God’s Voice vs. Your Thoughts

PMA, Stoicism, and Psychology: God’s Voice vs. Your Thoughts

There is a wonderful art to hearing God’s voice in a world full of echoes. This article will give some pointers on how to hear God’s voice in a world full of echoes. The article will provide tips on how to distinguish between God’s voice and our own, as well as the importance of being still and listening to Him. It will also share stories of others who have heard God’s voice and the lessons they learned from it.

Furthermore, this article isn’t religious and God is just a title word known to most people. However, if you are curious about God’s name, let’s look in short at the following short explanations that were known to the Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Hebrews before and after the deluge.

Tetragrammaton is a Greek word for the 4 consonants: JHVH

YHWH

Or

HWHY – Hebrew from right to left

J =father = fire

H= mother = water (giver of life and death).

V=son = air

H = reflection of the mother (earth), or whatever influences are poured into her by “J”!

– representing the Physical World, which is the synthesis of all worlds.

H is Death …

H is 6 6 6 =216 or 18 = 9 is the division of 3

H = also means the bride … (ancient wisdom).

Keter/ kether= (state of existence) = the Yetziref above the crown (energy) = 1 = Ehiet = JHVH = I AM Who I AM, (existence of existence, ancient of ancient)

Roots of the powers of fire, water, air, earth..,

Kether is the cosmos though, at the same time, it isn’t…

Kether can be identified, though never explained because it is above human understanding

Kether is the first Seriph (above the crown)

Kether (father of light, giver of life, creator,and above JHVH’s head and crown…)

The color is pure white – invisible to human understanding …

J=10

H=8

V=22

H=8

Option 1 =48 =12 =3

Option 2 =21 =3

Kether– pure being – all potential and non-active – uses energies (purity) through HOFMA and VINAR

Kether is Amen

Kether is what I will be (and not what I am) and can’t be static. It must be organized and always active

Kether is pure action.

CHOKMAH / HOFMA= wisdom of JHVH (crown, second Zyraph) (mother and living of the dead) sexual and dynamic energy (subconscious mind)

HOFMA color is pearl gray and pure blue

– no fertility, though life-giving and not identical to JHVH

Is the J of the tetragrammaton, though not Kether

HOFMA is matter, it’s holy under Kether

-To contact HOFMA/subconscious mind, tremendous energy is needed as sexual lust -that is how one can make it (HOFMA) pregnant, thus the idea for business desires, writing, etc. Is conceived ….

HOFMA is on the left side of the face

HOFMA is positive + positive

HOFMA is pure force to manifest things (Kether in action) (ex. and pure force in an engine)

HOFMA is pure energy that just radiates and disappears if it is not combusted (disappearing of ideas when not written down for example …)

BINAH (third Zyraph, the son) = sexual and dynamic energy = (thought, intelligent thought)

-Understanding the root of faith

VINAR color is black

VINAR is positive (- ) or negative (elector +-)

– higher names: Jehovah, archangel, the holder, the eye of Kether, Yetzirah

– female (negative energy) crosses with HOFMA (male energy)

VINAR is sanctified and holy intelligence, Virgen intelligence, brings creation, though is behind HOFMA and Kether (subconscious mind).

VINAR has/is Magnetic sexual attraction and is different than sex reproduction (6 sense) 3×2 =6, 6+3 =9, 9/2 =4.5, 4+5 =9

VINAR is the combustion force

VINAR is the machine, and HOFMA is energy.

This was just a short explanation of what the True God’s name is. Sources can be found in the Akkadian Records, Sumerian Tablets, Kabbalistic ancient texts, Pythagoras, Hermes, Toth, and Egyptian Cosmology just to name a few of the sources – and the New Bibles don’t give this kind of information…

 

Let’s return to our blog

Trying to navigate the intricate maze of our minds, sometimes it can be challenging to distinguish between what we feel to be the voice of God and what we perceive as his guidance or voice. The chasm that separates these two can be bridged through the understanding of their distinct characteristics, as well as gleaning wisdom from diverse disciplines and belief systems that can help us bridge this gap. In search of clarity and inspiration, let us embark on this enlightening journey together.

