Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lesson #43: Just Checking In

This morning when I sat down to write, I found that my mind was completely blank. When pressed, all I could think of was how everyone I know is battling clutter and how we're all preoccupied with thoughts of buying stuff for the holidays (which will only serve to create more clutter!) Pretty distracting and boring stuff.

So I decided to meditate for a few minutes to gain clarity. I asked, "What should I write about today?" Within a couple minutes I started getting a sense of the outside world and the shell we humans have around us. Beneath that I saw an inner world, centered not in the head area, but in the heart and solar plexis region. Deep within that center was a place of stillness and peace, which exists for all of us, no matter who we are or what we are experiencing in life. The answer to my question became obvious, "Write about the importance of checking in with one's inner Self."

Now, it used to be that this required an elaborate process of consulting a therapist or spending hours learning to meditate, but it seems that the universe has shifted. Have you noticed that your inner world is much more accessible than ever before? The "veil" is thinner than it's ever been, and now we really have no choice but to look at what exists within us.

For some, this is difficult, because before you get down to the peaceful, quiet center, you must sometimes pass through layers just under the surface that hold your unresolved thoughts, emotions, beliefs, etc. It's the same place that greets you when you first awaken in the morning and feel guilt or embarrassment or concern over something that happened the day before. Ultimately, though, this is a good thing, because it gives us clarity and helps us make better choices as we move through life. This is the evolutionary process.

It used to be that we could use food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, dieting, etc., to avoid looking at our inner worlds, but as I look around me, I see that this is no longer possible. The call of the Higher Self has now reached a volume that most of us can no longer help but hear. This is fantastic news, but it requires that many of us change the way we interract with ourselves and the world.

What needs to change? It's actually quite simple, effective, and requires little time. Once a day, or whenever you feel like it, just close your eyes, take a few deep breathes, and turn you attention inward. You might pose a question or ask for direction. Besides that, all that's required of you is that you listen or notice how you feel. A good rule of thumb is that the world of the Higher Self feels good. It feels right, and it is looking out for the best interests of you and everyone else. If the message you receive is anything but positive and loving, it is not coming from your Higher Self.

If you're interested in learning more about how to access your inner wisdom and distinguish between the higher and lower aspects of self, please read lessons 4 through 7 (from February and March, 2011). I think you'll find that the simple practice of checking in with yourself will change your life in the best possible way. Once you get in the habit tapping into and learning to trust your inner guidance, the outside will begin to lose it's power over you, and eventually you will gain mastery of your life.

I'd love to hear from you. What is your experience or practice of accessing higher guidance?