It Guides Me Now

For most of my life, I’ve been aware of a “still small voice within” that seemed more important than the rest of the thoughts banging around in my head. While many associate this phrase with the Old Testament, Mahatma Gandhi also used it when he said, “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within.”

For much of my childhood and adult life I was aware of something inside me that was more essential than all the noise of the world. During much of that time, I could only barely hear the voice, and I could only barely feel the presence that seemed to go with the voice.

I often thought, there is something inside me that knows.

I had an odd confidence in that voice. Yet the nose of the world nearly obscured it for years. There were times I tried deliberately to increase the volume of that still small voice. But it stayed remote and scratchy, like a radio station in the middle of the night you can barely hear – a station that happens to be playing the music you most want to hear. It slips away again and again.

Then, I experienced a physical trauma that suddenly changed how it felt to be in the world and changed what it meant to be in the world. All for the better, surprisingly.

As part of that change, the still small voice became clear. The shift in clarity seemed almost physiological. The voice was suddenly at hand, and the sense of presence I always associated with the still small voice seemed to permeate the very cells of my body. Instead of far away and indistinct, the voice and the presence became accessible.

I don’t know what to call it. I don’t know what it is. But I trust it and it guides me now.

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8 thoughts on “It Guides Me Now

  1. “I don’t know what to call it. I don’t know what it is. But I trust it and it guides me now.”

    Same for me, I completely understand. I wish you much peace and joy on your journey ~ Allison

  2. I agree that there is a voice within that knows.

    Eilleen Caddy founded a whole spiritual community in Findhorn, Scotland based on “this still small voice within” (goggle it and you will find it) She shared the messages of this voice and they are still being sent to followers around the world. Pretty awesome!

    I believe we all have this voice and we can access it when are still enough and mindful enough to pick it up. Often it is a feeling, sensation or visualization rather than words.
    The voice is not one of language alone.
    So we must be open to tune into our being in a new way to hear the voice within.

  3. i can really relate to this, people call it different names: soul, higher self, spirit guide, etc…

    But that little voice has it all figured out, doesn’t it?!

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