The Power of Silence

The Author

E. Alana James

E. Alana James

Dr E Alana James is reinventing herself again! Coming full circle to the first love of her life - art - and bringing back to her images all the lessons of her life as author, researcher, academic and wife. Concerned mostly with the idea of images as vehicles for expression of the truth of our inner and outer life experience.

Silence and the Nature of Reality

I just watched a section of a very powerful documentary/movie/dvd called, “{ijseo_redirect id=3}” a film by Philip Groning – “a rare celluloid experience that truly transports us into another world.” For once the marketing was correct – it did transport me, so much so that now my keyboard sounds loud to me, along with the clock ticking on my desk and my room seems cluttered and chaotic. Watching for just 30 minutes stilled me and transported me to a quieter world, one, frankly I am a little sad to leave.


What does this say about the nature of reality? That these monks, in their silent, meditative lives, traditional robes and simple lifestyles cut to quick of what deeper reality means.

This film offers a small glimpse into THE POWER OF SILENCE and I know I will return to it again and again. “The viewer is invited to watch the film as part of a meditative experience where the film becomes the monastery rather than depicting one. A film for those who want to embrace awareness, absolute presence and to contemplate the life of men who have devoted themselves to God in the purest form.”

Did my judgmental mind stop? No, not at all, and I recall wondering why the director chose a particular grainey lens, or how well the time laps photography worked for showing night turning to day over the monastery, wondering first about whether they ever get new members and then seeing a few new ones being inducted. I was interested as they sat to eat how they read from their book of rules, and how they use walks in the forest to “salve their delicate natures.” But in spite of this mental chatter, I still find myself quieted and more peaceful than when the experience began.

I highly recommend this for everyone who wants to dip into some of the beauty and magisty of monastic life – an experience that few of us every get to experience.