Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee - Listening within the heart

"Our listening within the heart attunes us to our Beloved. Divine words have a higher frequency than ordinary discourse; they are more subtle and easily overlooked. By listening within the heart we develop the ear of the heart, the inner listening of the soul that can perceive at this higher frequency. Still, such listening requires both attentiveness and discrimination, as it is not always easy to discriminate between the voice of the ego and the voice of our Beloved. But there is a distinct difference the words of the ego and mind belong to duality; the words of the heart carry the imprint of oneness. In the heart there is no argument, no you and me, just an unfolding oneness. The heart embraces a difficulty, while the ego takes sides.
Listening, waiting for love’s words, turns us away from our own needs to being attentive to the higher need. In our need we call to our Beloved, and then we wait at the doorway of the heart, listening for an answer. But gradually, imperceptibly, this inner listening becomes more important than our own need. Our questions become fewer, our inner attention grows. Once the Beloved begins to nourish us with the response, the soul’s need for companionship is nurtured; the soul is no longer a starving infant crying in the darkness of abandonment."

-Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
From: Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism

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