Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Post #4: Following Your Own Guidance

In our culture, as well as many others, people are taught to look to the outside for guidance. There are "experts" for every subject: relationships, parenting, finances, education, health, fitness, etc. But these experts and well-meaning friends and family members do not have access to your divine life plan. Most of them have no way of understanding what lessons you contracted for, or from what paths you may benefit. For example, a parent might "protect" a child from the very rejection the child came into this life to work through.

Another person's guidance is usually based on his own unique frame of reference, and may serve only to confuse or mislead you, especially if you solicit multiple opinions that conflict with each other. Any information or advice you receive should be weighed against your own intuition. If it resonates or feels right, then you know you can trust it. If it doesn't ring true for you, or feels wrong, then you'd do better to disregard it.

This kind of discernment applies to everything in life, from the praise or criticism you receive, to the information you read, to the insights of your guru. Choose to take what feels true for you and let the rest go, preferably without judgment. If something doesn't speak to you, it just means that it was written or said for someone else.

As human beings we are pre-wired for connecting with our own, foolproof guidance systems, but our egos and other life experiences/choices may have masked or blocked these intuitive abilities.The good news is that it's not too late to regain this connection, and with a little education and practice you can do just that.

Please join me over the next few weeks as we explore ways you can tune into (and learn to trust) your most valuable navigating system: your own, internal guidance.