The moment I become aware of mental noises or voices and pay attention to them, they go silent... but I can feel their presence in the form of pressure in my head. When the pressure dissolves, I feel relaxed since I hear no more voices. Am I going in the correct direction of meditation? (From student correspondence)
Yes, what you have described seems proper -- these "voices" appear as they do, and dominate our attention when they do, because we are inwardly asleep in one way or another. Bringing our full attention to the moment, while remaining aware of all that is going on within us, serves to "unify" all of our parts, and places us in a conscious relationship with the whole of us. In this "light" anything "dark," i.e., some desire or part of us seeking to exist at the cost of all others, is seen for what it is... and it must return back into the realm from which it came.