Posted by: spiritteacher | July 31, 2009

LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN …

From everything I’ve read, heard, learned from all my studies and have taught over the years, it is clear to me that there is nothing so important to peace and healing than LISTENING.  We’ve all heard that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God.  We spend a lot of time talking to God.  And prayer is a beautiful thing as it allows us to communicate and feel close to Him.  But unless we stop and listen He can’t answer us.  Actually, it’s more accurate to say that He is always answering us, but unless we stop and listen, we can’t hear Him.

It goes without saying that listening is one of the most difficult things for us to do, particularly those of us in the Western world where we have been trained that our problems are so very important and they can’t be fixed without our telling God all about them and then asking Him to fix them in just the way we dictate to Him.  In truth, God knows our problems and the only true prayer is probably, THY WILL BE DONE, followed by a period of silent meditation. 

There are books, cd’s, dvd’s, classes – a multitude of sources for help in learning to meditate and become silent.  Since listening is the most important skill we need to acquire for peace, let’s begin now.  Together, let’s breathe in and out in quiet breaths, letting go of all the ego’s chattering thoughts that want to distract us.  Let’s make it our intention to hear only our breath.  When the chattering thoughts come, let’s not pay attention to them, but allow them to float away, while we return our focus on our breath.

Just as we bathe and shower to clean off yesterday’s dirt from our bodies, so must we spend time in prayer and meditation to free ourselves of yesterday’s stress and problems.  As we meditate and listen we clear our minds for new miracles and healing opportunities.

While we’re learning to meditate we can also practice listening in our day to day moments.  We all have a tendency to respond to others with the first thought that pops out of our mouth.  What if, before we respond to anyone, our partners, our parents, our siblings, our children, our friends, our co-workers, strangers on the street, people who drive us crazy, people in the news, people we know and those we don’t know – what if, we just stopped for a moment and said, “God, tell me what to think and say and do here.”  What if, before we discipline our child, we grew quiet a moment and said, “God, please tell me how to handle this situation with my child.”  What if before we attacked or defended ourselves with our partners, our parents, our siblings, we stopped and said, “God, please tell me how to respond in this situation.”   Unless someone is in danger or we are in immediate danger, there is no reason why we can’t take a moment and ask God for help in everything.  Remember, if we don’t have time to ask in long sentences, “Help me, God,” will do nicely.

If we practice meditation and asking for help faithfully, then when there is a moment when our immediate response is required, we will know exactly what to do or say because we will already be open to God who never stops speaking. And the act of thoughtful meditation and conscious mindfulness, aligns us with God’s Loving Energy and actually protects us from illness, stress and danger because it harmonizes and balances our minds and therefore our experiences.  It is through listening that we can truly understand what it means to be governed by the Laws of God.

May you walk in peace today knowing you are blessed and a blessing in the world.


Responses

  1. I have never heard this explained more simply or more clearly:

    “The act of thoughtful meditation and conscious mindfulness aligns us with God’s Loving Energy and actually protects us from illness, stress and danger, because it harmonizes and balances our minds and therefore our experiences.”

    Everytime you post, I’m tempted to make a sign! Maybe you’ll create one of those 365-day devotional books with pearls of wisdom like this one.

    Thank you, Sharie.

    Pam

  2. Thank you, Dear. I sometimes wonder if my healing thoughts won’t someday become a book of some sort. I see the messages as coming through me rather than from me. I feel like a scribe rather than the originator of anything. So I will wait for clear guidance on that book idea. Love, Sharie

  3. Well, I will buy at least one and tell everyone about it, should it come to be. Your messages, God’s messages, are so loving and healing, Sharie. Thank you for all the blessings you send into the world.
    Love,
    Pam


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