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A Quiet Voice

A Quiet Voice

By Colin Ward
Are you living a life in which your heart or soul-calling is clouded in doubt, despair, or dread?

A Quiet Voice is a torch to burn off the fog and embark on a discovery quest to realize your most authentic life.

Colin Ward, a Certified Shamanic Practitioner, is your soft audio guide to bring you meditations and insights that can help you listen to your inner knowing.
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020 - Lughnasa: Lessons in a Legacy of Irish Tradition around Croagh Patrick
Croagh Patrick stands over Westport, Ireland and Clew Bay like a pyramid. For more than 1500 years people have climbed the mountain for spiritual purposes and many do so around Lughnasa, August 7th even today. It is the site of many rituals and ceremonies including ancient neolithic sites older than the Egyptian pyramids. Lughnasa is officially the 7th of August. It is the midpoint between the Summer and Winter Solstice and marks the beginning of the end of Winter. But the winter darkness is not upon us yet In this episode, we explore the ancient history behind one of Ireland’s most sacred mountains, Croagh Patrick. It is a story of lost history and how it informs present traditions. But more so, how can we lean into the rhythm of the Celtic Calendar to reflect upon our own place and standing at this time? Listen to episodes 002B & 009 for more on the Celtic Calendar and Croagh Patrick sacred sites. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Share this podcast with a friend to let them know you were thinking about them. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
32:26
August 07, 2022
019 - Stuck in the Crossfire Between the Logical and Intuitive
I used to believe that everyone was trying to scam me, and steal from me, whether time or money I didn’t want to be hoodwinked into becoming a fool. But a real fool believes that and surrenders their strength to that illusion. As I started to open to a more spiritual interpretation of the world, I ventured into a crossfire between how my intellect wants to interpret the world and how my intuition pulls me in a new direction. Let's explore that some more.  In this episode, I tell a story about my introduction to dowsing and how it helped me to surrender to the intuitive way. I let down my barriers - all the logical mind’s illusions and just opened up to allow life to happen. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Share this podcast with a friend to let them know you were thinking about them. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
33:00
July 31, 2022
018B - Practicing 3 Focal Points for Deeper Meditation
Don’t just listen but practice with me. In this short meditation, we put into practice what I discuss in episode 018: 18th Century Deep Sea Diving & 3 Powerful Focus Points for Finding Calm amidst Chaos. This is your invitation to start a new and powerful practice on your own terms and in the best way for you. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Share this podcast with a friend to let them know you were thinking about them. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
28:35
July 24, 2022
018 - 18th Century Deep Sea Diving & 3 Powerful Focus Points for Finding Calm amidst Chaos
If you have ever brushed off meditation as something that’s “too hard” or felt like you “can’t focus,” this podcast is for you. Diving deep into a meditation practice can be a daunting idea. Just the word “practice” seems to stop me in my tracks, as I believe meditation is not ever something we “should” or “must” do. “Focus” is too strong a word for what we are aiming for. Instead, if we can find a gentle point of attention and discover a comfortable posture or state of mind within ourselves In this episode, we explore three objects of meditation - points where we can gently place our attention and let go. First, the imagination can be a doorway into a clearer state of mind. Breath is a natural rhythm and warm sensation that can anchor us into a deep state of rest. Even the body can be a starting point with all its pains and discomforts. Don’t just listen but practice with me in part two. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Share this podcast with a friend to let them know you were thinking about them. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
31:10
July 24, 2022
017 - How Perfectionism and Progress Get in the way of Just “Doing it”
I'm finding it easier to talk about my past but still hesitant to go into details. Nonetheless, I share about my previous work and life in Washington D.C. and how what I’ve learned living in Ireland helps me see through perfectionism and toward more mindful living. Taking on a different pace of life and learning to let go more and more each day. This episode discusses how culture pushes us to prioritize progress over the simple, daily living. As a result, some of us feel pushed into boxes we never volunteered to enter. Recognizing it is the first step toward getting out of our own way. A lesson from Ram Dass closes the podcast to return to the spirit of detachment. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Share this podcast with a friend to let them know you were thinking about them. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
31:03
July 17, 2022
016 - How to find an elixir to self-doubt in a supermarket - listen to strangers.
