I am excited to share new ideas from a book on listening by Mark Nepo. Mark’s simple yet poetic style helps to bypass the egocentric efforts employed through our intellects that struggle to find a way through our conditions and circumstances. Instead, Mark’s book opens doors to that mysterious connection to the sacred that releases the pressure of humanized thought and helps to close the sense of separation responsible for our fear and doubt.
The first message, Beyond Awareness, addresses the need to bypass the drama of our existence. As Mark puts it, “There’s an art to reading and trusting the heart and mind. Together, they form an interior compass. Our mind maps out the directions, while our heart is the needle that intuits true north.” Which way will our life move, towards the egocentric cliff of unknown dangers or the intuitive edge of our yet-to-be-known potential.
My second message, Love in the Key of Life, is the rediscovery of the Sound of the Soul. I grew up raised as a musician who learned to listen for the rhythm and the feeling of sound as expressed in a style of music called Rhythm and Blues. My early exposure was Jazz. Later, at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967 I heard a singer who opened my heart and made me listen to a feeling I never knew was in me. Janis Joplin, a singer and angel swept me off my feet and changed me forever. I will tell the story in my signature red zoot suit.
My third, fourth, and fifth messages, are entitled Keeping What is True Before Us, The Gift of Receiving, and A Reality That Keeps Unfolding. These talks will take us deeper into what Nepo describes as: “the sudden light on a crow’s beak as it pecks the ground or the shadow that covers the sad girl’s face as she stares into her half-eaten sandwich—each is a thread in the fabric of the Universe, each imbued and teeming with Spirit and Wisdom. The task is to be humble enough and attentive enough to pull the threads.”
The last two messages, five and six, prepare the way for our celebration of Easter or the return of spring. Both messages, How Do We Listen to All That is Not Said? and Being Lost, are the setup for the rediscovery of our lives in Real Time.
In addition to all this, we will be introducing our new Community First program. This new program invites you to become an even more sacred part of our family that will help you learn how to listen and live in deeper communion with the Divine.
I am looking forward to seeing you and sharing this great message.