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How do you learn to listen to your inner voice?

  1. xanzacow profile image72
    xanzacowposted 5 years ago

    How do you learn to listen to your inner voice?

    My inner voice, or conscience, or intuition, or whatever it is, tells me to do things sometimes. When I listen and follow through, it is usually a good outcome. More than not, though, I tend to ignore it. How can I learn to pay more attention to it?

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    I call it my "gut feeling." Anytime I have ignored it, I have failed. So, now I always listen to it. It is normally never wrong.

    1. lone77star profile image83
      lone77starposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That "gut feeling" -- the still, quiet voice, within -- is the true self, the child of God -- the immortal soul.

    2. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Mine is usually correct also. Thanks JT.

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      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are very welcome xanzacow.

  3. ii3rittles profile image81
    ii3rittlesposted 5 years ago

    Everyone has an intuition. Most people don't know how to use it to help them in life. Its usually a feeling that  something is happening/is going to happen prior to having evidence or truth in the matter. The best way to learn to listen to it, is not doubt your own heart. When you learn not to doubt your heart, life will become easier. You can't trust your mind because it wonders... Only listen to your heart, that is where truth and love rest.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think this is more on the lines of what I am talking about. Just a moment ago, I was thinking about my 6 year old who is in school. One of those "longing" thoughts. Then the phone rang and it was the school nurse. He is okay, but it was odd.

  4. Ericdierker profile image53
    Ericdierkerposted 5 years ago

    I got bummer news for you. I say of meditation, mindfulness and self awareness that you get the good news and the bad news: The good news is that we are sensitive to all that is around and in us; the bad news is that we are sensitive to all that is around and in us.

    You merely block out all but inner voice for minutes graduating to hours a day. Like working out, you build muscle memory to get there. Gradually it will take a priority in your "senses" if you want it to. Going with your gut, means that you are also empowering your "gut" to feel what is around you. Normally quite good. But I have at times been "blissing out" and walk into other folks space and been nearly knocked breathless by the angst atmosphere.
    This is a two edge sword my friend, tread wisely and consult some you respect.
    Remember also that this feeling inside is more primitive and will more closely have attributes of Fight or Flight.
    So you can learn quickly by practice, but it should be slow for defense reasons.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Fight or flight. That is a common instinct of mine. Usually for what seems to be no reason at all. I just chalk it up to anxiety. Something else?

  5. edhan profile image61
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    I pray silently daily and listen to my inner self as it helps in my daily life. It is a matter of practice daily where you can do meditation or prayer. You will be able to hear your inner thought.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you edhan!

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      To: Xanzacow. Continuing... When nature is calm in the early morning hours. Pray for focus then sit and listen. Use an object, a candle and flame or visualise beauty inside your heart. Breathe out restlessness, breathe in peace. Do this every day x2.

  6. lone77star profile image83
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    The inner voice is the true self (immortal soul, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, child of God), within. This is the invulnerable self that we need to wake up.

    The other "self" is false -- ego. This is the vulnerable self, sometimes victim, sometimes perpetrator. Ego is all about selfishness.

    The true self -- the quiet, still voice within -- is all about love and helping others.

    How can you learn to pay more attention to it? You've already started by being "aware." Awareness is key.

    Learn to be aware of your feelings and attitudes. Learn to distinguish between selfish attitudes and generous ones -- not publicly generous (for that is selfish), but anonymously generous. You can be "anonymously" generous in public; it all has to do with spiritual attitude.

    The antidote to ego is humility. Help others before yourself. Be of service to others. And as you do these things, be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Never hide from any of them, even the darkest. Just shine a light on them and turn your back on the negative, just as Yehoshua turned his back on the devil.

    Sometimes, paying attention to current feelings and following them back to earlier thoughts, attitudes and feelings can open up greater awareness. Thoughts and attitudes can block awareness. Practicing awareness can blow those barriers away. Like Yehoshua said, know the truth and the truth will set you free. If you ever have a problem and think you have the truth (reason) behind it, you need only look if the problem persists. If it does, you haven't found the truth of it. It's that simple.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good advice, thank you

  7. CrescentSkies profile image88
    CrescentSkiesposted 5 years ago

    I don'y really have an inner voice, just gut feelings whenever I'm about to do something right or wrong (by my own moral code naturally).

