We are not always well equipped for receiving.
I hear a call, and I’m not equipped.
Let's take the room I am in, for example.
On a completely physical level, this room is full of voices and images.
If I have a radio receiver I'll hear voices, and if I have a television receiver I'll see images.
So the images are here, the voices are here.
They are all over me, they are overwhelming, but I don't see or hear them.
But not everyone is so closed.
A hasidic rabbi once said that he was praying to have the voices a little bit dulled.
He couldn't rest, he couldn't sleep, because he was hearing voices all the time.
He was distraught from having a very broad range receiver.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From On Being Free by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz