Ears to Hear

 

Thanks to the parade of societal development that has arrived at the town square of cheap technology, we are routinely exposed to a quality of music, artistry, ideas and even speech that was once reserved for the very wealthy or privileged. Our ears hear what only “kings” once heard. We are drenched in a richness of sound like an array of silks draped around an indulged princess consulting with the royal dressmaker. This abundance of supply is also true of advanced spiritual concepts. Today anyone who can read and is blessed with a minimum level of resources (internet, library, money for books, etc.) has the potential to learn ideas (presented in numerous variations) that were once the sole domain of the elite. Fabulous! But do we have “ears to hear”?

“. . .he that hath ears to hear, let him hear. . .” (The Bible: Matthew, Mark and Luke)

 “Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house,

which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not;

for they are a rebellious house.”  (Ezekiel 12:2)

Openness and Humility

When I was first introduced to A Course in Miracles (ACIM) I was trying to salvage a life overrun by alcohol. My life and the natural consequences of my choices had humbled me to a place of receptiveness and teachability. It was painfully clear to me that I did NOT have all the answers. I was willing to consider advice previously discarded or overlooked. In order to become sober I had reclaimed the first necessary underpinnings for having “ears to hear”—openness and humility.

“The Voice of the Holy Spirit does not command because it is incapable of arrogance. It does not demand because it does not seek control. It does not overcome because it does not attack. It merely reminds. It is compelling only because of what it reminds you of. It brings to your mind the other way, remaining quiet even in the midst of the turmoil you have made for yourselves. The Voice for God is always quiet because it speaks of peace.” (A Course in Miracles, Ch. 5, “Healing and Wholeness,” IV. The Voice for God)

“I choose the second place to gain the first. There is no will but Yours.”

(A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 328)

 Of course it is not necessary to be “beaten down” or in crisis to be open and humble. We can cultivate this attitude by choice. If it’s not our “default” attitude, we can learn to pick it up whenever we lose peace or become uncomfortable.

Broader Perspective

You know how we step back to see the effect of something—a painting, an outfit, colors, the balance of sound in a musical group or the blocking of actors in a play. We may also “sleep on” a decision to gain a broader perspective. This skill of stepping back and creating distance to perceive more clearly is essential to having “ears to hear.”

Clearer perception is understanding that events reflect underlying purpose in our lives, that their meaning transcends the obvious and immediate. For example, the purpose of losing a job, a relationship, a loved one or wealth is not our suffering and downfall. A loss—any loss—will inevitably serve some guiding purpose to lead us to the next “level” of development in our lives. On the conscious spiritual/healing path we are called to open our hearts and minds to seeing that purpose. From a broader perspective, we will see that even the most painful events serve our growth and development in some way—or that they could do so. Thus having “ears to hear” means saying “yes” to EVERYTHING in our lives except the ego’s voice. An immediate “yes” may be a tall order because we judge many events as negative and going through these “negative events” does not feel good. So a reasonable goal is to be willing to say “yes” in theory and thus become able to say “yes” to everything that happens, eventually. Our facility for saying “yes” improves with practice. Like healing, having “ears to hear” is a process.

For a broader perspective, consider accepting “truthiness” as a spiritual truth. Truthiness (my definition, not Stephen Colbert’s) is the idea that no one human being’s perspective on any event is the absolute truth because the event has passed through that person’s “filters” of perception and woundedness. Furthermore, life is but a dream—an illusion based on our erroneous notion of being separate from God. A dream is a dream is a dream—by definition UNTRUE—so everything in the illusion we think is true is actually. . . truthiness! Truthiness acknowledges that, because of perceptual filters and illusion, nothing we experience is REALLY Capital-T “True.”

Truthiness does not hold telling lies in high esteem—lying is indeed a “low vibration” activity in this world. But so is standing in judgment of lies and not-quite-the-truth misperceptions. We humans, being in an unhealed state, cannot be clear and objective enough to speak “The Truth and Only the Truth.” So when we accept truthiness, the failures of ourselves and others to tell the truth are judged less as “offenses” and the door is opened to compassionate understanding and forgiveness.

See Forgiveness: https://miracarroll.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-new-year-time-to-master-the-practice-of-forgiveness/

Will to Hear Divine and Only Divine Messages

Having “ears to hear” boils down to choice or will. Our old habit of perceiving with the ego only through our “wound filters” prevents healing—we just keep retelling the same old stories. And yet this ego-guided misperception also creates the conflict that catalyzes healing. Conflict makes us uncomfortable enough to become willing to try something different. We develop the will to hear Divine and only Divine messages. We choose to let go of the ego’s point of view and become willing to perceive through a different filter—the filter of unconditional love and forgiveness.

