Listening to your inner voice again

18 August 2021

Sacred texts, legends or other tales all contain an element of timeless wisdom. We can find many answers to the evils that assail us throughout our life, and as it is well done, they manage to signal themselves to us at crucial moments in our existence. Like the apple that legend says fell on Newton’s head, these texts wink at us when we’re ready to hear the wisdom they exude.

So I recently came across the following text which is part of the Kalamas Sutta or “Discourse of Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha” often quoted in Theravāda Buddhism:

The Kalamas of Kesaputta ask for guidance from the Buddha

3. The Kalamas who were inhabitants of Kesaputta sitting on one side said to the Blessed One: “There are some monks and brahmins, venerable sir, who visit Kesaputta. They expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. Some other monks and brahmins too, venerable sir, come to Kesaputta. They also expound and explain only their own doctrines; the doctrines of others they despise, revile, and pull to pieces. Venerable sir, there is doubt, there is uncertainty in us concerning them. Which of these reverend monks and brahmins spoke the truth and which falsehood?”

The criterion for rejection

4. “It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain;uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,’ abandon them.

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What a beautiful wink this text gives us on the modern world, because every day brings new scandals and other serious events. Whatever the field concerned, a cohort of experts is then assigned by the media to shed light on the news. Many points of view are given, some sometimes give rise to a consensus, for a time …

If our senses, excited by external stimuli, allow us to adopt a response adapted to survival in a given environment, the continual overstimulation of these makes us sink in the long run into a maelstrom of negative emotions with deleterious consequences on our physical and psychological health and therefore our survival … Barely recovered from the emotions caused by information, the human being, Sisyphus of modern times, sees himself assailed again by new anxiety-inducing information to digest. As with the principle of capillarity, these repeated attacks imbue our entire being, from the body to the subconscious. This makes it all the more difficult to form an opinion of your own.

So who can we believe from the experts who parade on the TV sets? Do the most telegenic necessarily have the most correct opinions? Do those who are not invited to speak have less reliable opinions? Which saint to devote to?

What the Kalamas Sutta tell us is that like Sisyphus, we have the option of no longer going up the rock to the top of the mountain. We can choose to free ourselves from our chains, take back our rights, and think again for ourselves. To do so, we just need to trust our inner voice, which others call our “inner self” or “Self”. We have all heard this voice, it is this voice that makes us make decisions sometimes against the logic accepted by the greatest number, but in coherence with our philosophy of life, this ethic that we have forged in the yardstick. of our culture and experiences. It is also based on the unspeakable: intuition, this ability still unexplained by modern science that even when we were thinking of a friend, she calls us on the phone at the same time.
Sometimes that voice will make us go against the demands of society, yet years later we may realize that it was she that we had to listen to. And if we have remained deaf to her, perhaps the day will come when we will say to us “Yet I knew it…”.

Just as there are often as many solutions as there are problems, many techniques and other therapies allow you to reconnect with yourself very effectively: therapeutic shiatsu is one of them. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), therapeutic shiatsu is a holistic therapy. Behind this word which may seem esoteric hides a very simple principle: we human beings are made of flesh and bones animated by emotions (“We are very few things” said a doctor to me).

By intervening on the body and mind – the heart of energy practices, the shiatsu practitioner unravels the blockages, both physical and emotional, of those who consult him. Once relieved of the leaden screed of tensions, the receiver, like the Kalamas, is then able to listen to his inner voice, to his deep self and to form an opinion based on the meaning. common, far from the “injunctions to think or to believe” which are made to him daily.
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After reading this article, you will hear or perhaps witness trivial events, coincidences that will once again resonate the heartstrings that lie within each of us. Nonetheless, here are a few references – and there are many more – that will make it easier for you to come back to yourselves:
Eleen Caddy, “The Little Voice”, Ed. Le Souffle d’Or. ISBN 2840582899. This book provides a phrase to meditate on every night before bed.

Alexander Jollien‘s books and lectures are true medicine for the soul. You can find them on the author’s site:

“Yang Sheng” box set by Jean Pelissier. This digital box set (also orderable on CD) brings together “the great methods of preserving life”, drawn from the teachings of Professor Leung Kok Yuen.
You will find in the equivalent of 11 CDs sessions of guided breathing, guided relaxation, audio lessons on Chinese energy dietetics, on the art of hydrating well, on sexuality according to the precepts of Chinese medicine or even a guided hypnosis session to stop smoking.

Olivier Clerc, Alice Gilles, “Graines de sens”, Ed. De la Martinière. ISBN 9782732478050.
This book is a real little wonder. Everything the publisher says in his notice is true: “The 52 illustrated metaphors brought together in this book are a compendium of life and wisdom: an idea to germinate every week to transform your life; one year of growth to express its full potential; moments of poetry to sow, to spread … “