The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.Dag Hammarskjold
We are constantly bombarded with messages all day long. Not only from advertising but from friends and family too. The internet and mobile devices have given us constant connection. In turn, we have to give ourselves time for reflection. If you truly want to live your life, to live a creative life, to express what you believe then you will have to figure out what is an outside influence and what is a genuine thought. You will have to slow down and take time to think for yourself.
To have our own thoughts and ideas we must draw from our experiences, logic, and imagination. These three go hand-in-hand but they can be influenced and corrupted. We can also get caught in just being a copy cat or stuck in an echo chamber.
The major way I see people losing their identity lately is through propaganda. Propaganda is the means used by politicians to get a person to side with them. They begin with logic and then play on experience and finally to nail it down using your own imagination against you. They have taken time to get you to think what they want. Most people haven’t taken the time to think about what they hear. Most people in our current times regurgitate what they have been told. They have become the speaker box the propaganda machine uses to get its message into the world. To be free to have a voice box. If we want to truly be the artist in our lives. We must think and see the world through our own eyes. We must resist any given narrative.
I am going to let you in on a secret.
You are a soul.
I don’t know what that means to you, I don’t fully know what that means to me. what I know, is your imagination, logic, and experiences even your brain are not the totality of who you are. There is a ghost in the machine. We have the ability to separate ourselves from our thoughts and experience and consider them. We can watch ourselves think and talk to ourselves about what is going on. we forget things, feel things, and sense things. Our lives are valuable. To subject your soul to conformity based on what other people think or think of you is self-destructive. To let an outside influence determine what your soul will create is a fraud. But if we listen to that inside voice. If we let our logic, experience, and imagination play, we can make something unique just like us. I believe our souls have their own view and understand transcendence and we all have the desire to live in awe.
We get there by slowing down. When we read we are going at a slow enough pace to consider what is true. We can argue and think. When we sit down to paint we can slow down. When we sit down to write, we can put everything else aside. When we get to the gym we can focus on the movement. When we practice yoga we focus on our breath. When we listen for the instruments in music we focus our attention and get a greater sense of what we are hearing. When we continually learn and ask questions we can silence the outside voices and share our own unique voice. When we build up what is inside us we can share more of what we think. We have the internet and connection to information, people, and places but that will not substitute the connection we need to have with ourselves.