Ground Yourself in the Silence

Ground Yourself in the Silence comes from a Unity practice named “A Drill in the Silence”. I have made a few edits to this.

I love this prayer and find it a perfect prayer to recite before meditation, before going into the Silence.

A Drill in the Silence is often attributed to May Rowland.

After the introduction, you will be guided to work your way from the top of your head to your feet.

Do not hurry. Take your time.

There is a place to which you can turn for rest and release from fear and care.

It is a holy place.

Stillness fills it.

The peace of God is in it.

There your mind becomes like a little child’s — lovely, true, pure.

There your thought is stayed on the things that are good, just, and merciful.

When you enter, the world outside and all your troubles drop away and you rise, at last, body stilled, mind stilled, refreshed and restored.

This place is neither far away nor difficult to enter.

It is right where you are now.

It is right where you are whenever you shut the doors of the senses, still the importuning of little thoughts, and go with God.

It is the place of the silence.

Entering the place of the silence is not hard.

If it seems hard to you, perhaps you have been making it hard.

Remember, you cannot fight your way through to God; weeping and pleading are futile.

You must let go and let God.

Some people link the silence with occultism and look for fantastic psychic experiences from it.

The purpose of the silence, however, is not to have visions or to see colored lights.

Such fantasia only distracts the individual from the true purpose of the silence, which is communion with God.

On the other hand, the silence is not a state of daydreaming or sleep.

If you feel sleepy, do not try to pray unless you first waken yourself by saying:

Wake Up!

The silence demands a wakefulness that is required at no other time.

It is your appointment with God.

Relax and Let Go

In practicing the silence, you should always try to be relaxed in body and receptive in mind.

Say this quietly.

Relax and let go.

Feel the presence of God freeing you from every thought of tension.

Let your whole body — every nerve, every muscle, every cell — relax and let go.

Wherever you feel any tension, relax and let go.

If you feel tense across your forehead, say:

Relax and let go.

If your eyes feel strained, say:

Relax and let go.

If you are tense in any part of your body, say:

Relax and let go.

Say:

Relax and let go.

until from the top of your head to the soles of your feet you are perfectly relaxed.

This concludes the first step in the drill.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am God.

Say this silently.

Be still and know that I am God.

Repeat it until the words take on a new meaning, a living meaning, and you feel the stillness with your whole mind, your whole being.

This is the second step in the practice of the silence, and perhaps the most important of all.

In the stillness, you unify yourself with God when your thoughts and feelings are quieted and the doors of your senses are shut.

It is not through our human powers and understanding do we attain our good, but by letting go of doubts, by limiting personal claims, and by turning to God.

Be still and know that I am God.

Know it.

Know it now.

You are comfortable, relaxed, still.

You are in the presence of God.

Top of Your Head

Now, turn your attention now to the top of your head and say, silently or aloud:

I am the light of the world.

In the practice of the silence, you will find it wise to use affirmations, for they will help you direct and control your thoughts.

But there is a surer speech than that of syllables, a higher communion than that of words.

God hears your inmost thoughts.

Your faith and love speak for you.

Your faith and love unify you with God,

make your mind God’s mind,

your body God’s body,

your spirit God’s spirit,

your life God’s life,

your will God’s will.

You do not have to cajole or coerce God.

Divine love has already encompassed the fulfillment of your needs.

Your prayers only have to change you.

Use affirmations to direct your thoughts, to make them clear, sharp, pointed; then be still and listen.

It is God’s voice that you wish to hear.

I am the light of the world.

Declare this. I am the light of the world.

Then be still until you actually feel the light of Spirit flowing through you and over you.

Be still,

  • until you feel yourself immersed as in a sea of light,
  • until you feel your whole being illumined, awake, and exalted.

Above Your Eyes

Now, center your attention just above your eyes and declare:

I am divine intelligence.

Divine Mind is a reservoir of ideas, good ideas, which are yours to draw upon, and yours to use.

No sluggishness, physical or mental, no doubt or fear can remain in you, for you have opened your mind to the inspiration of God.

You are alive, awake, alert, joyous, and enthusiastic.

You are divine intelligence.

At Your Eyes

Now, center your attention at your eyes and say:

I see with the eyes of Spirit.

Your eyes are the watchful servants of a mind that sees only the perfection of Spirit.

All sense of tension or fatigue is dropping away from your eyes before the inflow of divine energy.

They are strong, clear-seeing eyes.

Your spiritual vision, too, is renewed.

You see the Truth more clearly.

You see with the eyes of Spirit.

At Your Throat

Now, centering your attention at your throat, affirm:

All power is given unto me in mind and body.

The power of God is working through you to free you from every negative influence.

Nothing can hold you in bondage.

