There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”

Who is the real you behind your resume? Who is the genuine you who wakes you up in the middle of the night for a heart-to-heart chat? Not the inner critic, not one of the many voices that chatter in your head. But the calm, still inner voice you can trust.

by Shinkichi Takahashi

I don’t take your words
merely as words.
Far from it.
I listen
to what makes you talk—
whatever that is—
and me listen.

The most basic tenet of Courage & Renewal is that everyone has an inner teacher. We believe that every person has access to an inner source of truth, named in various wisdom traditions as identity, true self, heart, spirit or soul. The inner teacher is a source of guidance and strength that helps us find our way through life’s complexities and challenges.

Today pay close attention to your own reactions and responses, to your most important teacher, your Self.

Where do you hear the whispers, or shouts, of the genuine voice inside you?

With gratitude and best wishes,
Terry Chadsey
Executive Director

P.S. Circles of Trust are an opportunity to listen your inner teacher and encourage others to hear their own inner wisdom, too. See upcoming Courage & Renewal programs on our calendar.

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