Stones On Fire In A Deafening World

 Stones Have Fire Burning Within

This week, I will not be writing so much as reading. Here is a poem of stones, fire, and silence by Thomas Merton:


In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try to speak your

to the living walls.

Who are you?
are you? Whose
silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
are you (as these stones
are quiet). Do not
think of what you are
still less of
what you may one day be.

be what you are (but who?)
be the unthinkable one
you do not know.

O be still, while
you are still alive,
and all things live around you

speaking (I do not hear)
to your own being,
speaking by the unknown
that is in you and in themselves.

I will try, like them
to be my own silence:
and this is difficult. The whole
world is secretly on fire. The stones
burn, even the stones they burn me.
How can a man be still or
listen to all things burning?
How can he dare to sit with them
when all their silence is on fire?

–Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton had quite the life ranging from agnostic to priest. His background covered a lot of physical ground as well from France to New York, to England, Rome and Thailand.

This poem evokes the Inner Fire that burns within all that is. How could something come into existence without an Inner Fire at its core?

Can you find yourself in the Fire?


Burning Stones Secretly On Fire

Even the stones they burn me...

Merton speaks of burning stones; surely he speaks of a burning that is esoteric.

He asks how a man can be still and listen to all things burning. Indeed, how can we be still?

But, can we hear these burning stones?

We are numbed to the point of deafness by the never-ending noise of this planet.

The man-made, high-level cacophony created by every type of machinery known-to-man has a vibration that is entirely out of balance with nature and our natural rhythms. Unbeknownst to us, we slowly slip into madness, all the while insisting it is "normal."

To hear the burning, you have to listen carefully.

Poetry With Use Of The Radiance Technique®

Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can meditate with this poem. Those who have studied The Second Degree of The Radiance Technique® can direct energy to the poet, Thomas Merton, the poet himself. What were the meanings behind his words? 

You could also apply TRT® hands-on as you read the poem and see what meaning it holds for you. The TRT® hands-on would be for The First Degree and The Second of The Radiance Technique®. You could apply your TRT® hands-on at the throat center as you read this poem. Or, perhaps with hands-on in your heart.

The whole world is secretly on fire...

Can you hear all things burning?

Can you hear the Inner Fire burning within you?

Who are you in the Fire?