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We all have voices in our heads but whose voice is it? How can we tell the difference between the ego, the intuition and the voice of your spirit guides?
Thousands of thoughts enter in and out of our mind every minute of every day, some consciously and some subconsciously. Being aware of all the voices in your mind is challenging but also crucial on the path to enlightenment.
In fact, many spiritual teachers and the practice of meditation, teaches us not to engage with our thoughts and to instead be the observer. For after all, we are not our thoughts, but the observer behind them- we are the one who is listening to our thoughts.
While meditation can be a fantastic practice, it is not always possible to ignore the voices of our mind. The internal dialogue that we all have is fundamental to our health and our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly however, it becomes very destructible”- Eckhart Tolle
Learning how to determine the different “voices” in our mind- The Voice of the Ego, The Voice of the Higher Self/Intuition and the Voice of Your Spirit Guides/Angels, can help you use your mind as a powerful tool of guidance and clarity.
The Voice of the Ego
The ego’s main job is physical survival and through our early years we often take it on as our main voice because it helps protect and teaches us boundaries.
The ego is heavily conditioned by society, past experiences, culture and also fear. Although the main job of the ego is protection, more often than not, our ego voice becomes rooted in fear.
The ego likes to talk about wants, securities, plans, anxieties and stresses. It will often also think of the worst possible scenario and be quick to judge and discriminate. The ego voice always likes to be right, hates being questioned and loves to feel victimized.
It has the power to override both the voice of the Higher self and Spirit Guides and often arises from the front left area of your mind. Its voice is firm and authoritative, and communicates mainly with words and surface level emotions.
Voice of the Higher Self/ Intuition
Your higher self or intuitive voice is the internal guidance system of your soul and is connected with the Universe. It is here to look after you spiritually and emotionally and often communicates without words.
While the ego voice is strong and authoritative in your mind, the higher self voice is softer and quieter. Often the voice of the higher self is “felt”, especially in the stomach area, rather than being “heard.”
The voice of the Higher self often communicates in subtle ways at first or through dreams, but it can also become persistent or nagging. Messages are most often received through the left side of the body or the left ear.
When the higher self speaks, all seems to make sense and there is a feeling of inner knowingness that seems to instantly arise.
Voice of Your Spirit Guides/Angels
The voice of your spirit guides are the most quiet of all, they often are heard from the right side of your body or you may even hear a ringing in your ears when you are receiving communication.
The voice of your spirit guides is often internal and experienced through meditation, but they can also communicate with words. You may also see physical signs or be triggered by a strange coincidence.
The voice of your Spirit guides is always calm, thoughtful loving and gentle. They are never demanding and nor do they instil fear or anxiety. Sometimes the messages they send may not completely make sense at first or they may be symbolic rather than literal.
It takes practice, but eventually you will get better at working our which voice is communicating to you and which voice offers the best solution for you.