In Lesson #1, I gave you this diagram:
And I asked you in Step #3:
3) Choose an option and do it.
- It can be any of the options.
- Ice cream has been known to solve all the problems with life. 🙂
- This isn’t life or death, it’s about learning about yourself and why you make the decisions you do.
This lesson is about the precise “Decision Point” that the blue arrow is pointing to, and listening to everything and everyone who’s “talking” to you right then.
Who is telling you which of the options to choose?
For the sake of simplicity, I call these “who” characters my “voices.” But they are many, many more things than just simple voices I hear in my head. And it’s much more complex than a good angel sitting on one shoulder and a devil sitting on your other shoulder.
Sometimes the “voices” are really clear, and it’s almost as if you’re actually hearing them with your ears.
A favorite “voice” of mine is actually a friend’s voice.
This friend has dipped a toe into the esoteric stuff, but is really invested in “brick and mortar” reality. If they can’t touch it or it’s not on the news, it’s not real.
In my head, this friend’s voice is always telling me: “How do you know that? You don’t have any evidence to know that! That’s not logical at all!”
I can always rely on their voice to give me the view of the slightly-aware-cultural-norm in any situation.
Sometimes the “voices” are more gentle, like whispers in the back of your head that you can barely hear.
Other times, the “voices” aren’t voices at all:
Here’s an example of listening to the voices when doing Lesson #1:
Susan’s journal entry:
Right now, I’m sitting in the chair in my bedroom, contemplating my next half hour, what will I do?
The list of possibilities is long. It ranges from taking a nap, to walking down the street to get the mail, to rousing a kid and making them help me lay bricks for the sidewalk out front, and many more.
It’s automatic for me to catalog why I’m inclined towards one over the other. Guilt: the neighbors have to be really annoyed at the half-done sidewalk. Caution: I’ve limited energy, maybe doing computer chores is a better idea.
As I try to define how I follow my path of highest good… I realized I pick the one that glows, sings, flashes, or otherwise makes itself obvious.
In this case, laundry. Oh joy.
So in this case, the “voice” was a glow that appeared around the chore that needed to be done.
It can also be a physical feeling/sensation (a jolt with the right or wrong one), a smell, a taste, a hint of a forward/backward sensation (leaning toward or away from a decision). A couple times in my life, in big decisions, I’ve had the “voice” be a GONG! sound, so loud I’d have sworn it was a physical sound, except it wasn’t, and my whole body reverberated afterwards.
Each of us are going to have a unique set of voices. We’ll have a snarky voice. Our mother’s voice. Voices from teachers or religious leaders. We’ll have our voices of guilt, anger, or shame. Voices from fictional characters we relate closely to. Plus a whole plethora of voices of our higher self and “guides”.
In addition, you’ll have many voices that are YOU at various ages. The “you” who burned your hand on a hot stove when you were 3 and is afraid of fire. The “you” who was teased in Jr. High and refuses to do anything that isn’t an “in” thing. And so on.
And to complicate things, everyone also has a trickster’s voice, the one who’s there to test you, who will promise you your highest desires and laugh when you fall for his/her lies and stories.
The lesson for this week is to continue doing everything from Lesson #1, keep focusing on the next half hour of your life, and ask yourself “What should I do next?”
And add to it:
Listen, watch, perceive, feel, sense… and everything else… the “voices” who are talking to you as you consider which option to choose.
- Does one option smell better than another?
- Or maybe one option just tastes delicious.
- Maybe one option makes you shiver and another one want to curl up into a ball.
- One makes you feel bubbly inside, and another sends almost-painful sparks.
- Does one whisper and another yell?
- Does one say you righteously deserve it, and another says you aren’t good enough?
- Is one afraid? Another envious?
- Do options on the list have colors? Or differing brightness levels? Colder/hotter?
- And so on.
There are no two people on the planet who have the same internal dialogue methods. Therefore, no one can tell you what are the signals you need to “listen” for when making choices in your life.
Only you can choose your highest good life… but only after you learn how to translate your inner dialogue.
And you begin to learn to translate, by learning how to perceive the many “voices” in your head.