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Holy Listening Stones

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I came across the “Holy Listening Stone” teaching tool and was immediately fascinated by it.

According to the founder of Holy Listening Stones, Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley, the practice of using the HLS symbols is to help people share how they feel. Symbol, especially to children, is their “native language”.

These meaningful symbols can encourage a conversation and engage people to talk out their inner thoughts where sometimes they seem at a lost for words to express themselves.

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Using the ideas from the Holy Listening Stones, my team and I created our own “holy listening” objects using beautiful knotting pine wood, which is very soothing and calming.

This method of generating meaningful conversation can be used among young and old alike. This practice can be done on a one-on-one approach or in a small group setting.

When asked to reflect how they experienced God in their lives or how their weeks went, these were some of the things shared:

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One 6 year old child picked the symbol of a tree and commented, “I choose this one because God is strong and God is taller than a tree!”

One 10 year boy who has abstract thinking, pointed to the tree symbol (to him it looked like an inferno) and blurted out, “that is my mom, she exploded last night just because I didn’t put my socks away in its proper place….”

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Another 12 year old picked an exclamation mark and exclaimed, “I have had a very happy week!”

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While having a heart to heart talk with one young adult, the person chose the “windy path” and stated in frustration that “God is so hard to figure out, He never gives me a straight answer when I need it.”

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Another person who recently had a major career change picked two symbols for reflection.

With the symbol of a footprint, she realized that at any work place, we bound to leave a foot print behind; And she is made aware that it is important to be a “sunshine” to others especially in the working environment.

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From this simple and heartfelt sharing of life experiences, I see the mystery and the effectiveness of using these “holy listening stones” as a practice to help one express their feeling and spiritual journey in a more concrete manner. It is also very therapeutic.

For more info on the philosophy of Holy Listening Stones, click here.

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