"and he's a super high profile artist with the best songs you've ever heard" said the guy walking down the street talking with his friends.. (just
outside now, out on the street near where I'm staying)
I hear this kind of thing all the time everywhere I go, even when they've COMPLAINING they're talking from and about the same fundamental need and
desire, the same regret, the same frustrations and desire for acceptance, absolute love and understanding, knowing instinctively that they "we" are
due something more, something most of us can't find of course but are nevertheless seeking diligently and more often than not, in spite of appearance
and the nature of our most fundamental complaints, with everything we've got.
And I'm not talking here about some sort of pareidolia
or a self-reinforcing attention bias in
favor of certain metaphors, because it's ALL METAPHORS! The human language as symbol is rife with them and they''re everywhere, from the most exalted
and profound to the most mundane to the most manipulative in the form of advertising and mainstream media (which is growing less and less "mainstream"
every day). .
Yes it's a type of listening
that a person could get a little carried away with I realize (by listening FOR metaphors and allegories), and
sometimes the mundane is just the mundane and nothing more where we needn't be reading into everything a greater meaning which does not exist and was
never intended, but as we all know they just slip out in the form of some sort of exaltation of a certain form of creative expression (like a good
song), or the deep regret or sorrow and concern in relation to our deepest fears and anguishes.
But what it life IS story, and metaphor the very stuff of life itself?
Modern quantum science suggests this is just so. In other words that meaning and context embedded in language as symbol is decisive
If so, then it's true really that was are all talking about God in one way or another, where God is the all-in-all and the very living manifestation
of this thing we keep on talking about and can't stop
talking about either.
When we consider it this way, the fundamental question and the whole frame of reference changes, and our practice of listening and our own self
expression in relation to others is altered where we might stop and consider the premise of what we really talking about before engaging in mindless
The only problem with this of course is then putting up with everyone else's
nonsense, so it forces you to re-examine your own capacity to
really listen to someone else and share their burdens no matter how pathetic and small-mindled and selfish they may be - there's the cross we must
carry, in an ocean of misinterpreted and misunderstood societal memes and all manner of social conditioning including the very worldview we hold as
being the REAL WORLD. We talk up all this nonsense and call it REAL but more often than not we're really talking about something else altogether,
whether we realize it, or not.
If you can approach it (the conversation
) in the right way, utterly giving up the need to be right and allowing them ALL to be right
each in their own way, then we becomes the presence of the listening of none other than God who is simultaneously the most humorous being in the
universe and the most long-suffering for the sake of righteousness i.e.: it's very sad but also very funny.
The "rock" (of knowing equanimity) we then sit on (without concern or in acceptance) becomes a source of great humor and charm as we open up to the
deeper meaning and significance of the ongoing "conversation" everywhere and nowhere in particular and allow it, at times and as appropriate, to take
the form of a conversation although seemingly mundane at one level, that is nevertheless expressing very fervently desires hopes, dreams and
disappointments of the very farthest reaching proportions! (that's funny)
So the "this or that" [place conversation about whatever here], the "blah blah blah" - on listening, really listening
, contains something
embedded within it an allegory and a meaning of very deep and profound concern, at the REAL heart of the matter, when all is said and done, it's what
it's really pointing to, and that's the whole person including their subconscious mind at work in their communication to us (if we REALLY listen well
and are fully present to them). .
THE CONVERSATION - it's like the chatter of children excited in one way or another about this that or the other people places and things, you know,
the particulars, but in such a way that these particulars become the very stuff of life itself, and we know it, that the story, the conversation is
the lfie, which is why we all still take it all so seriously, even though we don't have but the first clue as to what we're really talking about or
what's really going on. It's something to talk about, even if that something is nothing at all, either of the greatest or, the least concern. We just
can't shut up I know I can't look at me now...
The metaphors and the allegories of the stories of life are life itself.
I have an ear for it you might say, and while it used to freak me out (like unending synchronicity - I'm sure more than a few of you have had that
experience or apparent experience), now that I know what's happening and why, overheard conversations take the form of what I can only describe as a
conversation about God in one form or another, but it's all the same conversation, at core, and that IS funny when you really think about it.
So from "the rock" we invite people to laugh right along with us at our own absurdity and the wonderful predicament that is life, about which the
conversation could seemingly go on for an eternity!
It's all part of the creation process, this conversation
and it's evolution.. - me I'm just waiting for the Omega Point of the Eschaton to
bring about the Cosmogenesis of the Noosphere. Why?
Because it's an entirely NEW conversation about something actually better than what went before where the definition of insanity is to keep on doing
the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result in this case a talking that is the doing or the present moment action, whether of
some ailment, or of healing...
Did you know that the tongue is pretty much the first organ to form in the gestation of a human fetus? It's powerful, by far moreso than we know or
realize I'm sure.
Looking back, from the space of true listening
, we must have sufficient mercy and compassion though to never cause our humor to bring insult to
our fellow man, and there's the beauty of putting up with all the endless talk.
So picking up our cross in this case is picking up and lending our ears to what on the one hand is utter nonsense, and on the other is speaking of the
desire for union with God as love, fulfillment and everlasting satisfaction and enjoyment, even the possibility of creative play (as the recovered
Maybe I've already started the "new conversation" right here hey anything's possible.
Listening with unconcerned yet with deep heartfelt compassion and love.
P.S. Don't be afraid to say SOMETHING, anything at all..
Tell us a story!
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