Listening

Part of you is already wise. It doesn’t matter whether you think of this as your heart or your soul or your divinity or connectedness, or even whether you see it as being part of you, although I think that it is.

The important part is that you have access to it. Not just once in a while or when it feels like it or if you’ve been good, but all the time. You have access to this wisdom twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to it when you are delighted, powerful, and confident, but you also have access to it when you are too sick to get out of bed, when you have just yelled at someone you love, and when you feel certain you are disappointing your mother. You have access to it when your cat or your toddler throws up on your bed, when you are too tired to cook that soup and are eating potato chips for dinner, and when someone is dead.

The reason that this doesn’t make us brilliant twenty-four hours a day is that it turns out that we also have access to all kinds of other voices: our parents and ex-lovers and that person who said we would never make it, the voices of our own pain and guilt, of our intellect and our knowing-better. In this clamor within us, it can be hard to find a way to hear our own wisdom.

This is the simple-but-not-easy core of my practice: Find that wise voice. Listen to it. Trust it.

I’m excited to write soon about ways that I’ve found to hear that voice. Have you found a way that works for you? Tell me about it.

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2 comments to Listening

  • Ellen

    The first answer that comes to mind is “Eat right for me.” When I ate what the conventional wisdom claims is a “healthy” diet, I was constantly depressed, fatigued, and suffering from several chronic health conditions. I could rarely *hear* my own voice in all the fog. Now that I’ve largely cleared grains and sugars out of my diet and upped my fat intake, I feel good enough that I shrug off everyday annoyances and I’m actually ready to move ahead in several areas of my life. It’s like blinders have been taken off.

  • What has been hard for me to learn is not to HEAR the voice, but to recognize it and actually listen. The voice of intuition is quiet. It doesn’t usually scream, so it can be hard to hear it over the noise of my focus on the outer world.

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