Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Power of the Listening Pause! YOU are the Gift!

Hello, my friends, 

I'm writing this looking over choppy waters today. There's a cold front coming to Florida right now, and I hope it will be our last! The waves are up and the sky is mostly grey. I've been giving lots of EFT sessions lately. I love watching people's faces light up with realization and relief through EFT! my life is a joy! (You know where to reach me to learn more, TapforHappiness.com, TapforHappiness@gmail.com)

I have a special gift for you today. 

As you know, our mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, often quotes from intellectual and spiritual thought-leaders worldwide. There is so much wisdom to be had from people of many faiths. 

Here in St. Pete, Florida, we have someone who inspires me. Meet Reverend Temple Hayes,  Spiritual Leader and CEO of First Unity Spiritual Campus, a New Thought Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Of course, as always, my Buddhist practice is the central foundation of my life, and just like Sensei, I am inspired by many people) 

Here are some of the ways Reverend Temple has inspired me: She just finished a film on suicide prevention with Deepak Chopra. (If you're a long-time reader of this blog you know how important suicide prevention is to me) 

And, she speaks about the power of the listening pause, and in letting people speak their mind without interruption. As a modern-day human, many of us are in such a hurry all the time, we sometimes barely make time to truly listen.  In my longtime previous career working with families as they were making critical decisions about the safest places for their senior family members to live, I honed my listening skills, but there's always room for improvement. I think true listening is a life-long practice...and I'm always learning deeper listening. 

I heard Temple say recently: "Energy is infinite, you can't outlive it or outgive it." I love that thought. (As an EFT Practitioner and 35-year practicing Buddhist I know that's true!) 

And she urged us to keep listening to another long after you've already thought of your reply. 

She said, "When you let a person talk, those last few sentences they utter may be the exact core of what they were getting at, the very insight they were aiming towards, and your ability to pause and let them finish that final thought is a gift." 
And more wise words below...(I know we KNOW that everything we need, the entire universe is all within us, but sometimes, doesn't it FEEL like it's out there? I know at times, it does for me. And these words resonate with me): From "The Unedited Life" by Temple Hayes: 

"In The UnEdited Life, we allow ourselves to be who we are, wherever we are. We live authentically and move collectively into the field of possibilities.   Here we discover how to surrender fully to Divine Order. (We call that Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and the Gohonzon. J.S.) To accept all that life brings to us.  To trust the Divine Order of the Universe—not just sometimes, but all the time. This is the process writer and futurist Alvin Toffler calls learning, unlearning and relearning.
"When we listen deeply to the call of the heart and follow its path inward, our intuition and happiness expand exponentially.  Our deepest desires and dreams unfold organically and we live easily without fear, without chemicals or the momentary highs of “more”.   Natural laws begin to work effortlessly.  We come to view the world through eyes of infinite awareness and experience the great power of possibilities for the world—Peace. Harmony. Connection.
I invite you now to stop searching for your purpose and know you already are your purpose.  You see what is possible by being possible. As a first responder, your response is welcoming.
            This is the secret to happiness.
            Be who you are wherever you are.

Temple Hayes

@templehayes- Social

Sending this post with all my love for you! 
Jamie Lee Silver
See you in front of the Gohonzon!

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  1. Thank you Jamie for bringing wisdom of Temple Hayes to your readers. Temple's work and who she is in life inspires me a lot too. So too does your work inspire.