Lauren Fire – Transforming Self-Criticism – Stop Trying to Fix Yourself – by Tiny Buddha

Depressed Woman


“I define depression as a comparison of your current reality to a fantasy about how you wish your life would be.” ~Dr. John Demartini


I always wanted to do things “right.” I was the little kid at the front of the room, raising her hand for every question. I was great at pushing myself to succeed and please.

My drive to be perfect was an asset through college and law school. I rocked high grades and landed a big firm job right out of school. But that same drive drove me right into a therapist’s office at twenty-five, where I was diagnosed with severe depression.

Then just like any good perfectionist, I drove myself harder to overcome the depression, to be more perfect. I Cookie Monstered personal growth, intensely gobbling up books, lectures, retreats, and coaching.

Have you ever been cruising along, then suddenly realized you’ve been going the wrong way for a while?

When I had suicidal thoughts in my thirties after giving birth to my daughter, my intense drive came to a screeching halt. My desire to be perfect had driven me into a deep and scary postpartum depression.

My thoughts were no longer mine, and for the first time in my life I was afraid of what was happening in my head. Something had to shift.

So I went on a new journey, one designed to find out (for real this time) how to reduce the daily suffering that I knew I was causing myself. What I learned shifted my entire life. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let me walk you through my journey. Maybe you can discover something about yourself along the way.

To Motivate or To Berate—That is the Question

Like all good journeys, mine starts with a hero (me) and a villain (my inner critic voice). Now, that “little voice” for me was not little at all. It was more like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters, the mean one with the scary eyes.

One day I decided to turn toward my Mean Marshmallow Man Voice and ask it questions. Why must I be perfect? Why are you always criticizing me?

“Because you’re not perfect.” It said, with a booming voice. “You’re not…” and then it went on to list about 2,000 things that I was failing to do, be, say, or accomplish.

But this time, when I pictured all of these 2,000 things, I started to imagine the person who would actually have done all of those things. Who would this person be, this perfect version of me? Let’s name her Perfect Lauren.

Well, let’s see. Perfect Lauren would never let the clothes on her floor pile up, or the mail go unread. Perfect Lauren wouldn’t spend hours watching The Walking Dead or surfing Facebook. Perfect Lauren would work out every day, in the morning, before work.

Perfect Lauren would eat extremely well and would skip Starbucks, no matter how much she loved Salted Carmel Mochas. Perfect Lauren would have a perfect meditation practice every day.

I saw my entire life flash before my eyes, one long comparison to Perfect Lauren and one long failure to measure up. Did I assume that with enough self-abuse, one day I would become Perfect Lauren? One day I would finally be this fantasy super mom who would always “have it together”?

Suddenly I realized that my immense drive, the one that had allowed me to be so successful, was not a drive toward the happiness I wanted. I was not driving toward anything at all. I was driving away from something.

I drove myself to avoid feeling shame, self-criticism, and self-hate. I drove myself to please the Mean Marshmallow Man Voice. I drove myself to avoid hating myself.

Why do you do things? Do you exercise, eat right, study, or work hard because you love yourself and want good for yourself? Or do you do these things to avoid shame and self-criticism?

I had spent my entire life motivating myself with negativity. And I was now paying the price.

Why It’s Hard to Change

Once I realized how much I compared myself to Perfect Lauren, I tried to stop. It seems simple. Just stop doing it.

But when I tried too hard, I kept getting stuck in this Dr. Seuss-like spiral of hating myself for trying to not hate myself. My former coach used to call that a “double bind,” because you’re screwed either way.

For me to finally learn how to change this, I first had to ask myself…why? And yes, I know that I’m starting to sound like Yoda, but follow me here.

Why did I need to compare myself to Perfect Lauren? Why did it matter? When I pulled at the thread, I found the sad truth.

I compare myself to Perfect Lauren because somewhere deep in my mind I believe that Perfect Lauren gets the love. Real Lauren doesn’t. So I must constantly push myself to be Perfect Lauren, never accepting Real Lauren.

Okay, that sounds ridiculous. When you highlight a belief, sometimes it can look like a big dog with shaved fur, all shriveled and silly. I don’t believe that at all.

I believe the Lauren that leaves clothes on the floor and loses the toothpaste cap deserves love! The Lauren who hates to unload the dishwasher and loses bills in a pile of mail, she deserves love too!

