Our online meditations are on hold this week while I’m with my in-law family celebrating the life of my mother-in-law, Rose. She passed peacefully in her sleep two months ago. She was 90 years old.
Rose was a special person, warm-hearted and present with everyone. The humble center of a big family, she also had more friends than anyone I knew. Rose loved to create home-made cards which she did for probably over 50 people annually, and was ready to cook her chicken soup or meatballs for anyone coming to visit.
Rose was a nurse by profession, a mentor, companion, devout in her faith, and devoted to her husband (he to her as well). It was an honor to know her for more than 45 years.
It wasn’t long ago when people accepted, experienced, and used the expanded capacities of all their senses. This is how the great discoveries have happened, how Euclid sat and pondered, how DaVinci created, how Shakespeare contemplated the human condition, even – I would suggest – how Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway wrote. Innate knowing is how herbalists resonate with plants and innately sense their benefit or wrong use. The same processes are going on inside everyone all the time. Openness to the information, insights, or discoveries provided by the range of the senses is the distinction between those who attend and those who do not to such promptings.
Our senses and their expanded range is not a by-product of metaphysics. The range of awareness is innate. Training brings results, such as in a class on intuition or psychism, because people have been trained to disregard this innate compass.
Modern science is predicated upon the false dividing of spirit/consciousness and matter and has been so since Descartes. This division has, in effect, divorced people from a vast array of what is going on inside all day long. There is a modern psychological hypothesis that fear, worry, anxiety, and trying to control have increased in people to clinical proportions primarily because human beings have been trained to dismiss, deny, and go against the variety of inner signals happening through the day. The amount of violence, mental and emotional disease, discontent and need for ongoing distraction are evidence that something is very amiss when our wholeness is bifurcated.
Granted, being sensitive, open, present and aware can seem to have its own problems. This incarnation for me began with multiple extra-sensory modes active. From birth, my mind was clairaudient, clairvoyant, and telepathic. It took years to find sanity within the insanity of the world, and do so without help or tutelage. Yet, to have turned it all off, even if I could, that would have made me insane. Why? Because to do so would have been opposite to truth of experience, truth of being, and truth being reported through these sensory perceptions. Instead, becoming familiar with the range of possible modes of knowing, understanding, and being was the way to go, as it is for everyone.
Every person is innately more perceptive than modern science or society would have one believe. The children being born over the last 20 years or so are evidence. Autism, for example, is a state of profound sensitivity; one of clairaudience, clairvoyance, and telepathy like it was for me. But, life was simpler when I was an infant: no TV, or ambient WiFi signals constantly in one’s head in addition to the already present multiple signals from people, pets, and neighbors that I was receiving. As grew into childhood, I was out playing in Nature every day rain, snow or shine. Children now have 1000 times more input, more static, coming at them, as do we all unless you live like me in the middle of no-where surrounded by Nature’s wonders. My WiFi is only on when it is needed, the neighbor’s satellite signals are too weak to impact anyone, and I don’t own a microwave.
Listening and hearing are a union within Awareness. One can hear through more instruments of the body than one’s ears. We hear through our hands, like massage therapists or when holding the hand of a child, an elder, or someone. We might lift a supplement bottle and listen to the body’s response for or against it. We hear through our tongue. Tastes have sound; they have vibration. And vibration, on any and as many levels as possible, is what hearing is about.
Listening is the completion or fullness of hearing. Does one listen to the guidance one receives, listen to the vibrations of the child or elder or anyone else? Do we listen to the taste in our mouth, the scent in the air, or the wisdom of our body? Our karma is constantly expressing in beneficial, neutral, and troublesome ways. Are we listening? There are layers of thought and emotion behind any words spoken by anyone. Are we listening to some or more of it, hearing more completely what this person is saying?
Hearing and listening are ways through which we can be more aware, present, and participatory in our shared life with all beings and dimensions of being.