understand and unlike anything I've read before. Way out there. Kooky. Intriguing. Hard to believe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tony Carey

    Beautiful grace-filled book

  19. 5 out of 5

    Glen Grunau

    A remarkable book on silence, probably one of the most unusual books I have ever read on this topic. Sardello recognizes in the very first sentence of his book that all spiritual traditions value silence. However, because he does not identify with any particular religion or spiritual persuasion, his influence is likely far more broad than if he was simply targeting a Christian audience. It is only in the very last chapter where he even mentions prayer by name and allows for the prayer of words t A remarkable book on silence, probably one of the most unusual books I have ever read on this topic. Sardello recognizes in the very first sentence of his book that all spiritual traditions value silence. However, because he does not identify with any particular religion or spiritual persuasion, his influence is likely far more broad than if he was simply targeting a Christian audience. It is only in the very last chapter where he even mentions prayer by name and allows for the prayer of words to take its place within the broader spectrum of silence. It is then that he allows for prayer that is directed to Christ or God. Although the author draws many parallels to centering prayer and mindfulness (while never specifically mentioning either of them), the particular practices of silence that he introduces seem unique. His book is based not so much on theory but on his experience as a researcher and practitioner of silence for over 35 years, the last 23 in the School of Spiritual Psychology which he co-founded. Sardello guides the reader through the many pitfalls of an ego-driven self-referential consciousness that will always be the primary barrier to penetrating the deep riches of silence where true presence is discovered. In so doing he targets what has become over the past decade one of my greatest sources of disillusionment with so much of contemporary prayer that resembles the ego-inflating prayer of the Pharisee in Luke 18. I'm not really sure what the lasting impact will be on me from having read this book - a book that seems to have also captured the attention of other partners in my contemplative spiritual community of Soulstream. A number of us have agreed to read and discuss this book over the next couple of months. I await with a sense of anticipation the further impact this book will have on each of us as we experience it together in community.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    I got the cue for this book from Fr. Richard Rohr's citing it in his own book, Immortal Diamond. Sardello's book isn't a work to be rushed through. Though it's only a 120-some pages, it took a bit of time for me to get through it, and even then I surely didn't absorb the full richness of what it presents. Sardello writes "gently" and reaches deep into one's spirit. If one were to take his advice in learning silence as he describes it, it's likely that one's life & relationships would be signific I got the cue for this book from Fr. Richard Rohr's citing it in his own book, Immortal Diamond. Sardello's book isn't a work to be rushed through. Though it's only a 120-some pages, it took a bit of time for me to get through it, and even then I surely didn't absorb the full richness of what it presents. Sardello writes "gently" and reaches deep into one's spirit. If one were to take his advice in learning silence as he describes it, it's likely that one's life & relationships would be significantly different. In Sardello's own words, "It is less helpful to read about Silence than it is to find ways of entering into it..." He speaks of the practices involved as "spiritual manners, ways of behaving that invite the spiritual presence of Silence into our lives and reorient our lives to be in service to the spiritual worlds..." "A commitment to silence is a commitment to truth."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Andrew

    If you can tolerate the spiritual abstractions, Sardello's book is the best exploration of the anatomy, dynamism, and gifts of silence I've ever read. I was especially moved by his idea that silence is a third presence participating in our relationships, and that we tend our relationship when we tend this silence. The very form of our thinking has to be re-formed from “thinking about” to “thinking within,” and Silence is the teacher. … Silence is intelligence. … As we enter into Silence, we enter If you can tolerate the spiritual abstractions, Sardello's book is the best exploration of the anatomy, dynamism, and gifts of silence I've ever read. I was especially moved by his idea that silence is a third presence participating in our relationships, and that we tend our relationship when we tend this silence. The very form of our thinking has to be re-formed from “thinking about” to “thinking within,” and Silence is the teacher. … Silence is intelligence. … As we enter into Silence, we enter into Wisdom. We do not become wise but enter into the objective Wisdom of world processes. Judgment, as the primary mode of our thinking, ceases or is taken up only when needed for our practical life. As we enter into the Wisdom of Silence, we allow ourselves to be taught by the things of the world. -- Robert Sardello, Silence

