Re Talk: 142
Although it sounds less scientific, less biological than some of my earlier descriptions, I’m directing your attention back to that ever present, always unnoticed, hence undescribed phenomenon, the voices. Were I to ask, as I have many times, “Who hears voices?”, any reasonable group of people would certainly deny it. Rather, they would interpret the question as, “Who here is flaky?” But the voices are at the very heart of what people take to be themselves.
There are two different types of internal voices. For the time being, I’ll call them the Public and the Private voices. Everyone hears both. There is a third voice, which I am not going into, which would be the primal voice, the common voice of Life. But for now I’ll confine my description to the two continuously audible Public and Private voices. I could call them the supra voice and sotto voice, respectively. Or the head voice and the chest voice (or heart voice for you romantics); or the audible voice and the muttering voice. Everyone has both. And although they periodically fall into simultaneous agreement, the normal condition of biological consciousness is to have two distinct voices speaking. Furthermore, each voice is fed primarily, by either the Yellow or the Blue Circuit. As a rule, when you speak to someone else, you talk to them with two voices and they talk to you with two voices. When you daydream two voices speak. Generally, the Public voice does most of the talking, except in those rare cases when the two voices are in agreement.
Since the beginning of recorded history or to say it another way, since the molecular structure of the brain developed to the point of activating the Yellow Circuit, the voices have existed in Man. And he has always had a subtle awareness of their existence. You can find this awareness reflected in everything from mythology to psychology. The very first man to experience Yellow Circuit activation, (though it doesn’t happen one individual at a time), would, at the moment of that activation, have thought, “Someone’s talking to me.” Since that time everyone in some form has heard voices, the gods talking to him, devils talking, and today it’s the subconscious talking. It’s all the same thing: it’s the Public and Private voices running continuously in everyone.
From one perspective, these two voices are responsible for everything that seems to be conflict, including almost all kinds of self-condemnation. You might be reading a good book or working on a project, and a friend walks in and says, “Hi, what’s happening?” You may respond civilly to him, but internally a voice mutters, “Oh no, not you. Why don’t you get out of here and leave me alone.” And on the heels of that voice comes another, “You should be ashamed, thinking such hostile thoughts about your best friend.” And all the time, you’re smiling and saying, “Make yourself at home.” It is the Public voice that speaks loudest — that takes the form of behavior, while the Private voice mutters in the background.
At ordinary Line-level there are two voices talking in everyone. Although the Private voice does not necessarily speak as clearly as it did in the example just given, you can learn to hear it quite clearly. When it says, “Get out of here and leave me alone”, while the Public voice is virtually dripping with honey, would that not indicate an internal conflict? But it has nothing to do with subconscious motivations. I’m taking you down in the depths of the circuitry now, to show you how simple and obvious it is.
In terms of conflicts between people, what happens when you misunderstand someone, when one person claims to have said one thing and the other hears something entirely different? Could it not be the Public voice of one speaking, while it is the Private voice of the other that hears? Neuralize that with a very close friend, or your sexual partner, you seem to be able to talk without words.
You can learn to See the biochemical activity of consciousness as a moving picture with its own audio track. Now I want you to Neuralize the degree to which these images, whether visual or audible, are driven by a man’s thought processes, or are they driven by the body or by some mode of feeling?
Earlier I said, that these two voices can be fueled primarily by either the Blue or the Yellow Circuit. It’s a very crude way of describing it. When I say Yellow Circuit, I’m talking about something alive, floating in four dimensions. It is not a self-contained entity. It is a central clearinghouse for information coming from all the circuits. The Yellow Circuit can be divided into three interconnected parts. The part, the phase which a man thinks of as the thinking process, is based upon the cross talk between all three circuits, primarily the Blue Circuit in its attempt to verbalize. The Yellow Circuit must be activated for speech to be possible, and it is the Yellow Circuit that speaks for all the circuits. A man can say, “My leg hurts,” yet the Yellow Circuit would never know its leg was injured unless it had received the information from the Red Circuit. It’s just one example of the cross-talk taking place between the three circuits. JC talk 142