Tag Archives: Silence
Consolation is your sadness on my table.
Pain that is allowed to be.
Consolation is the power of silence.
My listening without judgement.
Consolation is training in little.
Not judging. Not talking.
Not wise advice.
Consolation is hardly anything.
Except being there.
There and then.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Troost is daar waar pijn gewoon mag zijn
- Human Nature: What does the Bible teach?
- The soul has no rainbow if the eyes have no tears
God’s Spirit is like a Broadcasting Station, broadcasting all the time. You Just have to learn to Tune In!
Lots of youngsters may like the bonke-bonk music and often do not listen to what is said in the lyrics. Often there is much noise going on, one ear in and one ear out,without much notice. But at God‘s station every note can work inspiring and uplifting, even the silence in between brings the necessary peace.
Prayer = hand of faith that flips the switch & turns on power + hand of hope tunes with expectancy, feeling for the frequency upon which God is broadcasting
spiritual receiver continually turned on & tuned in to His frequency?
Since a year or five we do notice that the ten years of the growing ‘right’ has not only brought an aversion against immigrants and/or refugees. More and more the Jewish community became target of bullying and hate actions.
The deathly attack on the Jewish museum in Brussels was something which should have awaken the politicians. In Belgium the Jewish schools and centres could receive extra security measures from the Belgian government. That is nice but should be something that would not be necessary.
All over the West-side of the European continent we do see a growing resistance or hate against the choice of living of the Jews in Europe. Several young Jews found it already better to take everything together and to leave this part of the world to go to live in Israel, even when that meant also to go in the army for two years.
Many of us really wonder what we should do today in the face of global anti-Semitism?
There are those who still caution a “better to hush it up and make believe it isn’t there” policy. Giving it publicity, they claim, will only stoke the fire. A shrill response is counterproductive. When we show that we hurt, the argument goes, we’re giving our enemies comfort.
But they are wrong. They are as wrong as those in the early stages of the Holocaust who pretended not to see, who claimed Hitler can’t really be considered a threat, who were sure that the evil of Jew hatred was so obviously uncivilized and barbaric that it had no chance of succeeding. Wait it out, said those who counselled against protests, those who didn’t want to identify themselves as Jews with profound interest in saving their fellow Jews. It can’t happen here, they claimed. But it did – and they were proven wrong six million times over.
There are all too many Hamans today. Anti-Semites require the spotlight of our attention and the public scorn of our protests and demonstrations.
Today we see the growing hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism as well as against Muslims, because of fundamentalist Muslims (Jihadists) defiling the Muslim faith and calling for a hate against Jews and non-believing people. It looks like we are also getting a revival of the rising nationalism like the one of the 19th century. Today we also see how the Roman Catholic Church, which in the 19th century sometimes subscribed to the idea of Jewish racial identity and sometimes denied it, like then not only fails to condemn European anti-Semitism and anti-Islamism, now the Muslim communities stayed too long silent condemning those Islamist fundamentalists who have nothing to do with real Islam. A problem by the Catholics is that in the East of Europe there are still some very right-wing priests and we must remember that in the Balkan several priests in the past had worked together with the Germans to get rid of the Jews. For Rabbi Giuseppe Laras this can well be the reason why the Catholic Church does not react stronger against the growing anti-semitism. He sees in it a continuation of a contempt towards the Jewish people that found genocidal expression during World War II, when Catholic Priests ran half the concentration camps in Fascist Croatia. Though we also should remember that this loathing also extended to Orthodox Christian Serbs, real or non-trinitarian Christians, like the Jehovah Witnesses, and also other minorities like the Roma who were slaughtered in these same camps by the hundreds of thousands.
By the threats of the jihadist groups like Al Qaeda, Daesh or ISIS, and the big amount of refugees coming into Europe lots of poorer Europeans see their jobs threatened and are fearing they would loose out on them.
We need not only to shout out our pain, we should motivate others to open their eyes and to see what is going on. We have to call onto those who say they are lovers of God.
We need to assert our Jewish identity – not mask it – with increased passion and vigor. We need to make the elimination of anti-Semitism not simply a Jewish cause but the universal response to a heinous crime which for far too long has soiled the pages of history.
As we prepare to observe Purim this year, let us make the noise required to eradicate the genocidal ambitions of anti-Jewish hatred which still continue to plague us.
