A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision

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George A. Ellis, Dec 6, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 511 pages
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2nd Edition available:http://www.amazon.com/dp/1508944253

"It really pleases me greatly the publication of the second edition of A Symphony of Silence. It is a fantastic, very inspiring book. You won't believe it, but every night before I go to bed, I read and reread each chapter. You don't know how much I've learned."-Father Gabriel Mejía

This 526 page anthology is printed on cream color paper. Also it is available through expanded distribution, which means if the book is not on the shelf of a local book store it can be ordered at the counter. The white paper book is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148114877X

Spanish version: http://www.amazon.com/Sinfon%C3%ADa-del-Silencio-Iluminada-Spanish/dp/1490901566/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

From the quiet sanctuary of an artist's studio to the echoing halls of high-security prisons, the diverse stories we read here are founded on a common experience of inner silence. A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision by George A. Ellis, reflects more than four decades of experience and evolution by the contributors. Insights and stories, from multiple perspectives, are shared by pioneers who helped bring knowledge and experience of higher stages of human development to the world. A Symphony of Silence is an acknowledgement and documentation of a universal experience of transcendental knowledge, which is fundamental to life. The book is substantive and profound, poetic and simple.

Communicate with the Author: http://www.facebook.com/george.ellis.3958 or info@asymphonyofsilence.com

Book Trailer short version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fdDxlTxvpQ

Book Trailer full version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L51KCvUprbw

Part IV Justice and Leadership:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zFJr6mnLpA

A Symphony of Silence is a tapestry of interconnected and in-depth insights, autobiographical stories and reflections, artistic and poetic renderings. This book documents history, legacy, and human transformation through the power of love, compassion, intellectual acumen, and effective techniques for experiencing the inner stillness of Self-knowledge and higher states of consciousness. The book contains more than 30 beautiful paintings, charts, photos, and poems.

Part I: Inner Vision: Music, Literature, Art, and Philosophy
Part II: Consciousness, Religion, & Spirituality
Part III: A New Paradigm
Part IV: Justice & Leadership
Part V: The Gentle Strength of Women
Part VI: African-American Vision and Cultures of the World
Part VII: Whisperings of Inner Beauty
Part VIII: Reflections

Contributors include: Paul Horn, Ann Mortifee, Jerry Jarvis, David Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., Rhoda Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., Jonathan Shear, Ph.D., Rev. Roger Wm. Johnson, Ph.D., Cynthia E. Johnson, Cenacle Sisters, Arthur John Anderson, J.D., Evan Finkelstein, Ph.D., Dominique Ellis, Candace Martin, J.D., Ayida Tengemana, Ph.D., Jennifer Hawthorne, Elizabeth Cline, Patricia Cline, Claudia Cline, J.D., Keith Wallace, Ph.D., Debbie Arnold, Helen Boyce, Marty Howe, Stephen Ulicny, David Mason, J. D., Juliet and Maria.

A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision is available in English, Spanish, and Russian (translation in progress). Other translations will follow.

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Cynthia Johnson
This book is a rich feast for the mind, heart, and soul. As an interviewer for two of its chapters, I had a delightful, early opportunity to read these intimate accounts of
spiritual transformation--very personal experiences of immersion in deep inner silence. We are invited into the creative process of artists, musicians, and writers, and are offered profound insights by philosophers, theologians and professors in other fields. Innovative, compassionate projects in humanitarian work, and cutting edge research in social sciences, contrast movingly with first person accounts by prison inmates.
Many of the contributors share stories of their search for enlightenment. These stories often begin with childhood glimpses that inspire a determination to reach this goal. We are entrusted with very personal accounts of meeting the key person that would make this possible--a scientist and sage in the field of consciousness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He taught them to follow not him, but their own progress, their own unfoldment of consciousness. Many of the contributors recount beautiful conversations with Maharishi, and reveal fascinating experiences of higher states of consciousness. All share in-depth stories of fathoming the rich inner resource of silence and fullness within us all, which continues to infuse their life and work. They also share how the theoretical knowledge that Maharishi taught provided extraordinary tools for insight into their fields.
I had the great privilege of interviewing two brilliant and compassionate men. One is a Harvard-educated lawyer who later became a Catholic Deacon, in part due to the spiritual growth gained from his TM practices and related knowledge. With captivating candor, he discusses aspects of his spiritual journey and unique insights into theology. The other person was my own father, a Protestant minister. This conversation with my father was a timely blessing for us both, as he passed away six weeks after we finished our chapter.
I feel this book will uplift, educate, and enthrall generations of readers, inspiring them to explore the symphony' of riches within the silence of their own awareness.
Cindy Parsons
I happened upon this book, took a chance and purchased it, and am so glad I did. I can't put it down and take it everywhere with me. Whether one is experienced with Transcendental Meditation or interested in learning about it, I highly recommend this book. What I like is that we hear from a wide variety of individuals sharing their own perspective about TM and how it facilitates the manifestation of the Transcendent in their particular discipline, deeply impacting their life. George Ellis has done a fabulous job with the interviews and putting them together to give an informative and fascinating explanation of Transcendental Meditation. Absolutely wonderful.
Don Quixote: A Symphony is a recipe for happiness
The great paradox of life is that you cannot have your cake and eat it too.
In this Symphony of Silence, the author has given us a paradox and called it "A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision" which is not one paradox but two--an audible silence that provides a visual result! Something here is amiss. Either there is the co-existence of two different sensory experiences or somebody has mixed discordant metaphors and called it a symphony. Now which is it?
The reader should be prepared to meet this riddle. Readers may come to this book with little preparation or interest in life's big questions. Know that you will be thrown into the deep end of the pool to learn to swim. Yet after the initial panic, you will realize you are buoyant and that inner bliss is an ocean not to be feared.
There may come a time, very soon, when fear and existential crises mean nothing. We would welcome the day when the novelty of bliss is the everyday reality -- a day for which this book lays the cornerstone.
The people represented in this book have shown that we are born to live Totality. Until we have Silence co-existing with
 

