The Inner Voice
Learning to trust the inner voice, (or Inner Voice) is natural to some people, but a learned skill for most.
In the beginning the Voice can seem like just another thought amidst the LA Freeway Traffic Jam of the Mind. Yet something about it catches our attention: perhaps the thought is novel in some way, or there is a body sensation that accompanies it, or it’s a thought that just keeps coming around for another turn, asking for attention. Learning the difference between the voice of guidance (“call that person!”) and the voice of the ego-mind (“go ahead, eat the chocolate cake!”) is a skill worth mastering. And, it’s a lesson that’s never over, Spirit keeps upping the ante.
Life teaches us about intuition, and for some it’s a slow learning process. “I had a feeling I shouldn’t have gone out tonight…” “I knew I should have called her…” My healer friend Robbins Hopkins has an expression: “You get as many chances as you need.” It’s her gentle take on the reality that life will keep repeating the circumstances—both the tough lessons and the golden opportunities— till you step up and match the lesson being offered.
For some people, guidance comes in very strongly, in a clearly discernible way. Over decades, I’ve become one of those people. It wasn’t always as clear as it is now. Still, there are moments when I question, because it can be a thin line between your lower mind and your higher Self at times. Negotiating that line is one of the main lessons in life.
Just prior to a trip to California to do a healing/blessing event, when I received an inner message saying I should bring along a red silk sari I bought two years ago on a trip to India and had never yet worn, that little voice of doubt raised it’s volume for a few moments. Wearing a queenly red sari and playing the guitar at the same time could raise all sorts of questions in the minds of attendees, and did I really want to deal with that? (One of the participants later suggested I call it a “guitari.”)
But years of experience have taught me to trust and listen, and so I did. Upon arriving in CA, I found that my co-leader, Rev. Susi Roos, had also brought along her Indian garb, so we knew something was afoot.
That something turned out to be an evening devoted to the blessings of the Divine Feminine. Everything both of us had brought in our hearts and in our suitcases turned out to be perfectly synched, helping to create a powerful experience for the attendees and for us as well.
What messages have you received that you have brushed aside as silly thoughts, or that put you at risk of looking foolish? When have you followed that guidance and realized it was the Real Deal? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! (If you are reading this on the Home Page, Comments links are at the bottom. If you are reading this as a single-entry page, the Comments link is at the top.)
5 thoughts on “The Inner Voice”
October 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Hi Nettie. I knew last week that I could not give my approval on a project for an organization of which I sit on the board. I hated rocking the boat but I did it anyway. As we looked further we found a much better way to proceed. I’m so glad I listened to that nagging voice.
October 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm
I fired my inner voice for giving me really bad information in my teens and early 20’s. But by the time I was 30 it earned my trust back and I re-instated it.
October 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm
For me learning to my inner voice is learned behavior! Not sure how I got there but it is what it is. Lately I have been comparing “inner wisdom” to “inner critic”… Is that voice that tells me not to have a cookie wisdom or being too harsh? It’s an interesting observation.
October 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm
Thanks! I love that observation…inner wisdom/inner critic. There’s a book in that!
October 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Wonderful article Nettie. My inner critic has always been ;louder then my inner wisdom but I am learning to reverse that. It does take patience and practice but it is worth it. Also It appears your healing evening was another wonderful experience, congratulations.