There is no better way to create a fulfilling life than by learning to tune in to your most inspired and ingenious self, your inner voice. This voice is your guide of all guides to a life of greatness. You cannot attune to this inspiring voice without living a more inspiring life. Genius, creativity and a silent power emerge from your heart and mind the moment you do.

Gratitude Opens the Heart to Receive

The secret of tuning in to the magnificent messages of the inner self is having a heart filled with gratitude. Gratitude opens the heart so that life-expanding messages can easily enter your conscious mind. Many great spiritual revelations and mental insights are suddenly birthed from within when your inner voice becomes louder than the many voices or opinions from the outside.

The immortal teachers of life all mastered the art of attuning to their great inner voices. From Christ, who listened to his heavenly Father, to Dante, who listened to Beatrice, to Walt Whitman and many others who listened to their guiding whisper, all have had a powerful impact on humanity with the indelible expressions of their inner voice.

As your inner voice grows in clarity and strength, so will your inspiration as you listen to it. Attune to that inspiring station from within and it will guide you to new levels of creativity and operation. Your inner voice will put few or no limits on your life. Only the outer voices and opinions based on apparent scarcity and limitation will seek to do so. Decide now to expand your wisdom and fulfillment through deep listening. Follow the steps below and commune with your wise inner guide. It will help you create a greater contribution to others and possibly even a legacy.

  1. Stand relaxed with your hands loosely at your side.
  2. Take a few deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through the nose slowly.
  3. Tilt your head up 30 degrees.
  4. Turn your eyes up another 30 degrees, until you are looking forward and upward.
  5. Close your eyelids and let them completely relax.
  6. Think about something or someone you are truly and deeply grateful for.
  7. Keep thinking and thanking until you feel your heart has truly opened up and you have even experienced a tear of inspiration.
  8. Upon attaining a grateful state, now ask your inner voice for any guiding message. Ask, “Inner voice, do you have a message for me at this moment?”
  9. When you are grateful enough and you ask for a message, it will clearly come.
  10. Write this message down.
  11. If your message does not become immediately and clearly revealed, repeat steps six through ten until it does.

When you are truly grateful and your heart is open, you will receive amazing and inspiring inner messages. Listen carefully. These messages are more powerful than might at first be apparent. They reveal your deepest desires and possibly the means to fulfill them.

These priceless gems of guiding revelation will assist you in living a life of greatness. The more grateful you are, the easier it is to receive and the quicker ideas enter; and the more gratitude you broadcast, the more clarity you receive. If you’re ungrateful, you’ll become distracted and your mind will be clouded because you’ll have a lot of static in your receiving system.

From Passive Reception to Active Creation

Once you have received an inspiring idea, move on to the second stage: the active part. This means taking the new inspired message and immediately concentrating on it in detail, focusing and becoming completely present with it. Imagine yourself creating that inspiration into reality.

You begin as a creature receiving an insight and you end as a creator manifesting it. Hold the images of your dreams and apply this passive reception and active creation in your life, for this will help make your most inspiring dreams come true.

Be sure to act on your inspirations as soon as possible. When you don’t follow the inspirations and intuitions of your inner voice promptly, you can begin to fight them emotionally. This is not alarming, as it is simply part of the grand and magnificent design of conscious evolution. It is a blessing, for it assures that no matter what happens, you will eventually learn and will unfold your inner spiritual mission, talent and destiny.

Life events (a broken leg, a waiting period, a natural disaster or any kind of crisis) will at times force you to listen to that wise voice within. The inspired beings throughout history learned to follow it. Those who have ignored it have passed by many opportunities it could have provided.

For decades many psychologists have considered individuals who have heard their inner voices as bordering on the edge of sanity. Yet, if you look carefully at the many great spiritual leaders, scientists, artists, musicians and social leaders, they consistently listened to the wisdom of their inner voices.

The great philosophers have stated that they would rather have the whole world against them than their own inner soul. Today, you have an opportunity for expanding your greatness. When your wise and masterful voice on the inside becomes greater than the many little voices on the outside, a life of great fulfillment, wisdom and genius can become yours.

DR. JOHN DEMARTINI is founder of the Demartini
Human Research and Education Foundation. He is the author of
Count Your Blessings: The Healing Power of Gratitude and Love and
The Breakthrough Experience:A Revolutionary New Approach
to Personal Transformation. Dr. Demartini is a featured
teacher in
The Secret.