The One Minute Challenge
How do we listen to the One Voice that knows who we are in a world that clamors for our attention by pulling us in every direction except the internal one to the truth of who we are? As I look at the marine layer it dawns on me that our minds are a lot like that. The truth of who we are is obscured by the cloud cover of our thoughts about who we think we are, based on others perceptions of us and our perceptions of ourselves, which are based on the past, on societal ‘ideal’ of what we ‘should’ be and how we should look, not to mention our own disappointment in our selves based on not achieving these ‘ideals’.
All of this has conspired to have us loathe ourselves and the failure we perceive ourselves to have become. The voice in our head takes the guise of people telling us how we have failed them somehow, or hurt them, or how much of a disappointment we are to them. This is ‘said’ in a variety of ways through myriad venues. The one voice that is missing is our own. And I don’t mean the voice that in one way or another agrees with ‘them’, which then produces feelings of depression and self-hatred but The Voice that guides us to our true Being and the truth of who we are.
How do we hear THAT Voice amid all the others? It is quite simple really…it is the quiet but unyielding Voice. All of us have heard it at one time or another—when we feel confident, assured, loving, peaceful and playful—just to name a few. This Voice is quiet not because it is weak but because it is strong and carries the knowledge of our true inner strength and power.
The way to hear this Voice is not to attempt to silence the incessant chatter of the other voice which is to give it strength because to focus on it, even to get rid of it, is to give it the power of our attention, which is equivalent to shining light on plant. That is why it is so loud. To hear the Voice which knows our true self is to FOCUS on IT even in the midst of the other. The more we focus on this Voice the stronger it becomes. Light does not fight darkness it merely dispels by the nature if what it is.
So as difficult as it appears we are already equipped to do this, this very day. Take one minute, yes just one minute in the morning and one minute at night and just lie with your eyes closed and Will yourself to hear that Voice. If we discipline ourselves and commit ourselves to the actual DOING of this, the rapidity of the results will astound us.
Take the challenge and share your experience!