The Voice Within

“How do the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, The Wheel of Life …

Why do we so often become confused with who we truly are, mistaking our spiritual journey with that of our human experience? We are not alone–we have a beautiful spiritual connection with ourselves, one that knows and understands our needs. And this connection is trying to speak to us–to guide us and to help us along our way in life.

It is reassuring to think that we each have within us a voice that lets us know almost everything that we need to know–a voice that can help us to make the right choices and decisions, say precisely what needs to be said, and avoid travelling down the wrong paths or getting involved in the wrong things. Nevertheless, as Elisabeth points out, we often ignore it. “If only we would listen to it!” For it is one of the greatest gifts that we have as human beings: there are limits to our reasoning, and that is where our instinct comes into play. Jack London spoke of it in his story, “To Build a Fire.” Here, a man uses reason to try to survive temperatures of 75 degrees below zero, but eventually dies. However, his dog, whose instinct tells him he should not be out there, survives.

Pay attention to “the voice within” you; it is speaking, but you must listen. When you pray, listen for the responses to your prayers. When you talk, listen what is said in return. It will require practice and patience, yet the result of your diligence will be a much greater understanding of your purpose and meaning in life.

Go to a quiet location and spend some time listening to the voice within you.

Questions to consider:

What has your inner voice told you lately? What is it saying to you right now?

Why should we listen to that voice?

What are some of the things that make it harder for us to hear that voice within?

For further thought:

“In every man’s mind, some images, words, and facts remain, without effort on his part to imprint them, which others forget, and afterwards these illustrate to him important laws. All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end, it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay XI, Intellect

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