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.
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.