Do you believe you have an inner voice, an inner wisdom that guides you? Some call it intuition; others call it a gut feeling; while others call it their soul or a voice that connects them to something bigger than themselves. It comes from deep within. Some describe it as a voice they can hear; others experience it more like a feeling, an energy, a sensation.
Have you learned to listen to this inner voice? Trust it?
“Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence.” – Shakti Gawain
I believe in this voice within me. Sometimes it shouts above the din of my thoughts so I can hear it. Other times, I miss hearing it because I am too caught up in the noise of the world around me. Most times, it needs quiet to be heard. I need to slow down enough and get quiet enough so I can connect to it: in order to sense it, feel it, hear it.
“If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth. Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.” – Kabir
I have created a visualization exercise that I hope will give you the experience of connecting to this inner voice within you. It will take 7 minutes. If you don’t have the time now, please bookmark this page and come back (or sign up for the newsletter to be reminded). If you are able to do it now, please find a comfortable place and turn up the volume on your computer.
Learning to hear and trust that voice within us, can take practice. Yet the more we can allow ourselves to go there, the more easily we can move into the flow of our lives. I recall reading something (I am sorry, I can’t remember where), that really stuck with me. It was this image of being in a river. That we can be so busy swimming, trying to get to where we think we should be: that we don’t realize that we’re swimming against the current. We exhaust ourselves swimming in a part of the river that we are not meant to be in. But if we stop swimming and float for a moment, the river will guide us: the current of the river will take us where we are meant to go. The river is our inner wisdom: it knows what the next step is, we just need to stop, listen, be patient and hear it. Trust it.
“Anything you want to ask a teacher, ask yourself, and wait for the answer in silence.” – Byron Katie
Below are some links to articles on how to connect to that inner voice, inner wisdom, intuition, gut feeling, soul, voice of a higher power…whatever you personally call it:
- Pysch Central has an article called that has excerpts from two books that talk about inner wisdom and how to connect to it. The two books are: and .
- Salice Dawson (who passed away in 1995), wrote an article in 1991 called , that talks about how to get past some of the obstacles that might get in the way.
- Claudette Rowley, MSW, CPCC, has an article entitled , where she talks about how to listen to your inner voice.
- Shaun Rosenberg is hosting a that has articles from 20 different bloggers.
- Even Facebook has a page called (and has 48,276 likes!)
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