This voice is what you hear when you are quiet – when you take the time to tune out all the other voices, advice, criticism of others and listen to your inner guide. I was once told, “You don’t need to ask anyone else for advice – you only need to sit with yourself and ask yourself – your Internal, Intuitive, Inner Voice (notice all of the words include the word “I” and “in” ) – meaning if you look within; you will find the answers you seek.
Our inner voice is like a good friend – an inner Yoda if you will – who cares for us very much and who wants to guide us in the right direction. In fact, when any circumstance first visits us, is when this voice is the strongest. We do not think it so much as we feel it. It will be the first voice or sense we have about a situation – whether the person, event or circumstance is safe or not; whether we feel excited or fear regarding it (or him/her) – and it will be the loudest. However, like a good friend who tries to give us wise advice – if we refuse to listen or do not pay attention – like a good friend – our inner voice will eventually give up and let us go in the direction we choose.
This inner, wise voice often gets drowned out by our ‘second thoughts’; by our fears or by the voices of others and hence, we often find ourselves going down a path that becomes difficult or unpleasant. If it’s unpleasant, you can be sure you ignored your inner voice somewhere along the way – it will never lead you astray or down the wrong path – ever!
We sometimes lead ourselves down a particular unpleasant path in order to learn or teach ourselves something – but we probably could have learned the same lesson on a more enjoyable path. We often think that we have to suffer in order to learn a lesson – and of course, we do learn things from experiencing suffering – but we can learn things through pleasure or accomplishment as well.
For example, when we learn to drive, we do not have to have an accident to learn this skill. However, if we do not listen to the wisdom of our parents or what the Driver’s Education instructor teaches us, we may end up getting into an accident. Thus, we finally learn to put their advice into practice to avoid the same mistake next time. However, had we simply listened to the original warning, we would not have had to suffer the accident at all. This is why we come equipped with our own inner, intuitive voice – to keep us away from and out of ‘accidents’ and on the safe, more pleasurable path in life.
Buddhists say that to live is to suffer – not because we have to, but because there is an understood premise here – we are human – we do not always listen to wisdom, which creates our own suffering and hopefully helps us to be more wise or spiritually aware in the future. Of course, this does not actually work for everyone. Some people are doomed to repeat the same error over and over and inevitably end up having their last accident.
In fact, sometimes what we do also causes suffering for others; for example, a person who drinks and drives often results in someone innocently being killed and therefore many others suffer. In every way our suffering comes back to a human ignoring their inner, intuitive voice. It’s kind of like imagining we all have a little Buddha or Yoda within us. If God or the Universe or Divine Creation has equipped us with this wise being within us – to lead us and guide us – why on earth would we ignore it? But, ignore it, we do! (This is my attempt at Yoda’isms)
How do we get better acquainted with this inner voice – this wise sage that lives with us?
Below is a 5-10 minute activity to help you connect with your Intuitive Inner Voice: (It’s fun and relaxing!)
Sit comfortably with a straight spine, yet relax the body. Feel yourself connected to the ground as you breathe deeply through the nose. Close your eyes, inhale deeply and travel in your imagination through a little boat in your bloodstream to your 3rd eye (a point about 2.5 cm above the bridge of the nose). Here you see a ‘House Of The Senses’. Allow it to be as it is. Open the door with a golden key and enter. Have a look around. What can you see, hear, smell? What is beneath your feet? Enter a room on the right and explore. This is the Room of Sight. If any improvements, cleaning etc. are needed here, ask your angels or guides to appear and do the work. Make it sparkle, and set it up just the way you want it. Then progress through each room in turn – they lead off each other, in a circle going around the house, as follows: Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch. Visit each room in turn, notice how it is, clean and clear it, improve as necessary, let your guides help.
Now, you return to the centre of the house. Ascend the stairs to the room above. This is the room of the Sixth Sense. Again, notice how it is, clean and clear it, ask your guides to make any needed improvements. Now, breathe deeply in the clean fresh air, and then blow, blowing through all the doors and windows, the rooms of your senses, several times. Then leave the house through a new door, knowing you can return any time. Come back to the conscious world now, and notice how your senses may have changed. Bite a crisp apple, notice the scents in the air, hear the sounds… (This meditation is adapted from ‘The Possible Human’ by Jean Houston.)
If all else fails and you find yourself in a situation that you’re not sure of what to do, listen to the following song. It always helps me remember that there is something beyond me that is leading me and if I wait (for example, draft that email, don’t send it or don’t say “yes” right away to someone you’re not sure about) there WILL be an answer, just let it be, for now!
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