Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 53–64

Inner Spiritual Voices or Auditory Hallucinations?

  • Beverley J. Scott

DOI: 10.1023/A:1027488815570

Cite this article as:
Scott, B.J. Journal of Religion and Health (1997) 36: 53. doi:10.1023/A:1027488815570


The author suggests that the phrase, “auditory hallucinations” needs to be replaced since it has negative connotations. “Inner voices” is the preferred phrase since it can be used to describe the full range of internally perceived voices. Inner voices may be associated with the different layers that comprise consciousness or spirituality. Within an individual these layers appear to form an upward spiral that are centered in the chakras. The DSM-IV's definition of auditory hallucinations also needs to be revised to incorporate a multilayered model of consciousness and to be congruent with people's experiences.

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© Blanton-Peale Institute 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley J. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada

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