 

Introduction

There have been many times in our lives when, in the midst of the vast symphony of our thoughts, we have stopped to think and asked ourselves, “Is this thought my own, is this divine guidance, or are some memories and thoughts from others?” For countless generations, spiritual seekers have struggled to differentiate between their internal dialogues as well as what they believe to be divine voices. The journey involves many factors such as faith, desire, wisdom, the control of your own thoughts, emotions, philosophy, psychology, and a journey of personal transformation to name but a few. Understanding this distinction has profound implications for our choices and our purpose, regardless of where we lean on the wisdom of the Bible, Stoic philosophical tenets, the tenets of Positive Mental Attitude, or the depth of psychological insights. We invite you to join us in this exploration of God’s voice and our myriad of thoughts as we seek to understand the subtleties between them.

In reality, Pure Thought is only one thought that moves faster than human comprehension, which is why it appears to be more than one. – Jay Pacheco

 

  1. Characteristics of God’s Voice versus Our Thoughts:

The process of navigating the vast landscape of our inner world is akin to identifying the distinctive melody in an orchestral symphony in order to be able to distinguish between our own thoughts and what may be a divine whisper. The following characteristics may help make the difference between the voice of God and our own internal dialogue:

  • Clarity vs. Confusion: God’s voice often provides clarity. It’s like stillness after a storm or quiet reflection on a crystal-clear In contrast, our personal thoughts can often spiral into confusion, especially when influenced by emotions, dilemmas, or external pressures. Remember Elijah, who recognized God not in dramatic displays of nature’s fury, but in a gentle whisper amidst the silence (1 Kings 19:11-13).
  • Consistency vs. Inconsistency: Our thoughts, influenced by a myriad of factors, oscillate like a pendulum. One day, we might feel certain about a decision, and the next, doubt creeps into God’s voice, however, remains consistent, echoing age-old truths and eternal wisdom. It aligns with the promise, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
  • Conviction vs. Conjecture: God’s voice often brings conviction, a deep-rooted feeling of “this is the path” or “this is the truth.” Our own thoughts, especially when in the realm of speculation, can feel more like conjectures, dotted with uncertainties and ‘maybes’.
  • Love vs. Fear: Our personal thoughts can often be driven by fear – fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or even fear of judgment. God’s voice, rooted in unconditional love, is encouraging, uplifting, and devoid of fear. As 1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts fear out.”
  • Harmony vs. Discord: God’s voice often brings harmony, aligning with universal truths and moral principles. It might resonate with our innermost values and beliefs, creating a symphony of alignment. On the other hand, our thoughts, especially when driven by external pressures or fleeting desires, might lead to internal discord or conflict.

In a world filled with so many voices, introspections, and experiences, understanding these characteristics can be like a compass in the vast ocean of information. As a result, we will be able to differentiate between divine guidance and personal musings.

 

  1. Vivid Examples:

In order to better explain the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts, it is helpful to illustrate the concept with some compelling, vivid examples from both historical and contemporary contexts:

  • Moses at the Burning Bush: In the wilderness, Moses encounters a bush that burns without Here, God’s voice was unmistakable, distinct, and accompanied by a miraculous vision. It was neither a fleeting thought nor a mere rumination in Moses’ mind. Instead, God’s instructions were clear, concise, and purposeful – to deliver the Israelites from Egypt (Exodus 3:1-10).
  • Joan of Arc: The Maid of Orléans, as she’s famously known, claimed to have heard voices from saints instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English These were not mere whimsical thoughts of a teenage girl but profound, guiding voices that she believed were divine, leading her to significant historical accomplishments.
  • Søren Kierkegaard: The Danish philosopher often grappled with God and self in his writings. In his introspections, he sometimes felt a clear distinction between his personal reflections and what he perceived as divine guidance or existential truths.
  • Mother Teresa: She often spoke of her “call within a call,” a clear and definite directive from God to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. This was not a momentary impulse but a profound direction that shaped her life and mission.
  • The Story of Two Wolves: This Native American parable speaks of an internal battle between two wolves inside us, one representing evil (anger, jealousy, greed) and the other representing good (joy, peace, love). The wolf that wins is the one we feed. This story, though not directly about God’s voice, illustrates the distinction between our higher guidance (or God’s voice) and our baseless, fleeting thoughts.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: During the Civil Rights Movement, amidst threats and challenges, King often spoke of a guiding voice, reassuring him to stand up for justice and equality. His famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech reflects clarity and conviction not just of personal belief but of a higher divine purpose.
  • Jesus in the Desert: After fasting for 40 days, Jesus could have easily confused His physical hunger and vulnerability with His purpose. Yet, He discerned God’s voice from Satan’s temptations, remaining steadfast (Matthew 4:1-11).
  • Marcus Aurelius: The Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher often wrote about discerning our inner voice. By seeking virtue and wisdom, he believed we could align our thoughts with the divine reason inherent in the universe.

