Sometimes listening requires a desire to hear the message, and an openness to receiving whatever message might come your way through the process of deep and intense emptying and listening. If our mind is closed off to the messages that may be attempting to reach us, then chances are the message may not land as readily on our minds, or in the deep knowingness that comes from listening.
The best way that I have learned thus far in my life to prepare myself to receive is to simply pray, “ I am ready to receive “ and then wait and be still in the midst of the meditation of my choosing. Another way that I prepare myself to receive is to say “speak, Lord, your servant is listening, “ and again be still and wait in the midst of meditation, yoga, music, breathing or whatever method of meditation or prayer I have chosen that day.
Just because I have stated that I am ready doesn’t mean that a message will immediately come to me. However, I believe that in time, when there is a message for me to receive either for myself or for someone else in my surroundings, then I will be open and ready to hear it.
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