Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Voice For Love

“Don’t take the train!” Linda told me she heard a distinct voice in her head warn her not to take her usual route home from work. Dismissing it as superstition, Linda took the train anyway, and found herself alone in a car with a sinister-looking man. He approached her menacingly, twirling a pair of numchucks. Fortunately Linda was able to escape without harm, but recalls, “I was warned.”

Such serious incidents don’t happen often, yet how often do we ignore the inner voice that’s trying to guide us? We frequently only remember the gut feeling of either apprehension or inclination in hindsight.

We just knew we shouldn’t take that job, but feared nothing better would come along. We had a sneaky suspicion that person was up to no good, but thought we were being judgmental. We had a strong sense that one house would suit us better, but it wasn’t as practical as the other one.

Our helpful, healing Voice is always with us, but usually there is so much mind chatter that we can’t hear it. A Course in Miracles says we have two voices, the ego’s voice of fear and the Holy Spirit’s Voice of Love. The two voices speak for different interpretations of the same thing simultaneously; or almost simultaneously, for the ego always speaks first (T-5.VI.3:5). Since the ego always speaks first, we have to pause and get silent.

The single most important thing I teach my psychotherapy clients is how to talk to and listen to their inner Voice. I tell them they won’t need me when they have their own internal therapist. A Course in Miracles teachers DavidPaul and Candace Doyle have written a book called The Voice for Love, which poses over 100 questions to the Holy Spirit about how you can clearly hear God's Voice within you as a distinct and conversational voice.

What answers are you seeking? May you find the answers you’re looking for by hearing the Voice for Love. Blessings, Lorraine Coburn

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