One of the biggest keys to receiving spiritual guidance is getting out of your own way in order to allow the universe’s message to come through.
Too often we are so obsessed with getting to the ‘right’ answer that we attempt to force it or try to concentrate on dragging it forward.
Even with good intentions (we do, in our blessed heart of hearts, really want peace), we let our chatty, chomping thoughts trample all over the beautiful silence with our own messy projections, judgments, cares, worries and imagined fears.
This is not guidance, of course.
This is madness.
Loving guidance will not feel strained. It is not about having to be in control. It is not a cosmic race to get to the answer first or fastest. Love waits on welcome, not on time.
Sit quietly and breathe, angel. This is about letting go of what you think should be the answer and instead becoming open to whatever is the answer that’s on its way.
Try asking your question in a curious way, like a child would. Assuming nothing, expecting to be gently guided by a deeply loving, knowing voice. Come in peace and let your mind go.
This empty ‘welcome’ space will allow your guidance to come through clearly in a way you can recognize.
The answer or direction you receive may not make sense at first. That’s okay. Trust it even if it doesn’t make sense. Even if it sounds like you asked one question and it seems like a different one is being answered. (As your practice progresses you will see that all of your questions are essentially one problem – the same problem – repeating itself. But that’s a future post, I promise.)
How about a personal example, yes?
The other morning in meditation, I asked for healing and clarity around the (annoying, muddy, insane, mind-numbing) area of competition in my life. I had become acutely uncomfortable with the amount of self-judgment I was dishing on myself about where I was on my journey compared to the other brilliant people all around me.
I knew my ego nonsense was keeping me from getting my truest, best work done but I couldn’t seem to shake it.
So I hit the meditation pillow, cleared my mind and listened, patiently. Very quickly, my answer came through loud and clear:
You are now as ever.
So damn gorgeous.
But I didn’t get it. Not at first.
When that inner voice, your inner guidance, comes through it will be certain but you might need to unpack it a bit. Sometimes I call it a ‘download’ because it comes through like an album with only its cover revealed at first.
You need to unpack it because you are still learning. Always remember you are the one with the problem. You are not the one with the solution. Be patient; take your time.
The universe, in all its wisdom and compassion, is using this process to elevate you, to stretch you just enough to get you into alignment with your higher self. A place that will feel new to you each time you reach for it.
Be still. Be humble. Silence your mind.
Let Love lead. Let yourself be guided.
Get out of your own way, beloved.
You are now as ever.
I wrote this down in my journal and sat with it a while. Without judging it or pushing it aside, I let it open up sort of like a letter unfolding in my mind.
And I got it.
All my worry about comparing myself to others stemmed from my deeper fear that on some level I was not worthy. That I was not good enough. I thought I was bothered by the competition ‘out there’ but I was really bothered by my fears inside.
I wasn’t in tune and I knew it.
“Walk then in gratitude the way of love. For hatred is forgotten when we lay comparisons aside.” *ACIM
Love’s answer aims at healing your deepest fears. Often times that’s why the answers don’t seem to make sense at first. Because while we ask for help from the shallow blindness of fear, the help we seek will always meet us from a much deeper, awakened, loving vibration, one that cuts across – if I may – all the bullshit.
It doesn’t matter what you think you need, Love knows what to heal.
You are now as ever.
I was reminded that am worthy now as I always have been and always will be. Our loving presence in this moment is not changed by status or popularity or achievement or judgment by the world.
Just as it is not changed by time or circumstance or appearance. We are the eternal brilliance.
We are love and deserving of love now, as ever.
The truth is that the guidance we seek lies already within. The Voice of Love is simply who we are at our highest realization.
All we need to do is let it come through.
And remind us.
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