2002-05-04 / Columnists

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

Recently, it seems that many of the beliefs that we carried from childhood have been proven to be just beliefs, not truths. It is incredible for many people that we live in a society now which is not safe, with such tight security and more limited individual rights, that not all of our votes are counted, that our religious institutions are more interested in their own self-preservation than the individuals they serve, that one can be laid off from a government job, that America's resources and strengths may be limited, that our youths are barely educated, etc. Was this always true, but we didn't bother looking or checking? Have times changed so much? It is difficult to know what's what especially with the news media creating so much of the spin on facts.

I remember when my children were small, I went to the basement one day and there was a small mirror that was broken on the floor. Neither of my children knew how it happened. They said it must have happened by itself. Since then, I realize I will never know what really does occur when I'm not there to personally observe or know the facts for myself. The only thing I have is my instincts.

In our society we cannot accept the word of another as true. Whether it's for defense or to create a particular agenda, what others say can be questionable. We are constantly warned to be wary of what's on the Internet too. Our government officials are concerned about their own personal re-election and do what they must to accomplish their own ends. We already accept that campaign financing and lobbyists are an integral part of political life. The idea of George Washington not telling a lie about chopping down the cherry tree or Honest Abe walking for miles to get to school have no relation with our reality. We say words to our children that are not true, like how our government runs, for example. We know it's an ideal, something that would be nice.

Really, besides our own observations and conclusions, and the advice of trusted people we know, we only have our instincts to go on. To remain calm taking nice deep breaths is one way to ensure that our energy is always open to our inner knowing. We see ourselves going through our lives as best as we can, but rely on what we sense as an important source of information. This does not mean what I "should" be doing. It is what I know is going on, and almost unbidden, I know what to do.

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