With habitual listening, we listen from our current established identity or world view, our Ego. We filter information in a way that protects our hidden assumptions, norms, values, our belief systems. Through filtering and categorization, which happens mostly unconsciously, we hear only what confirms our current understanding.
In contrast to habitual listening, Deep Listening grows on our awareness of the Essence. This light shines through layers that obscure our perception of reality; our habitual judgements, norms and belief systems, assumptions, fears, fixed identities, and fragmented knowledge. Through awareness and practice, we can gradually deepen our listening.