Listening

May 13, 2013


Musings from the garden.  More than often we are listened to with ears that have an agenda.  This is not a cynical comment, nor a pessimistic realisation.  For most people it cannot be helped as they amble along through life with a narrow reach of stimulation and desire.  How we are listened to often, and how we often listen, is in accordance with a set of unconscious wants.  To really listen requires the ability to put oneself aside.  There is a kind of paradox in this position, because what one is being called to do is be present, as your self, with another, so you aside yet you there.  If we are listening with a predetermined agenda, what is being presented to us or asked of us, will seem a threat to that agenda.  Our ears will shape what we hear and determine the value of it according to our own mind-set, our own desires, without being able to really hear what the other is saying.  Our decisions thereafter will be about us, and not necessarily the topic of discussion or the person sitting in front of us.  To listen we need compassion.  Compassion is more than just hanging out with another’s suffering or perspective, it is really being present and not precluding it out of hand because the experience being expressed before you is not in tandem with your own paradigm.  When we are able to hear someone unqualified, we also grant ourselves the opportunity to make choices with integrity, choices that sit within our own value set.  Listening is a fine art, one that needs attention and practice; all too often we are listening with an agenda. All too often we are being heard through closed ears.  Most of the agendas we carry are unconscious, even though we are pursuing something that seems on the surface correct and true to our life.  To uncover these series of unconscious agendas and set of focuses is the task.  That is discovering your self.  There are many ways to achieve this, though one of the most profound I have found is through action, through practice.  By living this life in a conscious way, watching what we do and the result of it, being in life with a willingness and tenacity to learn and discover what is beyond the seeing eye.  To practice the art of listening is action. 

None of us escape times of need and turmoil, moments of disorientation and despondency.  If we are denying this in others there is a good chance that we are denying this in ourselves.  We will be grabbing hold of what we already know and reapplying it, thus creating the same environment from whence that very dilemma sprung, though for a while it will seem different.  It is the same dedication to this consistency that removes us from listening to others.  

One of the conclusions I draw from this observation, a conclusion that I often come to, is no matter the question this life needs a craft to live it really well.  A craft being a set of tools that can be used toward an outcome.  The tools of a craft need practice, that means with awareness apply them through action.  If we don’t gather a craft for ourselves we will continue to stumble through this life in a state of reaction to our circumstances and life’s menu.  There are many books of instruction out there.  Find the one that works for you, that provides for you a path that will lead you down into the centre of your own life, connected to the world around you, born of an eternal Mystery.  

 

The Subject Of Love

May 10, 2013
Another muse from the garden. I was doing some preparation for a book I am undertaking and I came to a point in my contemplation where the subject of love arose.  It is not necessary to expose the context of the question.  What it did direct me toward was asking, the question what is love.  Below is the consideration I came to. 

Firstly something that we hear a lot about, and I tend to agree with, is love is not a feeling.  Therefore it must be something more tangible.  I have come up with thi...

Continue reading...
 

Cooperation

May 9, 2013
The musing of today.  I have noticed that some people celebrate with great ability their successes, their ability to create what they want in life.  On the other hand I witness others who hand the measure of their success solely to the generosity of others.  In observing my life, neither is so, for each creation I have brought about has involved the efforts of others.  Each event, invention, relationship or thing has had the reciprocal participation of another, or others to make it so.  Recal...

Continue reading...
 

Hierarchy

May 7, 2013
More stumbling from the Garden.  Today is the first day I have purposefully gone down to the garden to grab the muse for this purpose.  Something in me finds it a most difficult encounter when I set myself a task as such.  

Today I heard news of a woman passing away. I had not worked with her for many years, and only just recently encountered her again.  Death is a harsh aspect of this life.  It has caused me to consider my own deeds, to witness my life in overview and wonder what I have and a...

Continue reading...
 

A new direction

May 7, 2013
I have decided to continue my blog with a different idea. I  am keeping the old posts, however from this point forward the posts will be from my garden. I am going to visit each day my beautiful garden and capture the inspiration it spurs in me, follow that muse and write upon it. I shall start with a repost of todays writing.

It is not that war makes money, nor is it that housing is owned by banks, not the fact the food industry has been railroaded by narrow minded monopolies. It is that we a...
Continue reading...
 

