The process of doing psychotherapy offers clients a variety of tools to create a more balanced and healthy way of living. One of these tools is learning the process of tuning into yourself and being able to listen to your inner voice. This may sound strange at first but when you learn how to do it and incorporate it into daily life you begin to see just how essential it is.
At first, when I ask clients if they hear their inner voice, they sometimes look at me somewhat surprised. They wonder if I am asking them if they hear voices but this is not what I mean. If you sit quietly, do some gently breathing and become aware of your body and breath, you can begin to be aware of an inner knowledge. I call this your inner voice and it can help you to become more authentic in your responses to your life.
For example, if you are facing a difficult choice - try settling down and quietly ask yourself if a certain choice is right one for you? You might find there is a tightening up in your body or a sense of anxiety that arises, or you might even hear a little voice in your head that says “no”. This is your inner voice speaking to you, trying to let you know which is the right choice for you. Of course I am not suggesting that you always follow this voice but rather you begin a dialogue with it. If for example the voice says, “no don’t take that new job” it may mean you need to become aware of fears you might have about choosing the job. Once you are aware of your feelings you can use your mind and emotions to help you make the right choice for you.
The more you use this method, the stronger this voice can become like a muscle that gets stronger by using it. When our inner voice is coupled with our intellect they become powerful tools we can use as we navigate through the complexity of our life.
As an artist, educator and therapist I have to honour of being with people when they are vulnerable and open. I love the process of "being with them" especially when they make a discovery. This happens in therapy, as they make art and even when we're just sitting around sharing the everyday details of our lives.