- Religious Practices around the world
- Protest against Tzahal concert in Antwerp
- Migrants to the West #6
- 2014 European elections
- Hamas the modern Philistines
- January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
- World remembers Auschwitz survivors
- 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
- French Muslims under attack
- At the closing hours of 2016 #1 Looking down at terror
- Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
- The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
- Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
- Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
- Anti-Semitic threats towards Jewish Centers continue to rise in numbers
- anti-Semitism, the DNC, and Donald Trump
- Anti-Semitism row at Bristol University as lecturers rally round academic who claimed Jews should stop ‘privileging’ the Holocaust
- Jeffrey Goldberg on Mel Gibson: He is “Hollywood’s leading antisemite”
- This #Muslim interfaith activist knows more about #Zionism than most Jews
- France has passed the point of no return
- Far-right candidate sees a France sans kippas, headscarves — NZ Friends of Israel Association Inc
- Anti-Semites attack Philadelphia, USA Jewish cemetery
- Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized, more than 100 headstones toppled
- How has it come to this?
- Another day, another Muslim ban
- Meet ‘Based Stick Man,’ the Alt-Right’s LARP-y New Hero
- Mourning Oak Grove
- Israel: Boycotters are no longer welcome — Israel restricts visas — “If anyone insults us, we respond.”
- Israeli Apartheid Week in France — anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment has been high in France while Jews flee to the Israeli homeland — Under French law boycotting is illegal
- President Trump Vows to Give Up Denouncing Anti-Semitism for Lent
- In Israel, Lauding and Lamenting the Era of Trump
- American Liberal Jews: “staggeringly naive believing that marching at airports with signs that read “We love Muslims” will change those Muslims who hate Jews into Muslims who love Jews”
- Steve Cohen’s ‘That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Anti-Semitic’
- Rochester Area JCC Re-Opens After Morning Bomb Threat
- A Sixth Wave Of Bomb Threats On Jewish Centers Also Targeted The Anti-Defamation League
- “The sad phenomenon of Jews accusing other Jews of provoking antisemitism can be found throughout Jewish history”
- Seattle Fed Says Kadima Purim Event Violates Promo Policy
- Donald Trump Is Not the “Least Anti-Semitic Person” Ever
- Switzerland funds NGOs that call for Israel’s destruction
- Glimmers of Hope
- Entire U.S. Senate Demands Trump Act on Jewish Center Threats
- The anti-Semitic Martin Luther
- So Many Hamans- Anti Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head
- Tomb of Purim Heroes Esther and Mordechai Still Standing in Modern-Day Persia -Breaking Israel News | Latest News. Biblical Perspective.
- Why Is Purim Essential?
- Headlines — 3/08/17
- “If you talk privately to those who work in the Jewish organization world, many will confide that the greatest threat to the security of the American Jewish community is “changing demographics,” which is a euphemism for a growing population of Arab migrants to the United States”
- A Liberal Zionism for the Trump Era
- Cindy Jacobs Wants To “Harvest” The Jews
- Also in Media: “The View from Israel: The Inevitable Outcome of the Establishment of Palestine.” March 7, 2017
- Anti-Semitism (by If we the people)
- Ilan Pappe asks “Am I an anti-Semite?”
- Four steps to reach mutual understanding
- In An Angry And Fearful Nation, An Outbreak Of Anti-Semitism (by K Street)
- Remembering Amalek’s oppression of us-and others
- Goucher’s Jewish community reacts to anti-Semitic attacks
- The Rise of Anti-Seminism
- In an Angry and Fearful Nation, an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism (Reprint)
- The Story of Esther is Now
- United against Freedom…
- Activist: ‘Let’s free England from Jewish control’
- “A key teaching of the Book of Esther is that once the plague of Jew-hatred gets in the air, almost any environment can nourish it”
- Alternative Reality #5: Friends Indeed: Hoteps and Neo-Nazis Unite
- Islamophobia and its apologists
- Temple De Hirsch Hosts BDS Rabbi
- PewDiePie, Nazi?
- Show your love
- ADL plans Silicon Valley center to fight cyberhate
- A Sign That Reads ‘Beware of Jews’ Appeared in London
- Beware of Jews
- The Restless Ghosts of Baiersdorf
- Front National: Back to Holocaust Denial
- YouTube Grows a Spine
- Labour selects anti-Semite as New Plymouth candidate
- The enemy inside
- US ‘Outraged’ by UN Report That Accuses Israel of Establishing ‘Apartheid Regime’ That ‘Dominates the Palestinian People’
- The Guardian: Why won’t YouTube and Google consider moderators to tackle online hate?
- What Type of Utopia Will Israel Be?
- Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism
- 167 House members ask Trump to retain ambassador to combat anti-Semitism
- US Muslim vets vow to protect Jewish communities
- Jews Support Muslims against Trump’s border closure
- Organizations call for Sebastian Gorka resignation for ties to far-right group
- On anti-Semitism, anti-Islam and fictitious alliances in U.S.
- Money Sought To Protect Jewish Schools
- Praying for an anti- anti-Semitic Awakening
- Alliel – A Window Into Tribal Arrogance
- Jewish mentality: Charging Palestinians millions of dollars to have their homes demolished
- Culture Clashes Real and Imagined
- The Old Man and the Tortoise
- The Goy According To Hoenlein
- Lost Tribes of Israel, Blood and History
- Sanctuary: An Interfaith Movement
- Vienna – 1938
- Come in, Come in
- Not That Jewish
- Why Call it Judaism? The Case for Humanistic Judaism
- Legitimacy: the Struggle of Progressive Judaism
- Is Pope Francis ushering in a revival of Catholic anti-Semitism as it seeks to ally itself with Islam? Prominent Italian Rabbi Giuseppe Laras sounds the alarm
Every day, for the duration of a lifetime.
So many questions. So much doubt. So many thoughts.
Newspapers tell us about possible paths to take.
Friends give advice.
Books give insight.
What happens when you empty your head ?
What do you feel when it is quiet?
When you close yourself off from the outside world?
When you make everything go quiet, very quiet, as in hibernation.
The intense silence makes you restless at first.
Your thoughts go on raving.
And that is allowed.
Accept your doubts and your fears.
But then, listen…
Your inner voice becomes powerful.
You can quieten yourself.
In the Great Silence you find your own voice again.
And also your own answers.
Every now and then, become silent.
Be at home in yourself.
Silence is not an empty space, but full of answers.
Dutch original / Nederlands origineel: De stilte is niet leeg maar vol antwoorden
- Negative state of mind – created by worry, anger, boredom, or
- Screams of solitude
- Lent Reflection: Hiding Place
- Kierkegaard’s Remedy for the Modern World
- The Weight of Silence
- Shhh… Quiet
- Quietness (by Janet)
- Quietness (by Care giving marriage)
- A Quiet Moment
- Quiet the mind
- Find Your Quiet Place
- Quietness Over Strife
- The Power in Quietness
- What calms and settles …
- Peaceful sands, quiet hands
- Mindfulness requires that we not over-identify with thoughts and feelings so that we are caught up and swept away by negativity.
- Little ways to improve your life
- The sound of silence
- The Silence of Others
- Into My Stillness
- Spirit filled… Spirit led…
- Blissful 🦋
- Quote of the day: You may think I am small
- Loud-mouthed ….. –Hush Now
- Weekly Torah Commentary -Trumah March 3, 201
- Swift to hear – James 1:19
- Life is a candy shop
- Quiet Girl
- Free time… what to do?
- The Forgotten Aspect of Prayer
- Stand Still And Praise
- The Cracks in My Silence
- Ode to Quietness
- The Thread
Further Related articles
An average Westerner lives in his head. From kindergarten until university he is indoctrinated with the idea that there is an answer to every question and a solution to every problem. In this way his need to understand and control keeps the illusion alive that we have a grip on our reality and have everything under control.
But nothing is further from the truth.
In his book ‘De Schaduw van de Verlichting” Eddy Van Tilt speaks about ‘the over-drive of rationality‘.Because we give our ratio absolute status , we have become estranged of that part of reality that is not rational and with which we have lost touch.
The psychologist Van Tilt asks :
” What happened that caused the heads of Westerners to become so hard and their hearts so weak?”
Because he is confronted with the pathological results of too much ego, the delusion of manipulability and rationalising.
The psychiatrist Mark Epstein reacts to this as follows :
‘our thinking mind is compulsive, because it does not want to forget or be forgotten and therefore always has something to do’.
That is why it will not be easy to ” let go of everything” on holiday.
Because as hungry and restless as our mind is preoccupied with the past and the future, it will need other kinds of stimuli, in order not to forget or be forgotten.
We can put our mind at rest.
In the first place by keeping our heart open, by simply observing what happens inside ourselves and by reconnecting with our body, our surroundings, and by accepting …to be moved. When we enter silence, we will experience “now” and not so much hearing it, but rather feeling it or even better …. experiencing it.
To obtain this , it is not necessary to leave your ego or anything else behind, but to look past its borders.
