Ocean of Silence: “… we are awareness itself, beyond the personal  …” ~ Billy Doyle

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“… empty window of silence is everywhere – always revealing the infinite forms of your own beauty …” ~ Adyashanti

“… The lasting discovery of truth is in absolute, unconditional silence. Then, wherever you are, you know yourself to be the silence itself, absolutely …” ~ Gangaji

Indeed, silence is the ultimate revealer … formless yet also revealing itself in every form, i.e., in each of us (including all the so-called “others”) as our true nature … as suggested by both Gangaji and Adyashanti and they are not unique in that expression. All illuminators of wisdom express the same principle in their own distinctive ways : a recent example was Jean Klein which also included others like Rumi, Thomas Merton, Ramana Maharshi, and Nisargadatta Maharaj … just to name a few …

So, today, we consider what Billy Doyle – who was deeply influenced by Jean – has to say about silence – especially as it relates to our true nature … through his book of poetry , Ocean of Silence … where he writes in the Introduction:

ocean of silence billy doyleOur real nature, consciousness, is beyond the mind to grasp and yet it is our most intimate reality.

When we objectify ourselves, identifying with an image, memory or individual personality, we lose sight of our real nature. We become engrossed in a world of objects and an endless cycle of pleasure and pain.

Only through a deep self-inquiry do we come to understand we are not the body-mind, for it too is a perception in awareness, but we are awareness itself, beyond the personal.

We are no longer time bound, but time and space are within us. The outer and inner division dissolves.

The writings in this book are pointers to this non-dual reality.

Billy Doyle
May 2022

{All italicized text in this post (except Adyashanti and Gangaji’s quotes) is from his book , Ocean of Silence, and is published here with the publisher New Sarum Press’ generous permission. Scroll to the bottom for a free downloadable Table of Contents.}

Ocean of Silence

you are the silence
not what appears in the silence
you are the seeing
not what is seen

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you are the listening
not what is listened to
you are the life
not what is lived
you are no-thing
so let the manifest go
now see you are also what appears in the silence
the seeing, the listening

there are never two

and …

thought arises and subsides back into silence
the breath rises and falls back into silence
all that is perceived, every object
comes into consciousness and dissolves in consciousness
silence, consciousness, is the background
of all that arises and dies
but what arises and dissolves in consciousness
is not other than consciousness
in reality there is nothing other than consciousness


And, stay tuned for more … from Billy’s Ocean of Silence ...


All italicized text above (except otherwise noted) is from Ocean of Silence by Billy Doyle and is published here with the publisher  New Sarum Press generous permission.

And click here for a FREE downloadable copy of the Table of Contents, graciously and generously made available by the publisher New Sarum Press.

As we tap into our True Nature  … one of the natural conclusions is to appreciate the oneness of us all … and in that spirit let us minimize (& hopefully dissolve) the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine … by helping in whatever way we can … and to that end here are some options:

1) NPR: Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help

2) Washington PostHere’s how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine.

3) Go Fund Me: How to Help: Donate to Ukraine Relief Efforts.

4) USA Today: Want to support the people of Ukraine? These apps and websites can help you send money.

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We are all facing financial challenges but IF your situation allows you to donate and help then please do so …


And, may you embrace silence … within … revealing your true nature as itself … and …

May you remain safe and healthy as you navigate these unsettling times.

Adyahsanti quote from My Secret is Silence: Poetry and Sayings of Adyashanti, by Adyashanti.
Gangaji quote from You Are That, Gangaji.
Images (edited & Logo added): 1 & Featured) Dawn on the river bank / log on the beach bright summer landscape by ml1413, 2) Ocean of Silence cover image from New Sarum Press, 3) Beautiful mountain landscape with green valleys, glacier peaks, blue sky, and clouds. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan by ElenaBerd. All purchased from 123rtf and 3-4 from depositphotos. All are for use only on our website/social channels (these images are not permitted to be shared separate from this post),


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