Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Communicating from the Soul

There are different levels of communication. You can communicate from the soul or you can communicate simply from the mind. If communication is only from the mind, if it's merely cognitive, it becomes just a form of entertainment. But when the soul dimension is present, everything changes. In that kind of conversation, you have to be careful what you say because inherent in that dimension is a shared recognition that you have to back it up, you have to live it. Otherwise, even a discussion of the most profound and subtle spiritual matters is just sophisticated conceptual entertainment. It may be fascinating, intriguing, even inspiring, but it lacks the weight of obligation. The nature of any discussion about serious things is going to be radically different when inherent in it is the knowledge that you have to back it up. That makes it very real. So if you are communicating with that level of attention and are listening to others with that kind of seriousness, you are literally creating a new moral context. You are communicating in the presence of a higher consciousness and a higher conscience that is not just your own. The words are not free. It's not a one-night-stand kind of conversation.

Andrew Cohen

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