Considering the examples listed above, which span numerous cultures, epochs, and individuals, we are able to draw a picture of moments when the line between personal thoughts and divine guidance became crystal clear. We learn from them that when we tune in with sincerity, we are able to discern God’s voice despite the myriad of thoughts that cloud our judgment when we tune in with sincerity.

 

  1. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) & Discernment:
  • Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is more than just a buzzword in self-help circles; it’s a philosophy of approaching life with optimism, hope, and belief in outcomes. How does PMA relate to discerning between our thoughts and God’s voice? Let’s explore this relationship.
  • The Foundation of PMA: PMA is rooted in the belief that our attitude shapes our experiences and outcomes. When we approach situations with a positive mindset, we are more open, receptive, and attuned to guidance, whether it comes from within or from a higher source.
  • Clarity through Positivity: When our minds are cluttered with negative thoughts, doubts, or fears, it becomes challenging to hear any voice of reason, let alone divine guidance. However, a positive mindset, characterized by hope and optimism, can act as a tuning fork, making us more receptive to God’s whispers.
  • Historical AnchorsNorman Vincent Peale, the champion of PMA and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” believed in the transformative power of faith and positive thinking. He often illustrated how, by embracing a positive mindset, individuals could align themselves more closely with divine purpose and guidance. For instance, when faced with challenges, rather than succumbing to despair, one might hear the reassuring voice of God saying, “I am with you always.”
  • Another advocate of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), Napoleon Hill said, “A positive mental attitude is a superpower that can overcome any challenge.” Peale and Hill believed that when we focus our thoughts on the good, we can manifest our own destiny.
  • Psychological Alignment: From a psychological standpoint, when we’re in a state of positivity, our minds tend to be less anxious, less stressed, and more centered. Mental tranquility is often fertile ground for discernment. It’s in this space of mental clarity that one can better differentiate between fleeting, emotion-driven thoughts and profound, divine guidance.
  • Resilience and Persistence: PMA isn’t about denying problems or challenges but about facing them head-on with courage and optimism. In this resilience, one often finds echoes of divine guidance, providing strength and direction. When faced with obstacles, instead of hearing the discouraging voice of self-doubt, one might discern the reassuring voice of God guiding them through.

To summarize, Positive Mental Attitude is like a compass in the tumultuous sea of life’s challenges, pointing the way in the right direction. This practice not only gives us direction but also fine-tunes our inner senses, thus allowing us to discern the subtle differences between our thoughts and the guidance we receive from God’s Spirit.


  1. Psychology’s Perspective:

Psychology, the study of mind and behavior, provides an excellent lens through which to examine the distinction between personal thoughts and divine guidance. Taking advantage of psychological insights, let us explore how God’s voice can be illuminated by exploring this complex tapestry.

  • Cognitive Processes: Our brains recognize patterns, make connections, and seek meaning in everything. Often, when individuals claim to hear God’s voice, it can be a cognitive process where the mind seeks guidance and clarity. This doesn’t negate the divine nature of the guidance but provides a rationale for why some might be more attuned to it.
  • Carl Jung and the Collective Unconscious: Renowned Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung introduced the concept of the collective unconscious – a realm of shared experiences, symbols, and archetypes that transcend individual experiences. This reservoir of shared human knowledge might, for some, act as a bridge between personal introspection and higher, possibly divine Jung’s idea posits that when we tap into this collective unconscious, we might access wisdom and guidance that feels larger than our individual selves.
  • Transpersonal Psychology: This subfield of psychology focuses on spiritual experiences and transcendent aspects of human life. It suggests that there are states of consciousness where individuals can feel deeply connected to a higher power or universal truth. In these moments of transcendence, it is possible for one to feel they are receiving divine guidance, distinct from regular thought processes.
  • Confirmation Bias: Psychologically, when individuals believe in a divine entity or seek guidance, they’re more likely to interpret their thoughts or experiences as being influenced or directed by this entity. Confirmation bias can lead people to perceive certain thoughts as divine messages, especially if they align with their existing beliefs or desires.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices, deeply studied in psychology for their mental health benefits, emphasize the importance of being present and attuned to one’s thoughts and feelings. Regular practitioners often report moments of profound clarity and guidance during deep meditation. Whether this is attributed to the divine, the collective unconscious, or deep introspection remains open to interpretation.

