Empower your life with AnnaMariah and Gemstone Alchemy
| 23 July, 2015 14:19
Do You Feel Fragmented or at Odds with Yourself when You Must Choose?
If this looks like the signposts in your life, there may be help.
How do you experience that small voice within?
Some people really do hear a voice, but too often it's that critical voice that tell you everything you've done wrong, or how you are lacking in the world. If that's the voice you hear, it's the wrong voice. Oftentimes this is the voice of our mother, father, teachers, nuns, priests, rabbis and other people who had influence in our early lives. The more you listen to the Other voice, that small voice within, the quieter the critical voice becomes.
The small voice within is your soul speaking to you (also known as your higher self, your intuition, even your guides). This voice will always always be supportive and helpful. It may not always tell you what you want to hear. It can tell you when you're on the wrong path, or that something needs to change. It can warn you against doing things that are not in your best interests. But it never never criticizes, just supports you in going in a different direction.
I was struck by the fact that this is often referred to as "the still small voice within". If it's a voice that's supposed to be speaking up and supporting you shouldn't it be active and not still?
What happens when it's so still or so quiet that you can't hear it?
Many people tell me they don't hear a voice. Well that's possible because there are so many ways for it to communicate with you. Actually truly hearing a voice is less common than some of the other ways: a sense of knowing, a gut feeling, a sudden inspiration, a nudge, and so many ways all individual to you.
Unfortunately that voice probably won't be as clear as listening to your stereo, but you can find a way to make it clearer and stronger.
Another reason for not hearing the voice is all the thoughts bouncing around in your head when you are stressed or anxious and the more they bound the more the stress and anxiety increases. Your mind can keep you going around in circles, bringing up more and more questions, objections, worries, issues and oh my it can get crazy in there.
So how do you quiet the critical voice, calm the stress and anxiety and tune-into the wisdom that is there just waiting for you?
I have developed a technique over the years that really works for me. It uses the innate knowledge of your deeper self, your soul knows the answers and is just dying to share them with you.
Try it yourself. I will tell you right now, the more you do it, the more you trust it, the stronger and easier it becomes.
Find a quiet place where you can take a few minutes to allow yourself to experience this process. (Yes, it works even when you don't have that quiet place, but for starters it's easier in a calm quiet place.)
Do a before assessment of 3 areas.
Your body: How does your body feel? Are you relaxed or tense? Do you have pain anywhere? Are you tired or energized?
Write down some specifics. Writing will help you get clear on your experience, especially when you are learning the technique.
Your emotions: What emotion are you feeling? Are you Calm? Happy? Sad? Angry? Anxious?
Your mind: Count to ten, and pay attention to the “pace of your mind”. How fast are you counting? Is there a rhythm? Or anything else that’s notable?
- Write down a couple of options or choices that you have to make.
- Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind.
- Visualize yourself going through with option #1 or ask a question.
- Questions should be general, such as “Would doing……benefit me?” or “Is going to (doing) …… in my highest interest or for my highest good?”
- Take 3 more deep breaths and let the question go.
- Go through the 3 steps above, body, emotions, and pace of mind. Write them down as you go.
- How does your body feel? How has it changed from the “before” picture? Are you tired where you had been energized or vice versa? Do you have a new pain in your body? Or did a previous pain leave?
- How are you feeling emotionally? What, if anything, feels different than before?
- Count to ten again. Is there a shift in the speed or cadence of your counting?
- Take a few more deep breaths.
- Visualize each or the other choices you wrote down, each time taking a few deep breaths between choices.
- Look back at your notes. What choices made you feel energized, light, happy, calm, or certain? Was there one in which suddenly your mind was really slow, or kind of spacey, or speedy, or….?
Most of the time you will notice a definite change or responses in each visualization. The choice that has the most positive effect in all areas is Your Still Small Voice responding through your body, emotions and mind.
Here’s an example from my life. I was planning on moving to Boston. I’d gone to Boston, gone on several job interviews, checked out apartment prices, talked to friends, even got an astro-cartography report that was highly positive. However, when I was in Boston, it felt difficult, and heavy. But gosh how could that be, my astro-cartography was fabulous, I had good friends there and so much else pointed in that direction.
I was back home in Montana and I got a phone call from the one company that I was most interested in working with. However, the offer he made was ridiculous, about $10-15K less than a livable wage in Boston. My answer was a definite “NO”.
I put on some music and sat down to meditate, just letting my mind wander. Suddenly a vision of California popped into my head. My entire body was tingling; I had so much energy flowing through me. The heavy feeling I’d felt thinking about Boston was Gone. I couldn’t quit smiling. This made NO SENSE at all; I didn’t want to move to California. I didn’t know a single person there. It was even more expensive than Boston. They have earthquakes. Don’t get me wrong I love California as a place to visit, but never ever considered living there.
My response was so clear, so immediate and so strong; I started checking out jobs online. I applied for a number of jobs, lined up some interviews, quit my job, packed everything in a U-Haul and moved. Yep, I moved Before I even had an interview. I had a job within 10 days of getting there, and even had a free apartment for up to 3 months. Did it all work out perfectly? Nope. That first job only lasted 6 months, but shortly after it ended, my dream job showed up and I spent five happy years working with some amazing people. And I met my husband there 4 years later.
Another note about this technique and the way I find the universe works. You won’t see the whole picture or all the steps that are needed down the road. What you will see, is what’s yours to do Now. The following steps and guidance will follow as needed. So relax and follow your guidance. It’s an interesting and exciting journey.
You can use this technique to tune into almost anything, a move, a new relationship, a trip, a job, an event you’re thinking of attending, which gemstone is right for you today…and so much more. The more you practice the easier it is and the more you will trust yourself and the feedback you are getting. I am sure that you will find this to be an extremely helpful technique for quieting your anxious mind. The more you do it, the more you trust, the more immediate and clear the answers become.
Use this to move to a more empowered phase in your life, one in which you are open to all your own wisdom and easily guided to your next step, and your next step, each piece unfolding into the next.
Happy Bodacious journeys.
If you'd like some gemstones to help you in your process check out Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Kyanite and Lapis for starters.