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  • #1
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “To see life from the perspective of intuition is to have vision. To see life from the perspective of intuition is to see life from the perspective of wholeness. It is to understand that life is basically one and that we are part of life. While the intellect can only see the details, intuition sees the whole. To see life from the perspective of intuition is like looking at life from the summit of the mountain, whereas seeing life only from the perspective of intellect is like looking at life from the foot of the mountain. Through learning to listen to our intuition, we learn to be in contact with the Whole.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #2
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Intuition is the language of silence, the Existential language. The word "in-tuition" means to listen within yourself. Intuition is the silent voice within, which is already in contact with the Existence. Intuition is the voice of God.
    The more you come in contact with the inner silence, the inner emptiness, the more you have access to your intuition. Silence is the nourishment for intuition.
    If something increases your love, joy and silence, it is the criterion that it is the right path for you. If something decreases your love, joy and silence, it is a sign that you are on the wrong path.
    Do not compare yourself with others when it comes to take a decision about what you should do, follow the love, joy and silence of your heart and inner being. When you are in contact with your inner silence, you just know what you should do - you do not have to think about it, and you do not need not compare the pros and cons - you just know.
    You can listen to the advice of others, but always listen to your intuition, to your inner teacher and guide in life, when you take the final decision. The intuition, the language of silence, will always lead your right.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #3
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Silence is the source of healing. When we bring things from within ourselves out into the light of awareness, a healing process happens.
    In the silence, we can let go of all anger, sadness, fear, loneliness and frustration.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #4
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being, with our authentic self, with the meditative quality within, with the inner silence and emptiness. This inner emptiness is experienced by others and is expressed on the outside as love. This love is not addressed to a specific person; it is a presence and quality that surrounds a person like a fragrance.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #5
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “When our heart is closed, it can create a lonely and isolated feeling together with the attitude: "Nobody loves me" or "Nobody cares about me", which can make it hard for other people to love us.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #6
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love is not an exclusive relationship with another person; love is the quality that arises when we are in contact with our inner being.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #7
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “When our heart is closed, it creates a lonely and isolated feeling. It prevents us from seeing the love that surrounds us all the time. It is when we begin to open our heart that we discover a feeling of oneness in love with other people, with nature, with the trees, with the stones, with the ocean and with the blue sky.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #8
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “It is on the consciousness level of the heart that we begin to understand that we are not separated from life. We begin to understand that we are not small separate islands in a great ocean, but that life is one and that we all are small parts of the Whole. We begin to understand what is really important and meaningful in life. It is on the consciousness level of the heart that we begin to understand that life is about sharing, rather than hoarding. We begin to understand that life is about giving, rather than taking.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #9
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Our heart is actually already open, but it is our judgments about others and ourselves that keep it closed. When we stop judging others and ourselves, our heart begins to open. The way to healing is to learn to love and accept ourselves unconditionally. It means to embrace both our positive and negative sides with love. It means to love everything that we find inside ourselves. Healing happens when we bring everything that we find inside ourselves out into the light.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #10
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love is the strongest force there is. There is no stronger healing power than love. Love is pure magic. Love transforms people without really does anything. The mere presence of love transforms people. There is nothing more holy than love since love makes people whole.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #11
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love accepts a human being as she is. Love creates the freedom for a human being to be who she is. Love creates the relaxation, which helps a person to relax into her own inner being, into her own authentic self. Love allows us to appreciate the beautiful being we already are.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #12
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “In the depth of our heart, we already know that we are perfect as we are. In the depth of our inner being, we already know that life is perfect as it is.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #13
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love is the most valuable gift we can give to another person. What we need to do is to open our heart and release our love to the world, to the people, to nature, to the animals, to the trees and to the sky – and this love will be returned a thousand times to us.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life
    tags: heart, love

  • #14
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “The basic fear with love is that love is larger than ourselves.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life
    tags: fear, love