    ...on a side note if your inner voice is actively telling you to do things...er...seek help immediately.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Don't worry, not like that CrescentSkies, more like a feeling or a knowing rather than an actual "voice".

  8. dghbrh profile image75
    dghbrhposted 5 years ago

    When my heart fills with pure happiness about something that is little confusing whether to go ahead about it or not then I know its my inner voice and I must go ahead. Instead if heart is not happy and little confusing then its the negative signal my inner soul is coming up with whatever it is. Thus i always follow my inner self to walk ahead whichever way in this simplest norm. I don not know if it works like this for others as well. But till now I am happy the way my inner self is taking me in this journey called life here in this world. Thank you.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting. I will see if this happens when my next big decision comes up.

    2. dghbrh profile image75
      dghbrhposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Most welcome and hope you can experience this simple way to hear your inner voice.

  9. manatita44 profile image84
    manatita44posted 5 years ago

    It will get stronger with prayer, followed by silent prayer or meditation. Do this regularly for three months accompanied by selfless service. That is to say, help someone or others without expectation. Practice regularly, punctually and consistently in the early hours of every morning and every night. Do this for some time and intuition will come to you.
    Remember, harness the energy through 'concentration' (The ability to focus on a point to the exclusion of all else). Then all these energies will encourage the mind to fall vacant or still. This then opens you up to receiving God's Light, which is what will make you intuitive. Remember that we may sometimes get it wrong. A good intuition comes suddenly and when decisions are made, it leaves us with an inner thrill or feelings of joy. Come back to me with any questions.

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have never been able to meditate. Maybe that is a problem for me.

    2. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No, my Friend. That is a defeatest approach. An active mind does create barriers, however. So run, swim, cycle, do selfless service. They would all help to calm the mind. Practice breathing; listen to music, do hatha yoga. Sit to meditate when nat...

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    rameschgfposted 5 years ago

    BY STOPPING TO LISTEN TO OUTER VOICES-"-SHUT YOUR EYES-MOUTH-EARS-SIT STILL-BREATHE SLOWLY-LISTEN INSIDE YOUR HEAD THE SOUNDS-THE VOICES GOING ON INSIDE THERE-"

    1. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I can't hear it because you are screaming so loud! LOL wink

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      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi xanzacow, I have told him this several times. I really hate to, but I will have to start deleting his answers if he continues to "scream."

    3. xanzacow profile image72
      xanzacowposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      @JT--LOL I have never seen rameschgf before, I thought it was an accident!

    4. manatita44 profile image84
      manatita44posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      My friend, rameschgf,
      I believe that you have been told in different ways about this BOLD writing. It is also hurtful to my eyes. Kindly use underscore like everyone else. Is there a reason why you do this?

  11. Lisa HW profile image69
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    I'd say to remind yourself of all those times when you DIDN'T listen to it that resulted in disastrous outcomes.

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    NikkiTalkzposted 5 years ago

    Have you been let down or suffered a loss in result to not listening up to these "inner thoughts?" If your intuitions are typically on point when guiding you, then perhaps it is time to start paying more attention! Knowing how rests on your ability to trust yourself; follow your heart, or your gut in this case. Instincts, at times, can prove more helpful than logic. Now don't go throwing all reason out just yet; it is wisest to utilize these inner voices appropriately, for instance, at times when another person's, or your own, safety is at stake, and when feelings are involved. If something inside of you is trying hard to get your attention then let go of any apprehension you hold and address the feeling that might save your life, or your relationship, or even from wasting any more time at a dead end job you hate. Take a leap of faith, you just might surprise yourself!

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    linny milposted 5 years ago

    I agree with other comments here that your inner voice is your heart talking, "a feeling" or intuition.  It always knows what to do and what's best for you.  Meditation is a good one for tapping into that inner voice or God, which I had never thought of it that way.  Meditation quiets the mind and blocks out everything and the aim is to think about NOTHING except your own breathing.  It's true your inner voice never lets you down if you listen to it.  I guess that is why I have failed in the past to do someting such as get out of a bad relationship, because I didn't listen to my heart.  I thought it was a negative to divorce but by the time I finally did, my inner voice was SCREAMING at me to do it...... or die inside.

 
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