#31 Inner Guidance
The definition of intuition:
1: quick and ready insight
2 a : immediate apprehension or cognition
b : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
c : the power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
We all have an inner guidance system. It goes by many names: inner guidance, intuition, a gut feeling. What we call it does not matter. What does matter is that we acknowledge this natural ability and use it. The more we tune into our inner guidance and use it, the more proficient we become at employing this inherent gift in our life for guidance. The more we trust our intuition, the stronger it becomes.
The questions is, How do we tune into it and how do we use it?
When we pay attention to our body and feelings, we are guided, moment by moment, through our day and our life.
The key element is to be tuned into our physical vessel. As we attune to our body and feelings, we are alerted and guided. It is then up to us to employ our mind and take the appropriate action.
From experience, I have found that I also receive guidance from other sources, such as a conversation with a friend, a magazine article, a newspaper headline, etcetera. I remember sitting at a table in Scotts Valley, California on a sunny day outside a coffee shop, a few years ago, where I overheard conversation between two people sitting at a nearby table that provided guidance I was seeking. When we remain conscious and aware, we find guidance comes to us from numerous sources. The Universe is unlimited, its method of assisting us on our path. It is imperative that are present and conscious in order to recognize it.
The more we practice using the guidance we receive from within on everyday events, the more readily available it is when we need it for a major challenge. Here is a mundane example: A few years back, I was leaving the house with the intention to come back and pick up my briefcase for a meeting. It was early, I was in a hurry, and my appointment was not until later in the day. As I was walking out the door, I suddenly had the sense that I should take my briefcase. I remember thinking that I was going to come back home before the meeting and I could get it then. I didn’t want to bother going back in and getting it, but I did anyway. Sure enough, I ended up spending more time running errands than expected, and did not have time to return home before my engagement. I was sure glad that I followed my intuition and took that briefcase with me! Our inner guidance is like a muscle: the more we exercise it, the stronger and more efficient it becomes.
Furthermore, the more open we are, the more prone we are to discover guidance coming from a plethora of sources. As I perceive it, since we are literally one infinite being, everything is connected. Therefore, even guidance we receive from seemingly outside sources, as mentioned earlier – conversations, articles, etc. – I consider inner guidance.
Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!
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