We get messages from the unseen world all the time. We first recognize them as hunches and intuitive nudges. We either learn to pay attention to them or we don’t. However, when you pause to listen, your inner voice becomes stronger and clearer.
Nudges and knowing
How often have you acted on a hunch and been right? Many times, I’m certain. Begin to notice the choices you make based on those intuitive insights. See how often they turn out to be right. Learn to trust those inner knowings.
Feel Your Inner Voice
Notice what forms your nudges and knowing comes in. Certainly, you have experienced a sense of simply knowing. No reason for it, just a certainty about the right choice or the next step to take or what was about to happen. You FEEL your inner voices.
Years ago, I remember driving home during a heavy snowstorm. It was a rural landscape and the highway only looked like a larger snow drift while the highway was barely visible. I had driven that highway many times but it was night and there was freshly falling deep snow. I remember the sensation of putting out my antennae all around me and as I drove, I got flashes and pictures and knowing of where I was on the road. I drove by instinct. I drove by feeling. I trusted because I had no other choice. I could barely see. And I got safely home. The feeling of extending my antennae to the countryside around me was immediate and intense. I was really vibrating with sensory listening.
Hear your inner voice
You may hear a loud internal voice. Or a soft one. But the suggestions and information may also come in the form of words. You HEAR your inner voice. It speaks to you in phrases and sentences…!
My inner voice often shouts at me. A word or a phrase will be amplified in my mind – by a book, or the television, or some passing stimulus. My inner voice simply shows up as a very loud thought! Those words, that specific phrase are loud and immediate. It’s as if they are saying, ”You need to look at this. You need to explore this.” So I do. My inner voice is often very insistent.
Interpret your inner voice
I was taught to “read” crystals fifty years ago. My friend told me to hold the crystal in my left hand and see what came up. I got a sensation in a particular part of my body and since I knew the chakra system, I used that as a guidepost for the beginning of my interpretation of the messages of the crystal. As I worked with crystals, I learned to immediately know if a crystal was for the heart or the crown or the third eye. Then one day it was clear to me that a particular green calcite crystal was to be used by people who were grieving. I began to listen more broadly, more deeply.
Just recently a crystal (I have over 150 of them) called out loudly to me from a shelf I was passing by and told me quite clearly it was to be taken to a certain place on my desk. It has not yet fully explained its reason for being here but it’s nearby and I’m listening. And it’s talking…
Nature will talk to you
Whether it’s the warmth of your cat who has come to sit beside you, or the call of a bird outside your window, or the wind rustling the leaves of a nearby tree, nature speaks. We must learn to listen.
One winter, a very wet, heavy snow fell and the weeping birch tree outside my window bent deeply in response. I realized there was an important message so I wrote Messages from a Snow Fall and learned a lot.
Nature talks to you when you listen.
Move when your inner voice tells you
I’ve made some major decisions based on a sudden “knowing.” When it was time for me to move from California to the Mid-West to be closer to my daughter, I made the decision in three hours. I got the nudge, did research about the area I wanted to go, found an apartment complex that felt right, and called my daughter to say I was coming.
In three hours.
Yes, there were other factors building up to that “sudden” decision. A roommate had just moved out, a new one was financially imperative and the choices that were appearing were very unappealing. Was it time for me to move to a more affordable place? It became a major choice made in a small window of time.
Pay attention to your nudges and knowing. You’ll know when it’s time to take action. Trust that. And act.
You can “channel” your inner voice any time
If you’re hearing an occasional voice speaking loudly to you, you’re channeling your inner wisdom, your inner voice. I’ve brought my inner voice more deeply into my writing. Over the years, I’ve found myself typing in things that I wondered where they came from.
I was present. I was typing, but the words seemed to flow from elsewhere. That is your inner voice and you must listen and learn to interpret its subtle messages.
When I do my shamanic journeys, I set an intention before I begin. I close my eyes go within and type my journey. Occasionally my fingers get on the wrong keys and I can’t read what I typed, but I periodically peek at the screen to make certain I’m still making sense. This typing and journeying has allowed me to deeply explore the inner world of my spirit guides and review and thus remember the details. I begin by going to my sacred garden to meet them, each time I journey.
