So, listen up, now, OK?
In my experience most people in our culture are so distracted that they can’t really listen to other people, much less their own inner conversation. We are surrounded by weapons of mass distraction that we willingly volunteer to immerse ourselves into.
Inner Conversation? You mean, like hearing voices?
Yes. Sort of… Everyone has a conversation going on with themselves ‘in their head.’ Questioning your motives or the motives and actions of others. Trying to remember things. Talking to yourself as you would a friend to clarify your, thoughts and feelings. Inner cussing?
All that is normal. Unless of course you have arguments with yourself and lose. Or the voices tell you to do bad things.
The Still Small Voice…
If you begin any kind of spiritual path you will be encouraged to quiet your mind, usually through meditation and other exercises, and listen for the ‘still small voice’ of Divinity within you.
But, wait… what about the voice in your head you always listen to? No worries. It will learn to be quiet while you meditate and you will learn not to focus on the fuss it makes.
And, when you are quiet, you will hear what you really need to know.
Is this mine?
Many people… more than you might imagine… feel or hear what’s going on for other people. Most of them have no idea they are doing that. So, they suddenly feel sad or angry and have no idea why.
Welcome to being an ‘empath,’ someone who feels or experiences what is going for another person in their body.
Confusing? You bet. And most empaths have no idea that’s what’s going on. But, you can’t process someone else’s emotions for them and it leads to all kinds of confusion and pain. The first thing an empath needs to learn is to constantly ask, ‘Is this mine?’
Crowds and emotional events are really tough for empaths.
But, imagine being able to actually hear the thoughts of other people. That is called telepathy and, again, more people than you’d imagine are hearing the thoughts of others. Not every one or all the time, necessarily, but in moments… bursts.
Lots of little kids can do this. They figure out pretty quickly that most adults are lying or trying to manipulate them… all the while the adults are telling the kids to trust and obey them. Ideally, kids learn who they can really trust.
None of this is new and life has always been this way. Like other things, we just learn not to talk about it and to make believe it’s not happening. If you are lucky you have a grandparent, aunt or uncle who notices your ability and shares their experience with you.
How can this even happen?
One of the things I say all the time is..
Everything is Energy
Everything is Connected
Everything is Conscious
Everything is Interactive
At this point quantum physics confirms what mystics have said for thousands of years. Everything is energy and some of that energy, somehow, congeals to appear to be solid to our senses.
‘Reality is an illusion.
Albeit a persistent one.’
~ Albert Einstein
The shamanic traditions take this step further…
assuming all animate and inanimate objects to be conscious and communicate. Yes… the animals, the forces of nature like wind and water, the rocks and trees. Everything has consciousness and can communicate. And, if approached with respect, can even cooperate with you.
That starts to sound like fairy tales… but these communications have been reported in every indigenous tradition all over the world for thousands of years. And, people still do it.
And, most of what is described in fairy tales is or was ‘real’ somewhere, some time, in some culture’s experience.
What are you, crazy or something?
Most of the time we don’t tune into things we believe are impossible. As children we might have so-called ‘imaginary’ playmates. These are often ghosts, or nature spirits, but adults in modern culture have had the ability to experience them socialized away and only tolerate it until a child is about four years old. The last vestige of this is belief is Santa Claus who, ironically is not real.
Most of the so-called Indigo and Crystal children are very attuned to this and it does not get socialized away, for them.
‘Hearing things’ is not just stigmatized in our culture it is considered clinically crazy. An auditory hallucination. I’ve worked in locked psych units where I could watch the patients talk to ‘their voices.’ I could also see who they were talking to.
’The only difference between me and
a crazy person is that I’m not crazy.’
~ Salvador Dali
In another culture, such a person’s ability to communicate with ghosts would be honored and nurtured so that they could serve others. In our culture, we lock them up as dangerously eccentric.
In a clinical setting when a patient has a very ‘real’ experience of talking to someone the doctor can’t see, the patient thinks the doctor is crazy. And, of course the doctor ‘knows’ the patient is crazy because in the medical world view the experience the patient is describing is not possible.
‘And those who were seen dancing were thought
to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Medication will make the voices go away… along with everything that make the patient who they are.
So, for most adults in western cultures, we have to relearn how to listen. And, the idea of hearing something that is ‘not there’ can be terrifying!
Listen Carefully Now!
Listen to what? And why would I do that?
We say ‘listen’ because there is a common auditory experience of some of these phenomena. Brain scans indicate that a person experiencing a voice psychically will have activity in the same brain areas as they do when hearing a physical voice. Even on that level, it’s ‘real.’
Not everyone hears a voice. Some people just have a random knowing. A thought that is clearly not theirs that arrives in a way they recognize.
Others will feel something in their body and start an inner questioning process to clarify the meaning.
Still others will use a biofeedback device to get yes/no answers to pin things down. This is called Dowsing. Most use a pendulum, but there are other tools.
And some people us what are called oracles… ancient systems of divining information like Tarot cards, Runes, the I Ching and other systems for asking questions and getting answers.
And then there are the more sensitive people who can see or hear a wide range of ‘others’ and get detailed information from them. Ancestors, spirit guides, nature spirits, angels are all forms of intelligence that certain people can communicate with more easily than others.
The word Shaman comes from a Siberian dialect and translates, roughly, to ‘The One Who Can See in the Dark.’ Someone who sees what other people can’t normally see. But, more than that, someone who can go into those realms and make interventions there that will benefit those in the physical world. A very particular kind of mystic and healer.
For those that have ears to hear…
This is not for everyone, but none of this is unusual, in the sense that it’s always there to experience. In a culture that stigmatizes these natural phenomena it is an act of courage to develop your sensitivities and use them to help yourself and others. But, it changes everything!
So, like the coach used to say…
Listen up, now!