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Entering the Silence

Entering the Silence

Entering the silence–cultivating personal times of no thought–is the practice at the heart of the Native American Tlish Diyan life philosophy. By performing this daily ritual we release what we don’t need–what no longer resonates to the energy of love–and replace it with the unconditional nurturance that we can receive from the universe.

When you are “empty,” Spirit can express itself with wisdom; it can heal the body with our own medicine power–our energetic perspective of life–and help us resonate with the universe as an integral part of All That Is. If you are, or are not, familiar with Vipassana, you will find this meditation that takes you to a place of emptiness a powerful tool for transformation:

While many meditations focus on the breath as a point of departure, this meditation focuses on a specific part of the body (see below). While sitting with the place in the body in mind is only one part of a the complex Tlish Diyan meditation, just doing this alone is powerful. Just sit quietly, undisturbed, focus on this spot on the body, and enter the silence.

The directional flow of the energy of the universe in the human body is depicted by two entwined snakes following the poles along the spine. These two complementary aspects of energy come together in the human body at a point in the lower belly, roughly two inches below the navel and deep in the body’s interior, a point translated to mean “all energy together.”

It is here, at the energetic and gravitational center of the body, that this energy can be transmuted into spiritual energy, literally creating physical heat. Raising this energy in the human body in such a way that if flows through a subtle system of nerves up the spinal column has the effect of opening energy centers on its path, balancing human magnetics with the planetary magnetic flows, and finally arousing innate wisdom or cosmic consciousness.

Editor’s Note: Read the wonderfully inspiring book this editorial piece is adapted from, Prayers and Meditations of the Quero Apache, for more detailed meditation directions.

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Adapted from Prayers and Meditations of the Quero Apache, by Maria Yraceburu. Copyright (c) 2004 by Maria Yraceburu. Reptined by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Prayers and Meditations of the Quero Apache, by Maria Yraceburu Inner Traditions, 2004).

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9:11PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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Thank you for article.

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6:16AM PDT on Jul 17, 2010

Thanks for the article.

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11:31PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

thanks for the article.

1:13PM PST on Nov 30, 2008

I wrote a poem about this very teaching when I was about 16 years old. I am of Mescalero Apache descent and at a very young age, I somehow knew the meaning of this teaching. I wrote a song about it and now perform it with my band. I'd love to share it with the world and one day will. It is available at

I can't wait to read this book! I am ordering it today! God Bless you Maria Yraceuburu!

9:25AM PDT on Apr 18, 2008

I love Maria and Linda...they are absolutely wonderful peoeple to know

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