Thursday, February 2nd, 2012...9:59 am
Divine Guidance: Reflections for February 2012
We are all divinely guided.
We all have the capacity for greatness: of being greatness as our true nature as beings of spirit and of love.
Whether or not you believe in a higher consciousness (something we typically refer to as god): receiving divine guidance simply means that you are able to exist outside of the racing, ‘anxiety-driven’ thoughts in your mind and simply experience life – “be in it with full presence”.
When you begin to slow the incessant thoughts that fill most of your waking moments, you start to notice the gaps….the small spaces of quiet in between. As you bring attention to those gaps they expand…even a little, offering a quiet ‘nothingness’ … and the experience of pure being.
At first, you may experience a state of being by accident, a longer moment of quiet in Shavasana at the end of a yoga class, a moment or two of QUIET between your thoughts as you walk along a snow covered path in the forest, or a moment of pure joy where you realize you were simply existing in the present moment. Each and all of these are what you might experience -heightening your awareness of the inner quiet that is possible.
Meditation is one example of a formal practice in ‘quieting the mind’. The objective is to experience the present moment, usually by using a focal point such as your breath, in order to maintain your attention. Once you develop a feel for what being present is truly about, you can intentionally bring your awareness into the moment at any time knowing that to do so simply requires you decision and perhaps a deliberate “letting go” of any and all thoughts that may be in the way.
Perhaps you then consider integrating a regular practice: of prayer, meditation, or guided contemplation whereby you quietly observe your self in silence – simply being - giving way to your inner knowing – the version of your highest self – that quietly, yet faithfully begins to surface from its place in your unconscious mind (which typically you don’t have access to in your waking busy moments). This inner knowing gives you “right direction” for your life. It exists from within you as a felt sense, an intuitive feeling, or sometimes as an inner voice. Your intuitive or higher self - this divine nature that is both within you and in all living things becomes noticeable in your conscious mind only after you have turned down the volume of your conscious mind (and all of the internal self-dialogue noise) long enough to feel and hear from within.
This is the sacred dwelling place of your inner wisdom – your divine guidance.
If you continue exploring, your intuitive nature will direct you to a spiritual path. This is because your divine guidance is the pure energy of the universal consciousness and not of form. Pursuing a spiritual path, you become mindful of the higher values of love, truth, and your connection to this infinite universal intelligence.
You and every other human being has the potential (the free will) to choose an existence that supersedes the everyday aspects of life that we have been conditioned to accept with limits. The more you actively seek out your highest self as that part of you that is also part of the infinite universal consciousness, the greater confidence you have in your ability to be divinely guided; to know what is inherently best and right for your life, and to trust in your path using your god-given talents to contribute positively in the world. On a separate and related level, your intuitive nature inspires you to pursue your life seeking the most compassionate gifts of spirit: love, kindness, joy, faith, trust, compassion, and truth.
The path of love and healing begins with you. From the mysteries (divine blessings) that you cultivate in walking a path of divine goodness, your openness to learning self-improvement, higher integrity, and loving self-care, culminates in living a life you are deeply proud of.
Remaining ‘open’ to your spiritual journey, you examine what comes into your life with curiousity rather than condemnation. You can observe moments of irrational outbursts or vulnerable fear and be grateful for an opportunity to learn from these rather than feel defeated by them. You can ask in moments of quiet contemplation or prayer for the ‘right’ path, for strength to live in ‘right’ ways, for the courage to make ‘right’ choices and then follow and trust what you receive. Sometimes you will experience your divine guidance directly and other times you will receive messages in the form of signs, symbols or words “randomly” spoken to you through others. These are all moments of divine guidance being present in your life.
As humans with free will we all have the ability to choose. Choose a path of goodness, of right moral order, or choose to hide; deceive yourself and others, deny and condemn. Each of us is capable of any action; we always get to choose. Consciously or unconsciously we choose everything.
And the wondrous part of all of this is that we have the ability to continue seeking more, evolving, and becoming a greater version of ourselves…. for as long as we choose to do so.
Be open to the idea of a universal intelligence that is both responsible for manifesting what we know as our physical world as well as the infinite consciousness that is a part of everything.
This universal God force or consciousness is what reminds us of our infinite potential to be the very best version we can possibly imagine for our self. All of the fears, insecurities, wounds, and misperceptions that we experience in our life as physical beings can be overcome by stepping out of our ego-driven self and instead bringing conscious attention to our quality as infinite beings of spirit (energy).
Divine guidance while on this journey involves a contemplation of our nature as good and a freedom for living with joy and in prosperity.
This month, open yourself up to the divine guidance that already exists in your life. Seek answers, knowledge, information, as well as the courage and strength to move toward what changes you seek: both in yourself but as a being of love. See your own path as infinite and divine and in quiet moments of spirit, ask for help; ask to be divinely guided as part of what will help you realize your biggest ideals.