Know Which Voice Is Talking: Step Five

Know Which Voice Is Talking: Step Five

black megaphone hanging over a black scribble of words like opinion and capitalism (in Portuguese) on a red background with the words in white at the left: Know Which Voice is Talking: Step One.

Know which voice is talking inside your head. There are a number of voices inside each of us. How do you distinguish among them? This is Step Five of a seven-part series. Image by Ana Flávia on Unsplash.

Know Which Voice Is Talking: Step Five

In Step One, you noticed you’re normal and you have voices in your head. Step Two taught you this is what we mean by “inner conflict.” And in Step Three, you realized you’re not any one of the voices you’re hearing. Step Four showed you a quick way to tune into what those voices inside your head are saying, exactly! You learned that the quick way to tune in was to ask them a very simple question. **And you practiced Step Four a few times before coming to Step Five! (Right? If not, please do this. You’ll thank me.)

Step Five: Try Asking A Question

Once you’ve practiced asking the voices in your head using several “low-stakes” questions, try asking them a question.

**NOTE: Do not seek to act on the answer.**

Why? You are still learning which voices to listen to! You are not a ninja–yet. (Remember: this is a seven-part series. You will be a ninja by part seven.)

But DO listen: listen to each voice that chooses to speak up about your question.

Will The Voices Talking Cooperate?

The voices talking inside your head will be much likelier to speak up because you did Step Four carefully. (Honest.)

I find that they are likely to say surprising things—but don’t act on anything you hear just yet, no matter how surprising or wonderful.

Honestly: just listen.

Be Willing to Be Surprised at What the Voices Talking Have to Say

Be willing to be surprised!

This is my favorite part of this practice: new information, and even wisdom that may surface within me.

Sometimes the wisdom comes from my crankiest, angriest, meanest or saddest, depressing-est voices!

When I listen, they speak up and sometimes they say some things I have really needed to hear.


Again: just listen. And take notes! Because it will fascinate you. You don’t have to record everything, but some main ideas or new thoughts will be very useful as you learn to do this process well. It’s like self-research. You are a very interesting person! Take notes of what arises from these meetings. You won’t regret it.

You’re ready to go to Step Six now.

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