I watched (and listened to) an interesting video, on-line, a few days ago on the subject of Hearing and LISTENING. As I listened and took a few notes, I began to think and apply it to what the Word of God says about Hearing and Listening in the Spirit. Julian Treasure, the speaker from Oxford England is a popular lecturer and an expert in the field of hearing, listening and sound. His opening comment, ‘Sounds we hear have an important effect on our lives and health”, I took the liberty to translate for my own benefit and added….’and especially our Spiritual lives.’ The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing (spoken) the Word of God .”
Dr. Treasure says that the world is sound and we are all vibrating. That made me think of the Scripture in Romans 12:11 that says, “Never flag in zeal, but be aglow with the Spirit, and serve the Lord.
He goes on to say that most of us have become so used to suppressing (sounds, noise) that we don’t think much about what we’re hearing, OR ABOUT HOW WE LISTEN.
Another interesting point that he made was that we adopt listening positions, which can be a useful set of perspectives that help people to be more conscious and effective in communication……”BECAUSE LISTENING CAN BE JUST AS POWERFUL AS SPEAKING.” He cites REDUCTIVE Listening position which is listening FOR something, often a point or solution. And EXPANSIVE listening position, just enjoying the conversation or the speaking and allowing it to flow over you, with not much concentration. Dr. Treasure states, “when unconsciously done, this mismatch causes a lot of arguments or mistakes, misinterpretations and miscommunication.
Jesus talks about this in His parable of the Sower. Matthew 13:18-23 Hear then ye the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the Kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the evil one, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is he that was sown by the way side. And he that was sown upon the rocky places, this is he that hears the word, and straightway with joy receives it; yet has no root in himself, but endures for a while; and when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway he stumbles. And he that was sown among the thorns, this is he that hears the word; and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that hears the word, and understands it; who verily bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Julian Treasure says that other listening positions include judgmental/critical; active (counselors, therapists, educators, teachers); passive,(some students J); meditative and so on.
Schizophrenia…I thought this particular point was well taken, also.
This word describes a state where what you HEAR and what you SEE are unrelated!! This word was coined by Murray Schafer, intended to communicate unhealthiness or un(soundness). He explained it like someone carrying on a conversation as if the listener isn’t there…sort of a one-sided dialogue…which is really a monologue.
But the part that intrigued me was the incongruity of this point. And I apply it to lessons from the Scriptures.
What you Hear (coming out of their mouths) is not what you SEE (manifested in their lives) Jesus says in Matt. 23:3,” So you must obey them and do everything they tell you from the law of Moses, but do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”
We meet folks like that often, Some of their proclamations that we hear them speak out of their mouths is not what we see in their lives.
Some final points that he made were: a) Listening is an acquired skill and must be practiced. b) Natural silence is good for you. c) Sound can heal.
I think about the Word of God being a healing agent that penetrates the soul and stirs up faith. Or beautiful music and Gospel hymns that minister to distraught hearts and souls, like David’s harp playing, soothed the distress of King Saul. Even the evil spirits were quieted and controlled by David’s anointed psalmody.
The Word of God and The Music of Heaven…Sounds that HEAL.