You may have noticed that you have a voice inside your head that sometimes whispers very gently to you words of encouragement, acknowledgement and praise, words of comfort, care and understanding. Words of support and tenderness though, more often than not, the second you have your back turned that voice may bellow, cagoule, ridicule and remind you of your faults , your inadequacies and may nag you at times, seldom coming up for air.
I like to call my voices ‘The Voice of Doom’ and ‘The Voice of Love’. Do you have names for yours?
That negative inner voice may criticise you, judge you, compare you and tell you you’re not good enough, worthy enough, capable enough or strong enough. Worse than that, it may even call you names or swear at you. It may keep you tied to the belief that you’re not lovable, that relationships cause pain and opening your heart to love is too risky.
Your voice is with you morning, noon and night, it can turn on the charm or pull the rug out from under your feet until you have a word with it and rein it in. That voice is with you at every stage of your life, every decision you make, every crossroads you face, every choice and every venture is dictated by that voice. Everyone has an internal voice, an endless stream of chatter a narrator talking you through your waking moments and through your dreams as well!
Chapter 4 ‘The Past’ from my first book Find YOU, Find LOVE explores in detail aspects of the past that may be limiting you from love which will include The Voice of Doom. To order you copy go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1910202460
Confronting and questioning the voice of doom
Name your own voices and identify them as characters, the voices you may in fact know, they may be the voice of your parents, teachers, people you have lost contact with or a combination of internalised voices merging together, these voices are in fact just thoughts.
Creative Practical Exercise (15 minutes)
Draw your voices (your versions of the voice of doom and the voice of love) in your journal or on pieces of paper.
Find a way to record the voices as characters perhaps sketching them or you may like to make a collage of how the voices look.
It’s been interesting in my work to see my clients drawing their characters, changing the voices of the characters in their heads and also naming and shaming the voice of doom.
There is a stark contract between the voice of love and the voice of doom, one often an ugly scribble, a monster or a mess. The voice of love gentle, flowing and beautiful.
Adding humour to the problem
That critical inner voice doesn’t have the same impact when you turn it into a cartoon voice, speed up or slow down the voice. It’s very cathartic to get a grip on the voices and realise that you control them, they don’t control you. Adding humour to the voice of doom changes the impact it has on you.
The voice of doom you may be familiar with as it’s often the louder of the two voices in your head. It’s the voice that holds you back, the voice that takes you down and holds you tight in the grip of fear. It has a detective like persona that will only look for and gather together all the negatives it can about why love and relationships are ill fated, impossible, too risky, and too scary. This voice will do little to encourage you to be open to the love, hope, joy and connection which having a positive relationship can bring.
The purpose of the critical voice
You may have found your voice of doom likes keeping you in your comfort zone where everything is safe and familiar; it shelters you from perceived threats, from the risk of harm, from danger, it is on the lookout, constantly gathering information to support the negative beliefs that you hold about yourself, other people and the world around you.
The voice of doom actually has a positive intention and what’s beneath its harshness is a form of protection and tries to keep you safe from perceived risks to your survival.
Your internal dialogue was formed as part of your life experience from childhood to today. Every voice you have ever heard will become part of your own inner landscape and contribute to how you talk to yourself in moments of joy and moments of stress.
Knowing that the negative voice is really there to try and protect you gives a different meaning to it. As adults we can reflect on whether or not we listen to that voice or simply thank it for trying to watch out for us and then make our decisions based on the facts of a situation.
‘’We were born with love, fear is something we learn’’ Marianne Williamson
The voice of love
The voice of love comes from deep within, from the very heart of you, from your intuition or what some may call higher wisdom (or gut feeling) from the very core of your being, the voice that was part of you when you were born, open to love, open to receiving, open to joy and possibility.
Taking back your power
Once you start to listen to this voice you have the potential to transform your life. You will be looking through the eyes of love, filtering for opportunity and open to receiving love. You will move to a place where anything seems possible and you welcome the unknown whatever it brings. We can never quantify everything, sometimes we just have to take a leap of faith, find our wings and fly
The job of the voice of love is to keep you true to who you really are, to allow the essence of who you are to flow through, it’s there to guide you towards happiness and love if you will stop and listen.
The voice of love may have been waiting in the wings for decades waiting to be heard. Allow it to step forward, to welcome it with open arms, listen to it and trust and respect that this voice needs some air space too.
Breathe life into the voice of love
Listening to this voice, connecting with it at times of indecision, will serve you well. Ask yourself ‘’what would love do here?’’ and then let the voice of love (your inner voice) express itself. This is the voice of your inner power, the truth of who you are.
The voice of love can be compared to a gentle voice perhaps caring for and speaking with a two year old, calming and soothing them, being patient, loving and forgiving.
Now that you understand more about your negative internal voice and its intention you can decide if it’s time to stop listening to the voice of doom, because there is another way – to listen only to the voice of love.
Read through the following questions.
Begin to which voice you pay attention to the most, notice how your emotions change based on which voice you listen to:
- What voice have you been paying more attention to – the voice of doom or the voice of love?
- Does one or the other voice get louder when you’re with certain people or in a certain place?
- Think about the tone of voice and what it says, who does this remind you of?
- What type of things do your voices say the most often to you?
- How has listening to the voice of doom affected you and your life to date?
- What opportunities have you missed out on by listening to the voice of doom?
- What would you have to give up to hear the voice of love?
- What can you put in place today to be sure that you listen more to the voice of love and less to the voice of doom?
- How can listening to the voice of love improve your life, love and relationships?
Let love be the answer
We want the voice of love to stay within us at all times with a happy and loving commentary.
You may also wish to draw or find a symbol for the voice of love and know that it is within you at all times. Acknowledging the voice of love, listening to it, honouring it, respecting it and believing in it will change the way you feel about yourself
The primary cause of our unhappiness is never the situation but the thought about it –Eckhart Tolle
If you’d like to download Chapter 3 ‘Love and Relationship Beliefs’ from Find YOU, Find LOVE go to http://wendyfry.com/resources/ where you will find a range of free Pdf’s and audio downloads for your enjoyment.
The next Find YOU, Find LOVE workshop is on Saturday 17th January 2015, reserve your place here https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/13066282603/ I look forward to connecting with you.
If you would like to work with me privately I have a range of services and programmes to suit your needs http://wendyfry.com/services/ It will be my pleasure to support you to get to the heart of your love and relationship problems