You are the overcomer, for you are a child of God.

All power is yours to control your thoughts, to vitalize your body, to gain success, to bless others.

Unleash your spiritual forces.

All power is given unto you in mind and body.

Back of Your Neck

Now, fix your thought at the back of your neck and say:

I am unfettered and unbound.

You are free with the freedom of Spirit.

No false condition has any power over you.

You are one with the Christ, for you are a child of the living God.

Poised in the consciousness of your Christ mastery, you are unfettered and unbound.

Your Back

Now, directing your attention toward your back, declare:

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Your yoke is easy and your burden is light.

The strength of the Lord is pouring through your spinal column,
strengthening nerve and bone.

No longer bowed by burdens — your own, your family’s, or the world’s — your back is straight and sturdy.

Free, poised, lighthearted, you face life confidently, strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Your Heart

Now, turn your thought toward your heart and declare:

I am the perfect expression of divine love.

Love transforms.

Love transfigures.

Love fills the heart with harmony.

Love fills the mind with kind, helpful thoughts.

Love fills the lips with words of praise and cheer.

Love fills life to overflowing with happiness and peace.

Whatever the need or problem, divine love is the answer—and you are the perfect expression of divine love.

At the Pit of Your Stomach

Now, fix your attention at the pit of your stomach and say:

I am satisfied with divine substance.

The substance of God erases fatigue from your body, renews tissues, replenishes energy.

It stabilizes your mind and prospers your life.

Every longing of your soul, every need of your life, is fulfilled.

You are satisfied with divine substance.

At Your Navel

Now, when you have gained a full realization of substance, focus your attention on your navel and realize:

Divine order is established in my mind and body.

The law is unchanging, absolute.

Now you are in harmony with that law as it governs and guides you.

It is active in your mind, harmonizing your thoughts.

It is active in your body, adjusting its functions.

It is active in your life, establishing peace, success, and joy.

Divine order is established in your mind and body.

At the Lower Part of Your Abdomen

Now, center your thoughts at the lower part of the abdomen and say:

I am alive forevermore in Christ Consciousness.

You have entered the secret place of life.

Life charges your mind, flows through your veins, and permeates your tissues.

Your eyes shine, your skin glows, your faculties are sharpened, your whole body radiates health.

You are one with life, with the Christ-Consciousness, ever-renewing life.

You are alive forevermore in Christ Consciousness.

In Your Feet and Legs

Now finally, centering your thought in your feet and legs, affirm:

I walk in paths of righteousness and peace.

The strength and swiftness of God enter your feet and legs so that your way is made easy.

The light of God’s intelligence shines around you so that your way is made plain.

God’s spirit goes before you so that your way is made successful.

God’s way for you is joyous, safe, and secure.

You walk in paths of righteousness and peace.

Conclusion

In conclusion, if you have faithfully followed all the steps of this drill in the silence, you are now fully aware of your Oneness with God.

From the top of your head to the soles of your feet you feel divine life tingling.

Your mind is charged with divine power.

Your heart is lifted by divine love.

Your whole being is filled with a new sense of peace and satisfaction.

You can affirm in the knowledge that it is true:

I am one with the Christ Consciousness, for I am a child of the living God.

Now out of the stillness comes the “still small voice”.

It is not a human voice speaking in your native tongue,
but rather the voice of God, which speaks as an inner knowing, a strong conviction, and carries to the listening heart the assurance that all is well.

You have asked, and good is freely brought forth.

You have sought, and the way to perfection is revealed.

You have knocked, and the doors of the kingdom are open.

Fulfillment is yours.

The power to bless others is yours.

Receive and rejoice!

The Silence

Truly “silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.”

There are many kinds of silence.

There is the drowsy silence of the noonday fields.

There is the restless silence of the sleeping city.

There is the silence of the grief too deep for tears, and of the joy too full for laughter.

There is the understanding silence that falls between new lovers and old friends.

The movement of the heavens and the growth of living things are silent.

There is the silence of human thought.

But deeper is the silence of the place of peace within you.

Deeper is the silence where you commune with God.

In the silence is strength for the tired body.

In the silence is light for the joyless mind.

In the silence is love for the lonely spirit.

In the silence is peace for the troubled heart.

There, workaday worries fade away.

There, the whole being becomes a place of prayer, a holy temple set upon a hill.

There, now you know God as a living presence and yourself as God’s child.

And I let it be so,
And so it is.

Who wrote A Drill in the Silence?

The authorship of A Drill in the Silence is not certain.
Glenn Moseley attributes it to May Rowland and so does Catherine Ponder.
But Eric Page has discovered that there is a record that attributes it to James Dillet Freeman in 1941.
At this point (September 2015), the authorship is uncertain.

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