|most people like to talk|
Today I had inspiration from one of my favorite people, my hair stylist. She is a talented stylist but what makes her very special is that she is a great listener. She skillfully asks open-ended questions and then truly listens to the answer. (She proves the listening because she asks follow-up questions at the time and even months later.) Today I asked her how she became such a great listener and she said that her clients have interesting lives, and that most people like to talk.
Since I will be speaking about this subject on Sunday, I thought about my relationship with God. I thought that God, as my Divine Guide probably likes to talk too. In fact, I think that Divine Mind is broadcasting 24 hours a day seven days a week. Sometimes I don't get still enough to listen to the answer.
Have you ever asked a question and then not listened to the answer? The truth is most of us have done that at one time or another. I am curious about the reasons one would not listen.
Perhaps we are afraid of the answer. Maybe it will be too hard. Maybe it requires us to do something we are not emotionally, mentally or financially ready to do.
Maybe we have listened to the answer but didn't understand it. Real listening requires comprehension, understanding, awareness. If I asked a question of a
Have you ever asked a question and proceeded to answer it? Sometimes the question is only rhetorical.
I wonder if the same thing happens in meditation. Maybe we have prayed for guidance and then we begin a meditation. The answer is constantly being broadcast but sometimes we make our requests to Divine Mind, simply rhetorical. We don't really expect an answer. Sometimes we get busy and try to fix the thing. Sometimes we simply know what the Divine Mind will say so we either move in that direction or we try something else.
So the answer is to really LISTEN to the answer! And to get clarity if you don't understand fully.
One of my favorite scriptures is1 Corinthians 13:12, King James Version (KJV)
" For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
What this means to me is that now we see our lives in a distorted way, like looking in a defective mirror, but when we are enlightened we shall see face-to-face. One couldn't have greater clarity than a person-to-person conversation.
It may also be true that we listen with poor reception, but then we will hear exactly what the Universe is saying. Now is the time to really listen to what the Universe is saying. It is leading you home to yourself with love and wisdom. Take your times. get your inner Mr. Fix-it to take a hike. Come with a beginners mind, a fresh mind. Ask for specific answers that cannot be mistaken for something else. Then get still! And listen, really listen for the answer.