VOICES WITHIN YOU
The Voices Within You
The Inner Voice, an extremely valuable and important source of infinite wisdom and guidance in our life and is unfortunately many times - if not most of the times - unrecognized, ignored and suppressed by a vast amount of people, leaving them with considerable harm. The origin of the Inner Voice is usually the Higher Self, that aspect of our Being that is truly Divine, being our direct connection with The Divine spark ... Source, or God.
The Higher Self has access to the infinite Universe in all spheres of life and reality beyond space and time, as well as every aspect of our existence, including past, present and future physical lives relative to the Earth concept of time. The Higher Self is most important, both in day to day life, and for the ongoing journey along the path back to Source/God. Our Inner Voice (IV) is constantly advising, guiding, prompting, inspiring, and alerting whenever appropriate.
The "Higher Self" manifests in the individual Consciousness, as the “Inner Voice” which can be “heard” by anyone who listens and recognises it for what it really is. Your Higher Self is sublime; it does not have any particular agenda beyond your ongoing overall well-being, and is completely incapable of misleading or providing incorrect guidance. It's default program is one of absolutely correct direction. The Higher Self is ultimately concerned with your smooth, ongoing journey along this sacred path, which ultimately leads the ascent back to The Source, The First Cause, God/Source - from whence we all originated. The Higher Self is completely devoted to that most sacred task. The Higher Self can and should always be totally trusted.
The Inner Voice of the Higher Self is constantly “talking” to you. It is not always a loud voice “shouting” within your Consciousness like your ego does, but rather a much more subtle voice that only becomes really apparent when you actually listen for it, and learn to recognize it for what it really is. Quiet the noise and the outside world and listen intently to that still small voice within. The more you listen and recognize the Inner Voice, always respecting and taking heed of its Wisdom and guidance, the more apparent it will become within your Consciousness, and the more it will become an important source of guidance, intuition and inspiration in the entirety of your life.
Listening to your Inner Voice and consulting with your Higher Self is one of the keys to a smooth, harmonious progression through all physical lives (the wheel of samsara), and onwards through the inner spheres of life and reality on the relentless and most sacred path back to God/Source.
Everyone experiences the guidance of the Inner Voice. For example, if you are about to make a decision or do something in particular you might suddenly receive a “feeling”, or “hear” the voice in your head saying, “yes, do this immediately”, or “no, don’t do that”. I promise you that I have ... on many occasions. One in particular saved my life. I happened to be listening at that time. It was a clear "NO" as if it was I who had said it from my mouth only I heard it inside. To this day when I am at that location in Tavares, FL ... I slowed down and enter a state of thankfulness.
If our situation is particularly important or can have a profound affect on our life, the Higher Self can make itself known even more strongly by means of other sensations, for example a sensation in the stomach often known as a “sinking feeling” if something adverse is about to happen in your life. You know, that "gut feeling" when something just doesn't feel right. This is no coincidence my friend.
This “sinking feeling” in the stomach actually originates from the solar plexus chakra in the region of your belly button which is connected directly to the Universe, which is why particularly strong messages are felt in that region of your body. If you ever experience that “sinking feeling” in the belly button area of your stomach before making a decision or doing something in particular, then STOP, don’t do it. Either delay what you intended to do until you have had time to consider the consequences more deeply, or preferably do not do it at all. If you're just not sure ... then NO is still a good default and usually much safer with less consequences.
Most messages from the Higher Self are more subtle, arriving in a variety of ways, often as that little voice in your head or sometimes simply as a feeling, impression, inspiration, intuition or idea. The Higher Self of course, does not only warn about potentially negative situations, but is also a most valuable source of encouragement for positive situations. For example, when you are considering doing something potentially important you will often know beyond any doubts it is exactly the right thing to do. Again, such knowing will arrive either by means of impressions, intuition, or the little voice in your head providing encouragement, assurance and the confidence you need to proceed. There will be harmony in the energy frequencies. Your band is in tune and ready to play.
Some folks might regard “voices in the head” as unnatural, or even a sign of psychiatric problems, but this is only due to psychological conditioning in physical life and a lack of experience and understanding as to the true nature and importance of the Higher Self, and of the communications and guidance we are all constantly receiving from the inner realms of life and reality.