Technical podcast problems are afoot, which is why we’re talking about self-doubt today. Even the strongest among us have bouts where belief is hard to find, where we don’t see the point anymore and start to lose sight of the journey for fear of the destination. It’s not just me, right? In this episode, we are finding wisdom from a supermarket teller, chai lattes, and going to try a little exercise to see the edge of emotions - to open the cage and let the bird sing. Too much? Well, it helps me in a pinch. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
35:19
June 27, 2022
015 - How Nature Leaves Powerful Life Lessons in Liminal Space
This is a deep one, I'll admit. It's all about the in-between places, the threshold between an ending and a new beginning can be the most frightening parts of life. Periods of great change can be the points at which we quit and try something else or feel we must give up entirely. Yet, if I can try to sum up in one word how to make it through such tenuous times without being stuck paralyzed. Detachment. In this episode, we look at how to navigate these types of changeable periods - liminal periods. Nature leaves us life lessons in liminal space if we look for it. It offers guidance in the moment and asks us to investigate how our whole life is a liminal experience. Birth to death. Sounds scary right? Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
29:17
June 19, 2022
014 - What Nature Has to Say About Perfection - It’s all in your head
Have you ever followed a nice creative streak only to break down the closer you came to being finished? The finished product can elude us like the moving finish line - always one step further until exhaustion defeats us. Are we making headway or chasing our own tail? The way out of our creative blocks may be as simple as reexamining our sense of standards. In this episode, we are looking at how ecosystems and nature provide insight into how we can walk a creative path. As I continue to reflect on why I stopped making this podcast for a couple of months, I look for insights from yardwork and nature. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
20:41
May 29, 2022
013 - When the Quiet Voice Calls in Conversations with Others
Sometimes we need a little help to get back into the swing of inspiration. We may like to think that we can pick ourselves up and walk back to the path but our thoughts can get in our own way - keep our heart trapped in a cage. The calling to open the cage often comes from others - friends, family - who share their wisdom often without even realizing their effect. In this episode, I reflect on why it is important to open our hearts to those who wish to help us and how the Quiet Voice can come from even casual conversation - if we only listen. Are you closing down from your support network and making your creative journey into a personal struggle? Listen and remember you are not alone. Each day is a new start and another chance to open to your radiance. Thanks for listening. Stay in touch with me by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
23:08
May 22, 2022
012 - Returning to a Creative Spirit with Spring's Rebirth
Hello, again! Spring is here and the Sun is burning through the clouds. What better time to start a creative project? We are not back from the dead but resurrecting with Spring’s rebirth energy. Do you feel the sun and see optimistic faces? Are you seizing renewal energy and moving towards all you desire? In this episode, we dive into a creative rebirth by dipping a toe into why this Podcast was on an unscheduled hiatus. Even the strongest creativity currents kick us down into the depths of doubt. All we can do is stand back up and start again with new vigor. You are invited to turn a corner and set down some of the sluggish habits hanging on our backs from Winter. Thank you all for your patience. Stay in touch by following the newsletter at www.aquietvoicemedia.com Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. LINKTREE
17:39
May 15, 2022
011 - How to Discover Calm Waters When Your Life Blows Like a Storm
A storm on an Irish island rattled me to my core but taught me a powerful lesson in forgiveness and healing. All of us have memories, people, places we long to forget and can snatch us from even the sunniest of days when we least expect it. The storms between our ears can be stronger than anything around us but we can’t navigate our world or become our strongest self - much less listen to the quiet voice - unless we find peace amidst emotional currents. How do we grow roots deep enough to keep even the strongest emotional storm from uprooting us? In this episode I revisit a moment amidst a painful period of my life. One that I often long to forget yet it informs so much of the reason why I’m here today. This episode is an invitation for you to begin to love the parts of yourself that cause you the most pain. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
27:21
February 20, 2022
010 - Stepping Out of Time Through Meditation and Restoring Balance
“My spine feels like its splintering.” Am I meditating correctly? If you’ve ever thought about meditating or tried it and thought you did something wrong, then this episode is for you. It’s a vulnerable dive into my first time trying just a 15 minute meditation in a Shamabalan Center in Asheville, NC. When I thought that pain is part of the process and my pride got in the way - and still often does. Before I was nearly dragged into a meditation center by friends trying to help me rediscover what it meant to be ALIVE, I thought meditation was done in mountains or only in monasteries. I had lost myself through the tasks of modern life, yet the relationships, grocery shopping, due dates, and distractions didn’t keep me from discovering powerful magic by stepping outside of time. This episode is about rediscovering a felt presence of strength by stepping outside of time and our habits to let magic find us and discovering a little inner presence. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. More stories on the Instagram @aquietvoicepodcast www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
