Communication Skills 101


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I observed something today, which seemed quite mundane, mostly because the underlying truth has been repeated so often it is part of the common knowledge base. What I observed is that, if I respond different then I have in the past, then the person I’m in dialog with changes the way they respond back to me, without me doing anything about the other person! It seemed like magic, to observe such a phenomenon.

Then I also observed the converse when two people who knew each other well were having a dialog. One person expressed something, which had behind it typical patterns of the individual, then the other person did the same, using their typical pattern. After this, there was no dialog as each person was identified with their reaction, feeling justified in how they saw things and using the occasion to express their disappointment of the other for not understanding them. So I saw that neither person was truly relating to the other, they had just fallen into old reactionary patterns coming out of their conditioned pasts. I could see they were doing this because they each felt misunderstood and because of this then they felt the need to defend their point of view using the ways they had learned in the past to do so. I saw that as long as nothing new was input into the exchange, then this dialog would be destined to repeat.

As I saw it, neither person bothered to take the opportunity to question their own behavior and what might have provoked the reaction in the other. So you see the simplicity of it? If we behave the same way that we have in the past, then we will always get the same reaction back in dialog, and if we behave different then we will get a different result. It's so true that we create our own reality. I also realize it’s quite easy to go beyond this by taking the step to find out about ‘our own behavior’ and then make a change from what we found out. Your world and all the people around you and how they respond to you will change! It’s all in our hands.

The first step is to not blame, judge or critique the other’s reaction, it is their reaction and so we can just accept it how it is and ‘enter from here’. How we respond to the other’s reaction is what is in our control. If we feel the other is reacting, then we should remain open to question the possibility that we have triggered their reaction through our own reactive patterns. If we have the desire to find out about our conditioned ways, then we can question the other about the ‘flare-up’ with further dialog, using words such as: “I feel that you are angry with me after I spoke, but I don’t understand what I have said to provoke such a reaction in you. Can you tell me why you are feeling this way?”

So you see, we can alter ‘our reality’ with only a few words, but we have to have in place the desire to really want to find out about ‘what makes us tick’ and to do this we have to accept the other’s expression exactly how it is. Life gives us many such ‘free opportunities’ and we should take advantage of them. Try this little exercise out for yourself, and then you might also see magic happening before your very eyes…

Betsy lives in the FalconBlanco Intentional Community, where we have the vision to bring kindred spirits together to help transform our world and ourselves. She is primarily interested in working on projects that give information that can be used to help people get out of dependency on authorities at all levels. She is currently writing a book about her journey through transformation and realization down into the physical plane through the participating members. She is not interested in receiving money or compensation for any information distributed coming out of these projects, which has to do with her own spiritual realization and not being dependent upon material rewards…

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