Ultimately, psychology does not discredit the experience of listening to God’s voice because it refers to a subconscious process. Instead, it offers frameworks that help us gain a better understanding of the phenomena. It does not matter whether these experiences are divine interventions, tapping into collective unconsciousness, or a blend of cognitive and emotional processes, the fact remains that they remain deeply personal and profoundly transformative for those who experience them.

  1. Stoic Wisdom on Inner Voice:

Stoicism, an ancient Greek school of philosophy, emphasizes rationality, self-control, and virtue as the path to true wisdom and freedom. But how do Stoics approach the idea of an inner voice or divine guidance? And how does this align or contrast with personal thoughts?

  • The Logos: Central to Stoic philosophy is the idea of the Logos – a universal reason or supreme rational principle that governs the cosmos. Humans, as part of this cosmos, possess a fraction of this divine reason within themselves. It could be argued that when Stoics refer to this inner divine reason, they are alluding to something akin to God’s voice, guiding them towards virtue and wisdom.
  • Inner Citadel: Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic emperor-philosopher, often spoke of an “inner citadel” – an inner fortress or sanctuary where one’s true self resides. This innermost realm is invulnerable to external disturbances and is where the rational mind (or the divine fragment) can guide one’s actions and judgments.
  • Alignment with Nature: Stoics strive to align their actions with nature or the rational order of the cosmos. In doing so, they seek guidance from their inner voice of reason, which they believe mirrors the Logos. When they feel this alignment, they heed the divine guide within, directing them toward their highest good.
  • Distinguishing Impressions: Epictetus, another prominent Stoic, taught about the importance of examining and testing our impressions (or initial thoughts) before assenting to them. A form of discernment is distinguishing between fleeting emotional responses and deeper, more rational (or divine) guidance.
  • Emotional Equanimity: Stoics value emotional tranquility and emphasize not being swayed by passion or external circumstances. When one is centered and calm, the inner voice, guided by reason and virtue, becomes clearer. This might be akin to hearing God’s voice, free from external influences or transient emotions.

In summary, while Stoicism might not explicitly discuss God’s voice as some religious traditions do, its teachings about the Logos, the inner citadel, and the pursuit of virtue and wisdom resonate with the idea of a guiding inner voice. For the Stoic, this voice is the echo of the cosmos, the rational divine that seeks to guide us toward a life of purpose, virtue, and contentment.

In Conclusion:

The journey to discern between God’s voice and our own thoughts is an age-old pursuit, crossing religions, philosophies, and even modern psychology. This exploration is not just about distinguishing voices but about understanding the essence of our beings. It is about understanding the depth of our consciousness, and our relationship with the divine and the universe at large.

From the biblical prophets who heard God’s voice in visions and dreams, to Stoic philosophers finding guidance in the Logos, to modern psychologists examining the constructs of our consciousness, every perspective provides a unique lens to understand this intricate relationship.

What remains consistent across these diverse viewpoints is the human yearning for clarity, purpose, and deeper connection. Whether we consider it the voice of God, the wisdom of the universe, or the profound depths of our subconscious, this guidance propels us forward. It steers us toward purpose, understanding, and growth.

The cacophony of life can often overwhelm us, with its myriad challenges, distractions, and questions. But, may we all find moments of stillness in those moments to tune in, listen deeply, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the divine, guiding us on the path we are meant to take.

“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To understand your mind and distinguish your inner pure voice from your humans’ noisy voice, immerse yourself in Stoicism, PMA, and Psychology. By immersing yourself in these disciplines, you can gain a better understanding of your thoughts and your feelings, which will allow you to distinguish your inner pure voice from your human’s noisy voice. This will help you to make decisions that are in line with your true values and beliefs, rather than making decisions that are driven by the emotions of others.

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Jay Pacheco

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