On this 3rd day of Gratitude, I am grateful for the ability to Communicate – to receive communication from so many sources, and to be able to communicate my wants, needs, and feelings to others. Imagine what chaos and pain there would be in the world if we couldn’t effectively communicate.
When I walk around and pay attention, I notice so many different ways we receive communication. One way to look at it is through our senses.
Communication through Observation
It was liberating when I realized we receive communication visually in images, written words, and in observing the happenings around us. If you really think about this, then you might become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of communication we are bombarded with every day.
“How is observing a way of communication?” you may wonder. Well, what are the thoughts that come to mind as you walk through your day? If you are on a crowded sidewalk, what do you see? Perhaps you observe a woman holding a child’s hand. Why do you think you were drawn to notice that one particular visual, and not drawn to notice another person, or a different picture in a store window?
Communication with Higher Mind
In my way of navigating through the world, this is how we receive communication from our inner mind, our higher mind, our spirit guides, our angels. We notice things with the intention of receiving communication in any form. Then it is our job to interpret what we are receiving.
Sometimes we then need to determine if the message is for us, or for someone else we are in contact with. For those of us who are more sensitive to receiving messages, it is important to know when the communication is meant for you, or meant for another.
Communication through Words
Most of the time we communicate through words – this is a very direct and simple way to communicate. We convey the nuances of our expressed thoughts using verbal and written words. The only filter we contend with is our bias related to the particular words, and this bias can be far-reaching. This filter is culturally influenced, whether the culture is centered on ethnicity, geography, family, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, academic institution, etc.
When we become aware of our own biases, then we increase the potential to accurately receive the intended communication.
The Power of Words to Create
Words are thought energy shared. When a thought is shared, it can become a concrete thing through action. That very action shapes the experience of all those involved. So words are powerful because they have the potential of affecting others, the potential of catalyzing the creation of something – a thing, a situation, a relationship.
When you think about it, if you truly understand this concept, and harness that knowledge to create what you want, then you have the power of creation.
Communication through Actions
I remember being confused and frustrated one day because someone I cared about said one thing, and did another. I had begun to question my ability to understand what they wanted to communicate.
To help me understand, my best friend said, “It’s not what they say that is important. It’s what they do that tells you how they really feel.”
It makes sense. How many times have you heard someone agree to do something, and then turn around and do the opposite or something else? Their words didn’t match their actions. Consider that, for whatever reason, they did not want to say No. So if you know this mismatch is possible in a situation, then watch what they do. How do they Act? Actions communicate a wealth of information. But we’ll get into that with more depth another time.
We are all familiar with simple actions that communicate: “The Look” from mom, the tug on your hand or arm to stop you from walking onto a busy street, a hug, a gentle rub on your back, a smile. Actions communicate whether to move toward that person, or to head the other way. We’ve all learned how to interpret actions so that we know which way to go.
Communicate with Music
Music without words can communicate deeply. The sounds are vibrations that our minds and bodies translate. When listening to a symphony by Beethoven, I can hear so many emotions being expressed – love, anger, longing, excitement. I can also imagine peace, beauty in nature, storms, a horse chase. Such music paints pictures in your mind, which then releases a flood of chemicals based on the emotion being experienced.
Music also communicates with your cells. When listening to a song using Tibetan singing bowls you are brought through an inner journey. Depending on the tones used, different energy centers in your body are woken up. These energy centers, known by some traditions as chakras, then vibrate to resonate with the tone, and to realign to its optimal condition.
I’m getting deep here – but if you understand the power of music to change one’s cells, then you have a key to healing.
While these are some of the major ways of communication, I’ve actually shared some grains of information that underlie some of the powerful ways of ancient healing. Can you see them?
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