How to Transform Self-Criticism

Have you ever looked endlessly for something and then realized it was sitting right in front of your face? It turns out that the solution to my self-criticism and comparison was actually pretty simple—start loving myself more.

Now loving Real Lauren, with all faults, is not easy. But I’m trying.

Instead of pushing myself with shame, hate, and self-criticism, I am learning to motivate myself with praise. Instead of threatening myself, I am pumping myself up.

And this has changed everything. I actually get more done using positive motivation. And more importantly, I feel better about what I get done. I’m happier, calmer, and feel more at peace with my life.

If you want to shift your own self-criticism and free yourself from the tyranny of your Mean Marshmallow Man, stop trying to fix yourself and start trying to love yourself.

Here is a practical way to implement this into your life:

The next time you notice that you are criticizing yourself or comparing yourself to Perfect You, stop. Hit the pause button in your head.

Next, say, “Even though I… I love and accept all of myself.” So, for me today, “Even though I shopped on Zulily instead of writing this blog post, I love and accept all of myself.”

Now imagine that you’re giving yourself a hug, internally. Try to generate a feeling of self-compassion.

When you do this regularly, you will start to notice what I noticed. Love and self-compassion can shift even the strongest negative thoughts and emotions and allow you to enjoy more of you life.

And that’s the real goal here, isn’t it? If we keep driving ourselves using self-criticism, we will never be happy, no matter how perfect we are, because we won’t enjoy the process. We won’t enjoy the journey.

I believe that the happiest people in life aren’t the ones with the least baggage. They are just the ones who learned to carry it better so that they can enjoy the ride.

The more we generate self-compassion and love, the easier perfectionism and self-criticism will be to carry. And the easier it will be for us to love and enjoy this beautiful and amazing journey called life.


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Lauren Fire is the host of Inspiring Mama, a podcast and blog dedicated to finding solutions to the emotional challenges of motherhood and teaching simple and practical happiness tools to parents. Get her free happiness lesson videos by joining the Treat Yourself Challenge – 10 Days

Val and Valana Thor – Step Back Into Your Power – 8-22-14


 If the one born ‘King of Kings’ and ‘Lord of Lords’ could do nothing in his own self how can any expect to do so?

  “Beloved Yeshua claimed no power, no anointing and no teaching ministry other than the power, the anointing and the wisdom of the ‘Father within’.


“Of my own self I can do nothing, the Father within doeth the works.” – Jesus


The words that I speak are not mine but the Father’s that sent me.” Jesus


When you stand before the magistrates take no thought what you will say, the Father within will speak.” Jesus


This above scripture has been misinterpreted to mean some power other than yourself takes over and speaks through you. This is not to be done.  This is the way to invite demon possession or being taken over by a lower astral entity aka the powers of darkness.


It simply means, you will do the speaking or writing and the words will come to you, similar to a flowing stream. You will not have to pump them up or attempt to search them out or attempt in any other way to do it within your own self.


 Step back in your own Christ Identity  and know thyself.  It is said to have been written over an ancient Temple of Wisdom, “Know Thyself”.


As the scriptures tell us, ‘Be still and KNOW, that I AM God’.  Where is the “I AM”? Beloved Jesus made clear when he said,


“The Kingdom of God is within YOU.”


Stand back in that Kingdom and allow the fullness of the glory of God to descend upon you and just BE what you really are, the beloved I AM Presence of the Living God within your own Soul.”


“May you stand in the glory of the true Self…So Be It, Be It So, Amen.”


Val and Valana Thor


©Copyright 2011 Valana Thor

This may be re-posted please leave copyright and writer’s names on it, thank you. Valana 

46 Articles by Michelle Walling, CHLC – Ascension, Spirituality –



Michelle Walling, CHLC

About the author:
Michelle Walling is a Certified Holistic Life Coach.  She has devoted her life to being a bearer and grounder of the light in service to others. As a truth seeker, she is committed to share her experiences with the world. She is also a hands-on healer, a distance healer, an empath, and an intuitive. Michelle has recently joined forces with Gregg Prescott as an admin for the In5d Facebook page, as an assistant for In5d Events, as a contributing author for and webmaster/author/editor on CosmicStarseeds. Michelle also supports Gregg’s endeavors in many other areas including alternative and holistic healthcare. Their next project is a walk in clinic under the name AHH- Alternative Holistic Healthcare to be launched in 2014-2015 in the Sarasota, Florida area, and then subsidiaries will be opened around the world based upon that model.


