The next message you need is always where you are. Ram DassWhat happens when those messages feel like “overload?” When the loudest, most critical “messages” appear to be the most persistent? (Editor’s note: Am I using too many quotation marks?) Are these the messages I need?Yesterday I was listening to an audiobook as I did a bit of house cleaning. (I got the house cleaning message when I couldn’t find my keys but had no problem locating things I was looking for three days earlier.) Anyway, the book was some “self-help” thing (quotations again, Laura) and I was beginning to feel agitated. This voice in my head was telling me how to get help for the voices in my head. Argh.After twenty minutes of this advice I hear the message I needed. Loud and clear. It wasn’t that of the narrator; it was mine. And it said, “Shut the damn thing off.”I promptly packed up the audiobook and returned it to the library, where I then had pleasant conversations with several real people.
September 7, 2012