As full of words and enthusiasm as is my nature, I have learned from my Indigenous worldview work and my years living with Indigenous People that stillness has more power than movement and silence has more power than sound. Stillness allows me to move toward nothingness, which in turn leads to openness and humility, which goes deeper into patient self-reflection. This sometimes ends in wisdom. Stillness requires silence and the Lakota say the fruits of silence are self-control, dignity, and reverence.
I do a lot of work with people’s fears. Helping people learn to be still, and to breathe, and then to trust in the universe, helps them begin to be inclined to act with fearless courage.
Stillness is also part of our hanbleceya (vision quest), where we sit still with our chanpa in a circle of tobacco ties and cry for a vision.
Finally, with my CAT-FAWN* work, “Nature” and being in, with and of it, is an important factor. Learning from our non-human teachers all around us happens when we learn how to be still.
*See Four Arrows (aka Don Trent Jacobs) Primal Awareness: A True Story of Survival, Transformation, and Awakening with the Rarámuri Shamans of Mexico. Inner Traditions International (1998). Available on Amazon, or preview it below.