Listening To Our Inner Voice is the First Step

Samuel Butler said “Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.”   And when we really think about it, maybe it’s not our fear we need to work with, it’s our hearing.

Every one of us has our own inner voice – some of us call it our Higher Self or Intuition; A Course in Miracles calls it the Holy Spirit.  Whatever name we give it, we have an inner spiritual compass guiding us in relationships, careers and personal choices.  We get into trouble with ourselves when we don’t respect this guidance, this voice, enough to take a moment and really listen to it.  How many times after a misstep have we said “I knew it – I had this little voice telling me…”

Usually when we resist listening to that (not-so-little) voice, it’s because in weighing the outcome of a decision, fear is louder.   We take or keep the wrong job because we fear loss of income.  We break off a relationship because we fear our own vulnerability; or we stay in one too long because we fear being alone.

We’ve heard from different sources that the only two emotions in human experience are fear and love; every choice we make comes from somewhere on that continuum.   Tuning out the static of fear while simultaneously listening in to our voice of love comes with practice.  Practice based in slowing things down, taking time alone, allowing the stillness, clarifying our own truth.

One of Merriam Webster’s definitions of “static” is “unwanted noise…caused by…conditions in the atmosphere.”  The atmosphere we intend for ourselves can include fear or not.  The choice is ours.

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“Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.” – Arthur Schopenhauer