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  • #389384
    likecrystal
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    Has anyone any insight on what this could be?    I have speculated different ideas – but I don’t know much about these things.    I honestly don’t think that it is part of me, but rather something or someone else.

    #389419
    anita
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    Dear likecrystal:

    Hearing a voice is different from having a thought in that when you have a thought: (1) you know it’s your thought, and (2) you know that other people cannot hear your thought.

    But when you hear a voice, it feels like (1) it is not your voice, but the voice of “something or someone else”, and (2) it feels like other people can also hear the voice.

    It is known that a lot of anxiety and stress can lead to hearing voices.

    I understand that the voice that you hear is saying words that “very negative”, about you. Everyone has what is called an inner critic: a part of us that criticizes us by producing critical thoughts (ex.: you did this wrong; you are bad for having said that, etc.) Maybe your inner critic expanded from the medium of thinking to the medium of a hearing voices.

    In your other thread you mentioned that you “transitioned from one faith to a different belief”, that all your “relationships are of the former” faith, and you mentioned “being shunned”- all these have been causing you a lot of anxiety and stress, which may be what’s behind you hearing voices. What do you think?

    anita

    #389421
    SSS
    Participant

    From a spiritual aspect, certainly there are audible messages (e.g., from guides), but they are never negative in quality.

    Is what you are hearing jumbled but sound like voices nonetheless?  If the words are very clear, are you comfortable giving an example?

    #389432
    likecrystal
    Participant

    Dear Anita,

    Thank you very much for replying.   I hadn’t thought of an inner critic expanding so that it became a voice and its such a simple explanation in a way, but profoundly helpful, so thank you for sharing this idea.    And, yes, I have been under a lot of stress, and the voice does seem connected with stress, although sometimes I’m not sure what comes first – the stress or the voice.

     

    #389434
    likecrystal
    Participant

    Dear SSS,

    Thank you very much for replying.   I don’t really feel comfortable about sharing what is said, and to be honest a lot of the time i can’t remember things very clearly after its happened, but just that its difficult at the time and not on my side.    I don’t think its guides as such.   I’m thinking this through more as I type this reply.

    #389435
    likecrystal
    Participant

    I’m just wondering, is it known at what age an inner critic is formed???

     

    #389436
    SSS
    Participant

    This might seem funny to ask, but are you a grateful person, and do you practice gratitude?

    #389438
    likecrystal
    Participant

    Sometimes.   Sometimes I practice it a lot, other times I admit I’m forgetful.

    #389442
    anita
    Participant

    Dear likecrystal:

    I’m not sure what comes first – the stress or the voice“- in the beginning, stress came first and then you heard the voice. Later, stress comes before the voice, but after you hear the voice, you become more stressed. So, stress comes before and after the voice.

    The inner critic is formed in us around the age of five or so, when we hear the adults in our lives criticizing us. Their external criticism becomes internalized in our brain.

    Adults’ criticism of children should be limited to real wrongdoings (ex. hitting another child) and delivered gently, so that the child’s inner critic will be similar. But when a parent criticizes a child harshly, and/ or for behaviors that are not wrong- the child’s inner critic follows suit.

    Is there any way for you to seek counseling/ psychotherapy so to talk to a professional about the voice and your stress?

    anita

    #389446
    likecrystal
    Participant

    Dear anita,

    Thanks so much for your explanations – I’m finding they are really helping to provide insight and clarity to what has been happening.

    I do think I need some therapy, and I’ll see if I can speak with someone within the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks again.

     

    #389452
    anita
    Participant

    Dear likecrystal:

    You are very welcome. I do hope that you look for and receive quality therapy. Anytime you want to post, please do, and I will be glad to read and reply to you again.

    anita

    #389476
    likecrystal
    Participant

    Thanks again, anita.    I hope that I’ll be able to post an update in future.

    #389485
    SSS
    Participant

    Does this have bearing, do you think, on your other thread about belief system transitioning? Depending if there was ingraining, it could be a result (even if from guilt, if you feel that). What do you think?

    #389497
    likecrystal
    Participant

    hi SSS, thanks for your reply.  Perhaps its tiredness but I’m sorry, I don’t think I’m quite grasping what you’ve said.   Is it that you’re asking if the voice was linked to an ingrained belief or faith which was ‘planted’ by guilt in some way?   Or have I misunderstood?

    #389498
    anita
    Participant

    You are welcome, likecrystal. I appreciate your grace.

    anita

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