Inner Voice, or Just Inner Chatter?

Inner Voice

One of the blessing and challenges of recovering from this surgery is all the time I have to just be quiet.

 It takes very little physical exertion to tire me out, but my mental stamina is back to normal.

Thus,  I have a lot of internal conversations going on. Some are profound and wise; some, just garbage. Sorting the wheat from the chaff, as it were, takes patience and discernment. The reward for careful listening is greater understanding, deeper compassion, and truer insight.

The Osho Zen Tarot, as usual, has good things to say about the true Inner Voice.

If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find. Truth is functioning through you. When you open your eyes, it is truth opening his eyes. When you close your eyes, it is truth who is closing its eyes. This is a tremendous meditation. If you can simply understand the device, you don’t have to do anything; whatever you are doing is being done by truth. You are walking, it is truth; you are sleeping, it is truth resting; you are speaking, it is truth speaking; you are silent, it is truth that is silent. This is one of the most simple meditation techniques. Slowly, slowly everything settles by this simple formula, and then there is no need for the technique. When you are cured, you throw away the meditation, you throw away the medicine. Then you live as truth – alive, radiant, contented, blissful, a song unto yourself. Your whole life becomes a prayer without any words, or better to say a prayerfulness, a grace, a beauty which does not belong to our mundane world, a ray of light coming from the beyond into the darkness of our world.
Osho The Great Zen Master Ta Hui Chapter 23
Commentary: The Inner Voice speaks not in words but in the wordless language of the heart. It is like an oracle who only speaks the truth. If it had a face, it would be like the face at the center of this card – alert, watchful, and able to accept both the dark and the light, symbolized by the two hands holding the crystal. The crystal itself represents the clarity that comes from transcending all dualities. The Inner Voice can also be playful, as it dives deep into the emotions and emerges again to soar towards the sky, like two dolphins dancing in the waters of life. It is connected with the cosmos, through the crescent-moon crown, and the earth, as represented by the green leaves on the figure’s kimono. There are times in our lives when too many voices seem to be pulling us this way and that. Our very confusion in such situations is a reminder to seek silence and centering within. Only then are we able to hear our truth.

4 thoughts on “Inner Voice, or Just Inner Chatter?

  1. Silence can indeed be golden, if we let Love, Compassion and forgiveness shine out from our center.

    That’s what i get when i meditate. Even if I don’t taste “bliss” or become one with the Cosmos. i still touch the core of my being.

    That is, if i can get the chattering monkey to be still.

    thanks for your insight.

    michael j

    Conshohocken, PA USA

    • Thank you for your insightful comment! My late husband called it “roof brain chatter” — that incessant background noise that blocks us from true hearing until we still it intentionally.


  2. Yoga is a way of life, a conscious act, not a set or series of learning principles. The dexterity, grace, and poise you cultivate, as a matter of course, is the natural outcome of regular practice. You require no major effort. In fact trying hard will turn your practices into a humdrum, painful, even injurious routine and will eventually slow down your progress. Subsequently, and interestingly, the therapeutic effect of Yoga is the direct result of involving the mind totally in inspiring (breathing) the body to awaken. Yoga is probably the only form of physical activity that massages each and every one of the body’s glands and organs. This includes the prostate, a gland that seldom, if ever, gets externally stimulated in one’s whole life.

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