Are you talking to yourself?

Ever stop to notice how many voices you have going through your head at any given time?

Is it one? Do you have a monologue going on?

Is it two voices enmeshed in an argument?

Or is it a whole drunken bar brawl of voices (I’ll save you the example — you know it all too well as I do)?

What if you verbalized the contents of those voices as you walked around in public? You’d feel kinda crazy, right?

Yeah, me too…

Well, let me ask you this — which of these voices is you? 
Ponder that for a moment.

Find yourself in there yet? Which character in the comedic, tragic screenplay of your mind is… You?

I’ll tell you which one… 
None of them. 
You are the one who’s listening to the voices.

The real you is never any voice in your head. The real you is what notices and creates them.

You are the one who, if you could grant yourself a moment of awareness, can detach from them, stand back, and notice them.

You are the one who can realize that you aren’t experiencing reality. Instead, you’re experiencing what the voices tell you about reality. That is your experience.

Sounds terrifying, right?

But it’s not, really. Because you can command these voices.

Go ahead. Make it say, “Hello.”

See.

There’s a lot of power in that.

I’ll let you take it from there. Have fun.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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