About 'Theosony: Towards a Theology of Listening'
Irish spiritual singer and Christian scholar, Nóirín Ní Riain proposes a rich imaginative, refreshing new way of listening for and interpreting the Divine ‘sound of sheer silence’. From Socrates, through Abraham, Jesus Christ, Patrick to you, the most powerful connection between humanity and the Divine was and is through the ear. True listening is the deepest, most ancient form of prayer and Nóirín, in creating a new word for this powerful prayer method – theosony – offers new ways of listening out for the essential medicine for our times, the Transcendent, the Absolute God.
This book is for everyone, believer or so-called non-believer alike, who is searching for a deeper meaning and heightened awareness of this precious life. Here is one possible proposal and sketch of some conditions that can create the realm of real listening to that beautiful music of the Divine Spirit within you – a Spirit which is loud and noisy according to one Gospel author: ‘The Spirit blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (John 3:8).
Nóirín is a very conscious artist who has a direct, articulate link with her unconscious powers…Her thinking is born of her intrepid ability to confront and express the complexity of her dreams, instincts, aspirations and longings. I believe that is why her genius, at once contained and soaring, creates in the listener’s [reader’s] heart an atmosphere of serenity and calm: a peace that is all the more profound and convincing for being voiced in a world of horror, greed and compulsive destruction. — Brendan Kennelly