As I was writing said article, I was constantly thinking, My gosh! This is a bit out there. I am actually a bit strange. Can I really tell the world that I hear voices? But the article flowed out of me so fluidly that I went with it and in doing so, I managed to help myself. For now I can clearly distinguish the voice of the aged hag in my head and choose to ignore her.
A very strange thing happened a few days after I wrote the article. I received a book in the mail. That is not such a strange thing in itself as we tend to receive a lot of books in the mail, but what was very odd was the subject of the book.
Playing Big by Tara Mohr, read the cover, above a picture of a beautiful, calm, friendly brunette woman. When Women Play Big, We Make Things Happen, sang the tag line. Ohh! I like the sound of this! I thought. I flipped open the book and was met with the first chapter: The Inner Critic. I got chills as I read through it, learning about the prevalence of the inner critic. This was amazing! Tara Mohr heard voices too! In fact according to Mohr, pretty much everyone does! Hooray! I’m not crazy after all! I said aloud to my cat Cheesecake, instantly making the statement somewhat debatable in doing so.
The should voice that I had been refereeing to and had already named The Aged Hag, was in fact what Mohr refers to as the voice of the Inner Critic. We can have many different Inner Critic Voices that chirp away in our ears, and yes sometimes they belong to a family member!
After chapter one I felt relieved and empowered. Not only was I not crazy in hearing voices, I was now much wiser and much stronger. Now I no longer worry about whether hearing voices is odd. I’ve moved on to making those voices work for me. I’m muting the hag and cranking the volume on the voices I want to hear, like for example the friendly voice of My Future Self, whom Mohr refers to in Chapter two as The Inner Mentor. A guide. A guardian angel who wants what is best for you.
Through a guided visualisation Mohr helps you (the reader) to discover your own Inner Mentor, whom you can turn to for guidance at any time. It may sound wishy-washy but let me tell you, it’s not! It is incredibly powerful to only have to search inside yourself for guidance. No more dilly-dallying. No more indecision. Thanks to Tara, I now have the keys to solve my own issues. And it is amazing what you can learn from your inner mentor. The message my Inner Mentor had for me was so honest and loving that it instantly made me erupt into a blubbering tearful mess. Pretty intense for a visualisation, huh?
The Inner self. A concept that in this modern age seems almost redundant. Who cares about the inside? We just want the outside to look good. Right? Wrong! Everything starts from within. Everything. If your mind is not in the game, you will not win. If you are not mentally healthy, if you don’t know how to control your negative, doubting thoughts and fears, how can you possibly be your best self and live your best life? Until I read Playing Big, I hadn’t realised just how important it is, especially for women, to have a healthy, strong mind.
This book will change your (inner) life. Which is really the most important life of all, as everything starts in your head. Right?
Playing Big, will help you realise how you’ve been selling yourself short, down playing your talents and keeping quiet. And it will teach you how to change your ways and show the world how clever, capable and powerful you really are. C’mon ladies! Lets play big!