Opening words from the Quakers book of guidance:
Take heed, dear friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life….I said that after last week, with the idea of welcoming even that which was painful or challenging, that this week is about listening, but actually that phrase ‘take heed to the promptings’ is better. It’s about sensing, but since our normal senses are not usually employed for spiritual work, listening seemed the closest. So, in sensing….or ‘being aware’, we are not looking for answers, but more for the impact of the divine presence and power.
What impact do these words hace, from the sufi mystic Rumi?
What is the deep listening? Sama is a greeeting from the secret ones inside
the heart, a letter. The branches of your intelligence grow new leaves in
the wind of this listening. The body reaches a peace. Rooster sound comes,
reminding you of your love for dawn. The reed flute and the singer’s lips:
the knack of how spirit breathes into us becomes as simple and ordinary as
eating and drinking. The dead rise with the pleasure of listening. If someone
can’t hear a trumpet melody, sprinkle dirt on his head and declare him dead.
Listen, and feel the beauty of your separation, the unsayable absence.
There’s a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it. Give
more of your life to this listening. As brightness is to time, so you are to
the one who talks to the deep ear in your chest. I should sell my tongue
and buy a thousand ears when that one steps near and begins to speak.
— Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)