One advantage of talking to yourself is that
you know at least somebody's listening.
Franklin P. Jones
A few years ago my wife suggested that I go to the doctor to see if I am starting to experience some loss of hearing. Fortunately for me I passed the entire exam but the reality is I may have developed selective hearing. This could have been developed by my determination to shut off most negative news. When I hear or see something that seems to be hopeless it sets me off in high gear to find a positive solution.
As I mentioned in previous postings every day I write down three things I intend to happen for that day. For me to get the answers I have to practice intuitive listening. This morning I read to my wife the three things I wrote in my notebook.
She said they seem like the same ones I have written all week. I had to admit they were very similar but it is taking me somewhat longer to convince my subconscious mind that they will happen soon.
While waiting for what I wrote down to come to fruition I reflected on the extraordinary things that did occur. The one thing that did happen was definitely a result of intuitive listening. Last Thursday I was not aware that it was the feast day of my wife's patron saint. Her father always prayed to St. John Vianney. If the baby was a boy his name would have been John but for a girl it was Jeanne Marie.
We had fully planned our day but I heard something being spoken to me in silence saying we could go to early morning mass. We did and the priest gave his homily on St. John Vianney. This was a sign to me that I am sharpening my skills to hear the silence of my inner voice. I was just as excited about this “coincidence” as I would have been if all three things I had written down would have happened. The other amazing thing is that after the fact we recalled that the same thing happened last year.
When I looked for a book from my tool box to support my thoughts for today's posting I selected Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo. When I opened the cover and read the following I was amazed:
Nepo has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time," "a consummate storyteller," and an "eloquent spiritual teacher." "Experiencing hearing loss himself, Nepo affirms that listening is one of the mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms on earth.” “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through."
The following are three quotes from his book:
This week you may want to post in the comment section of this blog posting a success story of a message you received that no one spoke but intuitively you heard it and you moved forward with the guidance. Remember the intent of the Positive Pops blog is to support one another by sharing a positive message to a worldwide audience of readers.