On Love

July 6, 2011
In this world today I hear a great deal expressed around the notion that at the centre of everything is love. How do people know this.  Are they on the phone to The Great Mystery and recording it's every thought and notion.  I have always been under the impression, have come to an understanding, that at the centre of everything is everything, if it were not so it would not be here in the manifest world.  It may be true that we are in world short of love and in a great need to learn the art of...
Continue reading...
 

Finding A Path

June 30, 2011
Whatever path you step on toward self awareness, make sure it is one where you can still be yourself.  I do not ascribe to methodology and understanding being the end point, it is merely the way toward your own relationship with The Mystery.  It is hopefully a path that will illuminate you to yourself and guide you toward a personal relationship with life.  There are many formulas, many processes that assist in supporting this journey, however, a warning for young players, if the process beco...
Continue reading...
 

Being There

June 29, 2011
You can be guided and indeed guide others to a meeting with the Mystery.  You may find tools that assist you to experience yourself connected deeply with consciousness.  You may practice a set of principles that keeps you in touch with that experience.  Yet to express the experience is beyond words.  We as humans have a need to establish finite conclusions.  Yet The Mystery remains that, beyond definition, beyond meaning.  I have of late had several experiences which I have wanted to relate t...
Continue reading...
 

Pole Dancing

April 11, 2010
It has been a long pause between drinks.  I have not felt the urge to pen on these pages.  The reason being is that I have not had anything that I have wanted to share besides my mad ramblings, and for me that is not enough.  I want the words here to be more than just my experience, for them to unfold into ideas that will make pith and potency for others to drink upon.  We all have experience, that is never in question, the matter of it, the idea contained within that experience is the gem.  ...
Continue reading...
 

The Poem Of Your Life

February 10, 2010
A well-written poem uses words sparsely, paints an idea and invokes a feeling and mood often employing two words alone.  Line after line the verse describes something that prose or dialogue is not able to capture.  The relationship between words, not always obvious, imagines for us a world that transports the soul.  Change the position of a single word and the poem takes on a different life.  It is not only the arrangement that expresses meaning, the choice of one word over another, though th...
Continue reading...
 

About Me


Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Listening

May 13, 2013


Musings from the garden.  More than often we are listened to with ears that have an agenda.  This is not a cynical comment, nor a pessimistic realisation.  For most people it cannot be helped as they amble along through life with a narrow reach of stimulation and desire.  How we are listened to often, and how we often listen, is in accordance with a set of unconscious wants.  To really listen requires the ability to put oneself aside.  There is a kind of paradox in this position, because what one is being called to do is be present, as your self, with another, so you aside yet you there.  If we are listening with a predetermined agenda, what is being presented to us or asked of us, will seem a threat to that agenda.  Our ears will shape what we hear and determine the value of it according to our own mind-set, our own desires, without being able to really hear what the other is saying.  Our decisions thereafter will be about us, and not necessarily the topic of discussion or the person sitting in front of us.  To listen we need compassion.  Compassion is more than just hanging out with another’s suffering or perspective, it is really being present and not precluding it out of hand because the experience being expressed before you is not in tandem with your own paradigm.  When we are able to hear someone unqualified, we also grant ourselves the opportunity to make choices with integrity, choices that sit within our own value set.  Listening is a fine art, one that needs attention and practice; all too often we are listening with an agenda. All too often we are being heard through closed ears.  Most of the agendas we carry are unconscious, even though we are pursuing something that seems on the surface correct and true to our life.  To uncover these series of unconscious agendas and set of focuses is the task.  That is discovering your self.  There are many ways to achieve this, though one of the most profound I have found is through action, through practice.  By living this life in a conscious way, watching what we do and the result of it, being in life with a willingness and tenacity to learn and discover what is beyond the seeing eye.  To practice the art of listening is action. 

None of us escape times of need and turmoil, moments of disorientation and despondency.  If we are denying this in others there is a good chance that we are denying this in ourselves.  We will be grabbing hold of what we already know and reapplying it, thus creating the same environment from whence that very dilemma sprung, though for a while it will seem different.  It is the same dedication to this consistency that removes us from listening to others.  