Articles By:  Michelle Walling, CHLC

  1. Opportunity for Transformation: Astrological Cardinal Grand Cross
  2. Hypnotized Client Reveals Upcoming Ascension Event |
  3. The Meaning Of Ascension for 2014 | In5D.comHow to Ascend – Intention and Awareness |
  4. 10 Common Signs Of Spiritual Awakening Ascension Symptoms
  5. How to AscendAscension 101 |
  6. How to Ascend – Going Within – Part 3 |
  7. How to Ascend – Loving Yourself – Part 4 |
  8. How to Ascend – Healing – Part 5 |
  9. How to Ascend – Raising Your Vibration – Part 6 |
  10. How to Ascend – Transmuting Karma – Part 7 |
  11. How to Ascend – Transmuting Karma – Part 7 |
  12. How to Ascend – Changing Your Thoughts – Part 8 |
  13. How to Ascend – Transmuting Fear – Part 9 |
  14. How to Ascend – Taking Back Your Power – Part 10 |
  15. How to Ascend – Mastery: Serving Others – Part 11 |
  16. 11:11 – Repetitive Numbers and Their Meaning
  17. Cutting Energetic Cords- How to Maximize Your Energy Flow |
  18. How to Heal Past Life Programming |
  19. What Can We Learn From Near Death Experiences? |
  20. Beyond Science: How to Talk to Your DNA |
  21. How Rejuvenation Could Bring Freedom to Humanity |
  22. 2014 Galactic Call To Arms |
  23. The Benefit of Exploring Past Lives |
  24. How to Surf the Waves of Change |
  25. The Holy Grail of Sacred Relationships |
  26. All About Food Choices and Spirituality |
  27. Coming Together: Resolving the Dis-Unity Paradox |
  28. Pleiadians: Extraterrestrials from Beyond our Universe |
  29. How To Identify And Clear Spiritual Hitchhikers |
  30. The Secret Of Mind Over Matter | | Esoteric, Spiritual
  31. If There Was No Such Thing As Money… |
  32. A return to the 1960’s Love Revolution | |
  33. Can Judgment be a Tool in Spiritual Awakening? |
  34. The Future of Community Living |
  35. The Benefit of Exploring Past Lives |
  36. How to Surf the Waves of Change |
  37. What is ‘The Event’? |
  38. Astrology – What You Need to Know About Sun Signs |
  39. The Future of Healthcare |
  40. How to Refine Your Psychic Powers |
  41. Extreme Polarity: Could the Illuminati be Serving Humanity? | In5D
  42. 33 Keys to Spiritual Mastery |
  43. Tuning in to the Needs of Indigo Children |
  44. How Sound is Keeping Humanity Enslaved |
  45. Could An Electrical Grid Failure Be A Blessing? |
  46. Learning To Live Vibrationally |

Lexlee Overton – 4 Steps to Finding Your Inner Voice

4 Steps to Finding Your Inner Voice

“Your mind knowsonly some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.” ~ Henry Winkler

We’ve all done it. We’ve all searched for the answers to our most complex life’s questions. Whether through reading the latest self-help book, attending seminars by the latest motivational speaker, sitting at the feet of a great “guru,” or visiting a noted psychic, we have hoped someone could help us find our way.

We’ve all spent the money, time and energy searching.  Yet somehow we always come away still yearning for more.

Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, while we were looking for our way home, following the yellow brick road, we didn’t realize our answers were already there. Our quest to meet the Wizard – the one who could teach us all we needed to know, ends when we finally stop searching “out there”.

We realize our greatest teacher is someone who has been with us all along.  Albeit, someone we may not really know all that well.

In the practice of Kundalini Yoga, the opening mantra before every session is “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” which means:  ”I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine teacher.”

The mantra is used to tune the student into the “divine flow” and the knowledge we all carry inside us.  The great teacher is you.  No one can give you the knowledge or wisdom you need greater than what you can give yourself.  The Divine teacher is contained within each of us.

Our challenge is we often don’t know how to begin meeting ourselves. The journey to the classroom of your greatest teacher follows this path:

1. Be Willing To Be Still

We can not hear the divine knowledge if we are not willing to be still.  And I’m not referring to just closing your eyes and sitting.  Being truly still requires quieting of the mind, stopping all the chatter and being willing to hear what lies underneath. You have to be truly  present with yourself. A very hard task if you’ve been avoiding your truest deepest self.