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Gustavo Martinez
For those seekers of practical knowledge about life, this book gives the perspectives of philosophers, artists, educators, scientists, clergy, business men and women, and regular
people through the lens of a meditation technique that is one of the most researched worldwide. The interview format of the book makes the presentation of profound knowledge a pleasant reading and will leave the reader with a sense of wonder regarding his own untapped potential for enlightenment. Through the book the mysticism of the ancient knowledge of eastern and western traditions, and in general the search for enlightenment, is brought down to earth through candid testimonies of individuals that have experienced it throughout their own lives. If you are one of the many looking for answers to the unfathomable questions regarding the mystery of life, you are in for a treat.
C. Johnson
This book is a rich feast for the mind, heart, and soul. As an interviewer for two of its chapters, I had a delightful, early opportunity to read these intimate accounts of spiritual transformation--very personal experiences of immersion in deep inner silence. We are invited into the creative process of artists, musicians, and writers, and are offered profound insights by philosophers, theologians and professors in other fields. Innovative, compassionate projects in humanitarian work, and cutting edge research in social sciences, contrast movingly with first person accounts by prison inmates.
Many of the contributors share stories of their search for enlightenment. These stories often begin with childhood glimpses that inspire a determination to reach this goal. We are entrusted with very personal accounts of meeting the key person that would make this possible--a scientist and sage in the field of consciousness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He taught them to follow not him, but their own progress, their own unfoldment of consciousness. Many of the contributors recount beautiful conversations with Maharishi, and reveal fascinating experiences of higher states of consciousness. All share in-depth stories of fathoming the rich inner resource of silence and fullness within us all, which continues to infuse their life and work. They also share how the theoretical knowledge that Maharishi taught provided extraordinary tools for insight into their fields.
I had the great privilege of interviewing two brilliant and compassionate men. One is a Harvard-educated lawyer who later became a Catholic Deacon, in part due to the spiritual growth gained from his TM practice and related knowledge. With captivating candor, he discusses aspects of his spiritual journey and unique insights into theology. The other person was my own father, a Protestant minister. This conversation with my father was a timely blessing for us both, as he passed away six weeks after we finished our chapter.
I feel this book will uplift, educate, and enthrall generations of readers, inspiring them to explore the `symphony' of riches within the silence of their own awareness.
Elisa Maria Argiro (Santa Barbara,CA)
This extraordinary book is a rose window into the life of humanity. This image came to mind as I stepped out the door of my little adobe casita, en route to sing in the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As music ministers, we listen to the gospel in the silence of our hearts, and raise our voices to God, imbued with this holy silence.
In 1973, I was a promising but anxious art major at Skidmore College when I happened upon Transcendental Meditation, and that silence within, experienced clearly in childhood on solitary woodland adventures, was reawakened and strengthened. Having been raised in a deeply ecumenical and intellectually lively family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I attended P.S.28 in Spanish Harlem, learning early to cherish the spiritual and cultural values of all people.
'A Symphony of Silence' is a stand alone contribution to the literature of the world. I am thrilled
 

Contents

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Law jastiee and RehahilitationArtharjohn Anderson
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Leadership and Transformation
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Chapter XXVI Iisionfoe a Better World 46 7
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Appendix A 49 1
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Appendix B 49 7
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About the author (2012)

The professional career of George A. Ellis has been eclectic, embracing the private, nonprofit, human development, and educational sectors. Ellis received recognition as a Director for the Institute for Social Rehabilitation, and his work introducing educational programs into the California Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, including Folsom and San Quentin Prisons. In partnership with the private sector Ellis introduced stress reduction research projects on the TM program for staff and inmate development in the Vermont Department of Corrections. Ellis created educational teaching manuals and videotapes for global rehabilitation projects, published scientific papers, and authored numerous articles about the TM program and human development.Ellis co-financed, produced, and hosted national educational documentary productions on Leadership and the Science of Creative Intelligence. His first book, Inside Folsom Prison: TM and TM-Sidhi Program was translated into Spanish as Hacia La Libertad, and in French as Reappendre La Liberte.Ellis developed entrepreneurial private-sector companies, projects, and profit centers in various countries including the United States and Latin America. Ellis has lectured internationally, including conferences in Spain, France, Germany. He has worked with corporate directors, government officials, and the entertainment industry to support the TM program in facilitating the elimination of human suffering.Academically, Ellis obtained an A.S. in Biology from Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey; Bachelor's in Philosophy and Master's in Art History from California State University, Sacramento; an M.B.A. and doctoral studies in Management and Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix. He has received various honors and academic certifications and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Criminology based on his work in the fields of law, justice, and rehabilitation. Ellis considers his meeting Maharishi and becoming a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program to be a great honor and his most important professional and personal accomplishment. Maharishi's wisdom and programs enrich the author's work in business and education, and provide tools to improve the quality of life. The book, A Symphony of Silence: An Enlightened Vision, is a tribute to this wisdom, and encourages humanity to look within and locate a foundation for living a fulfilled life.

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