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From Clutter to Clarity: How to Recognize Your Inner Voice

Updated on July 18, 2009

The Still, Small Voice: Can you hear it?

“To say that God is angry with us instead of regarding us with love and compassion is the greatest of blasphemies.” Joseph Murphy “How to Use the Laws of Mind”

Do you know when that “still, small voice within” is speaking to you, or are you distracted by all the outer voices, sounds, and noises that surround you on a daily basis? Sometimes we think we hear that Voice, but are we certain? Here are three ways to know:

1. The Inner Voice does not condemn. Never listen to anyone that tells you you’re a worthless sinner, be it priest, minister, rabbi, mullah, or your mother!

2. The Inner Voice does not criticize. Never listen to people who speak badly of others. They’ll do the same about you when you’re not around!

3. The Inner Voice does not compare. Never listen to anyone (including yourself) who puts you down for any reason, even if “it’s for your own good.” It’s almost always for THEIR own good, anyway.

I have a friend who thinks God is always telling her what to tell other people to do. You probably have encountered folks like that in your journey through life. But bare this in mind: God will not tell me to tell you anything. If God does not speak to you directly, and then only about you, it’s not God. It’s ego.

The Buddha once quipped that the wise never accept anything as truth unless it resonates at the deepest levels. He said, “Don’t even believe me if it goes against your senses.” How many of those who claim to speak for God will tell you that? Next time a group or individual tries to convince you that they have the Only Truth, remember those words from the Buddha. Listen if you choose, but always make up your own mind. The real power within you will almost always direct you away from any path that attempts to manipulate you through fear--fear of hell, fear of death, fear of God, fear of thinking for yourself.

Finally, the Inner Voice is the voice of love. Love is not just a feeling; it is way of being. Love is always just that: LOVE. It speaks gently and is free from fear. It will move you through the world in compassion. If you will take the time, you’ll know it when you hear it. With practice, you won't be misled by the outer gurus again. Now, that's listening!

“He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

The Real Temple is your own mind, your own heart...

The Real Temple is your own mind, your own heart...
The Real Temple is your own mind, your own heart...


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    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      9 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Tonymac04: Glad I could be of service. And you're very welcome. Many blessings to you on your incredible and awesome journey. Is that your child in the photo, or is that you?

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this awesome Hub. Thank you very much indeed.

      Love and peace


    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      10 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      And the journey will only get better, no matter the appearance. Welcome home!

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      10 years ago from Canada

      When I was in my late teens and looking for a beacon to guide me, I received a thought that went something like this: "What I think for myself causes me to feel good; everything that make me feel bad comes at me from outside." This was at a time when I was under tremendous pressure for daring to abandon fundamentalist Christianity.

      Being young and easily distracted, my thought was soon buried beneath the frenzied foolishness of youth. However, several times during the 30-something years since then, I have encountered someone who reminded me that I had once known such a thought. Now it has happened again... thank you.

    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      10 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Rebecca E.: I appreciate the kudos. But in all humility, I remain a student. And I enjoy traveling with everyone. This is a very bizarre and interesting classroom, don't you think?

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      This is really a great hub, I'm sorry I only came across it recently, You have an amazing talent, there is so much to learn from you.

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      11 years ago

      Good stuff indeed! Looking forward to your "series of hubs."


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      Richard Kent Matthews 

      11 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      First, thanks for all the great comments.

      Hearing the Inner Voice takes listening and listening must become the habit of choice. Right now, most of us don't know how to listen--inwardly or outwardly. I am going to do a series of hubs on how to listen and actually hear your Inner Voice. It will take some discipline because of our bad habits, but it is worth the effort. As a preview, here are a few things I'm sure you will notice once you begin an ernest practice of listening: your self-esteem will begin to change. You'll like yourself more. You will notice how scared most people are and you'll feel more compassion. You will begin to see more opportunities appear in your life. You will notice that your relationships are growing stronger. You will connect more easily with the Presence you call God, or Spirit, or Buddha Nature, or Allah but even if you don't believe in a Higher Power, you will still benefit. Inner Guidance is for the atheist as well as the believer. That's the great thing about it. It's within you so you don't have to go looking for it outside yourself. And you will find that listening will just plain make you feel better. And a whole lot more...

      Good stuff, eh???

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      Feline Prophet 

      11 years ago

      It's difficult to tune out the extraneous sounds...but sometimes one does manage to hear the Inner Voice, and fleeting as it may be, it's immensely satisfying! :)

    • quicksand profile image


      11 years ago

      This is certainly one of the goodest hubs I have come across!


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      David Lim 

      11 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Richard, thanks for your hubs. I enjoy your hubs although I might not comment if I have nothing to add.

      I remember thinking about hell when I was very young. And that you get to go there if you have been naughty. And that it is a one way ticket. I reasoned that if God created me and I have compassion, then God must have infinitely more compassion than me. Even with my very limited compassion, I cannot stand the thought of sending someone to hell forever. How can God send somebody to hell forever?


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