I would rather have the whole world against me than be untrue to my soul.
For years psychologists considered people who referred to hearing an inner voice as bordering on the edge of sanity. However, if you look carefully at many of the great spiritual leaders, scientists, artists, musicians and social leaders, they regularly listened to their inner voices. They believed that they were hearing an inner whisper from their very soul.
Today, we refer to these inner voices in terms like my instinct, my conscience, my intuition, my gut feeling, or my imagination. Deep down we sense that these voices are trying to steer us away from dangers and towards opportunities.
“All I need’s a whisper in a world that only shouts!”
In today’s busy world the demands and distractions on our time and attention are greater than they have ever been in human history. Technology has increased at such a rate bringing us instant, global information at the touch of a screen or button.
We are bombarded with media containing instructions and advice on how to live our lives, what is right for us, good for us, who to trust and what to do. All this noise is drowning out our inner voices, reducing them to a whisper that struggles to be heard over the interference, distraction and misdirection.
Sometimes in the quieter moments of our lives we can hear the whisper of our inner voice. We can hear it as we wake, before our mind begins to focus on the day, or just before we fall asleep.
Often when we are exhausted and feel like giving up. When we are lost, or choose to let go and lose ourselves in play or passion. The easiest way to hear our inner whisper is to walk mindfully immersed in the wilderness, reconnected with nature.
“Why does modern living feel like it has no life?”
We are nature and have a natural self and a natural path to follow. Our true nature is often changed by the modern world, our wild self becomes domesticated by modern living. It’s as if we’ve forgotten we have natural skills that are very real and deep rooted in our essential nature as human beings.
We are taught that to be wild and free is wrong and will ultimately lead to failure in life, but why does it feel more natural than the alternative. Why does modern living feel more and more like it has no life?
The next time you are drifting off to sleep, or waking up, feeling lost, or choosing to be lost, or walking mindfully in nature, begin to notice your inner whisper. Feed it with your attention. Give it priority over your day to day thoughts and feelings and begin to notice what it’s telling you and how that connects you to a different kind of feeling.
Find other like-minded people you resonate with and share your experiences on a regular basis. Learn to distinguish your inner wisdom from your outer tuition. There is a difference and you will feel it, hear it more and begin to see it all around you.
And most importantly…
…enjoy the journey!
Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. He is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey, to guide others.
Ian lives in Gloucestershire, UK where he guides Natural Mindfulness Walks and provides coaching, courses, gatherings and retreats, for others who want to deepen their connection with nature and their true nature.
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