How to hear your inner voice

How to hear your inner voice

This is a basic guide to start hearing your inner voice for yourself in your own space. I suggest reading through all of it first, and then you can use the summary at the end to try it for yourself.

The most important aspect of coming to your inner voice is your intention to allow information into your human understanding from source/being/God/love.

This is not intended to channel other entities, nor is it to figure things out from your mind. What I hold space for with all my clients is for the wisdom of being itself to speak to you in ways that you can understand, and that's what I'm holding space and inviting by writing this guide.

Right here your mind might jump in and assume this isn't for you, because it doesn't know how to do this. That's ok! I've held space for many people to access their inner voice for the first time, and many of them assumed they couldn't do it, yet it happened anyway. Accessing understanding from your awareness isn't an action of your mind, but when you choose to do it, that's what makes it available to come.

So if you're feeling resonant so far, you're invited to state your intention out loud to yourself, such as "I intend to receive loving wisdom from being that's needed in my human life."

The basic setup

Just as in meditation, when you decide to come to your inner voice, you'll start by getting yourself into a comfortable relaxed position, perhaps in a favorite chair. You need a quiet space where you aren't likely to be interrupted, and if you're going to try the voice recording version (more on that in a minute), it's important to be in a situation where you aren't likely to overheard.

To start, close your eyes, and bring your awareness down into your heart or gut region, wherever it feels natural or wherever you have sensed your intuition or inner voice in the past.

Then you'll begin by saying or writing a question you're with (if you're writing you may need to pop your eyes open, and that's ok). Make sure your question is succinct, and that it's an opening, inviting question that isn't something your mind is really amped up about. But it needs to be something you genuinely care about. 

Breathe out and say or write whatever comes up in your awareness. If nothing comes up, or if your mind is trying to jump in to answer, just be with the question without demanding any answer to it at all.

Methods of accessing your inner voice

There are 2 main ways of accessing your inner voice, each with some nuances:

  • Writing to your inner voice and writing what comes
  • Audibly speaking to your inner voice and speaking what comes

Writing to your inner voice

This is a great place to start, and it's where a lot of people start accessing this wisdom. It's not much of a jump from journaling thoughts and emotions and epiphanies that appear in your awareness to writing a question and feeling an answer come and then writing that down.

You can do this by handwriting in your journal or notebook. You simply write down a question, and then you write down what comes about it as an answer to the question. There's no need to write, "I'm getting the answer that" — just write the answer.

Sample dialogue:

What can you show about this feeling of sadness?

'This is allowed. You're loved right in this space.

Note that I find it helpful to use a symbol to show when it's the inner voice speaking, so I use the single quotation mark for that. When I write a question to my inner voice then go to the next paragraph and write the single quotation mark, ', that signifies that I'm ready for an answer to come.

Notice how the answer has a sense of confidence and authority. It isn't self-conscious or trying to figure it out. That's a very typical inner voice answer to a question like this, one that I've heard from my own inner voice many times.


Typing version

If you're skilled at typing without any effort or need to look at the keys, you can also try typing to your inner voice. I often do this with my eyes closed, and even though the result can have a bunch of typos, I can pretty much get the gist and fix the errors when I'm done.

I often will type to my inner voice when I have a quick question that doesn't need a lot of depth to come to the answer. It takes little time when I'm already working on my computer to type a quick question with my eyes closed like this:

What can you show about this email?

'This is needed. Coming to the fundamentals of how to do this process may be very useful for those coming to this work.

Anything you want to bring right here in this email?

'We're thrilled to invite you into tyour own version of this processs, to invite your own wisdom dthrough you and see what may develop in your life when you accesss knowings that go far beyond your mind's thinking and figurigou out capacity. 💓.

I typed that live while writing this, and I left the typos in, so you can see exactly how it looks as it's coming out. I'm noticing there aren't any typos in the first section, only in the last sentence. I think that's because I dropped in deeper as I was typing the last sentence, so I wasn't bringing as much awareness to be concerned with the exact characters I was typing.

Voice recording

I far prefer voice recording over writing to my inner voice for any longer, deeper session. Some of my clients have said that they felt self-conscious when they first started voice recording, but they came to find it very beneficial.

When you record yourself speaking to your inner voice and speaking the response with the confidence that everything is being recorded, it can enable you to go deeper into the space and not need to come out to write things down.

Using a transcription app

While you can certainly use your default phone voice recorder, I highly recommend using a voice to text transcription app, such as Otter has enough features to use for free until you get into really long or very frequent sessions. And it has a mobile app version as well as a web version, so you can start recording your inner voice session by just tapping on the app and then tapping the record button.

The reason I recommend using a transcription app is so you can follow up on what your inner voice said much easier. Having the text available to read back means you can get the gist of what came without the need to listen back and take notes on the entire thing. Additionally, if you get distracted or lost in a session, you can scroll back through the transcript to remember what your inner voice said before, to ask a follow-up question.

What to actually say

Start by saying out loud a question that feels pertinent to you right now. If it helps, you can start with voice journaling about what is coming up for you and then come to a question you want to bring to your inner voice.

Then say the answer exactly as it comes. There's no need to say "I hear the words". Just say the exact words that come, exactly as you hear them.

That could sound something like the following:

I'm feeling a lot of emotion about this conversation I just had. I felt unheard and like I had no chance to really share. Is sharing needed?


Why is sharing needed?

'It's meant to share its truth and its life and not be a closed up system all to itself.

What is it meant for?

'Being and expressing love.

Continue asking questions and saying the answers directly until you feel complete.

Note that if you're just getting started, you'll probably get 1-2 words at first. After years of steady accessing of this space, I receive long answers in sentences and paragraphs, but it's totally normal for beginners to get just a word or two. Or you could even see a picture or have an analogy come up as the response. Whatever words or pictures you get, ask follow up questions like “why,” “what does that mean,” “why does that matter,” etc.

Why not just "think" to your inner voice or ask questions without recording?

I don't recommend just thinking. It’s much harder to differentiate your inner voice from your mind if you’re just thinking — it works best when the information comes through you into a directed space, such as a piece of paper or a voice recording.

While you can of course ask your inner voice questions out loud without writing anything down or recording, I only recommend doing this for small questions in the course of your day, not for anything deep, and not for getting started. As mentioned above, the voice recorder or writing process gives the knowing a place to come out to, and this makes it a lot easier to receive at all.

Additionally, when you don't have any record of what came, you're likely to forget it and not act on it (unless it's something very simple that you're in the middle of doing right when you ask). If you're asking your inner voice without any intention of letting it transform you or acting on what you received, that doesn't create a receptive field for your wisdom to come into.

Summary of the process

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your paper and pen, keyboard, or phone voice recorder or Otter app ready.
  • If you’re voice recording, start the voice recording app.
  • Close your eyes, and bring your awareness into your gut or heart space.
  • Write or say out loud the question you’re with.
  • Breathe out, and write or say out loud any words that come exactly as you receive them.
  • If no words come, just be with the question.
  • Ask follow up questions until you feel complete.


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