Listen and Silent. Same letters, different words. Think about it.
Silence can be a powerful space for reflection and prayer. Unfortunately in our minds, it can also be an uncomfortable space filled with ego chatter. In fact, you’ve probably heard yourself say, “just give me a few moments (of silence), “I’ve got to think about it.” What if in true silence, you started to listen? What would you hear? What would you be listening for?
Listening from a space of silence frees your mind to the moment. If you were to take a deep breath, right now with a quiet mind, who would show up for you; perhaps the ‘spiritualized’ voice for the ego or the Holy Spirit? Your choice. In listening, just maybe you would touch a place in you that remembers who you truly are.
I’d like to finish with a quote from ACIM, Chapter 21, The Forgotten Song:
Listen-perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten; and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not
the whole song has stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember, from just this little part, how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you.