Welcome to Stillness Speaks


“Your own self realization is the greatest service you can give the world.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

Stillness Speaks is a preeminent resource for self inquiry and self exploration – the endless journey of self realization. We offer works of teachers (luminaries), and wisdom traditions (paths), both historical and contemporary, Eastern and Western, indigenous and otherwise.

Our approach is integral – all are welcome!

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Rumi: Two Kinds of Intelligence

There are two kinds of intelligence:

one acquired,
as a child in school
memorizes facts and concepts

There is another …
already completed
and preserved inside you.

A spring overflowing its springbox.

Continue reading to enjoy full poem …

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Joan Tollifson: The Simplicity of What Is (Part 4 of 7)

” …enlightenment is the end of the one who cares about being enlightened or unenlightened..” -Joan Tollifson

Whenever there is confusion and seeking, it’s a clue that thought is busy chasing its own tail. Actuality is simple.  Continue Joan Tollifson’s compelling exploration of the Simplicity of What Is in Part 4 of this seven part series.

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“Devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.” ~ Ramana Maharshi

The greatest mystery of all: as your journey progresses, you will discover that there truly is only one teacher and that teacher is ultimately found within. Until then, we have many sages that guide us along … or illuminate the way …. we are honored to offer a small sampling of these luminaries … a list that will grow with time.

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

We offer explorations into the many paths up the mountain:” from Christian to Sufi, from Zen to Hindu, Kabbalist to Kashmir Shaivism, Advaitic to Indigenous, from philosophical to atheist, from spiritual to scientific – an endless list, that will continue to grow ! …

Explore All Traditions