I do not like to listen to myself on a recording or voice mail. The recorded voice always sounds like a stranger to my ears, not the voice that I hear as I speak. Perhaps because our physical senses dilute the true sounds we hear in our head?
Finding your voice is much more than agreeing with the quality of a recording. External noise can easily drown out the valuable inner dialogue that takes place in any situation. When the noise of the world intrudes too deeply, it is time to take yourself out of the race.
It is the voice of your authentic self that you seek.
Only it can provide the true north of your dreams. Listen for it the next time you have a decision to make, whether large or small in scope. To your inner voice, it is all the same. And it only asks one question, the very essence of which is answered by your willingness to listen well.
“By this choice, are you reflecting God or ego?”
Your answer will seal your fate. If your choice reflects God, then it must also radiate love. If your decision is ego-based, then fear is surely involved. The question can be asked another way, in another form.
“By this decision, are you choosing love or fear?”
The path lies before you, split into two directions. One path meanders through a lush forest, dark green ferns dancing in the breeze while the pine trees rustle overhead. Birds fly silently through the leafy canopy while the silence is so loud that your ears hurt. Love envelopes you totally from the inside out and you know in your heart of hearts that you are in the presence of the Divine.
The other path is quite different, stark in its contrast and energy. It looks inviting from a distance, but upon closer inspection, it dissolves into the bleakest desert, the sun beating down mercilessly. All moisture instantly evaporated and no hope exists in this landscape of fear. A sense of doom invades your soul.
Again – do you chose love or fear? With every breath you take, you make that choice by the thoughts you think and the choices you make based on those thoughts.
Remember – love always expands and fear always contracts. When you consider your decision, ask what the results will be – expansion or contraction?
Listen to your inner voice. It will always guide you toward love.