Embrace of the Serpent - Dialogue on Listening

This is a scene from Embrace of the Serpent, picturing a dialogue between the indigenous Shaman (Wiseman) and the Scientist. It beautifully conveys the essence of what we call Deep Listening:

Wiseman: What story does the music tell?
Scientist: How God created the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPSeR4Qkbkc

W: The way is in the music. Listen.
S: It is beautiful, but it's just a story.

W: You are mistaken. It's not a story. It is a dream. Let it guide you.
S: I am a man of science, of facts. I will not be guided by dreams that I don't have.

W: But you do… How many banks does this river have?
S: Two.

W: How do you know that?
S: This one and the other. One plus one equals two.

W: How do you know that?
S: Because it's like this! One plus one equals two.

Wiseman: You are wrong. This river has three, five, a thousand banks… Children understand. You do not. The river is the son of anaconda… It's clear in our dreams, it's real, more real than what you call "real”…

---[The scientist picks up his map.]---

Wiseman: What do you see? The world is so immense. But you choose to see just that. The world speaks. I know how to listen… Listen to the music of your ancestors. The answer is there. Truly listen. Not only with your ears.

---[The Wiseman chewing a medicine.]---

Scientist: Will you give me a bit?
Wiseman: I will not give you anything until you hear.

S: Will you give me a bit of caapi?
W: Caapi will not help if you refuse to believe.

Scientist: Help me…

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