Pathway 23 – As-Sami – Awakened Hearing
“When you are guided to this pathway, take the opportunity to stop and listen to the sounds of Sacred Unity around you. In each, there is a drop of the One, and in that drop is the ocean of all divine qualities.” The Sufi Book of Life, Neil Douglas-Klotz.
It’s been probably one of the most challenging and complex pathways that I’ve worked with because at one point, I felt like it broke me. Awakened hearing is an intuitive sense that we all have to varying degrees depending on what life has created for us in order to open up. The way that I’ve written about this pathway jumps around quite a lot so bear with. One of the key lessons for me during this pathway was that it doesn’t matter if things don’t make sense all the time. We are still being held and guided through life and there is a force that always takes care of us, regardless of whether or not we are listening to our guidance. We also all have an inner force that strives to stop this from happening.
Within us, we have several voices. If you stop and listen carefully, you can distinguish these different personalities within yourself. They are all distinct and individual but they are also all part of the One being that you are. This allows you a range of different experiences and often can be a stop/go mechanism. Often when we break, it’s because we feel separated within and this makes us feel separated in the outside world as well. We all have this part of us that tells us that we are not good enough, that challenges us and asks “Who do you think you are?” and it’s often when this voice takes over that the separation occurs within ourselves. This voice isn’t necessarily speaking the truth. Awakened hearing is about listening not only to what’s underneath that voice but also tuning in to what other voices within offer us. I mean this in the sense of challenging whether that voice of doubt is actually coming from Creator or from our own ego.
Human beings are complex and this world is very complex but there is one idea that helps us to simplify everything essentially and this is LOVE. You either feel it or you don’t but even within this love there is complexity. There are different types of love that we need to understand but for the purpose of this pathway, We understand that there is a seen world and an unseen world. We operate mostly in the seen world where human love can be seen to be apparent or not. Within the unseen world, it is a different type of love that exists that permeates and gently guides everything. It is extremely difficult for the human being to comprehend seen love in challenging circumstances let alone unseen love. We focus on what we can see and hear because it’s easiest to work with what is apparent. It’s only when we bring the unseen love to the forefront of our awareness that transformation and healing begins to happen. Awakened hearing is part of this process.
The goal of any spiritual practice or indeed any action that is loaded with good intention is to bring you closer to the One. As humans, our lives become about us living in this world and we forget (quite consistently) that Divine Source flows through us in every moment of every day. Divine Source is what creates the experiences that are essential for our learning and healing journeys while we are here. We call in to our heart all the voices and one by one listen to each one and give it permission to leave or stay as long as is needed. Remember as well that we will often hold the voices that bring us the most comfort and often these are the voices that give us darkness as a comfort because it means that we avoid facing change. These voices also confirm our view of the world and allow us to be right. The ego is often played out through these voices.
The enlightened being allows the Divine to take over all her senses. Essentially the Divine will be the eyes with which we see, the ears with which we hear and so forth. There is a level of surrender that comes with allowing this takeover. Being human doesn’t make it that easy. This pathway also encourages us to remember that voice within the heart and the voice of the mind are indeed separate and distinct. In our human-ness, the voices blur and merge and it is only when we fully separate within and come in to stillness and Oneness can we begin to differentiate between the voices that we are hearing.
As part of awakened hearing, can we begin to see ourselves as our Creator sees us? That was one of the key lessons for me working with this pathway. We often forget that we were created as perfect beings but we are so busy seeking faults and looking for things to fix and heal within ourselves that we lose sight of how we are seen by Creator. For example, “I don’t feel like I’m doing enough.” The One that created us sees and hears the battles that we have within ourselves. We are always good enough as long as we are striving with that intention. As humans we find it difficult to be honest with ourselves but Creator already knows that truth and has probably already forgiven us long before we are ready to forgive ourselves.
Essentially, this pathway is about awakening a deeper intuitive sense within us. When we go through difficulties, it’s often this sense that is either being dampened, overwhelmed or awoken. The practice of living intuitively is a difficult one and this is mainly because our physical world is flooded with information. This world is meant to feel and become very real. The way that we experience what is happening to us also feels very real. It’s really difficult to go beyond the physical senses in to intuition when we are overloaded with this type of “physical reality.”
Often when something happens that upsets us, we directly attribute our feelings and emotions to it. This happened so therefore I feel like this. Something has been triggered by that experience. The experience has awoken something that was already there that needs to be explored and perhaps also healed.
The pathways are meant to direct us to where the healing is needed. The heart is the seat of the soul and there are 99 pathways that lead us from the heart to the soul. Our soul is connected to the One Divine Source of all souls. In order to know Creator, we begin to know these pathways within ourselves.
This was a really challenging pathway to articulate because of it’s intangible nature. Unlike the physical senses, the metaphysical senses do not require any physical evidence as proof of their existence. We either believe something is true and real or we don’t. More often than not though, we say that we believe but when we have an experience that gives us proof, that’s when we can confirm our faith in something that we can not see or hear.
I want to talk about guidance too because we all have an internal guidance system. This is the voice of that higher self, the soul presence and in order for us to live intuitively and follow the flow of life, we need to tune in to all our senses in order to perceive the guidance. The trouble with a human being is that we have a mind that gets in the way. We also have a mind that is full of fears. Living from the heart and living intuitively also means living with no fears and this can be the greatest challenge when this sense begins to awaken within ourselves.
“This is what I need to do” comes with a knowing from within but it’s difficult to follow through sometimes because the mind gets in the way. In the same way, “I don’t need to do anything” also takes as much work because the mind gets in the way of simply being. The last pathway we spoke about “doing nothing and nothing will be left undone” in the sense that there is already a natural order of things and we fall in to that.
So where does awakened hearing fall in to this order? This is the part of you that urges you to move on something. It is also the part of you that tells you to stop and be still for clearer guidance to come. Often we are going through life pushing and pushing and pushing. We are trying to take responsibility for everything and get everything done.
Awakened hearing is understanding that whether you are doing or not doing, you are being guided. Whether it is darkness or light that you are experiencing, you are being guided.
Sometimes we can be listening, but not hearing. Listening is the ability to bring our awareness to the sound or the message. Hearing is the ability to perceive and understand it.