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Hillary Clinton: Life Lessons from the Benghazi Testimony


Yesterday, when my daughters and I came home after school, I put on the live stream of Hillary Clinton testifying before the Benghazi hearings.

I’m not sure if they were 6, 7 or 8 hours into grilling Hillary Clinton yet, but at that particular moment, a Republican congressman was shouting at her. My girls watched, first with horror and then laughing – who is that man? (Actually, my 11 year old daughter asked “Who is that crazy man?”) As he continued to give his own theory on Hillary Clinton’s actions around Benghazi, my 8th grader, who has done mock trials in Elementary and Middle School, asked if that is how a hearing is supposed to go – are you supposed to make up someone else’s story? Or, are you supposed to ask questions, listen, and gather information, facts?

But it was Hillary’s demeanor – calm, collected, in control – that made the most dramatic impression on my daughters and me.

She listened. She reviewed her notes. She didn’t attack.

She smiled as a panel in front of her berated her with nonsensical questions. She acted like a seasoned world leader.

Here are a few life lessons that my girls and I talked about after the debate: Continue reading

Harmonics and Hearing

The first sense to arrive is that of hearing. And hearing is you last sense to depart. Even scientists will tell you that for those revived from the near death experience the last sense that they were aware of on the physical plane was sound. These scientists will also tell you that certain studies about near death experiences reveal that the most frequently experienced sound that was heard by people going through what you call "the tunnel" to the other side, was that of choral music deep in vocal harmonics. From an inter-dimensional standpoint, I can tell you that this is true. Vocal harmonics come as close as you can to create to the singing of angels.

In life, pain is inevitable, the suffering is ...Hearing is an extraordinary sense–it really helps define reality. You can shut your eyes to block sight and not breath through your nose to block smell, but it really is very difficult to block sound. Sound is all around and through our sense of hearing our reality is helped to be created. I would like to take this understanding one step further and tell you that hearing is a passive activity. Hearing is a passive activity, because many times you are not aware of the sounds which are affecting you. The sounds may be vibrating your bodies and going into your ears and into your brain, but frequently, you are not aware of them. Listening is a conscious activity. Listening is an active activity. Through learning to listen we can heighten our awareness of reality and our consciousness.

Take a moment now, after you had read this next paragraph, and close your eyes. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds that are all around you. What are you aware of? Listen as alertly as you can? Are you aware of the sounds of machines in the room or in a neighboring room. Or from the outside. Is there music playing? Or birds calling? Is the wind blowing? Are there people talking nearby? Are there street sounds such as cars going by? What are you listening to? Are you aware of the sound of your own breathing or of your own heart beating? Are you aware of the sound the blood rushing through your veins or impulses moving through your nervous system? What are the sounds you are listening to? Take a moment and listen. And when you have finished, take some time to note to yourself any differences you may have experienced before and after you took the time to listen. For many people the experience of active listening opens up new realms of sound.

Simply by learning to listen, we can dramatically heighten our perception of the world and alter our consciousness. There are many meditation groups and spiritual paths which use sound as a means of entering the Divine. Listening to the "Shabd", the Sound Current, is an extraordinary yogic discipline. For many of these groups, the inner sounds experienced by deep listening, are among the most profound ways of traveling to higher planes. Some spiritual masters have even charted the sounds of different planes, from the sounds of bells ringing to the sounds of ocean to the sounds of the humming of bees. These are inner sound listening and they are very powerful indeed. as are the experiences of listening to outer sounds. And then there are harmonics, which may be the bridge between the inner and the outer sounds.

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Listening to the Silence

My February 18th 2009 story ~ the gift from my laryngitis

Listening To the Silence



Dr. Sed said,
‘Quiet your voice,
silence your words
two days of nothing to say’
that’s what Dr. Sed said.



And so, I began to



And, when I began to listen,

I began to



The ears of my intent were

opened and ready

as I sipped Earl Grey Tea

at the 1911 Tea House

on the banks of the railroad tracks

in San Juan Capistrano

where history is weaved through

the no-car streets.


Silence spoke to me in whispers

of a sandaled monk’s footsteps

In the hollow of the scented air

 ‘neath the melodious skies

where the swallow flies

from that distant Argentinean post.


I could hear the song of the train,

the step-walking children

The whistling birds

the heartbeat of my own making,

the dance of the hummingbird

the flow of the fountain,

the whispered thoughts

of the world whirling ‘round me. 

and the bells of the mission

chanting to my soul.