34:07
February 13, 2022
009 - Connecting to Our Internal Rhythm Through the Celtic Calendar
The end of January usually brings some disappointment as all my New Years Resolutions start to lose their shine. I begin to think that this year will be no different from the last. February, though, brings a shift in energy away from Winter’s survival mindset and closer to Spring’s rejuvenating light. Imbolc, one of the seasons on the Celtic calendar, the Wheel of the Year, gives us all an opportunity to connect with a natural rhythm found only in ourselves. Forcing ourselves to live according to another’s story or bending to the will of another’s schedule can cause problems. Stress, depression, anxiety can be relieved when we learn to follow our own internal rhythm. In this episode, we explore the energy of Imbolc and why we need not be discouraged if our year is not going as we had hoped from the start. Connecting to the Hear and Now lets us begin to see that what is happening in our world does not have to happen to us. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. The podcast Instagram is @aquietvoicepodcast www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
31:13
February 06, 2022
008 - 20 Minutes to Wash Away the Work Day with an Intuitive Meditation
Between the flashing fluorescent lights, zoom calls, putting on a friendly face for customers, or being on our feet for 8 hours, we all give away our energy at work. If we are not careful, then we will carry the drained feeling of the workday into our homes and pass them onto our friends, family, and loved ones. With just a little slow-breathing, visualization, and intention we can wash away the “drip” of the day - as the Buddhists call it - which causes our shoulders to tighten and leaves our jaw clenched. In this episode, I guide you on a short, intuitive meditation to cleanse your energy, and mine, of the day’s work. Use this meditation to ease into your home and resting state deeper and be more present in your non-work life.  I thank you for walking this path with me and want to know your thoughts or insight. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Follow the podcast on Instagram for more conscious content: @aquietvoicepodcast Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
30:12
January 30, 2022
007 - Unlocking the Door to Our Inner Wisdom through Intuition
What do a first kiss, a step onto the stage, and a job interview have in common? Leaps into the unknown. Hurling ourselves into an abyss but feeling the intensity of life flow through our bodies. Many of life’s most magical moments require us to trust our inner strength to perform and not overthink. Too much thinking or digesting information can bring stress and a myriad of health problems along with a sense of being STUCK. We must learn to trust ourselves in order to pursue a fully lived life and not become ensnared by others’ wishes, expectations or let another write our story. In this episode, we explore how to begin an inner dialogue by letting intuition begin to be our guide to knowing our inner yearning. I talk about how a magical tarot card reading with a psychic medium opened my eyes to how my body can be an instrument of wisdom and deep insight. Link to a powerful Tarot Reading for 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD3oU3pabGU&t=3458s I thank you for walking this path with me and want to know your thoughts or insight. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. Transcript available at: https://share.descript.com/view/ipHaekTMn2U www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
35:28
January 23, 2022
006 - Learning to Leap by Trusting Your Resilience and Releasing from the Past
Whether the doorway to the boss’s office, the first morning of a healing journey, or any such moment when your chest quickens and shoulders tighten, where do we look to find enough courage to trust the abyss? How do we start to see the universe, as saints and sages do, to be a feather bed? The more we can disconnect from our past, the less trauma and pain begin to become ideas of our future. We begin to open up to the felt presence of being alive and all the possibilities that come with it. In this episode, we explore a quick evening ritual that can help us disconnect from our past and restore our openness to tomorrow by feeling our inner radiance. Miracles and the magic of a fully lived life are all around us we just have to begin to cultivate presence to see. Thanks for listening! Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. Transcript available at: https://share.descript.com/view/oKE8kLKKrJZ A Quiet Voice is now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
28:04
January 16, 2022
005 - Finding Soothing Ease in Releasing Expectations and Surrender
What happens when we let go of expectations and allow for the unpredictable and unexpected to brighten our journey? In this episode, we continue to explore the deeper ideas in threshold thinking.  Artists, poets, and philosophers tell about what happens to your life when you learn to leap off the abyss. My hope is that as you see ledges in your own life - new jobs, new relationships, new opportunities, or crises - that they do not paralyze you with indecision or fear but open you to new ideas and a sense of adventure. The meditation in the previous episode was designed to help you dip your toe into another experience of consciousness. It is one thing to listen to my spiritual journey stories but quite another to feel yourself begin to dig into the felt experience of being you.  What you discover is your own secret, unexplainable to anyone else. Expectations, though, and preconceived notions can cloud meditation just as they can our life - a lived creating experience. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. Transcript available at: https://share.descript.com/view/Oxa6IjKjPEx A Quiet Voice is now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
