October 9, 2011 in Spirituality
On October 3 and 4, I posted articles in the Future section about a miscommunication that happened on another website (A Sunny Puzzle and The Answer to My Sunny Puzzle). The situation is not earth-shattering. I only wrote about it because it is a good example for a lesson about spiritual communication.
Each and every being in the universe is part of Divinity. This is taught by every religious discipline. Therefore, each of us has the opportunity to speak with our version of Divinity at any time. In some cases, where we aren’t comfortable talking with God, this communication takes place in other forms or with someone or something other than God. I believe everything in life is communication with God. However, most people are not comfortable with that direct communication so they defer to spiritual authorities, like religious officials and channelers.
The further a person is from speaking directly with Divinity, the more likely he or she is to misunderstand the message.
This is what happened through the miscommunication I described in those articles. Someone asked a channel to ask the Zetas a question. The message was relayed along and then sent back. Somewhere along the line, it was reported that the Zetas identified a picture of the Sun as the Moon.
Obviously, the Zetas know the difference between the two celestial objects. Obviously, the Zeta channel knows the difference. It was a simple misunderstanding, one that has privately been acknowledged to me. However, because there is a grander message, no one will talk about it publicly. They are afraid it will hurt the overall message of ZetaTalk.
I’m not the only person to observe something like this within a spiritual organization. In fact, this type of thing happens all the time. It is why individuals move from one church to another. It is why people follow someone and then, go follow someone else. It is why, on some occasions, a few individuals give up on any form of spirituality. They believe that God was wrong once because one of God’s representatives made a mistake.
What’s the peaceful response to miscommunication?
First, realize that we teach what we need to learn. If someone is teaching through speaking, writing, or any other form of communication, they are still learning about the topic. Therefore, that person doesn’t know it all and should be given the space to get smarter.
Second, understand that one perceived mistake does NOT discredit an entire message. Many people give up on spirituality when they perceive a mistake in a spiritual teacher, no matter how small. The teacher may have simply misspoke.
Third, learn how to communicate directly with the Divine. I write about this in Living the Southwest Lifestyle and I teach it in Complete Peace of Mind Training that will be available in video format later this month. The Divine is already communicating with you. All you need to do is learn how to recognize this communication.
Fourth, if you are the person sharing the message, recognize that questions are as much for you as for the one asking. The communication process brings clarity to both parties, but only if both participate in it. Those in leadership sometimes respond with denial or avoidance and refuse to communicate when accused of a mistake. They don’t realize that without further communication on the small issue, the one listening often cannot hear the larger message.
What about you? How do you respond when you think someone you respect has made a mistake? How would you want to be treated if someone thought you made a mistake?