The Voices In My Head: The Differences Between Ego, Intuition, and Spirit Talk

At some point or another, whether we’re talking right now as you read this or during a very specific moment, you've encountered a voice that comes from within.

Perhaps this voice is one that is always chattering and offering banter, or it's calm and patient, cautious and directive - 

The voice can sound like your own, but softer and more loving. Or, it can actually be more of a feeling in your stomach or a knowingness in your heart, than an actual auditory voice.

There are many ways to hear voices. 

Some of the words that come from within your own mind, and are that of your physical self (the ego), however, other times, this is truly your Higher Self (intuition) speaking.

And in other cases, it's actually the voice of a Spirit speaking to you. 

Since Spirits can connect with your thoughts and they can hear our requests, it only makes sense that we can, in turn, hear those in Spirit when they talk to us. 

Many mediums and psychics have started developing their clairaudient abilities and professional practices by simply starting to take their own voices seriously. And you could do that too if you wanted. 

But to start, how can you tell the difference between yourself, and the voice of Spirit?

How do you know what's Divine guidance and what's intuition? 

Let’s move through a few of the subtle differences of Ego, Higher Self (Intuition) and Spirit Voices - 

Spirit Voices

Spirit is the voice of any being who has crossed over into the Light.

This could be your Spirit Guides, Angels or a Deceased Loved One.

The voice of Spirit is often quiet and heard from the ‘right side’ of your head. This is the intuitive side of your brain, the creative, imagination side.

If you have ever heard ringing within the right ear, whispers or noises when no one is around, this could be a sign of Spirit connecting with you. Occasionally, those in Spirit will provide you with ideas on your left side, in the form of claircognizance (clear-knowing).

Inspirational ideas and good plans just drop into your mind? There’s a good chance this is a Spirit.

Most of the time, the voice of Spirit is internal (telepathic clairaudience) rather than external.

Without voice boxes, many of those in Spirit choose to use the energy of your mind to create their words and messages to you - it’s easier.

The voice of Spirit can come to you in dreams, in meditation, and in the background throughout the day, though hearing such softness through the hectic nature of a day does take practice (Learn when Spirit visits here). Calm, gentle and sometimes humorous, the voice of Spirit will not be hasty, negative nor putting you down or instilling fear and worry.  The voice of Spirit is always rational, thoughtful, and loving.   


Spirit Voices are: 

  • On the right side

  • Usually an internal voice

  • Calm and gentle

  • In dreams, meditations (and during the busy day, with time and practice)

Higher Self Voices (the voice of Intuition)

The voice of your intuition is actually the voice of your Higher Spirit, your internal guiding light, the part of you in Spirit that is connected to the all Divine Source.  

This is the eternal you - the greater Spirit of you who knows your path and has been present for all of your lives. This voice can speak to you as a feeling within your stomach (clairsentient), a calling within your heart or a knowingness within your mind (claircognizance).

It can also speak to you through pre-cognition and vivid dreaming through images and metaphors (clairvoyance).

It can also be an actual voice, such as a voice on your right side, as is the case with Spirit, however, this is less common for the Higher Self.

It’s more common to hear your Higher Self as a knowingness on your left side. The voice of the Higher Self often speaks in dreams and meditation, like the voice of Spirit, however, the voice of the Higher Self can also come suddenly to you in the middle of the day - no matter how busy - to provide ‘emergency’ insight.

The voice of your Higher Self is soft like Spirit, however, is associated with an inner authority and knowingness, that is different from those in Spirit who are external of you. The voice to intuition is also a firmly persistent source (not much unlike a ‘nagging’ feeling).


Higher Self/Intuition messages are: 

  • Inner knowingness (not limited to a voice within your head)

  • Spoken with self-authority

  • Persistent

  • In dreams, meditations and suddenly during the day for ‘emergency’ insight

Ego Voices

The ego is the voice of survival, the voice of the physical body and the voice of the external collective world - combined. It is the identification with the self in the physical and emotional world - not the Spiritual world.

If you’re reading right now, already, you’ve had an internal conversation between what your physical self-wants (ex. the promise of a secure job and a pension) and what your spiritual self is called to (ex. sharing your artwork and music with the world).

In many cases, your ego roots for you the way a college advisor would - make sensible plans, asks you to be watchful and fearful of the external world that may bring you down, and always be in a to a place of safety.

Often, the voice of the Ego speaks over the voice of the Spirit and the Higher Self.

The voice of Ego very rarely speaks to us in dreams or meditation - most commonly, it dominates the voice that tells you what needs to happen, that you are running late and your life is ruined and reminds you of the thing you shouldn’t have said last night - all throughout the day. With practice, the voice of the Ego can be quieted and the other two voices can be honored and brought to the forefront. Ego, for physical survival purposes, eventually becomes the leading voice when we are born onto this earth.

Cheat-Sheet... Ego Voices are: 

  • Quick to remark

  • Worry/Fear focused

  • Speaks ‘over’ the other voices

  • Continuous, throughout the day

Okay, so now that we’ve identified the differences, take a moment to simply examine that which speaks to you already. Have you noticed any of these subtle characteristic changes within your own mind? Ready to practice sorting out which voices are which? Great!

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Amanda Linette Meder