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Thomas

    I found more beauty and silence in Cheryl Sanders-Sardello's bridge pieces than I did in Robert Sardello's book. There was a clinical or commercial feel to where he was leading me (to his school perhaps?). In the end I felt like the recipient in Leonard Cohen's poem, "Gift": You tell me that silence is nearer to peace than poems but if for my gift I brought you silence (for I know silence) you would say This is not silence this is another poem and you would hand it back to me I found more beauty and silence in Cheryl Sanders-Sardello's bridge pieces than I did in Robert Sardello's book. There was a clinical or commercial feel to where he was leading me (to his school perhaps?). In the end I felt like the recipient in Leonard Cohen's poem, "Gift": You tell me that silence is nearer to peace than poems but if for my gift I brought you silence (for I know silence) you would say This is not silence this is another poem and you would hand it back to me

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Just started. Too soon to tell much except that the author seems to be conveying much more than entertainment or elucidation. Interaction with the book as a living work and body of material seems a major part of the author's intent.r Update 11-10-11. Completed read. Initial impressions remain same. This will be at the top of my list for a reread. Small on size, big on content. There are many layers to this author. Just started. Too soon to tell much except that the author seems to be conveying much more than entertainment or elucidation. Interaction with the book as a living work and body of material seems a major part of the author's intent.r Update 11-10-11. Completed read. Initial impressions remain same. This will be at the top of my list for a reread. Small on size, big on content. There are many layers to this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is an excellent book for people who are searching for that mysterious something, but shy away from all organized ways of defining that something, such as psychology or any kind of spiritual path. Sardello gives great descriptions of that mystery, which he calls Silence, and ALSO practical suggestions of how to cultivate it for oneself.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Mullens

    I was a bit hesitant, but it turned out to be a pretty good book, although some parts were kind of all (like the parts about spirit beings). Could have been that I am not familiar with some of the language and terms. Silence is kind of an esoteric subject and parts of this book show that. Although, there were parts that were very good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    For me, this book requires more than one reading. The first reading has enticed me to read it again with time to try out all the various exercises. I do not doubt what Sardello is writing about the heart as an organ not only that pumps blood but that knows--that has been a biblical truism, but he tells us how to get to that knowing. I think this is a book I have to live with for awhile.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Pritchard

    A deep, poetic exploration of silence. In my reading Sardello portrays silence not as a 'thing' but as a 'mysterious other' ... God. I resonate with this. This book invites participation - experience and practice ... silence within relationship and silence and healing being two themes that stood out for me. Worth re-reading, probably every few years. A deep, poetic exploration of silence. In my reading Sardello portrays silence not as a 'thing' but as a 'mysterious other' ... God. I resonate with this. This book invites participation - experience and practice ... silence within relationship and silence and healing being two themes that stood out for me. Worth re-reading, probably every few years.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate Jones

    Do not expect to rush through this book, or you will miss its beauty. Find a quiet niche on a rainy day and spend time understanding how Silence will empower you. This is a book rich in introspection and highly recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Looking past the fairies and gnomes, this book has a lot to offer on Silence as a way of being in the world... interesting practices to bring the power of space, pause and wholeness forward in daily life. The roots of the work are in anthroposophy, but really, includes all spiritual paths.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Valentine

    I really enjoyed reading this book. So much that I have discovered in my own forays into Silence is contained in the book. IN the last few years I have learned how to enter the Silence, and learned how to silence "my" thoughts and it has had a major difference in my life. I really enjoyed reading this book. So much that I have discovered in my own forays into Silence is contained in the book. IN the last few years I have learned how to enter the Silence, and learned how to silence "my" thoughts and it has had a major difference in my life.

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