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How often do we participate in a conversation, but in truth we are only really waiting for our chance to speak? I know I do this, especially when it is a heated debate, I want so badly to speak my mind. I have been working on not doing that to much, but its like a favorite candy bar, you walk by it and have to have it. I just can’t always control myself, i just have to have that candy, i just have to get my argument out, its all the same thing to me.

We know, just from our own experience that when people listen to what we have to say and we listen to them, the debate or argument or just plan conversation goes better. There is a natural pace and flow to it. Now to listen does not mean agree with, but to just listen and take it in, allowing it time to settle in your mind and to form a thought.

Listening is a skill we all need to improve at, we all need to be reminded every now and than to just shut the mouth and open the ears. To listen to the sounds of everydayness and to the voice of reason. Listening is not just a skill for conversations with others, but it is also a skill for conversations with nature and self. The quit time we spend just sipping our coffee in the early mornings, or out on the front porch with a cup of tea at dusk.

The skill of listening to the silence is difficult, but not unattainable. Simon & Garfunkel stated it best in there song, The Sounds of Silence:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

The seeds that are planted when we listen to the silence of self and nature can grow in to the changes we dream of, the new creation of self, only if we can learn to listen to the silence of self.

The task is daunting the reward is great. The other day I posted about self time, and in the past i have written about this topic and I will come back to it often. It is a skill that seems to be lost in a modern world where silence is looked at as unproductive or a waste of valuable time.

In days gone by silent time was treasured and looked upon as a treasure for only the well off. In today’s world we look at silence as a sign of laziness and a sign of the less fortunate.

Look at any great leader of the spiritual ways, Jesus, Buda and Krishna all call for and practiced moments of silence. As a Catholic we have moments in our celebration of of Mass that incorporate silence (or it should be, but not all Churches recognize this) we have seasons that calls us to prolonged silence and intense soul searching. The Church sees the importance of listening to the silence.

Listing to the silence of the soul allows you the intimacy of self, the oneness of time and growth and the universality of joining in the the silence of the ages. Silence offers a sort of magic that transcends time and space, giving us the freedom to listen to the voices of the past or future with the present always there.

I am not saying that through silence we can communicate with the dead or travel through time and space, but I am saying that through silence we free our mind to imagine the possibilities of our many tomorrows by  listening to the echo’s of yesterdays.

I have fixed many a problem through the quietness of listening to the silence, allowing my mind to freely flow over the waves of nothingness. Creating a openness that allowed the sounds of reason enter into my soul planting the seeds of forgiveness or love, plucking the hatred out by its roots and allowing the waters of creation to feed me.

So today, sit and have a conversation with the silence, open your ears and listen to the nothingness of the universe and hear the voice of God speaking.

Paul

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Key #3. Realize it to being

We have all hear it before, see it and it will be, visualize it to make it a reality, see it and you will be it. All very nice little sayings, but is it true? YES!

We make the world around us what it is by how we see it. Why is it some-people always seen to have all the “luck”? Why do some people always get what they want? It’s easy, they see it first, then they archive it!

We must know what it is we are going for, we must have a vision, a dream, something to hold on to, something to pull us through. The dream needs to be realized, the vision need to real.

If you are living life with no vision, then that’s what you will have, nothing, no realization, or rather you will realize the nothingness you where holding on to.

If you want to make your home a peaceful home, a place of rest, then you must see that home as such, if you want your job to be fulfilling then you must visualize that job as such.

Now, that does not mean you will not have to work for it, nothing comes to us with out hard work. But the dream, the visualization is where it all starts. It gives you the end you wish to achieve.

Like building a home, you need a blueprint, you need a vision to achieve. With out it the home will never be built, you will have nothing to work towards. It is the same with your life, you need that blueprint, you need that goal.

So how do you do this? How do you make a blueprint for your life, your goal?

Start out with one goal, one vision. Write it down, and work it out on paper. List the end results, what it is you wish to achieve, see it in your minds eye and write down what it is you see.

Once you have the end result down, now list the the steps to achieve it, much like directions for putting together furniture from IKEA:

Step One: Part A and Part B are joined using bolt D… You get the idea, nothing is on its own, so what do you need to achieve the first phase of your vision?

Once you have the steps down, look the list over, reread your vision, and make any corrections needed. Then create a time-line for each step, break the over all vision in to smaller visions, with specific actions you need to do, such as, courses you need to take, or people you need to contact. What ever the step is, work out the details on how to achieve it.

Planning is important, just like building your home, with out proper planning, your home may never get built, or the price of completion may be to high. The same is true of your vision, you must plan it out, always keeping in mind that the vision and plan can be changed at anytime.

Having a fluidness to your plan and vision is a must, life happens to us all the time, ans when life happens, our vision needs to grow and change with it, we should never be so ridged that our plan and vision can not grow and change. Just like a house, it is made to grow and shrink with the heat and cold, to rock and sway to the wind and tremors. If it can not, it will not last!

Look at the buildings of the ancients, they are still standing, that is because they where constructed to change and grow, with the change of life.

So set your vision on paper, create your instruction manual, and be prepared to change your vision, to allow it to grow with you.

Paul

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