Listening To The Right Voice
Lately, I have had a spell of not really using my time to do the things I actually want to be doing. This is because my mind has been tied up in useless worries. Even so, when I do try and decide how I am going to use my time I find myself getting stuck in an internal argument, which continues to waste even more time and energy. Before I know it, the day has ended and I don't really have anything but frustration to show for it. So I decided to spend some quiet time thinking about how I can change this habit. More specifically, I wanted to figure out how to listen to my inner compass.
Q: How do I discern the internal silent voice that directs my steps?
A better question and one that is more reflective of the situation is, how do I listen to the voice of love over the voice of fear? For those are the two voices that will come up in your head. One is there to guide you to the promised land and the other is to distract you and keep you from it.
The voice of love won’t refer to your past or future.
It simply works in the present. So the voice that tells you - do this now or speaks in relation to the present, is the one you should follow.
The voice of fear won’t ever direct you in the present moment, although it might appear to do so.
It will always relate things to the past- which you cannot change, or the future- which can’t be controlled by your imagination but only by your intentional and purposeful actions as well as your thoughts and deeds.
“Go and prepare for your meeting.”
It is a simple and straightforward instruction. It carries no judgement or guilt, just a direction of how to make use of the opportunity at the precise moment.
Compare this to:
“You didn’t sleep well last night. This company is so annoying; they don’t even appreciate you. Next week you have dinner with your friends. Check WhatsApp you may have missed some sweet gist.”
It’s long, convoluted, irrelevant, unhelpful and doesn’t really give you any direction. It just throws up a bunch of thoughts that make it appear as though you are deciding what to do, whereas it is actually confusing and distracting to you.
Listening to the voice of love requires faith.
If you have a feeling, “don’t go to church today”. It is easy to dismiss that as a wrong or bad feeling. How does ‘good’ guidance tell you to do something ‘wrong’?
“Don’t go to church today” is different from “Who’s preaching at the service? (Future); last week the usher eyed me, I’m not going again (past)”
The latter is full of excuses and judgments. The former is a simple and direct instruction- don’t go to church today.
Listening to the voice of love necessarily means that you have to learn and begin to remove yourself from all attachments and be free of judgement.
There aren’t really ‘good’ or ‘bad’ things. There are actions sponsored out of love and those out of fear. The skill to develop and ask God for is the ability to discern between the two.
Jesus Christ trashed the marketplace in the Temple. If you are attached to the idea that destruction of property is bad, will you not superficially judge Jesus Christ’ actions? Or even looking at Mary and Martha, where Martha served Jesus Christ and Mary listened to him, at his feet. Won’t someone call Mary lazy for not helping her sister or Martha foolish for missing an opportunity to listen to Jesus Christ? But that is not so for each woman did as she should have done in that moment and created a lesson for all.
You can’t listen to the voice of love within you if you too busy judging yourself or others.
Try not to label your experiences. Instead, learn from them. Even in learning do not let the fears of the past or the anxiety about the future drown out that voice of love.
Don’t be afraid of making a ‘mistake’ either, for mistakes are as an important part of your life experience as anything.
If you notice that mistakes are only mistakes in retrospect you will realise that really, there are no mistakes. It is the judgements you pronounce on the outcome of your actions that you call mistakes. In reality, everything you do or experience contributes to your being. It may not feel nice, but it helps you in one way or the other. Remember that you need to have a perspective beyond your body and focus on your soul’s journey through life. This is a habit to consciously cultivate.
Go with the most direct thought. The one that is fearless, with no qualms and concerned only about you in this present moment. It has no negative thoughts or judgements.
It simply wants you to keep it moving.
Your Friends Within