Years ago, a friend loaned me a book called, "On Listening" by Carl Faber. I was stunned. Faber expressed what I’d always felt in my heart about connecting and communicating through the intimacy of the medium of radio, the magic of radio. Being ‘heard.’ Creating Powerful Radio is about creating powerful communication. That means powerful listening. Yeah, you need to be an articulate communicator, but the real art is in listening. Hearing the words, but also what's behind the words. What people mean.
Dr. Carl Faber was a psychologist who taught classes at UCLA about human connection, relationships, myths, men, and women. His early UCLA lectures were broadcast on Pacifica Radio - but he became disillusioned by censorship, and stopped broadcasting.
Here is an excerpt from his book, "On Listening:“Most people have never really been listened to. They live in a lonely silence - no one knowing what they feel, how they live or what they have done. They are prisoners of the eyes of others, of the stereotyped, limited, superficial and often distorted ways that others see them.
There are no words to adequately describe what it is to be free with another person. It is most often a sensing that someone will let us be all of what we are at that moment. We can talk about whatever we wish, express in any way whatever feelings are in our hearts. We can take as much time as we need. We can sit, stand, pace, yell, cry, pound the floor, dance or weep for joy. Whatever and however we are at the moment is accepted and respected... This experience of freedom and communion helps us to feel that someone is for us. And it is this deep sensing of someone, somewhere, being for us that breaks into the silent loneliness of our lives and encourages us in the struggle to be human. It helps us to break the tyranny of the strangers’ eyes and to give to our lives all that we are capable of giving. Because listening can bring about such powerful healing, it is one of the most beautiful gifts that people can give and receive.”
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