Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Big Voice

 The following is a description of a mysterious incident that has had a profound impact on my life.

It was about 6:30 in the morning on a mid-summer day some thirty-two years ago. I’d just finished a seven-mile run along deserted streets in the dark silence of suburban Atlanta. The sun was up just enough to feel its heat on my face, and I was walking it off immersed in a wonderful endorphin high. Suddenly a booming voice said plainly and unmistakably, “patience brings clarity.” Terrified at the intensity of the voice, I cowered behind a tree and looked around for the source. Nothing but the quiet of the new day, and I noticed the birds weren't chirping. I have no explanation for this communication, but clearly that was what it was; and it could not be ignored as so many of us do with the smaller voice of intuition. No this was the big voice, and I've never heard it since.

At that time in my life, I was at the beginning of a search for meaning that has gone on to this day. Back then, the search held only questions and few answers, which at my level of understanding was causing me a lot of anxiety. So, the message from the voice had an immediate application for me. I applied the principle, patience brings clarity, to my search, and it proved out every time. I let my anxiety and stress go—just refused to allow them—ignored them—diligently pursued the questions in the search, and eventually experienced clarity.

I believe if you will experiment with this powerful principle, you will be successful in adding to the excitement of life’s adventure. Results can’t be rushed, but after you experience a few successes, you will know in future applications results will be forthcoming without fail. Your life challenges will clear away if you are patient and purposeful. And that is spiritually powerful. I believe this principle is a universal law.

It is my intention to share pieces of my search-for-meaning journey in future posts. Please feel free to comment; or if you have appropriate questions, email me: marshall(at)

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