Do You Hear… What I Hear?
Posted by MW Cerkas
When the subject of communicating comes up, my first impression or image in my mind is that of a multi-lane freeway with traffic cruising fast and in both directions. Yeah, communication is meant to be direct, free-flowing and purposeful; however, the most essential aspect of it to consider is that you and the “other” party(ies) in the communication, each have your own purpose. Effective communication demands that everyone shares that common vision or objective. Using a metaphorical reference, it’s all about being on the same wavelength.
Now take this imagery, and your existing mindset of what you consider “communicating” with others, whether it be one-on-one with a member of your family, a co-worker, a friend, a neighbor, a total stranger; perhaps how about when you pray to God? What makes a meaningful conversation, dare I say, dialogue? Are there unwritten rules to be followed? How about protocol and what about interpretation of the language and semantics? Wow, just maybe, communicating is a lot more involved than it first appears, yes?
The nuances of communication are many, whether it be body language, eye contact, inflection, cadence or volume of voice, facial expressions, pauses, symbolism, terminology, media or venue. And if this isn’t enough evidence of the complexity of communication, let’s add on interpretation of message, both on the sending as well as the receiving end.
“Spiritually, you and I are being communicated with in an ongoing, constant and unsolicited basis, everywhere we go, whether or not we are able to discern it or are willing to accept it.”
You hear about it all the time whether it’s a recently deceased parent manifesting themselves in the cry of a newborn baby or the sudden presence of a whitetail deer when thinking about or praying for a very close family member or friend who was a hunter and whose soul has parted with this life. Perhaps a solitary breeze or gust of wind on a completely calm and silent day that whispers the presence or beautiful scent of someone we love. The sudden call of a bird which was a favorite of someone who has passed away or “coincidentally” encountering a person we haven’t met in a very long time that has emotional and personal connection with a recently departed person we know. My mom’s favorite bird was the Cardinal and any time I see one her memory appears front and center in my mind.
All these happenstance occurrences are truly anything but that. However, for it to be recognizable as significant and relevant, it is incumbent upon each of us to be alert within our surroundings and to be sensitive and receptive to engaging this form of communication. The world regularly and continuously speaks to us on behalf of our departed loved ones and it is our responsibility to be ready to listen, whenever and wherever the message journey’s our way. At the risk of missing that all-important sign from God or someone who means the world to us, isn’t it only fitting that they communicate with us through that same world?
In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus tells us of the Real Sanctuary, our inner Sanctuary, our Divine Centre. In one of the early logia, the disciples ask Jesus “Show us the Place where you are..” and he replied with his traditional, ‘pay attention’:
24. His disciples said, “Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it.” He said to them, “Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark.”
Do you hear… What I hear? Be well; and listen to the trees, the birds, the creatures large and small, and the coincidental interactions with others, for they surely have significance, if only for their presence to be appreciated. Are you listening?
- Prayer (storeroomoftheheart.wordpress.com)
- Now We Believe (levelupgeneration.wordpress.com)
- Are you Listening? (middleseats.com)
- What You See is What You Hear (thinkingonmusic.wordpress.com)
- Do You Hear What I Hear? Four Styles of Listening (feedblitz.com)
- The Sense of Gods Presence (sabbathsermons.com)
- Understanding….the key to communication (theillogicallaw.wordpress.com)
- 5 Keys to Great Nonverbal Communication (entrepreneur.com)
- Can you hear me now? (hailuh.wordpress.com)
- Article on the importance of Non Verbal communication (hannahandharriet.wordpress.com)
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About MW CerkasCompassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!
Posted on December 12, 2013, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Theology, Truths, Videos and tagged Christianity, Communication, Effective communication, Feeling, Gospel, Hearing, Message, Religion and Spirituality, Sanctuary, seeing, Senses, Touching. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.