The Senses Function As One
Just as you can see the Kingdom of Heaven, you can hear the Kingdom of Heaven. The function of the “so-called” senses is really God’s activity of perceiving Itself – perceiving the Kingdom of I Am. Let’s move on to hearing the Kingdom.
The Fiction of Beautiful Friction
Most sound, as we know it, is produced by two objects moving against one another – friction. Read that again. Did an alarm go off? That word “two” should’ve sounded an inner alarm.
There is only One Presence. Sound, as we know it, requires more than one. Even the stirring sounds of a Beethoven violin sonata require the friction of bow against string. Nevertheless, if it’s two it can’t be true. Yet, there is true sound. There is the sound of oneness.
Music Of The Spheres
Anyone who has ever heard the “Music of the Spheres” will try desperately to describe its sound. Words fail. The unique quality of this sound is that it is without friction – something the ear is not accustomed to hearing.
One evening as I was taking my nightly walk, I heard what sounded like a string quartet. Its sensual sound was slow moving and darn near erotic. I stopped and leaned against a tree to discern where the music was coming from. The sound seemed to come from everywhere, yet nowhere in particular. As I listened carefully, I noticed that although the sound resembled the stringed instruments, there was no friction of bow against string. The sound continued for hours. This was the “Music of the Spheres.” This was true sound – the sound of oneness.
Just as the eye seems to see the moon resting on the mountain, so can the ear be fooled into hearing what isn’t real. Have you ever heard a “Shepard’s scale”? Google it. It is merely eight notes repeated, and yet it sounds like a scale that ascends higher and higher without end. This is an aural illusion.
Aural Illusions In Daily Living
Now that we know the ear can seem to be fooled, let’s see how these aural illusions play out in our daily living. Look at this list:
- most news reports
- cries for help
These are not real sounds. They are based on twoness. You may be asking, “Well, what do I do about them? Are you saying I should ignore my mother’s cry for help?” Of course not! First stabilize yourself and realize that this is not the sound of God being the only Presence and Power. This is not true sound. Then, render whatever help seems to be necessary. Reader, know that right there where there seems to be the sound of two, there is actually the sound of One (Love).
Hearing The Kingdom Of Heaven Right Now
God is all there is – one Presence and one Power. Just one. From this position, you know that God is all there is to hear.
Reader, you know, or perhaps sense, that God is Love. Take this a step further and confidently claim that Love is all you hear. What else is there to hear?
Claim right now (why wait) that you are always hearing the sound of Love, and that you are hearing only the sound of Love. Remind yourself throughout the day:
“I am hearing the sound of Love, for Love is all there is to hear.”
Staying with this Truth, I’ve seen negative conversations come to a screeching halt and instantly shift to something more pleasing to the ear. One offensively noisy environment suddenly shifted to hushed tones and remained that way for years!
Hearing In Your Daily Experience
You will be surprised at the power of these gentle reminders throughout the day. Be warned: these reminders are not merely mental affirmations used to change your environment. No! You are stating these words because, regardless of what seems to be, they are already true.
The Telephone Exercise
Before picking up the telephone to make or receive a call, remind yourself, “I am hearing Love and only Love for Love is all there is to hear.” This is a powerful conversation tamer. It tames the tongue of both speaker and hearer. It reveals God’s presence.
On The Job
Eight hours of your day is spent at the job site. That consists of one half your waking hours. Make it a pleasant eight. Throughout the day at meetings, the water cooler, the cubicle visit, etc. remind yourself of what you are really hearing.
Reader, I leave it to you to discover other areas where this gentle reminder might be helpful.
In Summary: The Music Of The Spheres
Ultimately, the Music Of the Spheres is the only genuine sound. Many have asked, “What must I do to hear this music?” The answer is simple: Acknowledge only One and One alone – God. Take it a step further and acknowledge that you are always hearing only God. Suddenly, when you least expect it, you will hear the most incredible sound you have ever heard. The sound of One.