That little voice that guides

Harry Croghan - Contributing Columnist

Throughout my life, I have been guided. Sometimes it is angels whispering in my ear when I am dreaming. Other times it is a small voice inside my head who shares messages that have saved me from being hurt or even killed. I believe that we all have within us this same small voice that guides our lives. It is a tragedy that many people do not heed this voice.

Dreams, intuition, inspiration, premonition. I believe they all originate with that small voice. Even with all of our advances in science and technology, truly understanding these concepts seems beyond our reach.

In both the Old and New Testaments, many dreams were recorded in the Christian Bible. Many were in direct reference to what God wanted his children to do. In our dreams, I believe we may have the most direct connection to the voice of God because we are not cluttered with the thoughts of our waking minds.

When artists, writers and musicians create, we call it inspiration. I believe this is another incarnation of that same small voice. Inspiration for many of my most relevant paintings have come to me through dreams, and I am very grateful because while working on these paintings I learned a lot about painting and a lot about myself. I figure this is a win-win situation. Most of these paintings have been a means of helping others see what I see, and feel what I feel.

Additionally, the voice within us can also alert us to potential dangers. Many tragedies have had strong warnings that came before them. For me, I know that on the morning of the Challenger disaster, I felt dread before the shuttle left the ground. I was crying and screaming at the TV before we lost those astronauts. Oftentimes, these premonitions go unheeded because as a scientific-minded people we have dismissed these warnings, and then we must suffer the consequences.

While we may not know what that little voice is or where its true source originates, while we may be afraid to admit that we are following wisdom we cannot explain through science, listening to this voice can allow you to accomplish great things. Failure to heed this voice that exists within us all can result in tragedy.

Harry Croghan

Contributing Columnist

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at