Listening -- the Silence of the Soul
From: "James Bean"

   "Be still and know that I am God."  (Psalm 46:10)

   "Jesus said, 'If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the Kingdom.'"  (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 27)

   "Blessed are the solitary and the elect, for you will find the Kingdom of the Father....."   (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 49)

   Meister Eckhart expressed it this way: "If the soul is to see God, then it must see no temporal thing, for as long as the soul is conscious of time or space or of an idea, it cannot know God."

   "There is a speaking of God in the core of the soul where no creature can enter or speak, for only God lives there and only He speaks.  God speaks there when the soul puts aside all that is created, when she silences her powers and gains a vision into the foundation of her pure essence.  In this pure and silent soul God the Father speaks and she hears His Voice."  (The
Book of the Poor in Spirit, by an anonymous friend of God)