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Guest Article on Spirituality from Dalton Roberts

Our True Self – Finding Your Tiny Whisper By Dalton Roberts

In a most unusual little magazine called “Heron Dance” I was captured by the thoughts of Jennifer Hahn.

She wrote of “The Tiny Whisper” inside each of us. It resonated with me because I started back in the
eighties trying to get in touch with my tiny whisper.

Without exception, when I speak on meditation and other ways to draw out the tiny whisper, someone will come up
and say, “You don’t have a regular job and that gives you the time to mess with all this inner work. If you
had my job you couldn’t do it.”

Untrue. I started building quiet times into my day when I was running over 30 departments of county government.
A health crisis drove me to try techniques to settle down the monkey mind that relentlessly drives most of us through
our work days and then spills over into our off-work time, making it just as frantic and scattered as our clock-punching
hours. If they ever come up with a picture dictionary, the illustration for “rat race” will be a rat with
a human face chasing his own tail.

So what is this tiny whisper inside of us? Jennifer says, “The little voice is our true self.”

Oh my. How can she make such a statement? Is she right? Is it possible this is not our true self zipping and zinging
through busy-busy workdays? We seem to be accomplishing so much moving from one task to another at the speed of light.
We can prove it. We have little “to do” lists with everything checked right off. How could we rip through
such a list of responsibilities without our true self?

It’s because we have created a robotic self. Robots are proficient at robotic tasks. They are not mindful. They
are not soulful. They do not feel the joy of working. But they will get you by. So if they can keep the old paychecks
coming, why worry about activating the true self?

The biggest reason is there’s a dimension to every job we cannot tap into without coaxing out the tiny whisper.
Find times and ways to get quiet and listen to your true self impart insights about the work you are doing and the
life you are living. The enhanced quality of your life will make you want to do more of it.

The true self knows you are more than an economic entity and a physiological machine. It knows you cannot find happiness
working like a robot. It knows quiet and centered mindfulness brings joy to the simplest labor of head, heart or
hand.

Hand work can be essential for people with head occupations. I discovered that at John C. Campbell Folk School in
Brasstown, North Carolina. I have watched hyperactive, robotic people bloom like a desert rose while taking courses
in woodworking, pottery or any of the skills taught there. Creative hands are a straight highway to the heart.

When we craft things, we still the mental hopscotch and the tiny whisper can be heard. Growing up I observed an
aura build around my mother when she was painting. I’d see the same transformation happen when Dad cranked up his
wood lathe. The very reason I talked my uncle into teaching me to play the guitar, was the special look on his face
as he stroked it and sang. My tiny child whisper told me this was my soul food.

Spiritual work can also tune us into our true self. What is spiritual work but giving some time to those things
we have reverence for? List the things you have reverence for and give your heart and time to them often. They are
your healers.

Whatever you do, woo your tiny whisper and it will come out and talk more. If your whisper becomes your normal voice,
your life will become more like a work of art. That’s worth going for.

All Articles Copyright by Dalton Roberts

Dalton Roberts is a singer and songwriter and an excellent musician. He has a great sense of humor which shines in his writings. As an entertainer his poetry, and philosophical nature offers wonderful spiritual insights.
For more about Dalton Roberts, please visit his web site.

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