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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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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Emptiness by Greg Goode (Part 9 of 10)

“Experiencing self, other and world as empty is to joyfully experience one’s place in a light, free, open-ended, interpenetrating webwork of relations and dependencies. Lightness and joy come from no longer feeling as though reality has or needs a foundation “ ~ Greg Goode

In Part 9 of this series, Greg continues his overview of emptiness with The Pivotal Step, becoming completely “clear about our conception of inherent existence,” and exploration of The Experience of Emptiness.

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Vashishta: Inner Self

Deep inside of each one of us
is light that is utterly peaceful and quiet.

It is the you in me
and the me in you.

It is unaffected and undisturbed
by the outer world.

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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 ! …

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