Many folks pray to God but do not know how to “be still and listen” for a response. Each and every one of us has the potential to learn how to communicate with the Divine. It is at the core of what we teach seekers.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 KJV
During a class at the Nature Awareness School Del said, “Spirit does some of its best work in silence.” In the years before I heard him say this I had done a lot of talking to God, asking for one thing or another in prayer, but not nearly as much listening to what God had to communicate in response to my prayers. In the years since that class, some of the clearest communication that I have received from the Divine has come during moments of sitting in silence, very often right after expressing my love for God by singing HU. Sometimes the communication has come as a feeling, or better yet, a knowingness, within my heart. Other times I have been given a higher view of a situation that I am dealing with, or a deeper appreciation for the blessings already in my life. The Divine guidance in whatever form it takes has been there for me to “hear” and act upon. I was often deaf to this guidance until I learned to exercise the self-discipline to be still and listen, not just with my physical ears, but also with my heart.
I have experienced “listening” to be a true art form. On one visit to the school, as I was unwinding from a long road trip my heart was opened by taking the time to stand still for a moment, let go of my thoughts, and enjoy a moment of inner silence as I appreciated the beauty of a late October afternoon, amid bright yellow leaves and a blue sky. Then something beautiful occurred. I experienced real peace come into me, a peace that set my mind and heart at ease. The peace was a part of something even more precious to me, the feeling of being loved. No one else was physically present, but the love was there, a gentle nurturing love.
It was in that silent moment and many since then that Spirit has done some of Its best work. It has been such a blessing to have been taught to devote at least a few minutes every day to being still and just listening. Thank you.
Written by Roland Vonder Muhll