Truth, Observation, Perception, Listening and Dialogue
“Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas.”- Shoseki
One of the most transformational experiences in my life has been attending SEED Graduate Institute‘s Language of Spirit Conferences with indigenous elders and scholars, scientists, and linguists.
I felt something amazing happen as I listened deeply to dialogue driven not by personal agendas, points of view or platforms… but instead purely by inspiration flowing through the people gathered there. Most of one’s time at this conference is spent listening, and a beautiful thing happens as the dialogue begins with a sharing of individual views, and develops into heartfelt community. Beyond witnessing the magic of this harmonious coming together, the thing that amazed me most of all was noticing what happened inside myself while listening.
While listening, I noticed the way my mind so often attempted to sort ideas and concepts into “facts” it could label, identify, and categorize. Even though I remembered how facilitator Leroy Little Bear pointed out that the point of this dialogue has more to do with the process of dialogue than any particular statement, I often caught my mind crafting a “perfect response.” Within this deep struggle inside myself to simply listen… rather than strive to prepare a point I might later make, I eventually found balance, harmony, and peace. I learned to relax, and become one with the continuous flow of inspiration available to each and every one of us which graced me with gradually increasing awareness of the overall gestalt of truth, beauty, and awareness at this enlightening conference.
The practice of deep listening I experienced at the Language of Spirit dialogues is one that defies rational explanation, since dialogue participants and attendees experience something much more profound than simply a calming of the “monkey mind.”
I share some of my thoughts and feelings about truth, observation, perception, listening and dialogue — and how the Language of Spirit conference has changed my life for the better — in this video:
The improvement in deep listening I’ve experienced after attending Language of Spirit dialogues has helped me gain a “bigger picture” perspective, helped me see beyond limiting viewpoints, and inspired me to more deeply connect with everyone and everything I relate to in my life. Best of all, this expanded state of mindfulness stays with me long after the conference ends.
The topic at this year’s Language of Spirit conference, is “Science, Technology, and Creativity.” If you can attend this month’s dialogues in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I’d love to see you there!
Cynthia Sue Larson
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