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In the stillness of myself, I listen to your Voice.” – Ross Sarte, Dialogues of my soul, 2007
“Will you be interested to write an article on Power of Prayer?”, Khaled Shams, a Muslim living in Austria asked me in his email.
N.B. – I asked Khaled’s permission if I can published his email, hiding his identity. He replied, I can but he prefers to reveal his name and site where he will published it.
I do not know him personally. I do not know what the Good Spirit whispered in his ears while reading my blog to prod him to ask me about this theme. A believer in Allah like him inviting a simple creature like me who believes in one God in Three Persons to write 1,500 to 2,000 words about the power of prayer!
He has some reminders too. I have to consider the atheists, the agnostics, the believers who could be practicing or not! Oh my!!!
I closed my eyes and asked the Good spirit: “What do you want from me now?”
I immersed myself in His presence, letting go of my fears, letting my mind flow of its own accord without thought.
In the stillness of myself, I listen to your Voice. I stand here in silence.
Let me emphasize this word: LISTEN. Yes, I listen just like the way you do in front of your friend. You just don’t hear your friend’s words but you listen. Listening is an art. You have to put yourself into it. You remove all distractions just to listen to what your friend is telling you, right? Particularly when you know your friend has something important to say or wants to reveal to you.
You just don’t give your ear to your friend. You give your heart. You give your time. You take away your judgement, your anger, your restlessness. You just stand or sit beside your friend and wait for her/his time to speak, without forcing your friend to talk. You just wait.
…and I waited for Him to speak…
OK, I’m going to accept Khaled’s invitation. I am aware this is an enormous task for me to carry. I do not know how the Good Spirit will lead my fingers to write down what is needed to be shared. A prayer is a personal experience. I have that experience. If ever someone will be touched by this experience, it is not my own doing but the Good Spirit’s job. It is all up to him.
I am His pen, He is the writer.
Whoever will be reading my blog, my succeeding posts will be on the power of prayer.
I will cut it up on various sections or posts. I don’t know how I will reach 2,000 words without counting my lists of quotes.
What I only know is this: a Muslim asking someone who is a non Allah believer to speak of prayer is a positive sign. This is one good road towards ecumenism. Let us focus on what can unite us not on what can divide us.
Khaled Sham, I am accepting it. Salaam alaikum!
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” – Robert Greenleaf
Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” – J. Isham
The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” – Fran Lebowitz
Deep heart listening and speaking your truth generates an exhilarating “heart talk” frequency. “Heart talk” is care in action and builds friendship. As you learn to see everyone as your friend, and not as an enemy, you release judgments. Just keep your heart open to them as you speak your truth.” – Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart
There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.” – James Nathan Miller
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force…When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life…When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other…and it is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. …Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet facinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.” –Brenda Ueland
The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” – M.Scott Peck
Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.” –Nancy Kerrigan
If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” – A.A.Milne