When it gets this deep, I call my go-to, Hal Lingerman. Writer, author, professor, historian, minister, former New England handball champ (even though he kind of gave the title away, I still regard him as the true champ) and one of the unconditional points of love I've ever had, and the coolest person I have ever known.
Here's the question I posed to my wonderful friend:
"What is the quiet voice inside us? How do we distinguish between it and the chatter in our head?"
Now heat up a little tea, maybe pop some popcorn, turn off your phone, and read this slowly. You might want to tape your jaw shut because after the first paragraph, your mouth will be gaping wide open and everybody can see all the popcorn in your mouth. Let the class begin:
"The "still small voice” can be our soul speaking to us when we become receptive - when the mind, body and emotions are quiet (value of meditation),or in a moment of sudden beauty such as nature, poetry, music or (Impressionist) paintings, heartfelt love, an exhilarated moment of human struggle, effort, magnanimity and triumph, or suddenly as we take out the garbage or do the laundry, or drive along. Our soul also can break through with our Guardian Angel to warn us of impending danger or a new opportunity coming to us from out of the blue to enrich us if we accept it."
"A sure sign of the soul speaking in us is when we get an intuition (not an emotion or personal desire) or an impression that cannot be disputed or refuted. The body instincts, emotions and mental processes cannot argue with the validity of a soul impression because our soul sees panoramically and is never wrong. BUT WILL WE FOLLOW ITS LEADING AND NOT TRY TO HAVE OUR OWN WAY?"
"As the “still small voice” is the voice of our SOUL, which is beyond our mind yet seeking us out, IT IS ALWAYS eager to communicate INSPIRATION, TRUTH AND GUIDANCE to our mind, feelings and body."
"Bible:So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13 – Note – And after the fire – a soft, murmuring sound, or, a still small voice (qol dmamah daqah, v. 12).
" "It is a body of Light; it is a body of great beauty; it is our ideal model of perfection such as we can understand it. There is much of beauty and wonder and perfection above it,…The soul has never known blemish. It has never been imperfect. It has never dwelt in anything but the good. Its very body is made of Light substance. It couldn’t know wrong….The soul is good; it is of God; it is of Light, of power, of wonder, truth. But man is not always used by his soul, and that is where we must make distinctions…."
“The soul of man, left to its own natural level, is a potentially lucid crystal left in darkness. It is perfect in its own nature, but it lacks something that it can only receive from outside and above itself.
But when the light shines in it, it becomes in a manner transformed into light and seems to lose its nature in the splendor of a higher nature, the nature of the light that is in it.”
― Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain "The soul in us has powers of its own, but they are completely unlike mental powers….It knows the universals of knowledge. It knows truth intuitionally, inspiredly and directly, the truth about any situation it confronts…. THE SOUL sees a situation, a problem from all sides (PANORAMICALLY) and yet it has DIRECT PERCEPTION + the wisdom, the beautiful culmination of wisdom of the ages that it has developed that can know which is the truth point…. AND OUR SOUL GIVES US CREATIVITY: the affirmation of that which is BEAUTIFUL AND TRUE and that which has flowed in from its own realm: a gift in the beautiful music, picture or drawing or talk or realization in prayer, or the unfoldment of GENUINE character. (F. A. Newhouse)