The Inner Voice: the Voice of the Soul

by Toni Steenson, Coraki, NSW

The other day I was at work, cleaning a toilet, and I came to a very simple but profound understanding: I now understand that our inner voice has more strength than any other voice or activity.

We are raised in families that bring us to understandings about how and why life is as it is. For example, we may have been brought up being told that family is the most important thing in our life and that we need to honour and support this no matter what it takes – to put family above all else. Yet we have this little voice inside us that quietly poses a question like, “But what about those that have no family to support them?” or “What happens if I do not agree with my family?”

This little inner voice is what I call the voice of the Soul; it is the voice of truth. It always carries more weight than any other voice, even though its voice is the quietest and least imposing, gently saying what it needs to. It never gives up.

I have been hearing this voice all throughout my life. When I was young I remember my parish priest preaching how we were all sinners and born evil, but I simply knew this not to be true as babies did not feel this way to me.

Later I remember making my first communion and being given a bit of wafer on my tongue as a practice run, and being told it was the body of Christ. Knowing this was not the fact, I asked why I was being told this, and all the adults around me called me a blasphemer.

When I was a teen everyone was saying it was okay to smoke pot, it was okay to have fun, but the little voice inside me told me how it actually was. When I met my abusive partner my little voice practically screamed at me to run far and fast. When I was pregnant, no matter how many nurses or doctors told me how good something was for my baby, my little voice would once again announce itself. This has continued throughout my life, although because I now listen to it, I hear it more regularly.

Family, religion, society, education and history have told me over and over, proving beyond doubt, the truth as they know it. But still the little voice inside consistently prods me to explore the actual truth.

It is the voice that triumphs over years of conditioning. It always questions the things in life I perceive to be true, that are constantly ‘proved’ from every corner of my life to be true.

This voice will not be silenced no matter how much I ignore it or try to suffocate it with busy-ness, activities or substances.

This voice is myself, in my most pure and natural form: the more I nurture, honour and treasure this voice, the louder it becomes, until it is not a whisper but my guiding light in life.

To honour this voice all I need to do is listen to it and follow its impulse.

555 thoughts on “The Inner Voice: the Voice of the Soul

  1. I always love to re read this blog.
    Today I could feel how it invites me to live full from me. Not to compare first to measure my steps but just go.

  2. To stay true to ourselves asks us also to be not attached to others. No matter the outcome to stay listening to our inner most.

  3. Our inner voice, the sound of our soul, is impulsed forth for the benefit of humanity, so by listening and heeding what it reveals will support us all on our evolutionary path.

    1. And even more remarkable than that is that even though it is all the one-unified voice of the Soul, each of one of us has a particular sound, tone and ‘texture’ to our voice that is unlike any other. So when put together, what a heavenly chorus we make, for it is the ‘song of God’ and the uni-verse in which we all play (sing!) a different part.

  4. Beautiful Toni, a very gentle loving reminder that we already know, the conditioning from other sources can be a strong, powerful and imposing distraction away from our own truth.

  5. Thank you Toni for a simply beautiful blog, there are many voices out there calling us to come this way or that way but this little voice deep within is the voice of the soul always there waiting for us to listen.

  6. It’s amazing what we know if we let ourselves know, it’s like life then becomes a series of impulses where you know what to do and act immediately upon it rather than entertaining a constant stream of considering whether something is right or wrong.

  7. Thank you – so pure and true, that is understandable for us all.. recognizable of that ‘quiet little voice, that is so gentle, and never demanding”, learning that actually we were always supported by our Soul, we now have to choose to allow that voice to be our truth and where we live from.

  8. Beautifully expressed Toni. That little voice we all know so well gradually becomes a bigger voice the more we listen to it, until such a time that it becomes the only voice we allow to guide us through life. It is the pathway of the spirit back to Soul.

  9. “This voice will not be silenced no matter how much I ignore it or try to suffocate it with busy-ness, activities or substances.” And thank God for that.

  10. The more we choose to listen to our inner voice the stronger it becomes, until such time as it becomes our only guiding light on our journey of reunification with soul.

  11. Thank goodness we have our innermost heart and it’s connection to the soul and God, because there is so much that is untrue in this world and we have our own inner guiding light to support our way. It might be how we sense or feel things or a more direct sense of clarity about something, but it is there for us to connect to and be supported by.

  12. How awesome is it that our soul is not only with us 24/7, it is also constantly giving us messages to help us evolve out of patterns we have been stuck in for eons. We are unfortunately very proficient at ignoring these drops of gold from our soul and that is why we get stuck and don’t evolve. Our soul is wise without limit so we would do well to start listening.

  13. This inner voice of knowing is something we all have whether we are aware of the fact or not. In fact the constant prodding within us and the clashing of life not matching what we know within is what causes so much tension in many. We have simply put up with tension instead of questioning whether life can in fact be lived in another way.

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