2004-08-13 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

by Marilyn Gelfand


When I first started teaching my adult education course at Beach Channel High School, about 20 years ago, I called the course Psychic Development and Inner Awareness. In those days, it was completely appropriate and expressed what would be offered. After a few years, the word psychic became a word in disrepute. It was associated with charlatans or women with gold teeth and turbans looking into a crystal ball, and it no longer fit all the information and techniques I wanted to share. So, I began calling it Spirituality and what I did was spiritual counseling and healing. That was also good for a number of years. It defined what was shared as something connected with our spirits and what was natural. It signified a body of information that could be connected with any religion, and any person was free to mix it any way that felt comfortable. Now those words no longer feel so comfortable because the concept of spirituality has taken on a different meaning, and I feel comfortable with Natural Energy Perceptions. It is all the same body of information, but labels are very important. People interpret and process information through their own lens of perception. It has to fit or nothing can be heard.

As we grow on this path, we try to let go of boxes and labels because it distorts the reality into fitting into our own concepts rather than truly seeing the reality for what it is. As much as possible, we remain open to observe and act intuitively. Every time we change or realize something new, if we are locked into our own perspective, it changes our pigeonholes. We then interpret life according to our new boxes. In reality they are all illusions of our own creation imposed on the larger reality designed to give us a sense of security. Once we can truly trust in our own instincts and the divine order of the Universe, we can let go of this structure, and begin to live more freely, with less fear about the unknown, and accept life as it really is. Seeing people or situations through rose colored glasses or the pessimistic view really are distortions of reality and often cause confusion because we don’t get what we expect all the time. With the release of expectations, life can be lived in a more flowing manner. We can then enjoy each present moment and make each decision in a grounded way since we are not off in the future in our fears or illusions.

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