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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437939
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Sardello’s work Silence sets a momentum into order every time I pick it up, one which asks only that I stay open to that momentum. I haven’t encountered this kind of book before, and I don’t know what’s in it for me, only that I have a longing to stay open to it.… I daresay the work will speak for itself. I can’t speak for it except to pray it finds a very wide audience and works its magic thereon.”
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Biology of Transcendence: A Blueprint of the Human Spirit; Magical Child; and The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: New Constructs of Mind and Beauty

“This book is a breakthrough. In Silence Robert Sardello modestly, elegantly—and magisterially—brings thirty years of work in phenomenological, soul-based spiritual psychology to a new level. What was implicit before becomes explicit: spiritual psychology is not just another theory; it is a path to a new reality.”
—Christopher Bamford, author of The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity and An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West

“With reverence and insight, Sardello delves deeply into… the power of silence to heal people physically and spiritually, and the importance of silence in prayer and meditation… Reading this book, one soon learns to equate silence not with the vacuum of outer space but with the rich depths of the soul.”
—Lilipoh

About the Author

Robert Sardello, PhD, is the author of several books on the power of the soul. Formerly the head of the psychology department and the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, Sardello has had a long and distinguished academic career.The co-founder of the School of Spiritual Psychology in North Carolina as well as the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Sardello has spent thirty-five years developing spiritual psychology based on a synthesis of phenomenology, depth psychology, and the Spiritual Science of Rudolf Steiner. He is now an independent teacher and scholar who guest lectures at many institutions in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., as well in the Czech Republic, the Philippines, and Australia.

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In the contrary, silence is a very active place of total connection.
Richard Raymond
If you are looking for a practice of bringing silence to a greater extent in your everyday life and relationships, this is a great book to help with that practice.
gardener03
I'd be very surprised if genuine seekers of Truthful experience weren't inspired and filled with joy by what this book has to offer, as I was... am... are...
Peter FYFE

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Peter FYFE on September 7, 2011
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Yes Virginia, there is a book out there about spirituality and the esoteric that doesn't have you bleeding from the eyes by the second chapter: this one (provided you skip the introduction, which could put you off completely with its purple prose, obfuscating jargon, and a hilarious impenetrability: a stark contrast to what it's introducing).

In this humble little tome, Robert Sardello takes us on a gentle journey into authentic spiritual practice. In nine simple chapters (interlaced with lightly poetic commentaries by his partner Cheryl), Robert edges us step by step into a deeper relationship with that which can fill the heart of us... you... the world... if we're willing to accept it's not "in" us because we're in... on... surrounded by... it! :)

What sets this book apart from so many is the precision of the prose in describing spiritual phenomena. Robert really understands them and has a deftly sound take on what lies beneath them. His approach is informed by the big traditions but is strictly non-denominational. It embraces the psychological without eschewing the spiritual. He uses apt words like "Silence" that resonate with the soul and spirit but don't obscure the meaning. In short, Robert clearly gets it and makes it easy for you to do likewise, if you're open to this stuff.

I'd be very surprised if genuine seekers of Truthful experience weren't inspired and filled with joy by what this book has to offer, as I was... am... are...
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Bode Fried on June 8, 2010
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Each time I open this book I relax and receive more unspeakable beauty. I am so thankful for this awareness and ode to something so precious and threatened as silence. As we awaken to the unimaginable cost of the industrial and technical ages and our disconnection from nature, both inner and outer, we may return to the silence that redeems us and stop seeking outside ourselves for the great missing piece.

Thank you, Robert and Cheryl for remembering. I am experiencing deep recognition of truth.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hummingbird Lover on August 31, 2012
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While there is a lot of talking around the substance of how to practice the principles in this book, when you get to a practical exercise, the purpose of this book comes into focus. So many spiritual books talk in flowery language only, about platonic principles of Love and Soul, and it is left to the reader to decipher what that means and how to use it. This book goes a step farther to challenge the reader to examine their real world desires and intentions and suggests that it is only possible if one is silent. I also enjoyed the idea that silence is a constant companion and can actually be comforting. I know that I will reread this book again and again to peel the layers and discover new ideas.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ms Grace M Sharon on October 2, 2013
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I didn't understand silence before. I went into retreat wanting an outcome, always with an agenda, I think. Now I understand what Silence is and how much better to approach it, with no agenda, how to welcome it and invite it into my life.

The Title of the book, Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness is true. If our goal as human beings is to be whole, then allowing the Silence to enter and permeate our lives is truly a mystery as how wholeness comes out of it. You begin to feel at one with who you are, who God is, who you are in the Universe and feel truly at one with it.

I had no idea such wholeness can come out of silence. I thought you had to pray and pray all the time with words and ask and ask and ask, but with silence wholeness comes naturally and you are part of the healing process of the universe.

Thank you Robert Sardello for writing this important book and Richard Rohr for referring to it as something very important to read in "The Immortal Diamond: Finding your True Self".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Su Skjersaa Lukinbeal on January 1, 2014
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Amongst the most helpful and enlightening books I've read in years. Sardello's writing is deep, and fortunately somewhat repetitive. He introduces concepts that are fresh, and I welcomed the subtle repetition in order that I was able to let the newness of his concepts settle in. I'm practicing one of the few and simple and helpful practices he suggest in the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David W. Beach on July 25, 2013
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I found this work challenging. It is a deep reflection of an awareness found in a number of reflective spiritual paths but shows a sensitivity to the profundity of the pursuit which makes it hard to put down. I found myself challenged.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edwin E. Keelen on April 3, 2013
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Read this book and you'll never think of silence in the same way again! Silence is not just the absence of sound, but rather the "sprirt" that pervades, surrounds and carresses us every moment of our lives. The amazing part of this book is that it contains exercises to enhance your perception of silence and lead you into nonduality. Imagine that--exercises that lead you to nonduality! I've been on a quest for "spiritual enlightenment" in my life for some time now, and this book, perhaps more than any other has helped me to grow spiritually. Mind you, this is not light reading. The text is dense and each sentence provides opportunity for reflection and growth. But you will be rewarded with insight about silence and meditation that is profound and enlightenng. I highly recommend this book!
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