Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?
Early in the primaries, Swami Nithyananda, a highly controversial Hindu guru with a strong, international following, predicted that Donald Trump, a prominent business tycoon, would become the next American President.
At the time, Mr. Trump seemed to have no chance whatsoever of even sealing the Republican nomination, as he had no political experience and seemed far too abrasive to ever win over the American public.
Days before the final election in November, almost all the political pundits and pollsters predicted that Mr. Trump would be soundly defeated. Right up to the very day of the election, most Americans assumed that this was the last they would ever see of the man. Within 24 hours, all the media declared him the winner with a sweep of the electoral votes.
This same guru, Nityananda, has successfully taught children to read books blindfolded. Maybe there is something to the inner voice.
If you are like most of us, you hear many different voices in your head -- some critical, some nurturing, some sarcastic.
When you close your eyes in meditation, these voices have a heyday and won’t let you alone. They become ever louder and more imperious. You are at a loss as to what to do.
Most of these voices might be referred to as The Voiceover. This is the annoying voice in the TV commercials that you so often take to be your own voice. You might even think it to be who you are. Not your nametag, your clothes, or your body, but simply a pesky inner voice that dictates your every move.
People who plunge into yoga and meditation as a daily practice can sometimes lower the frequency of these interruptions, but can hardly ever erase that voice. However, there is another voice within you that you always want to hear, which we shall call The Voice of God.
If you take chances, break social norms and are an avid partygoer who likes to have a good time, the voice of Mom and Pop may well accuse you and try to straighten you out.
This voice of disapproval can sting. You are being spanked! You generally have to tell yourself that you are sorry and make amends, before it will go away.
If you had a fundamentalist upbringing in any religious tradition, you may hear an angry voice warning you to straighten your ways lest you go to hell. If you are a Roman Catholic, you may be fortunate enough to light a candle, take holy water and go to a priest for confession.
You are all too aware that you can never be good enough, and you live in apprehension of the next visitation of this inner moralist.
You may have a cunning observer within you that warns you not to take chances, but to play it safe. No sense sticking your neck out. Think of what might happen. Even if you don’t get killed, you will most certainly make a fool of yourself.
You know that you are a loser, and you need to get your finances together, or everything may fall apart. Life is not about being happy. Life is about pure survival.
What makes you so special that you can’t be brought down like all the rest of us? Get your act together. Follow the rules. Only then do you even have a chance of making it.
On rare occasions, you may actually be gifted with the voice of love. You are God’s gift to humanity. You are talented with high potential. You are destined for great things. Your heart is pure gold. God loves you, and all is right with the Universe.
You do a second take. This can’t be ME that this inner voice is addressing. Or can it? The voice is always on your side, gently guiding you and opening up doors. When you listen to it, you find yourself miraculously in the flow. Are you hearing your mother, your lover or the Voice of God?
Rather than a hurricane, an earthquake or a fire, you may, like the great prophet, Elijah, actually be hearing the still, small voice of our only true and ultimate Self.
As I have grown older, I have gotten into increasing touch with the divine voice. It all started by asking the Universe a question, and then shutting up. I had invoked the presence of God in the form that most spoke to me. In my case, it is the Lord of Love, Jesus Christ.
After some time, the Voice spoke back. It was always nurturing and approving, inspiring and transformative. It didn’t matter how I performed that day. Things would always work out. God was with me.
As the years advanced, the Voice told me things that were about to occur with uncanny accuracy. It spoke with utter clarity, and I always found myself at peace. While I have not always properly interpreted it, I essentially found it correct.
For example, upon seeing the biopic of the early years of the leading physicist, Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, I got a clear impulse that it would win an Academy Award. In actual fact, this movie did win an Academy, although not for Best Picture, rather Eddie Redmayne, won Best Actor.
I have come to the point where I consult the Voice on all really important matters; although I also always try to use my head and the advice of intimate friends who I esteem and trust.
Upon close reflection, the Voice comes through with astonishing clarity as to which way I should go. Somehow it all works out.
You can safely trust your inner voice, your Sat-Guru, or true guide, when you have befriended it and learned to commune with it. Given all the pressing challenges we face in the world today, there is never a better time to get started than RIGHT NOW.