“Are We Listening?”
“In order that we may hear this inner voice and may receive this highest form of teaching, which alone can open the eyes of our spiritual understanding, the mortal self must cease its clamouring even for Truth; the human intellect must become absolutely still, forgetting to argue or discuss. The Father can lead into all Truth only when we listen to hear what He will say—not to what others will say. We must learn to listen—not anxiously and with strained ears, but expectantly, patiently, trustingly. We must learn how to wait upon God, in the attitude of “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,” if we would know Truth.”
These words from Emilie Cady, particularly in our world today, ring true for me. Let’s go beyond just the listening, to the point where we apply in our daily lives, what we learn through the listening. The Father can lead into all Truth only when we listen to hear what He will say—not to what others will say. How we should heed that advice and really check out our responses to life.
We have plans (humanly) and it is good to begin with a plan; yet we need to allow ourselves to be guided, and this happens when we take a moment to stop and just “listen.”
Our challenge often today, is that our minds are filled with so much information, that we are everywhere else except paying attention to the present moment.
Edward Everett Hale—a theologian who died in 1909 said: “Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds—all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.”
More than 2000 years ago there was a Teacher who spoke to the people of that time. Many gathered to listen to hear what he had to say. I dare say that most heard the words uttered but did they truly listen? In truly listening, not just to the words, but to the deeper meaning behind the words, we have the tools with which to live life in a different way.
In fact, we might question ourselves today……have we listened to the true message available to all equally, no matter what our situation in life? The message is telling us who we are; how to identify ourselves in Truth; and how to overcome the world. Yet we look around us, and see quite clearly in some instances, that the message has not been heard.
And a crisis occurs on the planet, and where do we turn? Back to our Source. It is a natural-born instinct to turn always to that from which we originate.
One of Jesus’ statements was: “I come not to destroy, but to fulfil.” and throughout His teachings, He tried to show those who listened, how He was related to the Father (the Source) and to teach all that they too are related to the same Father in exactly the same way; in fact he explained that God is the living Presence within each one.
In His teachings Jesus stated: “You have heard it said, but I say unto you….” Well in the world today there are daily, numerous examples of “hearing things said,” and when this happens we need to turn to, and remember, the “I say unto you,” teachings.
We are either accepting Truth, as we stop to listen with the inner ear; or (in a state of separation from truth in our own minds) we are accepting what we hear said, in the world. Are we spreading Truth? In silence the message is transmitted to us and through us to all. Are we listening?
We are uniting in the Silence each day at 12noon local time, for 10 minutes (or longer) as participators in the upliftment of consciousness.
These words from Chapter 40 of the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ are so valid:
- And Jesus said, There is a Silence where the soul may meet its God, and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in light, and filled with wisdom, love and power.
- The magus said, Tell me about this Silence and this light, that I may go there and abide.
- And Jesus said, The Silence is not circumscribed; is not a place closed in with wall, or rocky steeps, nor guarded by the sword of man.
- Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they may meet their God.
Let us Be Still together through the days and weeks ahead!