Right now I am reading a book called Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy.
It was a gift from a friend, but this book has been on my radar for well over 2 years when I first heard about it from my previous boss, Lissa Rankin.
She too said it was the bees knees. You could say I was beyond pleased when it's splendid glory showed up on my door step as a surprise belated birthday gift.
I'm only on page 22 + already, my mind is more awake.
Levoy talks about Gordon Hempton, the man who wrote The Vanishing Dawn Chorus, an Emmy Award winning PBS Documentary.
Hempton tells a story about a particular time he was in the forest with his listening ears recording the sounds around him when suddenly he was overwhelmed with a state of panic. Though his logical mind was telling him there was nothing to run from, his listening ears + intuition insisted that there was.
Hempton decided to leave his equipment behind + high-tail it out of there. When he returned in the morning, the footage showed that moments after he left a leopard had visited where he was.
If he had listened to his logical mind, he might not be alive. But because he chose to listen to that voice of intuition even though it didn't make sense at the time, his life was spared.
It made me wonder how much I miss out on because I choose to deny the voice that lives within.
"We shy away from introspection because, however fearful the surface seels, we fear the depths still more. And we are right. There is much to fear there. If there is terror about darkness because we cannot see, there is also terror about light because we can see. Would rather not see. If we do not climb down willingly with our eyes open, he said, we risk falling in with our eyes closed. If we ignore seuketat [*], we end up turning our backs on the leopard, tempting fate, putting our souls in the position of having to come after us, teeth bared. The only conscious oveservations we'll make will be those forced on us by crises."
I would love it if some of you would read this book along with me.
As for now, I am turning my listening ears on. Trusting my intuition a little bit more + keeping my heart open to what this book has to teach me.
"You have to be willing to suffer what you hear. It's probably fair to say that awakening is attached to suffering like a rope to a bell, and you're not going to pull on it withoutmaking some noise."
*seuketat - the ear of the animal
Putting on my super duper Listening Ears,
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