"To step into the realm of spirit is to abandon thinking."
"The Tao is silence words cannot capture. The Tao is emptiness not even silence can embrace."
We all have so much to let go of in order to become an empty vessel. To let go of the ego needs. To let go of resentments, antagonisms and irritations, to let go of negative thoughts, and feelings of anger and guilt, of judgements and the cherishing of our opinions. A daunting task to be sure, but we can set the intention and work on it with constancy and dedication. If we come to God as an empty vessel, God will fill us with a pure heart and a right spirit.
Zen master Shunryu Roshi said, "If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anythng; it is open to everything."
To quiet the mind, become empty and simply be open to what comes, is opening to God. Allow the stillness, allow the emptiness and find God.
Every spiritual practice requires a maintenance program; requires daily practice in emptying the vessel that is our life. Requires practice in freeing ourselves of the ego need to be right, which leads to judgements and resentments and anger. It requires that we abandon the ego need to constantly define ourselves. We are not our personalities; we are eternal spirits. The consistent and dedicated daily practice of becoming silent and empty will in God's time create in us a pure heart and a right spirit.
I recommend Newsletter number 3 - The Silence Imperative for a more detailed discussion.
(I BEHOLD THE DIVINE PRESENCE AS YOU)