Here’s some things to remember about listening.
A master practitioner of any craft can seem like a wizard.
A master creates wonder and awe in the layman with his skill, confidence, flawless execution, and imperceivable effort.
In my years as frontman for the Flowtemple art parties, I became very aware of how much listening can be applied in action. The scene was electric, with painters, fire dancers, musicians, clowns and photographers all interacting and participating. In those wonderfully awesome moments where the musicians, music, dancers, and artists were in total communication, the whole room lit up. Newcomers could not believe that everything in the 5 hour set was completely improvised, “It all seemed so perfect and rehearsed.” In that state I was totally involved in the listening and as I became more aware of everyone. I just knew what to sing, words and melodies came. I ended up surprising myself almost every time we played a Flowtemple Party with how much great art we made in that small amount of time.
and welcomes into being
great communication of endless varieties
Works of immense beauty can be created
And….. It feels powerfully delicious
You’d think by now
would be a piece of cake.
I still have to remind myself
and in multiples
Because listening is one of those sometimes forgotten
When I powerfully listen
Uphold other people
Remember the facts
Marvel in the glory of another’s path
Hear the hidden story
Pick up on wordless, emotional communications
Become aware of subtleties
Be a less judgmental asshole
Learn self control
Deliver assistance, guidance, and leadership.
Know what the f*&k to say,
and when to say it, yo!
Be funnier and more compassionate
Appear to have psychic powers
Make great music
Dance like a boss!
Sing like a shamanic rock god
Really understand my friends
Be a responsive lover,
I know you want it
We all want it
So give it already
Excelsior, ever higher,
iRev. Alexander Niver Polinsky
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