The Voices Within

Sorry I had to change the date...

I am often aware of the "voices" within me.  Sometimes scared, sometimes excited, sometimes, chiding.  That last one often allows me to remember to do things that I would otherwise forget.  Sometimes I view distracted people (and I seem to becoming more distracted every year) as people for whom the voices are rearranged, or more strident, or less consistent.  Is ADHD a defect in the voices?

What voices are you aware of in your head?  Let's compare notes: are they similar between people?  That is, are some of the voices "standard"?  Are some historical (the child within)?  Are some serving roles (disseminating guilt or pride or lust)?  Are the seven deadly sins simply our standard voices?

What do you like about the voices?  What do you dislike?  How do you manage their inconsistencies?  Do you listen to them carefully, or try to push some away?  How successful is that?


Sorry for the hiatus, but summer schedules (both Champlain's and mine) are complex.  We could meet on the 6th if we had a different venue.

We will meet outside the library, divide into two groups, and have two similar discussions.

It costs me $144/year to run this group.  If you attend the group regularly, wish to, and can afford to, a contribution of $5 per year would be helpful.


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  • Kraye G.

    The lack of externalized "proof" of the conversations, be they angels, devils, rocks, whatever, would have been "proof" that it was time to take you off for a rest cure. Any of us can have almost any kind of experience within the borders of our consciousness and that's all fine and good. For me, the question of building on it is interesting. If I need a hernia operation, I'm off to a surgeon, no matter what someone is telling me that the crystals or dolphins are telling me. The stories/reports are all wonderful but how we operationalize our lives... Rubber meeting the road. That might be another interesting talk, "When do we listen to the voices and when do we not."

    July 21

  • Peter E.

    Seems like the question "do we all have or hear the same voices" is really begging the question is there one voice. And I suppose like having conversations with
    plants, animals crystals, and
    The dead you need your heart open and your mind quite to get answers.

    July 20

  • Kraye G.

    Really fine. I actually made my goal of not losing my shit.

    July 20

  • sharon

    May not make it in time... May make it late. Still out of town. Enjoy!

    July 20

  • Michelle M.

    Last minute teenager demands will be trumping my attendance today. I hope everyone enjoys.

    July 20

  • Sara L.

    I hope to attend but have rehearsal in Waitsfield in the afternoon for a play so I may not be able to make it. Thanks Jon for trying to accommodate everyone.

    July 20

  • Kraye G.

    I will be going up to the library room. I do not do heat at all well. So, if I'm not down there, sweating away, it will be because I'm upstairs.

    1 · July 19

  • carole

    Yahoo, I'll be there with my TWO inner voices!

    July 19

  • carole

    What a great topic! Yes, anyone not going please give plenty of notice as I'm on the waiting list and would really like to attend this one. Especially since I have identified at least TWO very distinct and opposing voices within me and I'm not talking pathology here. Sometimes I can detect a whole committee down there hashing it over...

    July 15

  • jon b.

    There are 6 people on the waiting list (at the moment), so please remember to change your RSVP to "no" if you cannot attend. And please do not just "drop in" on this one.

    July 14

  • Ivan

    I recently found a story that I though would be relevant to this topic. http://sciencefriday.com/segment/07/11/2014/what-s-so-bad-about-being-alone-with-your-thoughts.html

    "Researchers at the University of Virginia were recently amazed to discover that many people would rather self-administer painful shocks than sit quietly with their own thoughts for 15 minutes."

    (I probably will not attend this conversation, but given the subject, I thought this might be something of interest for those planning to attend.)

    July 13

  • sharon

    I will still hope to attend on the 20th, but may not make it if out of town.

    July 3

  • Austin

    The inner subjective, the inner narrative, and the emulsification of identity from internal cues are all very fascinating.

    July 2

  • Kraye G.

    For those of you with some time on your hands before the next meeting and an inclination towards reading, might I suggest, "The Origin of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" by Julian James.

    June 30

  • Kraye G.

    I had musically inclined friends when I was in high school and they talked about "hearing" the music. Was totally outside my experience. Once I heard two flutes playing with each other inside my head and went, "That's must be what they meant." Was not even in an altered state. i Assume that it's like that with voices.

    June 22

  • Kraye G.

    how do you tell the difference between the two, Lynn?

    June 22

  • Lynn B.

    I think this is a great topic. Looking forward to it. I'm assuming you mean our own voices. As in the different conscious and subconscious aspects of our own personalities that sometimes express themselves as we think through life's daily joys and challenges and not auditory hallucinations or paranormal voices speaking to us from the great beyond? But maybe the scope is broad enough for all of these?

    June 22

  • beth

    I'm aiming on coming unless family stuff interferes. Sounds super interesting since I work with people who have dissociated voices... The extreme at what most of us experience

    June 22

  • Sadie L.

    I'm sorry that I can't make this meeting this week. I was looking forward to it, as I'm new to Vermont and want to connect with a creative community. I am an editor and writer working for a company in New York, and I missed a few deadlines, so I need to get those articles done today. Thanks for hosting this group and I look forward to the next one......Bright Blessings

    June 22

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