Finding the Peace

Listening to Your Inner Voice

Has the phone ever rang just when you were thinking about someone? Or someone showed up on your doorstep just after you thought about them, even though it had been years since you had thought about them? These are examples of intuition. All of us have a sense of intuition. It is just a matter of how developed it is within you. Some describe intuition as our sixth sense. People often refer to it as a “gut feeling”. It is our internal voice that guides us.

The question is have we developed the capacity to listen to our gut feelings and act on the information we get from our gut feeling? We may have shut the voice of the feeling down so many times which is what we do when we opt to listen to others instead of ourselves. Perhaps we don’t even check in with what our knowing is when we are working on a decision. When we disregard our voice, our knowing, the voice gets quieter and doesn’t have a strong presence within us.

For myself, I spent most of my early years listening to others. I was focused on what other people thought trying hard to please and make them happy. So my inner knowing, my voice, the gut feeling was shut down. It was only when I began to work on myself that I began to work on listening to myself. When you start to listen to yourself, the inner voice becomes stronger, louder, easier to recognize. When you act on your inner knowing it is validation to yourself that you trust yourself. The more you practice listening to yourself, the easier it becomes. Listening to yourself, your intuition, is a guiding light in the journey of life and maintaining your peace. We need to develop it and make it a bright light. Today take the time to check in with yourself when you are making decisions. Give your inner voice the stage.

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  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

  • Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.


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