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What would life be like if we never listened to ourselves? What do we want on a deep level? That should be an easy visualization. Some people have not realized that they have an inner voice, but they choose to ignore this voice for things that give them less validation, happiness, and fulfillment.
Whether you are deeply into watching TV, or you love to hang out at the bar with some friends, we all have our way of escaping the reality that is calling us. This voice is calling for our true authentic self, calling for us to open up to ourselves and live a life that desires our gifts.
I put a warning label into the article because listening to the inner voice is something we do not want to hear. Listening invokes doing, which is uncomfortable. But why? Why do people go to such great lengths to ignore, escape, run away from themselves to keep their comfort, to keep the fake peace they distill?
I want to sidestep and talk about this kind of position first. Listening to your inner voice is detrimental to you and your progress, not to mention what you can do about it!
The spectrum of dissonance and presence. Total Resistance versus absolute value. Inhabitance with the inner voice.
So I threw at you a whole bunch of terminology, and I am sorry about that (not really). So, to help you understand the importance of the inner voice, I wanted to share a simple visual. The spectrum shifts. From not being present with your inner voice and being asleep to your true desires being present with your voice.
On one side, the resistant side, whatever your true desires are, your fears are triumphing. Where you want to succeed in and do for yourself and the world, your laziness keeps your lethargic monologue in place. Your ego maintains dissonance, and it stays present like a century-old regime.
If there is something that comes along that wants to change the structure inside you, it negated to keep the current reality in place. This negation can look something like if you were to challenge a parental figure about something they think they know to be true. In this situation, the parent is often unable to adjust or accept new information.
The issue may be that this dad wants to live through his son vicariously. Maybe he has not been able to live out something in his past, unaware that he can still accomplish what he is yearning to accomplish. We seldom think that challenging crap people say or bringing awareness to what looks like is happening would change something, but this is never the case or the solution.
If someone you know is rejecting a reality that might be true for them, well, go back to my regime analogy. This way of thinking is concrete without the very person realizing how detrimental it is. Once they have that awakening, they then start to shift. People change through curiosity, and I never recommend trying to fix anyone on their journey without them being curious. Even if you thought it was a good idea to share perspective on something. People live their own life, and unless requested, we should remain supportive and present around others who are resistant to their inner voice. Let them figure it out.
How does this tie into the inner voice? Think about your life as it is right now and where you currently stand in your life. I guarantee you there has at some point been a decision you have had to make that goes against your inner voice or an aspect of life you are avoiding.
When your voice calls out to you, you want to drown out this voice/sound with music, TV, people in your life that are interfering with your headspace. Meanwhile, this inner voice is present, patiently waiting for you to let it speak to you. Your inner voice is unlike your head. Your inner voice is not talking to you for direction but to tell you what truly matters to your life and what is beneficial.
If you have been avoiding the idea that your current partner is no longer a match for you, your voice will say something like:
“Being with this person does not feel right anymore, and that is okay. Even though I might hurt them, these are life growing pains, and I have to remember to take care of myself.”
The inner voice intends to take care of you and wants to nurture you and your soul. When we ignore our inner voice, we are neglecting ourselves and what we truly want. We may desire one thing but know that something is calling to us in the distance. That thing may be a difficult journey, but it may involve work, blood, or tears.
Being open to your inner voice is the path to being present, and therefore yourself. The inner voice helps you guide yourself into what most fits you, your journey, your expansion, and your happiness.
Individuals who are resistant to the voice will succumb only to logic and gut instinct, that which is practical, safe, and comforting. When we detach from our heart, our inner voice becomes subjective. Your internal guidance system is less logical and more about not needing a sound reason.
For the heart and the inner voice, logic, and instinct is only a vessel for particular uses, like needing a car to go to the store or use a pen to write. For both centers, they use one another in certain instances, and this is fair because both (heart and mind) have different agendas.
Remember that when we neglect our wants in life, we neglect hard decisions with distractions. We are doing a disservice to ourselves and our future and current happiness. The inner voice may say that you should change careers, or it may tell you to break up with your partner. The inner voice may want you to yearn for the love of your parents. The inner voice may get angry at someone for disrespecting you or tell you to walk away from something.
For only a moment, when we are present with our inner voice, we can hear within a fraction of a second what it wants to say, and like that, wisdom travel back inwards. The inner voice only speaks for such a quick moment in time. The voice is heard and felt instantaneously.
The examples mentioned earlier to listen to your inner voice is endless. We have to remember that on this spectrum of either being resistant or open to yourself and the inner voice, your life will look dramatically different. The middle of this spectrum is usually the best place to be. You need the balance between your heart and mind, inner voice, and ego/ logic, or whatever you may call your head center.
This balance enables you to effectively engage in situations with the pose and logical willpower while tending to your soulful and personal needs.
I want you for a moment to visualize what this kind of balance looks like for you. This exercise is not existential enlightenment. This exercise is a real experience that you can train and grow. Imagine what your life looks like, where you are, what you are doing, and who may be in your life. In the exercise, it is important to see life beyond the comforts.
Only for a moment should we relax into comfort, relax into dissonance, but then spring into motion, into knowing from the inner voice.
Here are some wats the inner voice might manifest: This situation does not serve me. I am uncomfortable here. “x” will never love me, and I do not feel like I love myself with “x” or “y.” The inner voice has a bone-shattering presence and power with the self. A majority of people deny the existence of the inner voice, let alone acknowledge its wisdom.
Through every situation, join yourself through the inner voice, engage with your heart, and appreciate both counsels of heart and mind. The inner voice, like the mind, has its purpose with your spiritual journey. Without using both heart and mind, we see a karmic build-up happens when in neglect.
I do not want to see anyone have a build-up of the inner voice neglected or the mind/gut centers. Remember to be present with the inner voice. Take away all variables from the outside. Go into a safe, quiet place, and listen to the requirements of your heart, the direction your body knows to be true. Connecting to voice and centers is not something that is not impossible. You can learn to hear the inner voice more as you value its presence in your life.
Do you listen to your inner voice? When was a time you listened to your inner voice, and what waste outcome? When were you afraid to listen to the inner voice, and what external factors made you fearful of your inner voice?
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