Starshine June

Nature is Speaking to all of Us; Are we Hearing or

Nature is Speaking to all of Us;
Are we Hearing or “Listening”
and Then
What are we “Understanding”?
Meaningful Messages are being Communicated Nature is continually speaking to us, through various channels of communication.
Modes of Communication
It might be possible that we are able to interact with this communication whilst perceiving; hearing;listening; reading; discussing; viewing; reminiscing; thinking; contemplating; visualizing; imagining; admiring;  aspiring; reflecting; innovating; articulating; walking, jogging; trekking, adventuring, camping, exploring, navigating, driving; commuting; standing; sitting; sleeping; dreaming
– basically Nature is speaking to us; seeking our privileged attention regarding Universal Welfare and Development.
Consistently and with Meticulous Precious & Consistency
Nature is seeking to convey a meaningful message/vision to us constantly and with meticulous precision and consistency
We are standing at the crossroads of so many expectations, expecting the very Best for The Universe in each thought and endeavor.
Exceptional Meaningful Value
Each day that is invested in Universal Welfare and Development is a day of exceptional meaningful value.
The point comes to what are we understanding and then what are we doing to create greater understanding amongst People all across the World? For Peace, Love, Hope, Faith and Wisdom to prevail.
There are various other aspects which are of vital concern and importance however the pivotal and paramount of aspect that is accorded predominant precedence is Universal Peace, Welfare, Happiness, Stability, Wisdom, Prosperity, Economic Development and Sustained Progress meaningfully.
Since the agenda of this topic is comprehensive and meaningful, it will need to be communicated all across The World to participate together and inspire as well as encourage one another
– to invest their efforts consistently with meaningful consistency relating to Universal Peace, Welfare, Happiness, Stability, Wisdom, Prosperity, Economic Development and Sustained Progress meaningfully; since without the joint effort of People all across the World, this is not possible.  
People all across The World are Wishing Together for Universal Welfare & Development People all across the World are wishing together for Universal Peace, Welfare, Happiness, Stability, Wisdom, Prosperity, Economic Development and Sustained Progress, is part of what Nature is speaking.
It would be interesting to hear more opinions regarding the captioned from People all across the World
– Nature is Speaking to all of Us;
– Are we Hearing or “Listening”
and Then
What are we “Understanding”?
Repeat / Perspective
Nature is encouraging each and every Person to invest their efforts consistently with meaningful consistency relating to Universal Peace, Welfare, Happiness, Stability, Wisdom, Prosperity, Economic Development and Sustained Progress meaningfully.
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina; Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina
May One and All be Happy and Peaceful;
May One and All have well-being and live peacefully together
May Happiness be showered on all;
May One and All be Healthy
O Lord Protect us
O Lord Guide us
O Lord Grant us Wisdom
O Lord Lead us from darkness to Light (From ignorance to Knowledge)
O Lord May there be Universal Peace, Happiness, Prosperity and Progress
Best Wishes,
Vashi Ram Chandi

Are We Listening OR are We Hearing? A World of Meaningful and Purposeful Difference; Focus on the

