My children often observe that I like to give myself a bit of coaching now and then, they will hear me say, "Ok Mark, what are you doing today" or "come on Mark let's get things moving". Then they will ask, "who are you talking to dad?"
That is a great question, who am I really talking to? When I put some thought to this I realize that I definitely share my life with an inner roommate, some may call it my psyche, who loves to talk to me all day long. That voice is constantly giving me the play by play of my day, asking me questions, constantly chattering to me about all types of things. This voice can pick me up and can easily do the opposite by bringing me down.
The question I have is, can I control this inner roommate? Can I change what it is saying to me? When I vocally give myself this coaching am I feeding it for the better or for the worse? The biggest question is can I shut it off? Can I get a bit of peace from it?
In the book, The Untethered Soul, author Michael A. Singer, explores this question in depth.
"To be aware that you are watching the voice talk is to stand on the threshold of a fantastic inner journey. If used properly, the same mental voice that has been a source of worry, distraction, and general neurosis can become the launching ground for true spiritual awakening. Come to know the one who watches the voice, and you will come to know one of the great mysteries of creation."
Its seems that just the conscious realization alone, that you can control that voice, can empower oneself towards a more productive and happy existence. Now when my kids ask me "why do I talk to myself", I am aware that I am feeding that voice, not quieting it. However depending on the day, it is nice to have that voice give me an extra push once in a while.
With the love and light
Mark Walker for The Aquarian Team