A+ A A-

Learning to Listen to Life

Learning to Listen to Life

My dear friends...

We continue this week in our extraordinary exposition on how to move into what I have been calling The Holy Experience. Last week we said here that meditators are often told that a good way to begin their practice is to listen to the sound of their own breath. Move deeply into the sound, meld with it, become one with it.

Training ourselves to listen to the sounds of life and to seek Resonance with life is a wonderful beginning on the path to Non-Awareness of the Self. We experience our Selves not as individuals, but as part of the Whole in the moments of transcendence that focusing on nothing but sound can create.

Resonance is the first tool of the Five Tools of Non-Awareness of the world. That is because when you use Resonance, when you connect with the environment of your physicality by checking to see how resonant you are with it (yes, Resonance can be felt), you can lose the awareness of yourself as an entity separate from life itself. You can get lost in your experience of sublime resonance with, say, sound.

Who in our world has not done this? You can, quite literally, lose yourself in the sound of a symphony orchestra, or in the sound of crickets at night, or in the sound of ocean waves gently washing over a beach, or, for that matter, in the sound of silence.

Yes, silence—which we sometimes erroneously think of as no sound at all—is the most entrancing state of Resonance of all.

Silence is Resonance. When you listen deeply to the silence, you will experience the natural Resonance of Life Itself. When you merge fully with the silence, you emerge fully from your sense of Self as a singular Other, and experience that there is no “other” in the Universe. You become One. With everything. You become resonant with it.

That is why all great mystical teachers have said, Listen. To what?, the student asks. To nothing, the teacher replies. How can I listen to nothing?, the pupil begs to know, frustrated by confusion. By not listening to anything at all, the teacher replies.

And this is how that is done:

First, find a place to sit down for a moment. Do not lie down, as this may tempt you to fall asleep. You want to be fully awake and fully Aware of being Unaware.

Did you hear what I just said?

I said, You want to be fully Aware of being Unaware.

Do you understand? You must deeply understand this if you are to find your way to the Holy Experience. This is a journey, and you must deeply understand that the journey moves you from where you are to where you want to be...without you going anywhere. Nothing changes, but everything is different.

So, next, make yourself comfortable, letting go of any physical tension that you may feel in your body.

Now, close your eyes (to limit the number of receptors receiving data from your environment) and open your ears. Listen, just listen, to the world around you. Do this for a few moments, without working at it in any way. Just listen to everything there is to be heard.

Then, begin to categorize what you’re hearing. Make a mental list of the different noises to which you are listening. See how many different sounds you can identify. How many can you count?

Good. Now, begin to eliminate those sounds one at a time. That is, shift your focus away from them to the degree that you can, one at a time, until you focus keenly on only one sound.

It does not matter what that once sound is. It can be anything. Just focus your attention on that one sound, and that one sound only. You’ll still hear the other sounds, but they will be in the background. Listen intently to the single sound.

In a quiet room, this could be the sound of your own breathing. In a place where there is more noise, this could be the sound of an air conditioner, or of music playing, or of people walking on a hardwood floor.

If you can’t pick a sound that it pleases you to isolate and focus upon, make your own sound. That’s right, make a sound that you like, and focus on that. Some monks do this, and they call it om-ing. They make the sound of om, and they listen to themselves doing it!

Do this and you will find that you can get lost in that sound. That is, the “you” that you think you are will literally be “lost” in the single sound, and Resonant with it.  You will lose your sense of self and begin feeling at-one-ment with the sound itself. Don’t ask yourself why. Just let it happen.

Chanting can do this for some people very quickly. Either listening to chanting, or actually doing the chanting. Chanting can be enchanting.

Music can also be entrancing in this way, as was observed before.

Sound, which is an immediately and easily accessible way to experience Resonance, can be an effective tool and a wonderful pathway to enlightenment, a doorway into the Holy Experience.

You may wish to make it a habit to listen to life in this way for five minutes each day. The nice thing about this is that you can do this at any time, in any place. Just stop what you are doing for five minutes and listen. Listen. Listen to all the sounds of the moment, then pick out a sound that you choose to focus on and pay particular attention to that. Move into the sound. Become one with it.

You can do this at an airport or a train station. In a busy department store or on a street corner. At home or at work. Or listening to a symphony. And once you get into the habit of using this sound idea, you will find yourself wanting to do it again and again. You may even find yourself, in a sense, addicted to sound. Because you will discover that isolating and focusing on a particular sound can bring you enormous peace.

Warning: Do not do this while driving, or operating heavy machinery.

You think I am kidding, and I am not.

Hugs and love,


© 2020 ReCreation Foundation -  Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.
Source Here

CrystalWind.ca is free to access and use.
Please support us with a small gift of $11.11 or $22.22 or $33.33. 
Thank you! 
ॐ Namasté - Blessings!
"Life is an echo, what you send out comes back."

© 2008-2021 crystalwind.ca. All rights reserved.

  Please buy us a coffee!
Pin It

Featured This Month


Spirit of White Tiger

Spirit of White Tiger

Spirit of White Tiger Role: Seeker of Personal Truth Lesson: Power of Conv... Read more



Easter gets its name from the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose... Read more

The Ash Tree - February 18 - March 17

The Ash Tree - February 18 - March 17

Celtic Symbol : The Trident Or Sea - Horse Zodiac Degrees : 28º00` Aquarius... Read more

Birth Totem - Wolf

Birth Totem - Wolf

Birth Totem Wolf Birth dates: February 19 - March 20 Birth Totem: Wolf Cl... Read more

Spring/Ostara 10 Minute Guided Meditation Fo…

Spring/Ostara 10 Minute Guided Meditation For Growth, Grounding & Positive Thinking

Welcome to this 10 minute guided meditation to help welcome the Spring Equin... Read more



Plantain Helps you feel grounded Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Ea... Read more

Sun in Pisces

Sun in Pisces

Sun in Pisces February 22 through March 20 An Overview of Sun Sign Characte... Read more

Spring Equinox - Ostara

Spring Equinox - Ostara

Celebrated on the Spring Equinox, around March 20-21 each year. Ostara is a... Read more

The Folklore and Mythology Surrounding Crick…

The Folklore and Mythology Surrounding Crickets

Crickets "A Loud Cricket means Money is Coming" When it comes to Chine... Read more



The Stone of Truth Aquamarine can provide a significant boost to the immune... Read more



The Focus And Study Stone Fluorite helps to assimilate ideas and informatio... Read more

Pisces Mythology

Pisces Mythology

The Mythology of Pisces By most accounts, the mythology of Pisces follows a... Read more

Big Winds Moon

Big Winds Moon

Cougar -  Turquoise -  Plantain -  Blue and Green February ... Read more

Crystal Gem: Grids and Gridding

Crystal Gem: Grids and Gridding

What are Crystal Gem Grids? They are tools for empowerment, for blessings, ... Read more

Cartomancy - Fortune Telling Using Playing C…

Cartomancy - Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards

Cartomancy is the act of divining using cards. Divining means to find out by... Read more

© 2008-2020 CrystalWind.ca. Site Creation by CreativeInceptions.com.

Right Click

No right click