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Val Kilmer talks about lessons learned on and off the set
ONE OF THE ELEMENTARY lessons you learn when studying acting is that of mastering the senses. Listening, for example. Real listening requires effort, concentration, and focus. If one wants to act well, one needs to receive information free from personal judgments in order to respond spontaneously and honestly. If you're really listening, the ear is turned on to receive, and the inner monologue, your own dialogue, is turned off.
I discovered early on that it's valid to apply this observation to praying, or listening spiritually to God, as well. We turn on to God's voice by turning our own, off. Listening requires humility, commitment, and concentration. So does prayer.
Humility comes with the recognition that God is greater than any of us. He is the sole creator of the universe. When you pray, the aim is not to give God all kinds of information, telling Him what you want or need. Just the opposite. As you listen to the thoughts that God sends, listen with a willingness to accept them for the healing love they manifest. Harmony is present, no matter what the material senses seem to be saying.
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To Our Readers
Mary Metzner Trammell
with contributions from Sancy Nason Childs, Victoria Pann
items of interest
with contributions from Theresa Forsman, Jonathan Gallagher, Anita Mathias
By Val Kilmer
This guy really was lovable
By George Wesley Faurot
Listening, as never before
By Lynne Pace Robinson
Growth—even in the shade
By Sharon Vincz Andrews
Who's directing your life?
By Lana Deanna Cooper
You're innocent! Enjoy it
By Charles N. Filbert
I heard God call
Elizabeth Strebig Gainsway
Turning up the heat
Kim Shippey with contributions from Martin Rutte
Illness and loss of consciousness healed
A life of relying on God for healing
Elizabeth D. Koehler
Prayer heals illness and provides a fresh start
Becky Ann Carr
Child healed at camp
Praying with conviction for peace in the Middle East
By Fujiko T. Signs
Prayer for peace
Elsa Lobelos de Genovesi
Is there a plan for your life?