A couple of days ago there was a disagreement between two of my children. Being next door and hearing the heated voices, I intervened to stop hurt taking place. Nonetheless, hurt took place. Daughter was so upset, so angry that she threw the iPad and ran out of the room crying; the iPad was a present from my sister; the two of them were fighting over the iPad and Netflix.
Confusion and upset was present in my house of being. The thought that I had been unfairly treated, that I did not deserve that which I had received surfaced. I picked up the iPad and went back to my study and got on with what I had been doing.
Later that evening the following was pushed under the door and into my study:
That is all it took for the healing to take place between daughter and me, for the relatedness to be restored. How is it possible that my daughter would write this card so quickly after being so upset? And how is it possible that I would receive it with gratitude as quickly as I did? How is it possible that we would ‘forgive’, putting the past in the past, and move forward together with our relatedness intact, perhaps even stronger?
LISTENING! I listen to daughter as one who loves me unconditionally. And she listens to me as as one who loves her unconditionally. And we listen to each other as souls whose intentions are good. And we listen to human beings as beings who make mistakes.
What is the insight here that is of value? The listening is the background that gives meaning and shapes that which shows up in the foreground. Too many of us get busy on ‘fixing / dealing with’ the foreground (the events that occur) and few of us work on the background: the listening. Yet, the power, the leverage, is in the listening!
If your relationships are not working out then focus on the listening that you bring to it.