One of the conclusions I draw from this observation, a conclusion that I often come to, is no matter the question this life needs a craft to live it really well.  A craft being a set of tools that can be used toward an outcome.  The tools of a craft need practice, that means with awareness apply them through action.  If we don’t gather a craft for ourselves we will continue to stumble through this life in a state of reaction to our circumstances and life’s menu.  There are many books of instruction out there.  Find the one that works for you, that provides for you a path that will lead you down into the centre of your own life, connected to the world around you, born of an eternal Mystery.  

 

The Subject Of Love

May 10, 2013
Another muse from the garden. I was doing some preparation for a book I am undertaking and I came to a point in my contemplation where the subject of love arose.  It is not necessary to expose the context of the question.  What it did direct me toward was asking, the question what is love.  Below is the consideration I came to. 

Firstly something that we hear a lot about, and I tend to agree with, is love is not a feeling.  Therefore it must be something more tangible.  I have come up with thi...

Continue reading...
 

Cooperation

May 9, 2013
The musing of today.  I have noticed that some people celebrate with great ability their successes, their ability to create what they want in life.  On the other hand I witness others who hand the measure of their success solely to the generosity of others.  In observing my life, neither is so, for each creation I have brought about has involved the efforts of others.  Each event, invention, relationship or thing has had the reciprocal participation of another, or others to make it so.  Recal...

Continue reading...
 

Hierarchy

May 7, 2013
More stumbling from the Garden.  Today is the first day I have purposefully gone down to the garden to grab the muse for this purpose.  Something in me finds it a most difficult encounter when I set myself a task as such.  

Today I heard news of a woman passing away. I had not worked with her for many years, and only just recently encountered her again.  Death is a harsh aspect of this life.  It has caused me to consider my own deeds, to witness my life in overview and wonder what I have and a...

Continue reading...
 

A new direction

May 7, 2013
I have decided to continue my blog with a different idea. I  am keeping the old posts, however from this point forward the posts will be from my garden. I am going to visit each day my beautiful garden and capture the inspiration it spurs in me, follow that muse and write upon it. I shall start with a repost of todays writing.

It is not that war makes money, nor is it that housing is owned by banks, not the fact the food industry has been railroaded by narrow minded monopolies. It is that we a...
Continue reading...
 

On Love

July 6, 2011
In this world today I hear a great deal expressed around the notion that at the centre of everything is love. How do people know this.  Are they on the phone to The Great Mystery and recording it's every thought and notion.  I have always been under the impression, have come to an understanding, that at the centre of everything is everything, if it were not so it would not be here in the manifest world.  It may be true that we are in world short of love and in a great need to learn the art of...
Continue reading...
 

Finding A Path

June 30, 2011
Whatever path you step on toward self awareness, make sure it is one where you can still be yourself.  I do not ascribe to methodology and understanding being the end point, it is merely the way toward your own relationship with The Mystery.  It is hopefully a path that will illuminate you to yourself and guide you toward a personal relationship with life.  There are many formulas, many processes that assist in supporting this journey, however, a warning for young players, if the process beco...
Continue reading...
 

Being There

June 29, 2011
You can be guided and indeed guide others to a meeting with the Mystery.  You may find tools that assist you to experience yourself connected deeply with consciousness.  You may practice a set of principles that keeps you in touch with that experience.  Yet to express the experience is beyond words.  We as humans have a need to establish finite conclusions.  Yet The Mystery remains that, beyond definition, beyond meaning.  I have of late had several experiences which I have wanted to relate t...
Continue reading...
 

Pole Dancing

April 11, 2010
It has been a long pause between drinks.  I have not felt the urge to pen on these pages.  The reason being is that I have not had anything that I have wanted to share besides my mad ramblings, and for me that is not enough.  I want the words here to be more than just my experience, for them to unfold into ideas that will make pith and potency for others to drink upon.  We all have experience, that is never in question, the matter of it, the idea contained within that experience is the gem.  ...
Continue reading...
 

The Poem Of Your Life

February 10, 2010
A well-written poem uses words sparsely, paints an idea and invokes a feeling and mood often employing two words alone.  Line after line the verse describes something that prose or dialogue is not able to capture.  The relationship between words, not always obvious, imagines for us a world that transports the soul.  Change the position of a single word and the poem takes on a different life.  It is not only the arrangement that expresses meaning, the choice of one word over another, though th...
Continue reading...