  • #15
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Love means to realise that we are one with life. Real love means to realise that we are one with the other person, one with nature, and one with the trees, the stones, the earth and the blue sky. It means to realise that all of life is God.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #16
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I have always had the capacity to go within myself and to discover the silence within, the inner meditative quality, the inner source of love and truth – the inner language of silence.
    Now I also notice that this silence is going deeper, and that I go beyond the ego and disappear into the silence.
    First this brought up fear, but now I am enjoying this meditation of disappering into the silence and to be nobody. I have started experimenting with this phenomenon to understand how to consciously go beyond the ego: yesterday when I took a cofee at a restaurant, I consciously turned my attention within and disappeared into the silence, which was like finding an inner source of bliss.
    In aloneness, I experiment with being consciously alone as a door to be egoless. In conscious aloneness, the ego can not function. In aloneness, your are not. When I am walking, I consciously experiment with being with Existence without having the mind constantly commenting. I try to just be wordlessly with the people and situations that I meet on my walk.
    When I can just be with Existence, it opens the door to be one with the Whole.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #17
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “The most important therapeutic capacity is the ability to be present with an open heart and to be grounded in our inner being,in our essence and authentic self, in the meditative quality within, through which we can meet another person. It is to meet that which is already perfect within a person.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #18
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “It is astonishing to realize that growing up actually means to become one with Existence. It means to find the whole Existence within myself, it means to discover that Existence is alive in my own heart and being.
    The song of a bird echoes my own inner voice, the beauty of a flower reflects my own inner beauty, a dog becomes an expression of my own unconditional love and friendship, the majestic mountains create an exstatic joy, and I discover all the shining stars of the sky within my own heart.
    It is to realize that the whole Existence is alive, and that the underlying thread of consciousness is God.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #19
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I was 9 years old when I had my first glimpse of wholeness. It was early Christmas morning and I was standing in my pajamas in the living room and looked out of the large windows. Outside the white snow flakes silently singled down toward a snowclad landscape. Suddenly I was filled with a feeling of being one with the slowly dancing snowflakes, one with the silent landscape.
    I did not understand then that this was my first taste of meditation, but it created a deep thirst and a longing in my heart to return to this natural and effortless experience of being one with the Whole.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #20
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I remember an insight that taught me much about life. One day I felt that I had everything that I really wanted in life. I had a creative and meaningful work as a therapist and course leader, I had a relationship with a beautiful woman, who I loved and who loved me, I had friend that I trusted and I had money to do what I wanted.
    But in spite of all this, I still had a feeling that there was something missing in my life. I was not satisfied. The thirst and longing in my heart was still searching for something more. It made me realize that the deepest pain in my heart was that I was still separated from the Whole and that no outer things or relationships could ease this pain.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #21
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “When I did a therapist education in USA 1984, one of the course leaders – who had given personal and spiritual guidance to thousands of seekers of truth from all over the world, and who I consider to be one of the best spiritual therapists in the world – said that I was going to get enlightened, that I would ”disappear into the silence”.
    I did not really understand what he meant then, and it was totally absurd for me when other course participants congratulated me afterwards. The thought that I was going to be enlightened was totally absurd for me. For me enlightenment was something that happened to special and chosen persons like Osho, Buddha, Jesus, Lao-Tzu and Krishnamurti. I did not feel either special or chosen. I did not feel worthy of being enlightened.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #22
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I had a magical day during one Sunday when I walked out in nature. On the outside this day only consisted of taking a walk out in the beautiful sunny weather and cleaning my apartment, but on the inside everything suddenly changed. When I walked out in nature in the sunny weather, a silent explosion suddenly happened within me and my whole perception of reality changed.
    In a single moment, everything had changed, although nothing on the outside had really changed. Everything on the outside was exactly as before, but my way of seeing had changed. The difference was that before I did not see and now I could see. My eyes were open. Suddenly I was one with everything, one with the stones, one with the trees and one with the people that I meet on my walk.
    My heart danced with joy together with a feeling of: ”I am God”. Not that I am the creator of everything, but that I am part of the Whole, part of the divine. It felt like coming home, that Existence is my home. I also saw that even if the people that I meet did not understand that they are a part of the Whole, they still are a part of the Whole. I felt the waves of Existence in my own heart and being and I felt like a small wave in a great ocean. It gave a taste of the eternal, a taste of the limitless and boundless source of creativity. In just a few moments, I learnt more than during 20 years in university.
    Wisdom is basically the understanding that we all are part of the Whole. We are all small rivers moving towards the ocean. I laughed at the fact that enlightenment is really our innate birthright, and that small children already live in this mystical unity with the Whole.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #23
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “Enlightenment is a paradoxical phenomenon. You need to be commited to become enlightenment, and to do whatever is necessary to make it happen. But at the same time you can not force enlightenment to happen by sheer will. It is like the situation with happiness: you can not force happiness to happen, but you can create the right circumstances for happiness to
    happen.
    You need to be willing to die, to let go of your limited sense of “I”, to achieve enlightenment. I can feel a deepening thirst to die, to dissolve into the silence, in my heart and being.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #24
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “deathAloneness has been my constant companion in life. I lost early the people that I loved: first when my young and unmarried biological mother had to leave me because of outer circumstances. I was adopted by a very loving couple, who could not concieve a child. I have always felt naturally loved by them, and I have never really felt that I was adopted. Instead, I have always felt that I did a little detour to be able to be adopted by my real parents.
    Then my mother died when I was 15 years old after a long sickness. On her funeral I took the decision to never depend on anybody again. Her death created such a deep pain in me that it was also the death of relationships for me. Then my father died when I was 21 years old – and I was completely alone in the world. This created a basic feeling of being alone and unloved in me, it created early a feeling of independence and self-suffiency in me. It also created a basic feeling of not trusting that I am alright as I am, and of not trusting that life takes care of me.
    This created such a pain in me that I simply repressed the pain for many years in order to survive. These early meetings with death also created a thirst in me to discover a quality, an inner awareness, that death could not take away.
    Now I can see that these early painful experiences are a blessing in disguise. It liberated me from relationships. I relate with people, but there is always an aloneness within me. I realize that a seeker of truth needs to accept that he is totally alone. It is not possible to lean on other people like crutches. When we totally accept our aloneness, it becomes a source of love, joy, truth, silence, meditation and wholeness.
    I shared these experiences with a beloved friend and her thoughtful comment was: “I have my own aloneness.”
    Aloneness is to be at home in ourselves, to be in contact with our inner source of love, while loneliness is to hanker for other people, to hanker for a source of love outside of ourselves. Aloneness is to come home.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #25
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I had a day when I was busy in the world, where the activity created a turmoil on the surface of my consciousness like waves on the surface of the ocean, which made it difficult to see through the waves to the inner silence.
    It reminded me that we need to develop both the capacity to use the mind when engaged in activity and social relations, and to be able to let go of the activity and to come in contact with the deep inner silence.
    The relationship between being active in the world and in social relations and the inner silence is like the relationship between the waves on the surface of the ocean and the deep inner silence on the bottom of the ocean.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #26
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “During the summer I meditated outside in nature. Listening to the wind with the ears are like listening to mere noise, but listening to the wind blowing through the trees from the inner silence and being one with the wind is like listening to the celestial music.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #27
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I do not belong to any spiritual group or tradition. I am just interested in exploring what it means to live with open eyes.
    People in spiritual organizations also tend to get caught in ideas of how it should be, and in the need of the ego to create hierachies of power, status, roles, ambition and obidience.
    Spiritual Masters teach on many different levels at the same time. Some people take what they can, and some take something deeper.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten

