It’s like a voice, from beyond, or quieter: a whisper, even.
If you’ve checked the radio isn’t on, it could be one of these two possibilities.
There are people who speak important things into our lives: not to control us but to set us free.
If it’s not their voice, perhaps it comes from within us: out of all the different things which make up our lives this voice tells us what we MUST do. People have helped us be here, but the voice or the whisper is not theirs.
We hadn’t recognised the voice because we had thought our life was this, but, in seems, it may well be this.
This voice is breaking through all the clutter and randomness, even chaos, of our lives:
“It’s just like in chaos theory: you reduce the behaviour of complex systems to the relationship of three or so variables.”*
When we have brought ourselves to this place intentionally and we have let come-what-may, we will hear the voice.
Our lives are like libraries. The old kind; what Seth Godin labels ‘a warehouse for dead books.’** In our case, these dead books are the experiences and skills and hopes of our lives we have gathered through many years and stored within us and perhaps do not value. When we listen to these we find what our lives choose for us is not necessarily the thing we were looking for.
The ones who help us make sense of all of this – our guides not gurus – are worth their weight in gold. One person opened my mind and heart and then unknowingly passed me on to someone else who did the same thing in a deeper way; this person then passed me to another who told me there is something in each person they MUST do.
In between, there’ve been many other voices. None are telling me what I should do. What they do is to make it possible for me to hear the whisper from within.
Whose voices are encouraging you to listen?
Have you heard the whisper which identifies what you MUST do.
Who can you be a voice of encouragement to?