Quick Read – Who Are You Listening To?

Intelligence is everywhere. Anywhere there is organization, there is thought. It may be frozen, as it is in rocks and other inanimate objects, or it may be vibrantly active, as in your brain. But sometimes, thinking can get out of control – an electrical storm with lots of flashes but no coherency – more like a schoolyard cacophony than a reasoned dialogue. It is at these times that we need to pay attention to other parts of our intelligence rather than our brain.

Thoughts are loudest in the brain; knowing, however, is quiet and resides at the center of our being. And there is a big difference between what we think and what we know. Knowing has a different pace of thought, but it can be heard if we adjust our listening to it. If the mind sounds like sixteen howling monkeys, it usually means that our listening is misplaced. The louder the chatter, the more you can bet that something else is trying to be heard. But we cannot hear what we do not acknowledge. The body is full of intelligence that is continually interacting with the world. Each part has its own voice. Listen to it. What is it saying?

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2 Responses to Quick Read – Who Are You Listening To?

  1. patrick rainford says:

    “The Lord is in his Holy Temple: let all the earth keep silent before Him”
    – Church Liturgy
    The earth is our mental body, our emotional body, and our physical body, our ambitions, our emotions, our appetites and our instincts. – The Rabbi’s Tarot
    All these are the legions of voices of the body.
    Peace and Happy Easter;
    Paddy

    • Hi, Paddy,

      With no disrespect to the Rabbi, I would submit a quote from Hamlet:

      “There is nothing either good or evil, but thinking makes it so.”

      My deepest experiences tell me that the body is the microcosm of the Solar System in which we live, there being but one organism replicating itself on every scale. Focusing on this or that organ isolates a particular aspect of the intelligence of this organism, leading to greater Self-awareness. It’s not as though the Solar System has a “stomach,” but the current that produces “stomach” in all its various forms permeates the whole system from Sun to oosphere. The same applies to every other function of the body.

      It is our peculiar tendency to reflect upon our experiences (or, more accurately, to react to them) that gets us into trouble. It’s when we try to amplify one current over the others that disharmony enters the world – to our great expense.

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