Discerning Voices

“You then no longer derive your identity , your sense of who you are, from the incessant stream of thinking that in the old consciousness you take to be yourself.  What a liberation to realize the the “voice in my head” is NOT who I am.  Who am I then?  The one that sees that.”       Eckhart Tolle,  A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

I continue to be amazed at the existence of providence, and its revelations becoming increasingly transparent to me.  Just minutes before reading the above quote, I wrote a Facebook post about ignoring “the voice in my head” and spending the afternoon doing what my “heart voice”  wanted, not what “the voice in my head” told me I should be doing.  Sometimes associated with mental illness, voices in our heads can be overwhelmingly loud and exasperatingly hard to silence.  Concurrently, as if we were wearing high-end noise- cancelling headphones, the voices in our hearts can be expunged by the deadening cacophony of the noise tracks in our heads, compounded by the lack of silence in our lives. 

In  A New Earth , Eckhart Tolle suggests that our ego is that voice in our head.  He says when we recognize that fact and where that voice originates, we’re thinking with an awareness that propels us towards conscious living, we’re taking a step towards “sensing the divine life essence”¹, in ourselves, and every other living thing.  He writes that the purpose of  A New Earth is to awaken us, allowing us to recognize the “unawakened” us, our egos.  Tolle also proposes that we’re then capable of recognizing how we’ve been  conditioned to sustain that unawakened state, the source of all earthly troubles, from those at dinner tables to those at the conference tables of heads of state.  Simply put, I understand it to mean that once we become aware that our thoughts (egos) have created our problems, we can change the world by changing our thoughts.

Being aware of our thinking and where our thoughts originate allows us to siphon out the racket and hear the songs our hearts sing.  Silence and meditation are tools that we can use to facilitate that process.   The voice in our hearts has been called the voice of God, the whisperings of our soul, or our conscience telling us what is “right”.  When we “follow our heart” we’re said to live our truth, to fullfill our destiny, simultaneously fulfilling ourselves.  Imagine the world if every human being could achieve that type of awakened enlightenment !  No longer sleepwalkers, we’d all be able to clearly discern our interconnectedness, able to follow the threads that weave the grand web of life which we so easily and tragically forget we’re each a integral part of.   

Like members of a harmonious symphony, each of us is an instrument with our own individual pieces of music to play.  In a world whose infinite wonders and magnificence cannot sanely be denied, to propose that there is no “grand plan”, that we weren’t all destined to live in harmony, is to walk blindly through each day, leaving the dots unconnected, and ignoring the multitude of mysterious miracles that compose the life surrounding us.  Let’s create “a new world”.  Let’s wake up and recognize the voices.  Let’s listen to and sing the songs of our hearts.

I’ll cap this off with a song from the 70s, more than just an ad, a perfect “message in a bottle” for this post.

Peace and Love


PS    Check out the new Fox series,”Touch”, which has our interconnectedness as its theme.  Kiefer Sutherland stars as the father of an “emotionally challenged son”, who through numbers, disarmingly reveals to his father and others, the interconnectedness of us all.

¹Tolle, Eckhart, A New Earth:Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose, Plume, Penguin Group, New York, NY 2005

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