The First Question:
What is a conversation?
How many conversations do you have in the course of a day, a week, a year, a lifetime?
Having been part of so many conversations, how do you define conversation? If you were to write your own definition of conversation would it change your response to the the question about how many conversations do you have?
Let me help you with your thinking about the meaning of conversation.
The key root to converse is a Latin word, vertare, which means to turn. Con, of course means with. Conversation as a word means “turning with.”
When I think of “turning with” two images appear: spirals and dancing.
Spirals: spinning inward to the details or outward to the expansions.
Dancing: leading and following, choreography, navigating the floor.
How do I “turn with” in the art of speaking and listening? I turn toward and in turning toward, I also turn away.
I am turning toward my conversation partner and away from myself when I listen. I am turning toward myself and away from my partner when I am speaking.
What speaking and listening is not a conversation? I think of empty phrases, reporting of data, untruths. What else?
Do I pay attention to this turning? Does it matter?
Are most of my conversations about thoughts and ideas, about feelings and emotions, or about deeds and possibilities? What does the content of the conversation tell me about my turning and what I turn with?
And the contexts of my conversations? What are they?
Do work with these questions. Any answers you come up with write them down and then turn them into questions. Wisdom lives in the next questions, so always find the next questions. Is there a conversation if there is no question? Is the question the turning?
I want to read your thoughts on conversation. Please leave a comment below.
To learn the second question you must ask before having a conversation with a spiritual being, wait for my next post to the Inner Year blog in a few days.
November in the Inner Year is the time to pay attention to conversations with Spiritual Beings. The darkening of the Sun asks us to turn away from material existence and the surface of things. The soul is turning toward what exists beyond the surface seeking spiritual contexts and content and beings behind, beyond, below and above.
Now is the time to evolve your capacity to have conversations of all kinds and all purposes with spiritual beings. Learn the meaning, the design and the grace of these conversations.
I am offering a 4 session Inner Year teleseminar: Having Conversations With Spiritual Beings. In the teleseminar we will explore these questions and others about conversations. There are two options for this teleseminar series. The Basic is 4-40 minute presentations of content. It is essentially a lecture over the phone. You will find lots of insight and creative possibilities on having conversations with spiritual beings. However, it is not a conversation. If you want to engage in a conversation on having conversations with spiritual beings, you will want to take the Intensive Option which includes many conversations. (I didn’t make this distinction between the two learning options until I wrote this blog.) Visit here to learn more about the teleseminars.
Do invite your conversation partners in life to join you in the teleseminars. Forward this blog to all your friends.