25:24
January 09, 2022
004 - A Meditation in Search for the Seat Within Yourself
In this episode, I invite you to take a few minutes to discover a way into the felt experience of being you. When was the last time you let yourself just be in your complete wholeness rather than a part of something else? It is a gift that comes without expectations but as a time to sit just outside your frame of scattered stresses, worries, and wonderings. Try this short, 10 minute, meditation for a little inward discovery of a secret that only you can know and experience. The words I say are just echoes of many past meditations and retreats I’ve done. I recorded this meditation as an experiment for myself as much as other listeners. Some things can only be felt and not told. I thank you for walking this path with me and want to know what you felt or didn’t feel. Send your thoughts and reflections via a voice message by clicking the link below. https://anchor.fm/colin-ward0/message Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. Transcript available at: https://share.descript.com/view/s4o6ws0oLZZ A Quiet Voice is now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
17:01
January 02, 2022
003 - Lessons From the Labyrinth and How to Reflect on End of Year Progress
As we all finish out a dynamic 2021 I, and likely you, tend to reflect upon progress since the beginning of the year. Dangerous questions like: Where am I compared to January? How do I feel on an average day? Seem to spin in my mind. I didn’t record this podcast near the end of the year, but it seems very appropriate, and I hope that it offers you some peace in what can be a stressful time of reflection looking into the new year. In this episode, you will learn what the labyrinth can teach us about walking life’s path whether occupational, spiritual, or creative. The labyrinth is an ancient and rich symbol of life, death, renewal, but much more can be found by exploring the experience of walking it. At the end of the episode is an exercise to help us sink into each step rather than always anticipate the next turn. I hope you enjoy it. Write to me with comments and thoughts at aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com or leave a review if you feel so inclined. Now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
23:16
December 26, 2021
002B - A Winter Solstice Bonus Episode
December 21st is the Winter solstice day and though overlooked by our Modern calendar, it can be a secular way to ring in the holiday season. We can welcome balance by exploring the darkness during these long nights until the day brings us into spring and abundance. In this short extra episode, we dive into how the Celts and pre-modern Irish people observed the solstice through megalithic structure and myths. What can we learn from beginning traditions that hold celestial events in reverence? Pictured is Westport’s Killadangan Winter solstice complex (the one I describe in the episode). Write to me with your questions or let me know how you are celebrating the solstice at: aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com Read more about the Newgrange Winter Solstice at their website https://www.newgrange.com/winter_solstice.htm “A Quiet Voice” is now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
13:55
December 20, 2021
002 - Finding Wisdom in a Flame and How to See Spirit Hidden in Matter
What can fairy forts, Irish hares, and campfires teach us about our inner voice?  In this episode, I share a story of a skirmish between my logical and intuitive minds near a fairy fort and I begin to wake up to mysterious wisdom contained in a flame. You will learn how looking is the first step to seeing and how wisdom is all around us if we just take a moment to look without judgment. Takedown the logical filter and you may be surprised what you’ll find. Now available on Google and Apple Podcasts Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts I sum up every episode and include a few extra oddities around each week in my newsletter. You can sign up for it on A Quiet Voice’s website: www.aquietvoicemedia.com LINKTREE
30:07
December 19, 2021
001 - Let's begin by pursuing the power in threshold thinking
First off, welcome to the beginning of A Quiet Voice. Thank you for listening.  There are many places I want to take you, the listener, from how Nature presents hidden wisdom to my shamanic studies in Western Ireland. “A Quiet Voice” is not a podcast about me, Colin. I’m nobody special. It’s about you, and I hope these podcasts can be a positive kickstart for you to open your introspection and search for inner guidance that can bring you to your most authentic purpose. One step at a time, we can walk that journey together. In this episode, I explore how seasons present natural thresholds for eternal renewal and invitations to disconnect from our past. Memories are just biology, but the smell of a grill on a Summer’s day shapes our expectations in the same way a car accident can cause creeping anxiety every time we buckle the seatbelt. A chance encounter with a stranger turned mentor gave me a possible way out of this predicament. It’s not a quick fix but a way to “show up” and be present more in your life. _________________________________________ Keep in touch with the Newsletter on the podcast website (It's a work in progress) Follow the podcast on Instagram.  Email your thoughts to aquietvoicemedia@gmail.com
24:39
December 12, 2021