Hearing The Still Small Voice Within

by | Nov 7, 2020 | Articles, Awakening, Enlightenment, Intuition, Life, Trust, Uncategorized | 5 comments

For many, it was so fleeting as to be easily forgotten or simply dismissed… but there was a moment where the mind was clear and inwardly you knew. You’ve certainly experienced a moment of inner guidance that led you in the best direction you could possibly have gone in. Yet the power was not in how loud it shouted. In fact it came as a gentle whisper, without fanfare. The power was in how undeniably true; how unequivocally right you knew the direction to be.

We’ve all known this experience, in some form. Yet when life is tumultuous we may wish for something louder; something to cut through the bickering turmoil in our minds when the voice within can seem so lost and obscured by the noise. Why should it be so still?!? Or small?!? …we might plead, when we need to hear it now, more than ever?

And as we all know, Truth will set you free… not control you.  That still small voice doesn’t shout and demand because it doesn’t seek to control you. If it did control you, you couldn’t be free. If you didn’t have complete freedom and volition and choice, then you would be powerless, and therefore a victim. Your only possibility would be bondage.  But the inner prompt doesn’t speak for bondage; it speaks for your freedom. Thus it will never demand of you… it will never seek to take away your own power to choose, because you could not then be free.  How could powerless victimized bondage have anything to do with being whole and complete and loving and unassailable and free? Truth will always set you free.  Not put you in bondage.

So the inner voice will never be demanding. It does not seek to control you. It will remain a gentle whisper, born from its home in complete peace.

Yet in our storm and stress we may still wish for that gentle whisper to somehow rise above the other choices we might make and proclaim itself. But to overcome you, or overcome the other choices you might make, the still small voice would have to attack; to fight or contend with these alternatives. It would have to make war, not peace.  Yet it is incapable of such arrogance, being born from peace… and peace is always stronger than war.

Why? Because peace heals. War tears apart. But peace heals. Thus the still small voice will never command forces against you. It is incapable of such arrogance, and could only, then, tap you gently on the shoulder, and whisper in your ear. It is compelling; not because of the way it speaks but because of what it reminds you of.  It is compelling because of what it points you towards. It calls you towards peace because it is, itself, wholly and completely born of peace. One can never be led to love by force. Only by choosing it of your own freewill, because you are as free as God.

Information may arrive via any outer vehicle at all: a song, a book, a meme, a conversation overheard, a wagging tail; a look on someone’s face. Digital or analog. It could come from any inner form as well: a dream, an insight, a feeling, communion with inner dimensions or beings or Spirit…  It doesn’t matter the form, most of which we wouldn’t describe strictly as a “voice” anyway.  None is better or greater or more elevated than any other. Ultimately, regardless of the form by which it arrives, there is a movement of mind. A recognition – or, a “re-cognition” – which is why it is so often described as a “knowing.” One could even say everything – inner and outer – beckons us.

What shall we call this still small voice? This knowing? Every culture on earth, religious or secular, has had a name for it. Higher Self, Holy Spirit, Presence, Atman, Divine Mind, Angels, Guides, or simply: Intuition. Creative Impulse or Inner Prompt will do. Whatever works. The name doesn’t really matter.

And if we wish to hear this still small voice, we are best directed to our own peace. When you wonder which choice is right… look and listen carefully for the one that emanates from the deepest peace and calls you towards the deepest peace. The more we connect with our own peace, the more we tend to hear that still small voice.

So come! Just come! Come and quiet down. Come listen within. Come to this peace, that you may hear that still small voice and know.

Peace… Peace be with you.

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  1. Dianne

    Hi Jonathan,
    I have only recently been back in touch with that small presence inside of me. I have been I believe led here to Gaia. I always wondered why churches were so opposed to astrology. I dabbled in it anyway just a wee bit, because I felt it was from creation. I did not dabble enough because I am just now finding out about this mass ascension! I am wondering how this great awakening began. If you can provide any insight into it, I would be very appreciative.

    • Jonathan Van Valin

      Hello Dianne, it’s nice to meet you. How lovely that you are “back in touch with that small presence inside!” Amen to that. And… How the “great awakening” of many begins… is simply a larger-seeming reflection of how awakening begins in YOU. So to learn the most about it, I encourage you to continue towards your own awakening. You’re already on your way… keep going! And as you do, you will come to question and experientially understand most fundamentally what you are. And what you are is completely whole and One, outside of and beyond the limitations of time and space. This is the awareness that the awakening “wakes up to.” But per your question, and in the most prosaic terms, how did the great awakening begin? Same as in you: a recognition that there must be something more, and there must be a better way; but on a collective level. How the cosmos might align in support of this entails a literally infinite number of details and related causal factors that is absurd to even begin to try and grasp other than to say “well… it’s happening! Good!” In truth the journey of awakening began in the same instant that individuated consciousness originally seemed to split from perfect wholeness. In clock time that appears to be a very long time ago. Many developments of the modern age have contributed, including even the internet, as it has made it possible for so many minds to access information. It is when minds change, specifically when the mind begins to examine beliefs and limitations and finds that they are not true, that they tend to automatically open to a new level of truth. This is what awakening and ascension are. And we climb that ladder, rung by rung, until the truth about what you really are is fully embodied. Collectively, we do this together. And individually, so does each one of us take this journey. You are just as much divine as any other seeming fragment… so make no mistake: there is never, ever a better place than here, a better time than now, or a more worthy person than you. May the peace that passes all understanding blossom within you, and may you travel lightly, Dianne! – Jonathan 🙂

  2. Victoria

    That was beautiful, Jonathan! Thank you for sending me the link!

  3. Peggy Sue Smith

    Read your words with joy and gratitude. You feel like family, spreading peaceful insight and inspiration, all over the world. May be a strange thing to say, but I’m still comforted that you are here in physical form. Makes it easier for me to be here.

    • Jonathan Van Valin

      Peggy, I receive your lovely words with tremendous gratitude and with joy… much like you expressed yourself! Thank you. And yes… we might as well try to make this journey a little easier. Amen, to that. Peace be with you, Peggy!


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