Bart Smit

Bart Smit

There is a great, wonderful, Sufi poem and it basically says there are a thousand reflections of yourself that you create and are identified with every day. There are a thousand reflections that you have identified with and become attached to. You’re actually stuck in a rut. There is a part of you that is really aware of your projections and what you’re really looking for and so now we’re moving beyond the 1000 projections of who and what we think we are, to who we believe we should be. The 1000 projections includes food, emotions, perceptions, ideologies, demands, expectations, you name it. We have a pot of 1000 demands of highs, lows, and disappointments that we create every hour.

When you go on your journey, you need to leave all these reflections behind. Do you want to become self-realized or a slave to all of your reflections? Hummmmmm, let me think about it. Cappuccino, double espresso…nope! Self-realization. Do you choose to be the reflections…think about this very clearly…it’s not just a general question. Do you want to be the images and reflections, or do you want to become self-realized?

Silence is the entire journey for the next year. It doesn’t mean you can’t communicate or laugh. Silence and its layers are how you really, truly, make the connection with your inner self.

There are two things that are happening: the world is going pretty crazy. I mean, look at what’s happening. You’ve got a billionaire who wants to run for the president of the United States. Apparently he needs a desperate haircut. Imagine if this is the best that the United States of America could do! Seriously! If he is the truest representation, if this is what comes to the surface, RUN! You are in deep, deep, deep, deep shit! The other thing that’s happening is that there’s a silence. When you sit in silence, you’re moving in and out.

The frontal lobe is actually meant to be very cool. But when it gets very hot, it gets very repetitive. We are literally meant to move in and out and in and out of energy fields, patterns, Consciousness. The frontal lobe was designed to keep the name of God continuously repeating: Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, I bow to God, I am God, I’m divine, I’m love, I’m beautiful, I’m Shiva, I’m Ganesh, I am Lord Buddha. The frontal lobe is designed to bring a wave, a pattern, that moves in - sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes a stream, sometimes a drop. But the frontal lobe is meant to deal with energy that keeps us connected to the universe.  

Silence is the natural state of the inner Self where infinite Consciousness resides. It is found in the abode of the heart. Silence is not an emotional or mental concept, not a belief or a reaction, not about doing—but being. This retreat is all about feeling and being. 

When we control our mind into silence, we create an empty space. This is where most people get stuck and the ego creates havoc and mental chatter. Silence is full and alive, not empty. Emotional silence is filled with chaos; heart silence is filled with presence and Consciousness. The majority of people are stuck in their meditations—even though they have moved closer to heart silence, they are still on the peripheral edge.

What happens if this whole world you have become so connected and attached to, that you believe is so big and grand, is only just this kernel like a seed; just one kernel in the whole galaxy. And you have put all of your belief and energy and effort there because the brain can only believe what it can touch, taste, smell, feel, or hear. And if we don’t hear, feel, touch, or see it, it’s not real.

What happens if you are connected to other galaxies, other planets, other places that you cannot even think of or even imagine? And what happens if you’ve just been living in this isolated bubble and, in actuality, you can be connected to something that goes way beyond what your mind can even fathom?