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Deepak Chopra, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredSamskaras - the grooves in the mind that make thoughts flow in thesame direction and thus rob one of free choice - are not silent.These deep impressions in the mind have a voice; we hear theirrepeated messages as words in our heads. Is it possible to figureout which voices are true and which are false? This is an importantquestion because it isn't possible to think without hearing somewords in your head. Not one of us knows where our inner voices come from. We simplyaccept them, as well as the stream of words that fill our heads. Adeeply religious person might claim that every inner voice is someversion of the voice of God. One thing is certain, however: We allhear the inner voices of a clamoring chorus. They nag, praise,cajole, judge, warn, suspect, disbelieve, trust, complain, hope,love, and fear - in no special order. It's too simplistic to saythat we each have a good side and a bad side - we have thousands ofaspects formed out of past experiences. It's impossible to sort out how many voices I am actually listeningto. I sense that some are buried from childhood; they sound likeorphans of my earliest experiences begging me to take them in.Other voices are adult-like and harsh - in them, I hear people frommy past who judged or punished me. Each voice believes that itdeserves my whole attention, heedless of the others that believethe same thing. There is no central self who rises above the din toquell this riot of opinions, demands, and needs. At any givenmoment, whatever voice I pay the most attention to becomes myvoice, only to be crowded offstage when my attention shifts.