Dreaming your inner voice
It’s very powerful to set an intention for your sleep. A lot of good healing and rebalancing occurs there.
Years ago, I was given a green hand-holder stone. I meditated with it and eventually lay down on the bed and slept while still holding it. I had a very strong dream of being in a group of robed women. We collectively were being called to do spiritual work. When I awoke I remembered every detail of the dream. Forty-five years later I have reconnected with what is now the Circle of Light Beings in my shamanic journeys.
Let your dreams open doors.
You have to trust your inner vision
I take a shamanic journey every day. I place my mala beads around my neck, ring a ceremonial bell to signal my beginning, sit at my computer and type in my intention, my question for the journey. Then I sit with closed eyes and prepare to feel myself disappear until only my typing fingers are moving and the rest of me is busy in my inner world. I am not very aware of my body but am actively following my thoughts.
In shamanic journeying, we are offered metaphors that can be in the form of animals, or helping spirits, or elements or plants. It’s up to us to interpret the metaphor. As I continue this inner world practice, I feel my ability to hear and interpret my inner voice growing stronger, my answers growing clearer, and my calling growing louder.
If you are beginning to journey, a shamanic drumming track may be useful.
Hearing your inner voice may take some practice. You must do it enough so you recognize the signs and whispers you’re given and then more practice and actual experience in order for you to begin to accurately interpret them.
Just begin by talking to your inner self. And listening to the soft answers.
You can ask for physical signs of your inner voice
Kinesiology is actually about receiving information through muscle testing and I have been taught to do that. For my first experience, I was told to stand with one arm outstretched and to resist the downward pressure from the other person. I did. I was strong. Then a packet of sugar was placed in the other hand and all physical resistance whet away. I had been weakened by the presence of a negative. Pretty amazing.
I use a version of kinesiology to explore other choices I make. I may take identical slips of paper and write each choice on one side. I include a paper that says “other” in case I need to make a choice I have not considered. I place them face down before me and mix them up so I have no idea which is which. Then I hold my hand over each paper one at a time and feel and listen to what I’m told. One answer always calls to me.
Sometimes I use that selection system to narrow down my choices in case two things call to me equally. Just listen to the thoughts that show up. Learn to interpret them out of your deeper self-awareness. It’s a very powerful tool.
A pendulum is used for dowsing. You can make one with a bead on the end of a string. And you can buy some lovely ones. It’s a very fast way to get a “yes”, “no” or “maybe” answer for any question. Each time you begin, hold the pendulum away from your body suspended between your thumb and forefinger. Run the fingers of the other hand down to make the pendulum perfectly still. Then one at a time, ask it to show you a “yes” and see which way it rotates, then a “no”, then a “maybe”. The choices will be circle clockwise, circle counterclockwise and move back and forth, left to right or possibly not move at all. After you have identified the form the answers will take, ask your question which obviously should be phrased with a yes/no/maybe answer in mind.
Allow yourself to channel
Learn to trust your intuition, your inner words, your inner nudges.
Begin with your intuition. Learn to trust that. Do some meditation and perhaps ask for a message to be given at the end. Then write that message down. Journey/meditate with a specific intention, looking for a clarifying answer and let your helping spirits guide you.
Learn to interpret the answers you get. No one can do that for you. With practice, you easily learn to do it for yourself.
Let your inner one-word nudges expand into complete sentences. Often when I was writing a few years ago, I would have an entire section come in that I was aware of typing but I thought it was too good to come from me. I pictured a trio of Shakespeare-type writers with feathered pens, dictating to me.
Now, I just listen and type and know that it’s my inner voice coming through. It’s a lovely mix of conscious and unconscious thought that shows up on the page.
Trust what you receive. Learn to interpret it
If the message or metaphor or symbol isn’t clear to you, ask your helping spirits to clarify it for you. Then watch for what they give you. You might also ask, “How am I to use this information?” And see what you get.
Keep an eye out for your ego. Interpreting your inner voice is so much fun and you get such great answers that for me it’s never about me doing anything. It’s about me simply opening up to receive something wonderful. Don’t judge. Don’t filter. Listen. Absorb. Adapt. And maybe you even need to reword your question.
Trust what you find when you speak to your inner voice.
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