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.

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

  1. I have had many occasions when I have not listened to this inner voice, and it’s been very clear, I’ve countered it with logic or following a picture or belief, and the results have always been disastrous. On the surface the situation may have looked innocent to me and I’ve often said to myself “what could go wrong here?”, and ignored the voice, and oh my goodness did things go wrong! It’s a great topic Toni and a reminder for me to listen and especially when it’s loud. Sometimes it’s just a strong and clear feeling from my heart and whole body, but a definite feeling I’m being communicated to. It’s love speaking.

  2. The ‘true’ is the song that never ceases to play. We may ignore or dance to the ‘right’ but it is the ‘true’ that lets us know and holds us in who we are.

  3. Toni what you have written is so true
    ‘It is the voice that triumphs over years of conditioning’, it cannot be silenced even though we try to distract ourselves or suffocate it as you say.
    The absolute truth of who we are and where we will once again all return to is undeniable. This is the truth that we know and feel that causes the deep unrest in our bodies that we try to block. And it is by blocking the truth by whatever means that causes I’m sure the rates of illness and disease in our bodies.

  4. Thank you Toni, we owe a lot to toilets, as they are one of the few places where we stop long enough so we can pay attention to those voices that share a deepening wisdom and as profound as they can be we have to discern the energy they are coming from.

  5. Often, I have had the voice of truth tell me what is true and what is not and yet I manufactured my life so that I would dismiss that knowing and go with whatever others were saying was the truth. And yet there have been times in my life where I have known without a doubt that it goes against everything within me to just follow others without voicing my truth. Each and every one of us does know the truth.

  6. “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.”
    I wonder if we all listened to our inner voice the voice of our soul would we be living in the mess we are in today? I don’t think so, but while we allow our minds to run our thoughts it drowns out any messages from our bodies, so to me the most important first step is to still the constant chatter from our minds so that we can hear what our bodies are communicating to us.

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