  • #28
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “It is not many things that modern psychology agress upon, but all the different approaches of psychology agrees on one thing: that people in groups become more stupid. Individually people are more intelligent, because they have to take their own responsibility, but in a group they do not have to take the same responsibility.
    The two basic power strategies to try to manipulate and gain control over another person are: silencing and attacking. Silencing means to not listen to, to exclude or ignore and not respect a person. Attack can both mean to attack a person directly or to try to discredit a person through lies, to ridicule a person or by spreading malicious rumours.
    All organizations are more or less dysfunctional. In a dysfunctional group, the members of the group play three different roles: agressor, denier and victim. The agressor is the role that attack and ridicule people, the denier never knows what is going on, there is “no body at home”, and the victim is the resultat of these two roles.
    It is always easier to follow a group without awareness, than to follow your own heart, to trust your own intelligence, love, truth, silence and creativity.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence - Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

  • #29
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “I was tired in the evening yesterday. I felt drained by the last days outer conflicts. I felt separated from life. Suddenly I heard the wind blowing through the trees outside my open window, whispering a silent and playful invitation: "Do you want to play? Do you want to join the dance?" This playful invitation again joined my heart and being with the Existential dance. I was again in a silent prayer and oneness with life.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

  • #30
    Swami Dhyan Giten
    “When we become silent, we become whole. And when we become whole, we become holy.”
    Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life



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