Are We Listening OR are We Hearing? A World of Meaningful and Purposeful Difference; Focus on the “D e t a i l (s); It Matters
It is indeed a perceptible and distinctive difference between “Hearing" and “Listening”
Listening extends from the hearing to the listening, where attention is focused when the listening begins.
Attention is focused upon what is being communicated. We might be hearing a talk or We might be listening to it.
Each action makes a world of difference since by hearing we are present in the moment physically and part of our attention might be diverted.
Whereas while listening, we are paying attention to what is being spoken / communicated / narrated with attention.
We are seeking to grasp and understand the essence of what is being heard, so although generally it might be casually referred to as simply “hearing” and “listening”; yet each of the above actions have their own advantages and dis advantages, where it may concern with particular relevance / essence accordingly.
Importance / Focus
Listening is an action that relegates an credible level of importance to the task on hand whereas Hearing could be hearing without the diligence that is associated with the Listening aspect.
What Matters
We Hear, We Listen; Both important virtues, however what we Understand is what Matters in the scheme of Life; Understand where it NEEDS to be Understood, there is a World of Meaning in this and Significant Importance since if we were to be simply hearing where listening / attentiveness / alertness / an essential understanding of what is being communicated required, then we might need to identify the particular significance by ourselves since once the particular instance(s) lapses, it might tend to elongate before it were to revert or probably be awaited with keen anticipation earnestly, hence,
The Importance of Listening and More Importantly UNDERSTANDING
the Importance of Listening and genuinely Understanding is of certain Importance. It is also in one way, seeking a pro active approach instead of a reactive approach, seeking to anticipate, innovate and organize one’s endeavors meaningful since after having listened carefully and essentially understood the meaning of what has been communicated, taking Responsible actions with due diligence, prudent acumen, alertness, awareness and Accountability.
Seeking clear and prompt clarifications essentially and specifically to ensure clarity in understanding / interpretation and application, when in doubt not hesitating towards seeking clarifications as well as observing various other diligent factors diligently, prudently, carefully and pro actively.
Each Moment is Seeking to Communicate a Certain Meaning, Are we merely Listening or Hearing
The essence of each Moment is seeking to communicate to us a certain meaning; a certain aspect; a certain attribute; encouraging us to take the intiative to Listen; to Understand; however it depends upon what intensity of focus is being devoted / assigned to the concerned aspect(s) / objective(s) accordingly.
Of Course The essence of this comparative difference / distinction is not intended to draw attention solely to the concerned action or the level of alertness; but rather this is a matter of fact and a matter of awareness
It obviously remains at each Individual’s discretion whether to “Listen” or “Hear” and each action is not intended to create a debate, but rather to simply encourage listening more where it may tend to carve its impressionable imprint / difference distinctly; It is but seeking to refer to an aspect of being more aware, being more attentive to what is being communicated and most essentially understanding the essence of what is the particular aspect(s) that is intending to reach our attention diligently.
It might perhaps be the very most simplest of aspects, yet hearing and yet listening each make their own individual formidable differences.
Matter of One’s Opinion / Point Of View
It is the manner in which the point is put forth that makes a world of difference since each method of communication has its own unique and credible importance and distinctive essence, so either hearing or listening is also referring to the proficiency since depending upon one’s experience in utilizing one’s creative intellectual faculties.
The extent to which one is able to diversify and mutually pay careful attention to various tasks on hand.
Multi Tasking / Multi Handling
The multi tasking factor may vary, depending upon various factors, one’s interest and inclination, whether to seek to hear and let it be heard ior whether to listen and to be aware and understand; seek to relate to the meaning; the significance of what is being communicated.
The Level of Attention
Yet despite all factors such as the proficiency; the faculties; the abilities; the level of attention; the level of awareness; the interest; the intention; it all strongly depends upon what the concerned Individual might wish to pursue and entierely at the concerned Individual’s preference, whether to hear or whether to listen; it is a matter of one’s choice, yet the choice does make a world of difference where it tends to matter and apply whether in the present moment, whether imminently or whether at a future stage; it does have its own unique proposition and speciality, whether to hear only or whether to listen only.
We might he listening when we are hearing or vice versa; We might be hearing when we are listening; however when referring to listening, there is an predominant precedence of the awareness factor” / “the altertness”; there is a considerable difference indeed between hearing and listening that can be experienced and noticed particularly when the focus / the attention is particularly assigned / devoted to the concerned agenda/matters/speech/narration being communicated
Listening is considered Purposeful and Objective / Attentive Orientation       Listening is devoting, conferring specific attention on what is being communicated with the intention to seek to understand the meaning and utilize what is listened to for a specific meaningful *purpose.
The *Purpose of Life is to live a Life of Purpose The Purpose of Life is to live a Life of Purpose; a Life of Meaningful Principles, Values, Ethics and Purposeful Objectives that create greater Good / Goodness, Happiness for The World / for the Universe
IMPORTANT / For Reference ONLY
The above are a very few aspects that pertain to the above and naturally there are various other details / aspects that need to be taken into very careful consideration, accountability and application consistently with due diligence and prudent acumen and of course time and again with complete / total Accountability and Responsibility
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Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina; Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina

May One and All be Happy;May One and All have well-being;

May Happiness be showered on all;May One and All be Healthy

O Lord Protect us

O Lord Guide us

O Lord Grant us Wisdom

O Lord Lead us from darkness to Light (From ignorance to Knowledge)

O Lord May there be Universal Peace, Happiness, Prosperity and Progress

Best Wishes,

Vashi Ram Chandi


Hearing vs Listening

I learned a while ago about the act of hearing people vs just listening to them.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m greatly impressed by people who will stop and listen.  Listening is half of a conversation anyway.

Sometimes, however, people are not just communicating words and facts but also feelings and understanding.  Hearing someone can be as active as talking.  It’s active listening with feedback built in.  When a friend is communicating an emotion, emotional listening can be very effective.  It’s subtle feedback to that person that you’re not just listening but empathizing with that person through body language and non verbal cues.  These subtle responses let the person know that your not just there for the facts but also there as an active participant in the event as it’s being described.  Your friend now feels like they’re experiencing the event with someone and not alone.

The same can be said for creating active listening that demonstrates understanding.  Now that person doesn’t just feel like you’ve listened.

They feel "heard."

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