‘By standing still we do not see new things, but we look at things in a different way’,
is what C.G. Jung concluded once.
Or how going on holiday is mainly… silence in your head and heart.
Dutch version / Nederlandstalige versie: Vakantie is… stilte in je hoofd
- Be still and listen
- Control and change
- Control your destiny or somebody else will
- Malefactors becoming your master
- Patience is the ability to count down before blasting off
- He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger
- Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life
- A Living Faith #7 Prayer
- Praying is surrendering in all circumstances
- Giving cogent reasons to young people why Christian faith is relevant to them
- I’m proud of me
- Day 300: Rationalising Not Buying Anything
- Day 552 (or 1 Year, 6 Months, and 7 Days of Continuous Sobriety)
- When We Shouldn’t – And Should – Argue from Authority
- Why imagination is great (and why many evangelicals don’t like it)
- People focus on what they can see
- An Artifact of Our Time
- Are biases deviations from the mean?
- Do we really live in the Age of Empathy?
- Excellent. With musings on religion and mass extinctions.
- Rationality as a Social Process
- Illogical Rationality
- Sam Harris’s War on Rationality
- The Image of Objectivity
- Looking at the world through the eyes of others
- Working toward a new paradigm
- Does your brain know what’s best for you?
- Effective Altruism: the global movement that combines your heart and your head
- Animal rationality
- Do irrational idiots exist?
- The Grasshopper and the Ant – a story of economic rationality
- Maybe Everyone Is Actually Super Rational!
- Note: Misconceptions on Understanding
- Too many decisions can be exhausting.
- How to make the best decisions you can
- Rationality over the long term
- Desperate for a “Pause”
- “Time to take out the trash”
- It doesn’t always stand to reason
Love and Light.
Who in this world is used to be lonely perhaps did not try enough to get in contact with others and to reach out the hand of love giving trust and did not opened his or her mind to feel the Most High divine Creator Who is prepared to meet all His creatures who are willing to meet Him.
When used to being lonely, having voices sounding like silence, we do have to recharge ourselves and dare to go out in what looks like the storms outside that may look serene.
- Numinous Experience (mrlivermore.wordpress.com)
I thought up the question ‘Numinous experience is incapable of supporting belief in God’. Discuss, firstly because I don’t think a question on it has ever come up before, and also because I think there is a strong argument that the concept of numinous experience (as devised by Rudolf Otto and set out in The Idea of the Holy) is not really capable of being an argument for God’s existence. I am fairly sure Otto didn’t intend any explicit ‘argument from religious experience’ anyway, but there is obviously an implicit thread about experience pointing to God in his book which can be picked up and evaluated.
- How Can a Mystery as Large as the Universe Connect to a Being Like Me? (findingourwayhomeblog.wordpress.com)
Human beings have long imagined the possibility of an infinite being, a divine being, who is creator and sustainer of the universe, commonly known in our culture as God. Not all human beings resonate with this idea, and the details vary as to what God might be like, but most peoples have some sort of divine being or beings as a part of the stories and values of their culture. I have spoken of God as the larger Mystery of which we are a part.
- Divine Trust (thenewsageblog.wordpress.com)
If only you loved, cherished and trusted yourself as much as your soul does, you would not think twice about making your heart’s will the conscious motivation behind your every thought, word and action.
- Confidence through Jesus (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
Jesus is no longer with us. Wouldn’t it be better if he could still walk among us, visiting every nation, performing miracles, and continuing to teach us how to live? Imagine the impact he could have had over the past two thousand years! But the truth is, Jesus has not left us alone. He is still with us; he still guides us. And even better, he is also in heaven, interceding for us before his Father (Hebrews 9:24).
- Signed by God (youngadultministries.wordpress.com)
It’s so painfully obvious that if I’m a child of God, then you must be one too, but it’s too easy to forget that in the daily tasks of life.Jesus was constantly picking up God’s letters off the street, reading them, loving them, and acknowledging how miraculous they were. That’s the kind of world I want to live in: where everyone celebrates just how miraculous their cashier at Starbucks is or just how much they love their car mechanic.
You’re so used to being lonely,
That the voices sound like silence,
And all the storms outside
You’re so used to being lonely,
That the crowd in the streets
Look like black and white
You’re so used to being lonely,
That you can live a lifetime lonely,
And enjoy the company
Of the lonely souls inside of you.
You’re so used to being lonely.
Not alone, but lonely.
Because alone is only for a while,
But lonely is a state.
Lonely is forever.