There is something that we can describe as a voice that seems to be part of the mind and yet not part of it. Many different words are used to explain this voice. Intuition, a gut feeling, sixth sense, hunch or inspiration are a few examples. We general sense this as a presence beyond the mind that can’t truly be explained.
This lingering voice is the combined intuitiveness of all objects in the universe. This innate knowledge is experiencing itself through all life-form that have become self-conscious; regardless to the level of consciousness. The flow of life energy consciousness is probably present in all objects but will first become apparent when a given life-form as reached a certain stage of self-consciousness.
This voice could be the pulsating universal conscious energy that flows at a certain frequency. We can take this speculation about the origin of this innate knowledge to the next step. Is it possible that something such as universal consciousness even exists in an object that is not self conscious? This would be similar to the question; “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
This offers many new possibilities to consider in areas of observation (consciousness), quantum mechanics and metaphysics. A question that is offered on Wikipedia is “Can something exist without being preceived?” The presence of something that we sense as a feeling or voice can not truly be defined but yet “it” somehow seems to “be”. We perceive it. Does this make it real? Wikipedia shares teachings that are relevant for our discussion:
from The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices by Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo,
“22 Appearances are one’s own mind. From the beginning, mind’s nature is free from the extremes of elaboration. Knowing this, not to engage the mind in subject-object duality is the bodhisattva’s practice.”
“Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, “The flag moves.” The other said, “The wind moves.” They argued back and forth but could not agree.
The Sixth Ancestor said, “Gentlemen! It is not the wind that moves; it is not the flag that moves; it is your mind that moves.” The two monks were struck with awe.”
– The Mumonkan Case 29, translation by Robert Aitken
Voice in the Mind
The second example clearly indicates how the mind affects our reality. This does not really help us to understand why we experience a voice or presence in our mind but not “of” our mind. There are also situations when this voice takes on a mask of deception. There is the universal life consciousness flowing through all objects. This is a state of one. It is unnecessary to define it (although we keep trying). Then there is the mind that projects duality in every situation.
This is a mask that is placed over the field of oneness. This mask takes on many names; conditioning, ego and emotions are a few. This may first sound very strange but our practice is to be aware of the observer that senses or mentally “hears” the voices. The “one” that senses any particular voice is observing from the dimension of universal consciousness; the totality.