We can use a touchstone phrase or “mantra” to develop our “ears to hear”. For example:

“Let every voice but God’s be still in me.” (ACIM Workbook Lesson 254)

 

Emotional and Mental Healing Work

Healed perception becomes the means by which the Son of God [humanity]

forgives his brother and thus forgives himself.”

(ACIM Workbook Lesson 43, emphasis mine)

“Healed perception” is another way to say having “ears to hear”. Clearing our “wound filters” to perceive differently involves healing work. In healing work we need to safely and responsibly release the energy of our negative emotions. In so doing we will find the peace these emotions obscured. We also need to learn ways of thinking that support our peace instead of reactivating old emotional wounds. This new way of thinking is called forgiveness. Healing through forgiveness allows us to better embody the love that is our true identity.

“Love holds no grievances. . . .

To hold a grievance is to forget who you are.”

(ACIM Workbook Lesson 68)

The Course says that letting go of grievances is “simply a matter of motivation.” When we experience the peace of having let go of a grievance our motivation is stoked. When we desire to let go strongly enough, we will take the necessary steps.

See Emotional Healing Work: https://miracarroll.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/emotional-healing-work/  

Quiet

The voice of the Holy Spirit, the Universal Christ—God’s Creation within all of us—counsels us to shut out the distractions of the world:

“True it is, I wait in many a heart, but so few retire into that inner place of the being to commune with Me. Wherever the soul is, I am. Man has rarely understood this. I am actually at the centre of every man’s being, but, distracted with the things of the sense-life, he finds Me not.” (God Calling, March 16 – Reflect Me)

If we want “ears to hear,” we need to turn away from these distractions on a regular basis. This means quieting noises such as TV, music, books on tape and the voices of incessant conversation—our own and others’.

When my spiritual path first became “conscious” I was in the habit of having some sound in the background at all times. During the day it would often be television; at night I fell asleep to music. If I was away from such background sounds, I would be working—focusing on some task. There was no time in my day for silence, no time for me to just be with my thoughts. I was aware that the sound of the TV made me feel less lonely. I came to realize that this distraction was an even more purposeful, albeit unconscious, choice—my attempt to avoid a river of painful thoughts. In those days my mind was often a scary, needy, angry, demanding, unloving, unyielding, uncomfortable place. My thoughts were highly critical of myself and others. I distracted myself from those thoughts with sound, not realizing that if I would allow myself to experience the thoughts I would also be able to choose healing and embrace different thoughts.

First I turned off the TV—not forever and not in a judgmental, punitive or austere way. I simply turned it off when I was not choosing to watch it. I chose not to replace the TV sounds with music, but of course I allowed myself to listen to music whenever I chose to listen or consciously create an ambiance. Then I began going to sleep in silence. I stopped “running music in my head” while I walked and instead allowed my thoughts to surface. I looked squarely at the “monster” of my thoughts in silence and began learning to love the “monster” in all glorious imperfection. I mined my thoughts for insights about where I needed healing. I allowed my thoughts to lead me back to stuck emotional energy needing to be released. I learned to release judgment of my thoughts and to choose which thoughts to invite in, entertain and foster.

Inactivity or Meditative Activity

In addition to allowing a cessation of the noise within and around us we need to just stop “doing” for a time. Start small—a few minutes a day. Don’t make “not doing” another hurdle on your “to do list.” Make it a practice governed by forgiveness and “the flow,” not a military exercise.

As we reclaim our “ears to hear” and listen not only to our mental chatter but the space between the chatter and the river under the chatter, we will re-cognize (come to know again) amazing things, truths that bear peace and place us squarely on the path of mastery. For example:

“I am in danger nowhere in the world.” (ACIM Workbook Lesson 244)

This truth, fully believed and integrated into our consciousness, would sever our ties to the illusion of separation.

 “God is my refuge and security.” (ACIM Workbook Lesson 261)

First we accept these concepts intellectually, then have moments when we feel and experience their truth, but how do we get to “full integration”? By walking through our lives cultivating “ears to hear.”

Practice

Sometimes we expect ourselves to manifest the results of unshakeable faith on the basis of an “aha moment.” Taking nothing away from the rush of revelation, the fact is that unshakeable anything is built on a broad foundation: repetition. “Ears to hear” come with practice.

In summary, here’s what is needed to have “ears to hear”:

  1. Openness and Humility
  2. Broader Perspective
  3. Will to Hear Divine and Only Divine Messages
  4. Emotional and Mental Healing Work
  5. Quiet
  6. Inactivity or Meditative Activity
  7. Practice

As we condition our “ears to hear,” we prepare ourselves to practice everyday mastery.

With Love and Light,

Mira Carroll

www.alohaservices.org

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3 Responses to “Ears to Hear”
  1. Bravo, Mira — a beautiful offering of words of wisdom — the holiness of spirit brought to earthly life with practical application. Silence is indeed holy and found at the core of each of us. Thank you for reminding us and showing us the way. Many blessings to you, who are us. 🙂

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