So the other day this quote picture popped up in my Facebook feed where the Dalai Lama was quoted as saying “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
Now we see quotes from the Dalai Lama quite often all over the place, I have no idea whether he actually said this one himself, but if so, or even attributing it to him, well, it kinda makes you wonder… What is being said in the quote is quite kindergarten level stuff really. Stating the obvious… Don’t you think? We would expect something more from someone who is supposed to be a spiritual leader. Snippets of wisdom that help us move forward on our way towards enlightenment.
But, anyway, when I first saw it in my feed that day and started reading the words in the picture, the “autoplay” in my head kicked in and I expected it to go like this: “When you talk, you are only repeating what others told you….” – uh-oh, that’s not what it says now, is it. I was actually disappointed to see that it was turning into something quite different, and not very enlightening at that!
Well if the dear lama really cared about the spiritual advancement of us people, let’s see, in the case of this particular quote it could go as “When you talk, you are only repeating what others told you. But if you listen to your heart, you may learn something new.” This version would definitely be more accurate and actually help us move forward in our quest of reaching higher levels of consciousness!
Wait, you say… “you are only repeating what others told you” – what exactly do you mean by that?? Well, the fact of the matter is that unless you get your “feed” from the Source/God, the only true knowledge you really have is whatever you experienced yourself. Exclusively! That’s the sad truth! Everything else comes from others. You weren’t there, you did not see it with your own eyes, you did not experience it. What actually did happen could be pretty much anything! When you share any “knowledge” you learned from someone else, that is sharing relayed info and you are a repeater, there is just no nicer way to put it, sorry. This includes stories, insights and opinions coming from coworkers, friends, the occasional stranger you exchange a few words with, education, parents, you name it. As long as it is through someone else, be aware and always, always listen with your heart.
When we listen to our hearts, we connect to The Source/God and those who are able to do this get true answers to everything. It also helps us determine the truth contents of anything we come across. Which is most necessary in the cacophony of info/disinfo coming at us from everywhere these days: self-proclaimed experts, con artists, gurus, motivational speakers, media propaganda, fake healers, and then there are all the supposedly true testimonies shared by everybody. It would be extremely important to distinguish between what sounds nice but is a bunch of hooey, and true knowledge. Being able to use a truth compass certainly would save us a lot of time and suffering, especially if you happen to fall for a scam, which unfortunately happens all the time, to lots of unsuspecting people.
Our hearts act as our inner eyes to show us what is real, give us true answers and allow us to see clearly. Definitely not in the physical sense! It doesn’t really matter how we learn to use it, but we each should do what works, learning to listen to our intuitions, noticing the small signs, first impressions, inner feelings that accompany each experience. A lingering bad feeling in our guts would be a good indicator that it is better to steer clear from the subject in question. And if our hearts tell us that something seems fishy, it most likely is.
Consider this for a moment. It would be nice if instead of a no-brainer, the lama pointed out the importance of using our hearts to learn and see clearly.
While we’re at the subject of determining truth contents, it is worth mentioning that there is also the tool of muscle testing which is more of a mechanical method. Muscle testing also gets answers from the Source/God. It is a bit more effort to do though compared to simply seeing with our hearts. For those interested in learning muscle testing, the works of David R. Hawkins would be a good start to look into. We also have this article from earlier on Dr. Hawkins’ muscle testing method and levels of consciousness.
Please feel free to share the picture in this article. It will make everyone who comes across it at least consider the possibility of seeing with their hearts, which is already a start for a better and more fulfilling life.