Discover Your Own Still Small Voice – It Has Always Been There


And when you discover your still small voice, how do you follow it? How do you know that it is your inner voice and not just one of the voices in your mind?

“So, first find out the voices within you – and it is simple. Whenever you decide to do something, just sit silently and listen to the voice that is telling you to do this or not to do that. And try to find out whose voice it is. Once you have found it is your father, your mother, your uncle, your teacher, your aunt, your brother, it is very easy; then thank your brother and tell him, ‘It is so good of you; although you are dead you are still taking care of me. But please, now leave me alone.’

“Once you have told a certain voice clearly, ‘Leave me alone,’ your connection with it, your identity with it, is broken.

“It was capable of controlling you because you thought it was your voice. The whole strategy was the identity. You were thinking, ‘This is my voice, this is my thought,’ hence you were doing what it said. Now you know it is not your thought, not your voice; it is something foreign to your nature. Recognizing it is enough. Just be grateful to your father: ‘You are still taking care of me but I don’t need any more care. You have made me mature enough that now I can start taking care of myself.’

“Get rid of the voices that are within you, and soon you will be surprised to hear a still, small voice, which you have never heard before; you cannot decide whose voice this is.

“No, it is not your mother’s, it is not your father’s; it is not your priest’s, not your teacher’s… Then a sudden recognition comes that it is your voice. That’s why you are not able to find its identity, to whom it belongs.

“It has been there always, but it is a very still small voice, because it was suppressed when you were a very small child and the voice was very small – just a sprout, and it was covered with all kinds of crap.

“And now you go on carrying that crap and you have forgotten the plant that is your life, which is still alive, waiting for you to discover it.

Osho, From Ignorance to Innocence, Talk #13