The Inner Voice (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steve Harvey)

June 8, 2016

I want to talk to you about Dwayne Johnson, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Steve Harvey. And the topic of hitting rock bottom and bouncing back up.

And mainly about the inner voice.
Not their inner voice, not my inner voice, but the inner voice. Something that’s there for all of us, but few us ever notice.

These types of stories I’ve collected for many years, for my own personal use during difficult dark moments. I’m sharing with you, in case you could also benefit from them.

I’m going to write mainly from memory, so the exact facts and figures may be off, but the theme is on point.

Dwayne Johnson:
Born into a famous pro-wrestling family, young Dwayne Johnson sported the body frame of a grown man at the age of 15. Not the body of an average middle-aged cubicle executive, but one of an athlete. He was blessed with the genetics.

His mother was born into a famous family full of Samoan pro wrestlers. His grandfather was High Chief Peter Maivia, now a WWE hall of famer.

Dwayne’s father is “Soulman” Rocky Johnson, also a WWE hall of famer. He met the Rock’s mom while tag team wrestling with her father (about 7 years age difference between the two men).

The famous Samoan Anoa’i family included other famous pro wrestlers such as Yokozuna, Umaga, Rikishi and currently Roman Reigns and The Usos.

Pro wrestling and athletics run in Dwayne’s family.
But he turned out to be a deliquent youth. Was part of a crime gang, stealing things. Arrested a bunch of times. Played football at the University of Miami, and was sidelined by an injury. Couldn’t get into the NFL, so went to play in the Canadian League, ended up being cut from the roster.

He spiraled into a deep depression with no happy future in sight. The story goes that he and his mom were so poor, Dwayne was using an old used mattress he found in the dumpster. I think their stuff also got repossessed. At some point, he had $7 bucks left in his pocket and this was the lowest of the low. (Now his huge movie production company is named 7 Bucks Productions, as a reminder of that low moment.)

He got some inspiration from one of his old coaches. And decided to try his hand at the family trade, and training at the WWE developmental program. Played a squeaky clean, smiling character and was booed out of arenas. Then one day, he asked his boss Vince McMahon if he could cut a promo on tv using his own personality. Sure. He turned heel, using his arrogant yet funny and charismatic persona. The rest is history.

Now, I haven’t told you about the inner voice yet.

As far as I remember, neither does Dwayne, but I bet he discovered what Elizabeth Gilbert and Steve Harvey discovered, during his dark night of the soul.

Elizabeth Gilbert:
Liz was an author, married, and seemed to have the perfect life. Yet, she found herself deeply depressed, secretly sobbing on her knees in the bathroom at night.

She didn’t want to have children. She didn’t want to be married. She had no out and was hitting rock bottom.

During one of these all time low sobbing sessions, while on her knees, she heard a voice. A sympathetic, caring, all knowing inner voice told her: “Liz, go back to bed.”

That moment changed her life.
Somehow she knew that she’d be fine from here on out.

She still had to endure many more months of tremendous despair: a failing marriage, bitter divorce, failing romance with another guy, her city being attacked on 9/11, being so depressed that she had thoughts of harming herself, getting a same day emergency appointment with a psychiatrist and put on prescription meds, leaving the US to travel for a year to find herself, and more.

Her story is recounted in the best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

I haven’t finished the book yet (almost done with her Italian adventures), but I know how her life turned out. She ended up getting married to a nice Brazilian dude (she calls him her best friend), started an import business with him selling Buddha statues and such, sold gazillions of books, her story was turned into a movie by Brad Pitt’s production company starring Julia Roberts, wrote more books, went on tour with Oprah, and oh yea, she has one of the most popular Ted Talks of all time.

She mentions that the inner voice is always there, whenever she wants to communicate. Her favorite way is to write to that voice in her journal, and the voice talks back. Call it her higher self, inner voice, divine messages, or spirit guides, but that voice has been with her ever since.

Steve Harvey:
Steve found himself homeless and living in his car. Eating whatever food he could afford and kept inside a styrofoam cooler.

Sure, he was married with two kids, but he wanted to be a famous comedian. That meant a rift between him and his family, and now taking secret showers in public bathrooms and sleeping in his car. I think this lasted for 2 years.

One night, he found himself all alone and crying.
Rock bottom.

At that moment, he also heard the inner voice.
“If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been.”

Shortly thereafter, his life turned around.

Now he has more jobs than 10 people combined (radio show, family fued, talk show, variety shows, stand up comedy, best-selling author, part owner of Miss Universe pageant, other investments), earning millions of dollars, lives in a 5 story mansion, and met the love of his life, 3rd wife being the right fit.

Bonus Story: John Coltrane

I heard a similar story from John, one of the most popular Jazz musicians.

He was hitting an all time low and the inner voice talked to him. He talked back. If whoever that was would bless his life, he prayed, he’d carry that message of peace love and happiness to the world. He would be a force for good.

His life changed.
And he did spread that message, thru his music.
Dedicated a few albums to the spirit within.

The inner voice is available to us all.
I’ve spared you details from folks like Louise Hay, Esther Hicks, Neale Donald Walsh, Brian Weiss, Jane Roberts, Doreen Virtue, Paulo Coelho, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rumi, Heller Keller (who was blind and deaf but could hear the inner voice), Saint Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Oprah, Will Smith (I think), Ellen Degeneres (probably), Carl Jung, Napoleon Hill, and many many other authors and teachers who speak of this voice.

There are a lot of folks who’ve discovered this inner voice during their lowest points in life, which then became a catalyst for their bounce back up. Some speak up publicly while most stay quiet to avoid public scrutiny.

But the idea remains that this voice is there for us all, if we become quiet enough to listen. Meditation, quiet contemplation, being out in nature, asking for the voice to come to us, keeping an open heart, writing to the voice are all methods of accessing this.

Famous authors say they hear the words in their head and they’re simply writing it down. I’ve experienced this myself during peak moments of inspiration. Same goes for musicians, painters, and many artists. And regular people too.

I’ve been trying some experiments with writing and talking to the voice (for many years now but recently experiencing better results).

I will keep you updated.


The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock: Dwayne Johnson on His Depression, Decision to Fire Agents and Paul Walker’s Death
The Samoan Anoa’i Family – wiki


Eat Pray Love


Steve Harvey: How I Went from Homeless to a $100 Million Fortune


John Coltrane Wants to Be ‘Force for Good’ in Rare Interview
A Love Supreme – album (buy or free listen if you have amzn prime)