In the self-development book The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle tells us that we should eliminate internal conversations with ourselves; that we should destroy that “voice inside our heads.” This is all about eliminating negativity.
However, what if it’s a mostly positive voice? I’m sure this can still be constructive. My voice seems to mostly be objective and lets me think and work things through in my head.
I most often have conversations with this voice just before I go to sleep.
Internal Voice As Useful Voice
I’m not too sure how far Tolle wants people to go with this kind of teaching, because I think the internal voice can be a very useful tool, as long as we use it correctly.
I remember seeing a hypnotist’s demonstration where he eliminated a negative internal voice from someone by making the voice speak as Daffy Duck – he then proceeded to use NLP techniques to “woosh” it from the guy.
It seems the vast majority of self-improvement teachings advocate some kind of removal of the internal voice from within.
Make Your Internal Voice Positive
As I say, my internal voice is mostly positive, so I’d rather not dispatch it. In fact, I often hear my internal voice scrapping negative ideas/emotions as they come up. It’s like a battle between the good and bad elements inside my mind.
Maybe that part of the book isn’t really aimed at someone who is already pretty well in tune with himself (my internal voice and positivity from the inside).
I’m not saying my internal voice is always positive, but I’d wager it’s a helluva lot more positive than the average man. I mean, the average man wouldn’t even contemplate the fact that he has an internal voice, never mind whether it’s a good or a bad one.
I had an interest in these sort of questions long before I picked up Tolle’s book, but wanted to write a short post about this insight.
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