When I ask if people mediate, the responses are typically that there isn’t enough time, or it seems silly – just to sit there and do nothing. Others tell me that it’s useless, because they can’t stop the chatter in their minds.

There is usually a reason for our hesitancy.   Anxiety can exist in just being quiet, completely letting go of all thought.  It takes courage to be in silence to hear the lesson which we can teach ourselves.  Don’t give up. Be patient and you will learn what your divine nature is trying to teach.

2.  Be Willing To Accept The Teacher Who Shows Up

Once you have cast aside all thoughts and chatter, you will meet your teacher.  He or she will be some form of your higher self.  Be willing to accept however “you” look.

The first time I truly became quiet, I met myself as a young woman around the age of 30.  I didn’t however, like what I saw. I almost didn’t recognize myself.

I looked exhausted, my cheeks drawn in, eyes wide with pain and I sat on the ground with my arms reaching up, as if asking for help to even stand.  This worn out exhausted version of myself was pleading for me to help her.

I wanted to run from her.

She scared me.

I stood my ground and listened.

I heard what she was teaching me. This younger exhausted version of me was there to show what my inner self was really feeling.   At that time in life, I was ignoring my needs.

I was working so hard at taking care of everyone else, I did not take time to care for her.  I was struggled to juggle being a single mother with a professional career.

This teacher was telling me that she needed help.   I had to find the courage to reach out to her, scoop her up in my arms and care for her.

In essence, be willing to accept the teacher who appears.  It might be a younger version of you, or an older one, or a version you have never seen.

Be willing to accept however the “inner you” appears.  The next time your teacher appears, don’t be surprised if  he or she looks completely different.   Each new lesson may bring a different teacher.  Be willing to accept the teacher who shows up.

3.  Be Willing To Learn

Whatever the lesson presented to you, be willing to learn.  Maybe the lesson will be a joyful one or one of appreciation.  Once my teacher showed me how to dance with joy.

A young happy version of myself appeared with her arms outstretched and head thrown back in joy, teaching me how it looks to feel free and happy.  Maybe it will be a lesson requiring courage because the instructions are words you haven’t been willing to hear.

Whatever the message, it will be the most important lesson you need to learn in that moment of time.  All the searching outside of yourself could never provide the answers your higher self will give you.

The silence is always filled with the wisdom of words we need.

We only need to be willing to learn.

4.  Be Willing To Share

The final step in being a student of life is to share what you learn.  Your lesson will always reveal a tidbit about finding your true self.  Be willing to share your authentic self with others.

Every time we share of ourselves from an honest place, we give the gift of ourselves to others.  And when you share the lessons you then teach others that it’s okay to accept themselves.

As you share, you will learn more about yourself.  ”When one teaches, two learn”.  You are meant to be your greatest teacher, to know yourself and be you.

This is how we change the world, one student, one teacher at a time.

Have you learned to hear and trust your inner voice? Do you agree that your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path? Share your insights by commenting below :)

Lexlee Overto


This article was written by Lexlee Overton. Lexlee is living bravely as a trial lawyer, business owner, founder/CEO of a life-saving non-profit, wife, and mother.  From being a winning female trial lawyer in a male-dominated courtroom to growing a thriving business during motherhood, Lexlee has experienced a challenging journey advocating for others, which led her to a mission of self-advocacy for living authentically, passionately, and boldly. You can read more about her journey at


El Morya – The Whisperings of Your Inner Voice – via Julie Miller – 2-26-14

El Morya
El Morya

Ascended Master, El Morya’s Weekly Message ~ February 25 – March 04, 2014

Received by Julie Miller  /  February 25, 2014

There is no doubt that you have heard your inner voice before, and there have been times you have trusted this inner voice, your voice of wisdom – it is this inner voice that knows what is best for you, but so many times you turn away from your inner voice, or you have allowed yourself to become so distracted that you no longer can hear it. When you tune into your inner voice and learn to trust in what it is whispering, the choices you make and the decisions you choose will seem as if they are answering themselves. When we urge you to follow your heart, it is because the direction your heart is leading you towards will never fail you. It is when you allow your over-processed mind to step in and decide against what your heart is telling you what is right for you at that given time that creates complications.

