There is a feeling that communication is breaking down, which can be a source of confusion, misinformation, aggression and a lack of trust.
COMMUNICATION; is based on the Latin commun. So one meaning of “to COMMUNICATE” is to make something common, to convey knowledge from one person to another accurately. In this way we can lead to the creation of something new, only if people are free to listen to each other, without prejudice, and without trying to influence each other. How many times have you seen a person interrupt another, not listening to their thought, to get their own thought across. Maybe that person is you?
Remember a past post, THE TALKING STICK, a lesson in listening from the Native Americans. You listen to the person who has the talking stick until they are finished with their point. You ask for the TALKING STICK and repeat what was said to the satisfaction of the previous speaker. If so, then you can make your point. This way you have heard their message truthfully and not an interpretation.
When each person is COMMUNICATING truthfully and with understanding, then one would be ready to drop their old idea and intention and be ready to go on to something different. When we come together as such, then we may be able to create something new between us, that has emerged from a new understanding. Nobody should try to win points or make their point prevail. COMMUNICATION is a common participation to arrive at a common goal with no one individual winning.
COMMUNICATION can only work if we have a culture—which implies that we share meaning; such as significance, purpose and value. Otherwise it falls apart. If we can really COMMUNICATE, then we will have FELLOWSHIP, PARTICIPATION, FRIENDSHIP, and LOVE, growing and growing. COMMUNICATING, will create a COMMUNITY.
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.