In the desert, I discover - like the Native Peoples whose homeland it is - that silence is the source both of wordless Being AND of the words that are an integral part of the creative imagination. First, the silence melts and absorbs my awareness into a spacious, self-emptying bliss that enables me to rest wordlessly in the Ground of Being. Then - suddenly and inexplicably - creative images and poetic phrases come popping out of that seamless silence, like raven and coyote calls echoing off the canyon walls, arising as though from a far distant land. How rich is the reality of silence: capable of being the source of both words and wordlessness!
Photo: Junipers and Fins in the snow, Arches National Park, UT, November 29, 2015
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.