When you learn to listen to the wisdom of your inner voice, you will discover not only your true and authentic self, but you will recognize what stirs your soul with the greatest of passion and this dear ones becomes your driving force that propels you forward each and every time. For the many dear souls who have yet to exercise the wisdom found from listening to their inner voice, trust will be a huge hurdle to overcome; as they must learn to trust what they cannot see or hear with ears, but learn to know from knowing that is instinctual and intuitive. There are so many reasons why hearing your inner voice is so difficult that makes it even more difficult to trust. And the more you explore yourself, the more you will uncover.

Even if you are somehow unaware of the workings of your mind, understand dear ones your mind is constantly busy and flooded by waves upon waves of thoughts, feelings, emotions and information that is gushing and flowing for attention and for action. There are times when your mind does slow down, but it never stops. If you truly take a moment or two to gauge your mind, you too will realize that you never shut down your mind – you are constantly thinking, processing, analyzing, interpreting, judging, giving comments and making suggestions all day and many times you allow your mind to draw you into its unstructured and uncontrolled flow without even thinking twice.

Now if you were to slow down your stream of thoughts and reflect upon them then it is possible for you to recognize that inside your mind is a voice that is something like a narrator of story but the story is not something you read to your child, the story is your life and the voice of your mind is your ego. Many times this voice may seem to be loud whereas other times soft and gentle. Knowing you have so many emotional voices in your head, ones that are angry, frustrated, forceful, loving, compassionate, etc., it becomes difficult to hone in on your actual inner voice – the voice of your wisdom, the voice that is knowing, loving and kind.

Just for a moment dear ones, consider your true and authentic self as being the source of your wisdom has no voice. Instead of connecting to you with certain words and thoughts, it connects to you through another method. Comprehend dear ones, Inner Wisdom is all sensory and connects to you through certain sensations, feelings and emotions found within your body – the trick is noticing them.

We know you get these sensations all the time, but because your day is so busy and your mind is often distracted you have chosen to ignore most of them because you have not allowed yourself to tune in to their meaning or purpose. So many dear souls are rusty when it comes to interpreting the message coming to them from their inner voice. What we have observed is that even if you have some amount of understanding to what you are sensing and feeling, many times you are too fearful to trust what you are feeling and choose to not investigate further and not to follow through the wisdom that is coming through from your inner voice. It is the force behind your egotistic mind that prevents you from hearing your inner voice, it will drown out its wisdom so drastically that its whispers become imperceptible and obscure until you learn to rise above your ego.

We have a simple exercise for you: Think about something you’ve wanted to do or try but you have held back for many reasons. The reasons could easily seem logical or even rational at the time for why you haven’t started, but in truth you are afraid to begin, you may be afraid you will do something wrong or fail, but seriously how would you know if you don’t try? Think about the outcome you wish to reach and think about how important and significant this is to you and what it means for you to succeed in something you have wanted to do but held back. Will it help fulfill you if you began making steps towards this new direction, would it help you grow and develop by completing it and how will it help you grow?

When you know you have been holding yourself back, even in a conversation understand why this is dear ones. Speaking openly and honestly from your true self can be daunting, but if you don’t tell the other person how you are feeling, how then are you to resolve any issues or share your thoughts or concerns? Speaking from your true self, being honest and genuine seems to be such a difficult thing for so many to do, but the more you do even in little things, the greater your confidence grows and the easier it becomes to speak up, and share your ideas and what is bothering you. Your inner voice is there whispering dear ones, encouraging you forward, stop your mind from its busy attempt to distract you and just allow yourself to be and you will hear.

If you really think about it honestly and truthfully, you will agree that what you want is what is best for you and it’s always best to trust yourself and take appropriate action that will bring you into alignment with your values and true self. Your inner voice is gentle, not at all forceful. Your inner voice will instruct you with suggestions, there will be no force, simply an invitation to make a choice. Knowing this, your authentic self also knows and understands that you deserve to share your truth, but also realizes that you resist this part of your Self. You may be overcome by tightness or discomfort in your stomach from a lack of trust and use of your intuition. Then your mind takes over and creates larger issues by having you second guess yourself and having you feel uncomfortable instead of confident within any situation and many times can create fear where there was none before.

Life is hard; it can be frightening. It is important to admit to yourself that some choices and decisions are scary. What is important is not to become stuck in the fear of trying. Sometimes you had to learn the hard way, you have gained scars and bumps along the way and because of the experiences you have met, the wisdom you have accumulated is second to none. But it is your ego and busy mind that has you becoming your biggest critic. And at first your ego may seem as if it’s trying to protect you from tasting the full flavour of life, but eventually your ego will make you its prisoner. Understand it is not silly nor is it foolish to listen to your heart and to trust the sensations you get from this divine core of your being. Don’t deny yourself the happiness you deserve by listening to your ego – tune into your heart and allow your inner voice to be heard through its subtle energies and ways.

