How to Foster Your Inner Voice
“Inner voice,” you say? Yes, there is a voice in my head and sometimes I don’t want to hear it. And it’s not just in me… it’s in all of us. No, we are not schizophrenic patients who hallucinate constantly, keeping our mind occupied with unnecessary voices.
And no, I’m not talking about a horror movie or thriller like Black Swan or The Ring, with scary screams. I am talking about the inner voice or self -dialogue or internal monologue that actually echoes in our mind and soul every moment. A private internal commentary that constantly talks to us even when we are not listening.
Noise or guide?
To some this running commentary in our heads could be a guide, to others it’s just a noise. People who acknowledge it, know the relevance. Whereas people who find it to be a noise continuously stay impatient and confused. For them this noise doesn’t allow them to make quality decisions.
In reality, if we patiently listen to our inner voice we will discover a great, generous mentor right inside us. In fact there is no need to wander for years behind a guru or seek out an adviser. Have you ever seen a person going into deep thought and then declaring a final word? Once they decide they just stick to it. Such people had mastered the art of listening to their inner voice.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. ~ Steve Jobs (Tweet this)
People like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Paulo Coelho, and Sachin Tendulkar, have acknowledged it and have let their inner voice direct them.
I have heard many people complaining that they are unhappy with their life. They complain about life being harsh, cruel or unpleasant. Yet, if they thought about it more calmly, they would see that life is an extremely interesting teacher. It shows us how to deal with different situations and people. A client might tell me that something or someone stopped them from taking a particular action yet upon further inspection it was always themselves that went against their own inner voice and ended up with the unwanted results they received. They missed listening to their guide (or mentor) residing inside them.
God is your inner voice. ~ Osho (Tweet this)
There is always an inner voice talking to us, directing and guiding us. And that voice—that power—is the voice of God, the Universe, or, said differently, your higher self. Obviously, then, it can’t be incorrect. The issue is that we don’t acknowledge that voice, even though its real function is to show us a precise path. The path that brings clarity in thoughts and converts our moment of hopelessness to one of surety. It turns confusion and complexity into lucidity and simplicity.
Foster your inner voice
We human beings have gotten into the habit of making our life exceptionally complex. But frankly, until you first relax, and then second, simplify… you won’t find satisfaction. We run away from thinking simple. We run away from our inner voice. When heard it provides us simple solutions to complex problems.
This inner voice can even be enhanced to reap more benefit. The steps are simple and easy to follow, they are not in any particular order and you can choose whatever is comfortable for you:
- Spend at least 5 minutes in silence
- Exercise regularly, if possible run
- Proactively shun negative thoughts
- Have faith in your inner voice
- Concentrate on inside thoughts rather than listening to outside noises
- Before making any decision take a short break and sit silently to hear your own internal dialogue.
- Always say thank you for any correct decisions made based on your own self-talk.
Trust your inner voice
When we begin to learn the process of developing our inner voice we need to be calm and focused. We must be ready to swim deeply inside ourselves to build that trust and develop intuition. The inner voice always shows us the correct path. By trusting and listening patiently, we can achieve endless wisdom and success.