Do you Listen?

One of the biggest issues affecting us is the lack of listening. True listening with others entails having no thoughts, especially of already knowing. If you have an opinion, a reaction, anger, a judgment or you attack the speaker, that is an indication thought is present. Even the thought, “Am I listening?” isn’t listening. Listening requires a blank space in your mind, and from a blank space you can hear everything. From already knowing something you can only hear what applies to what you think you know. If there is any reaction, then you are not listening. If you can catch yourself in the moment of the reaction and are aware of it, then listening could happen. Listening happens only when the mind is silent.

Most people are too busy thinking about what they want to say or how they are going to respond to the person, and they hold onto that thought while the other is speaking so they can remember it. In doing that, they are not listening to what is being said. Even having an agreement or disagreement to what is being said is causing something to not be heard, and any internal comments to what is being said causes listening to cease.

Sometimes people are too busy wanting to learn something so they can teach it to someone else rather than hearing it as a truth for themselves. They want to talk about what it is rather than actually doing it themselves. We stop listening when we are trying to understand or figure out what is being said. We shut ourselves down and are not in the moment, and we do not care to hear what is being spoken. When your psyche or ego or whatever you want to call it doesn’t want to hear what is being said, people shut down and stop listening. The mind wanders or falls asleep. We want to hear that which agrees with what our mind believes to be true. It is more important to us that we get to say what we want to say, so we are just waiting for our turn to speak rather than listening.

In order to listen clearly with an open mind, you must want to go as far as you can go to actually discover something. You have to be willing to go all the way. People only go as far as they are used to going, and then they shut down. During our workshops, you are only present a few minutes of a three hour workshop.

Even though listening is probably the most important thing in life, most of us lack the ability to listen; and it is also true that there aren’t many people who are saying anything that is worth listening to. People will grasp onto beliefs and want to believe everything they hear, so it might even be hazardous to listen. They might listen, but those who they listen to aren’t speaking truth themselves. Even those who think they are helping, are doing harm. Like a psychiatrist or psychologist, those people take a person who is on their way towards transformation and pull the person back to make them a better robot than what they were.

Be discerning about who you listen to/with. If you are experimenting with life and listening with many others, you will start to be able to hear when truth is being spoken. Don’t try to figure out or understand what they are saying, just listen with an open mind and allow whatever is being said to come in and flow through. Don’t try to grab it and hold on, that will only cause a belief to be formed. Then experiment with it and put it in your life. Don’t force it. Just notice it when it happens while you are living your life.

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, in 1979, had an experience of death ending in what he calls self-transformation. In modern terms, it has been suggested that it was a psychological death, "But if your ability to walk, talk, or think ends; and you return to consciousness, you will have had an experience of death. You will ultimately see that a psychological death would be experienced in the same manner as a physical death," he states. Unlike others who have had and speak of a transformation, Edward hand no idea of what happened to him during his four hour death experience. He'd had never delved into mysticism or any kind of Eastern thought, but what he experienced was exactly what millions have searched for forever. Edward calls it ecstasy--living with a new consciousness, one void of violence, stress, fear, and worry--being free. Edward was just a common ordinary business man who came face to face with all his failures in business, in marriage and all this world calls success. In facing that failure without excuse or reason and with truth, he came upon the source of all things. Because he had no previous knowledge of what had happened to him, he realized that he was the source of all that had happened to him. "There is a new consciousness born on the planet and it is available to you now." Edward relates this message in workshops, meetings, business, online forums and to all who come into contact with him. Edward carries this one message in his daily life: "There is no love on the planet, and that is good news because in realizing that, we can dispose of what we have been calling love, which is not love at all, and create the possibility of bringing forth Love, Truth, Intelligence and Creation to our war-laden manner of existing on this earth." Edward's books are not exactly fodder for the mind which is seeking success, money, stature, or security in this insane world. They are for the ones who care for internal peace for themselves and world peace for the planet. Edward died, and like the Phoenix he arose from the ashes of his old life to bring forth something new onto this planet. He discovered that is was a consciousness void of violence. It is our violence bringing us closer to the brink of destruction. Will we transform our lives, or will we self-destruct is the question that we need to ask of ourselves. Edward has devoted the last thirty years of his life bringing reaching out to people who are seriously considering the options before us.
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