The Listening Muse
Welcome to the Listening Muse, a name I had originally thought might be the title of an e-newsletter for my business, The Listening Center. It turned out to be one of those good ideas that just sat on a shelf somewhere in my unconsciousness. Fast forward a couple of years or more and I had this strong sense that it was time for me to start writing a blog. What to call it? Aha – the Listening Muse reappeared in my conscious mind.
I liked the word muse – it brought up images of an ethereal figure inspiring creativity and art. It also rhymes with news, which seemed rather clever at the time. On a deeper level, I know that I am being guided/inspired/led by a something beyond anything I know that I could create on my own. For me it is a sense of the Divine calling me forth. It is not about what I want to do, it is about what I am being called to do – what I am here to accomplish. It’s more like a gift I’ve been given to share.
For the past fourteen years I have been engaged in an exploration of what it means to listen and be listened to – what I call the sacred art of listening. It all started with conversations with my spiritual mentor, who kept asking me probing questions about what I was up to in my life. He saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. After several months it became clear to me that my vocation, my calling, was shifting. Once I committed to following that path, miracles began to happen. Everything seemed to fall into place. I began to see that my job was to stay present, open, and to listen for what wanted to happen next and it would manifest. I learned to trust that voice.
So this blog is an opportunity for me to share what I am listening to. Asking what wants to be said at this point in time – coming from a place of not knowing and yet trusting that if I am quiet, still and present I will hear the response to that question. My hope is that you will engage with me by responding with your stories, ideas and comments. For it is in the interaction that we will find connection, become related and learn from each other.
(It is nearly the end of the day, and my promise was to get started by my birthday, January 7th. Just made it!)