Inner Guidance: April 10, 2016
Never has there been a time, nor will there ever be a time, when inner guidance is not available to us all. The key is learning to be aware of that inner guidance and then following it. Sometimes inner guidance is referred to as intuition, conscious, inner wisdom, inner advisor, or that gut feeling. I like to refer to it as my internal GPS. Inner guidance is the means of right action. It is how you can know what to do. It is your deepest knowing made conscious.
Thinking back to inner guidance on a personal level, there have been many times in my life when I did not follow my internal GPS. I am reminded of the story in the bible about Jonah and the whale. Jonah did not follow his inner guidance and as a result he ended up in the belly of the whale. A place I’ve been many times. What I’ve come to realize is that there are truly no right or wrong paths in life, only experiences that we can learn from if we choose to. When we are not in touch with our inner guidance, we look for it outside of ourselves in many ways that just do not work. The answers to our questions are within and each of us has been given the gift of an inner advisor.
We have all had that “gut feeling” before that something wasn’t right. I rely on that gut feeling or intuition on a daily basis in my nursing practice. It is however a work in progress for me when it comes to listening to it in my personal life. A step I’ve made great strides in due to my spiritual practice of meditation and prayer. The practice of learning to spend time in silence is vital to staying in touch with our inner guidance. I am learning to be more in touch with my inner guidance by quietening the mind and tuning more into my heart. My pastor, David Ault, likened our mind to the ocean. He said that the waves on top are always moving and never completely still. If you go to the bottom of the ocean, however, it is silent. We must turn our attention inward to the silence deep inside. We have to get out of our head and into our heart. Pay attention to how you feel when you are doing certain things or making certain decisions. Many times we do not listen to the inner guidance because we don’t want to hear what it has to say. We must learn to trust and heed the answers that come to us even if it is not the answers we want to hear.
Are you in touch with your inner guidance? What are some ways you have used inner guidance in your personal life? Understand that there are many truths. Using your inner guidance will help you find yours. I look forward to your feedback and appreciate it so much. See you next Sunday for the weekly Sunday blog.
Peace and blessings