Whenever the Higher Self communicates by means of the little voice, it is in fact a telepathic (transmitting thoughts) communication between your lower and Higher Selves. I'm going to repeat that ... that still small voice is a telepathic communication between your lower base nature self, and your Divine Higher Self. This is much in the same way that telepathy is possible between different beings, including people. Reading minds or knowing what someone is thinking or about to say or do. The little voice should therefore never, ever be suppressed or shut out as being unnatural, unwelcome or undesirable in any way. To do so would be to cut off your most valuable and reliable source of guidance through your lives.
Those who are vigilant to recognize and act immediately upon the guidance of the still small voice of the Higher Self, will enjoy a considerably smoother, peaceful and harmonious journey through life, and without the problems that will inevitably be experienced by those who choose to shut out the Higher Self.
Those who choose to ignore the Inner Voice, usually do so to their own detriment. Ask yourself this; how many times have you ignored the whispers of your inner voice, or the impressions, inspiration or intuition you received, perhaps as a sinking feeling in the stomach, and later regretted it, sometimes deeply? You instinctively knew at the time that it was the right or wrong thing to do but yet you went ahead and did it anyway and came to regret it. And it often times leaves a trail of consequence for yourself and others.
This happens to many people and it happens all the time, but most people, to their detriment, fail to actually learn the lesson from their own negative experiences. Very often it is the ego that has the upper hand and drives people on to doing all manner of things for purely egotistical and egocentric reasons. This ego (meaning "me" in Greek) and also the ego, working alongside the subconscious, will do its very best to silence the guidance of the inner voice in order to get its own way. The ego hates to lose. It was never meant to lead ... but always thinks that it should.
It should absolutely clear by now then that your Higher Self is your very greatest friend, ally and source of Divine guidance and direction. It is a Divine aspect of yourself and can therefore be trusted above all things. Of course it must be pointed out that there are other Divine beings within the inner spheres of life and reality who also have your absolute best interests to heart, including high Spiritual intelligences, Spirit guides, Guardians, and and many others, all of whom should always be respected, and never overlooked or disregarded. But this is for another article.
It is clearly worth every possible effort to create the strongest possible links with the Higher Self, and to make the Higher Self your best and most trusted friend and source of guidance. There are many ways of accomplishing this.
First and foremost it is extremely important to learn to recognize the Inner Voice and therefore the intuitive directives of the Higher Self. Whenever you are about to make an important decision or take an important action, stop for a moment and listen to your inner voice. Do not react. Take a few moments to calculate a response rather than a reaction.
Be vigilant for any intuition, inspiration, impressions or any other feelings you might receive which will be unmistakable for what they are. This should be very straightforward indeed for those who have a clear and focussed Mind uncluttered by hundreds of random thoughts. It is when the Mind is completely silent and focused - that the Inner Voice of the Higher Self - can speak with the highest of clarity.
There will always be situations in life or decisions to be made that were not anticipated and can occur very suddenly without any warning. In situations such as these never do anything impulsively; stop for a moment, relax, quieten your Mind, listen and be vigilant for the guidance of the Higher Self. You might hear or sense the inner voice giving you guidance or you might feel positive or negative feelings, intuition, inspiration or impressions; whichever it is do not hesitate, proceed accordingly with the guidance you are receiving even if your ego strongly protests.
The Higher Self, with access to the infinite resources of the Universe and the Divine Connection to The Source, The First Cause, Source/God, can assist you to manifest anything you need or desire into your life, and will at the same time advise you whether it is the right thing to do or not.
During meditation, deep physical relaxation or just before drifting off to sleep at night, ask questions in your Mind. It is most important to have complete peace and quiet for this exercise, both around you and within your Mind. At first you might have difficulty discerning your inner voice or it might seem very quiet. Be patient and over time your inner voice will become stronger and louder, you only have to listen with sincerity and an open Mind. If you ask your question just before drifting off to sleep, the answer might arrive in the morning as you are awakening, or even during sleep in a dream.
Once you have established contact with your Higher Self you can also make requests for guidance, inspiration and for manifesting the things you truly need in life. Do not treat your Higher Self as an "occasional friend," that you call upon only when you have a need or when a situation arises requiring guidance. Instead, do your best to establish a permanent and strong relationship with your Higher Self. You will find that your life, reality and personal evolution on the sacred path back to God/Source will have a much more enhanced and dramatic journey along the way.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.
My thanks to Adrian Cooper for his guidance.