“May we open our hearts and listen to the Voice that constantly comes from within.”
What does the heart’s Voice sound like? Souls speak through how we feel. All feelings, good and awful, are divine voices begging to be heard. Ask your life to talk to you, and your soul will speak.
Listen for the soul’s still small voice and the truth about your life will be revealed.
You will see clearly, and feel quite powerfully, how happy or unhappy you are. Those are the voices I listen to and follow every day; and in my life, obedience doesn’t get any holier than that. By introducing you to the holy spirits in my soul, the heartfelt hope is that you will discover and embrace the holy spirits you find in yours.
The Voice of Conscience
One of the holiest spirits in my soul is the voice of conscience, the sacred part of us that makes decisions, solves problems, receives inspiration and guidance, opens and changes our mind.
We all have an inner voice that discerns right from wrong. We feel it intuitively when faced with choices. I suspect we’ve all experienced what happens when we don’t make our own decisions and do what’s right.
We give control of our life to those who will gladly make decisions for us, and that’s rarely a good thing.
Thanks to Walt Disney, I learned from Pinocchio what happens when we don’t listen to the angel (or cricket) on our shoulder and let conscience be our guide. We end up in the deep dark belly of the whale where we experience what mystics and poets call the dark night of the soul; hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw advises: “Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.” That too is what hell on earth feels like, and that’s what happens when we don’t let conscience save our soul.
Following conscience can also result in unpleasant, even deadly, consequences. When asked how often she heard the voice of God, Joan of Arc told her accusers, “There is no day that I do not hear the Voice,” and was burned at the stake. Likewise, whistleblowers inevitably lose jobs, dissenters are persecuted, and those who speak unpleasant truths sometimes lose friends and family.
The Truth Will Save You
Even so, when conscience guides, souls feel saved. So while what we hear in our soul may get us into trouble, fired, or burned at the stake, we must never be forced to act contrary to conscience if we want to save our soul.
Conscience is the voice of God, a holy spirit leading us to everlasting happiness and peace. Listen, follow, and see for yourself how divine life feels when conscience is your god. Save the holy spirit of conscience in your soul and it will save you.
Until next week, think about this:
“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” - Walt Whitman
Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.