The Sufis would call this the pathway of Mujib, sacred listening. This quality can develop from strengthening the heart and making it a conscious container for what enters it. The training of the heart also allows one to empty the container, so to speak, so that it can receive more and not hold on to what has been received. This takes one into what twentieth-century Sufi Inayat Khan called the "silent life," which is nothing other than the original creative silence that began the universe. Touching this type of silence can give one hope, because in touching the mystery of original creation, all things are possible.

Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Sufi Book of Life