Listening: Your pathway to enlightenment

In last week’s blog post, I stated that there’s a distinction between being smart and being enlightened. Being smart will get you so far in life and in business. Being enlightened is necessary to get you the rest of the way.

What does it mean to be enlightened? It means you understand, first, how life works, then you understand how people work, and then you understand how to use that information to empower people, build a team, and create an extraordinary organization. Being enlightened means you know the difference between the voice of your higher consciousness and the voice of your ego and you’re effective in managing yourself from the former and not the later.

There is a simple way to tell which voice you’re listening to and there are numerous opportunities every day to check this out. It’s all about how you listen in each and every interaction with another. The reason for this is that in each such interaction, you either have your attention on yourself or you have your attention on the other. When you have your attention on yourself, you’re listening to the voice of your ego. When you have your attention on the other, you’re listening to the voice of your higher consciousness.

Remember, the ego is the part of your mind that believes you are separate and alone in a hostile universe. So quite naturally, if that were true, you would go through life with your attention on yourself and be concerned with your survival. Under such circumstances, when the other person is speaking, you’re listening how this effects you and your internal dialog is right/wrong, agree/disagree, get to the point, win/lose, and much more. For the rest of the list, get your copy of Unshackled Leadership either as a physical book, an e book or an audio book.

But it’s clearly not true. You’re not alone. We’re all in this together. When you understand this, you consciously put your attention on the other. How you’ll know you’re doing this is that you won’t hear that internal voice at all. You’ll just be tuning into the other person’s world and being over there where they are with them.

So just practice this. Make yourself a promise that for the entire month of June, in every interaction you’ll give the other person your undivided attention and shut the internal voice up. If you can do this for an entire month, in every interaction, you’ll be well on your way to living in touch with your higher consciousness. If you need some help, let us know.