Stories for the Inner Ear LO26981

From: Bruno Martins Soares (
Date: 07/10/01

Replying to LO26720 --

Dear Mark,

Thx for the summary you did on stories. I am also in need of good stories
for my training program and would be glad if you could share some more of
yours if you could.

Here is one I used already and which I find very interesting to discuss
active and dynamic listening («One hears sounds, but listens messages»)
and use of violence and agressiveness. I don't know who wrote it, but I'm
translating from the Portuguese myself, so, sorry for any mistake.

«The Samurai Master

Once upon a time, in ancient Japan, a master said to be a great one in the
use of the sword received an honourable guest in his home, to which he
decided to show the basis of his art. He took the guest to a room and over
the door he put a clay pot, prepared to fall if someone opened the door.
This done, he called each of his three sons, one at the time.

The oldest son opened the door, noticed the pot and, before it could fall,
he took it, entered the room, closed the door behind him and put the pot
back. He then greeted the guest with a deferencial bow. The samurai master
turned to the guest and said: «This is my oldest son. He's been working
with me for many years now and he's almost ready to take my place.»

The second son came next. He opened the door, felt the pot falling and was
able to reach it before it crashed on the floor. He put the pot back and
repectfully bowed.
The samurai master turned to the guest and said:
«This is my second son. He still has a lot to learn.»

The youngest son entered next. He opened the door, felt the pot falling and,
with a perfect blow, he cut the pot in half, still managing a second blow to
completely smash the pot before the parts reached the ground. He then put
his sword away and respectfully bowed.
The samurai master turned to his guest and said:
«This is my youngest son. He's the shame of the family.»


I would also recommend you to find my first message in this list, where I
tell Markosian's «Paradox of the Question». I also used the paradox very
successfully in training sessions.

[Host's Note: That would be at

Keep in touch,


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