We have been working with conflicting beliefs and trying to focus in on those beliefs that we want to nurture. The importance here is to remember our thoughts matter, but we are not victim to them.
In his seminar, discussing conflicting thoughts, Eckart Tolle gives a nice description of how the inner voice is a thought that lives as a tiny field of energy that we can either feed with our attention, or simply let pass.
The (inner) voice is thought formations. These are energy. Every thought is an energy field, and each thought formation wants to draw your attention, suck it up into itself.
"Come here," and the other [thought] says, "No, come here."
It may sound a little spooky, but it is not spooky, You can regard a thought almost as an entity, Not a physical entity, but an energetic entity.
That lives there, it has a life span, and some thoughts persist for a long time, and certain thought patterns are also entities that can shift and take on one form, and then another form.
So every thought is a little entity or energy field.
[When you identify with it it draws your focus] It wants to draw all your attention in, because the more attention it can draw in, the more it grows. It wants to grow. Like everything, it doesn’t want to disappear. It is for you to know, when this happens.
Who am I? Are you this voice or that voice? No, I am aware of these voices.
So when we become aware we have distance from our thoughts and can chose which thoughts to energize as they support our goals and healthy beliefs.