Did you know dear ones, every time you choose to not follow your inner voice and the guidance from your heart your energy becomes depleted? There is a sense and feeling of a loss of personal power brings feelings like sadness and sometimes a deadening kind of feeling. You are encouraged to become more attentive to your sensations and to your emotions, because like all things time will provide you the healing and nurturing required and the understanding of the value of your inner voice and of the directions found from its guidance.

If you want to start something new but were afraid to begin, just think dear ones of the outcome you wish to achieve that include all the positive possibilities that could result if you followed the direction of your inner voice. As you enter a new and more positive mind-set, your intuition will be able to flow more freely as you begin to relax into your freer self, the self that is not overcome by a forceful ego, the self that is aware and knowing. As you continue to consider all the possibilities of this new direction, how you will grow, by answering certain questions about yourself, you become more connected with your total self. You learn the importance of honouring your values by ending the smothering pattern your thoughts once were that were governed by your ego. You begin to nurture yourself and your mind in new positive ways and you will feel great as a result. When your total self is at peace and your mind is quiet, your inner voice is then able to come forward.

There very well may be times when challenges will trigger negative thinking and thoughtforms to reappear, and you will feel yourself become uncomfortable and tight once again. Listen to your body’s signals – pay attention. Your inner voice is speaking to you through subtle sensations that are for you to recognize then take appropriate action to bring peace and calm back to your mind, and not to give in to panic that will lead to stress and upset. Trust dear ones in your inner self and voice. Even if your ego is frightened, your inner self, will know exactly what to do because it is derived from love.

The more you practice tuning into your inner voice, the more you will trust in its direction, and the more your confidence will rise. Decisions will become easier as you have more faith in the wisdom that is coming from your inner voice and life becomes simpler, calmer and definitely more enjoyable.

Always trust your heart, your intuition and inner voice. They know what is best for you always – and you deserve to truly live a life that is honest, heart-felt and authentic.

And so it is…

I AM Ascended Master, El Morya through Julie Miller

Today i went inside my head – InspiringYourSpirit – 2-13-14



My Dear Friends,

Today I went inside my head
Closed my eyes and took a breath
I can feel the coolness of the air as it enters my nose
And the warmth as it exits my mouth

Slow and deep breaths I take
In and hold
Out and hold
Paying attention to the now

How do I feel, what do I feel
Oh there’s a thought
Say hi and thank you
But your not needed now, so please go away

The pure new energy is entering my lungs
Fueling my heart
Into my bloodstream
Passing through my body like cars on a highway

Into my arms, my hands and my fingers
Rushing through my body
To every organ, to every cell
Nourishing me as it makes its way

But how do I feel..
At peace for now
Deeper and deeper I go
Into my mind

To a place where I’m safe
My tranquil place
My garden of truth
My home

No one can touch me here
It’s for me and for me alone
My dreams are here
I’m loved here

I can stay or I can return
It’s my choice
It’s my life
My meditation

Namaste With Love


Jill Mattson – Listen to Sounds Within – 2-6-14



Thanks to the Galactic Free Press.

People are often uncomfortable with silence. We live our lives surrounded by lawnmowers, traffic, TV’s, sirens, mp3 players and horns. We are not accustomed to hearing silence and subtleties in ourselves. How could we be?

Many find comfort with constant noise and keep the TV on for long hours. Do we like distractions to avoid the experience of silence? Do we try to escape silence to avoid vulnerability? Our feelings more readily surface in quiet moments. What do we hear in the silence? Do we hear our consciousness? Experience innermost thoughts? Feel our emotions?

Mystics and spiritual leaders have long revered silence and recommend listening to “the sound of silence” is an ancient technique.

  • “Silence is the altar of God.”
  • “Be still and know that I am God.”
  • “When we go into the inner chamber and shut the door to every sound that comes from life without, then the voice of God will speak to our soul, and we will know the key note of our life.”

Focused inner listening amplifies the sounds of our heart, circulatory and respiratory systems, and the many frequencies that travel throughout our body. There are great benefits to be gained in pursuing these subtle sounds.