Even as “stuck” or clueless as we might feel sometimes — we ALWAYS have our guidance system to fall back on. Are you on automatic pilot feeling life HAPPENS to you? Do you ask yourself questions or even know that you CAN do that? Do you follow your intuition? Do you have a deep connection to God/The Divine/The Universe and use that connection to help you find your way? No one on this planet is alone. We are all very much connected and just as birds and fish can change formation in an instant and ants and bees never doubt what their jobs are — we too can tap into that and KNOW what to do by guidance. I would like to talk about automatic pilot, explain a few different ways to be guided and show how it relates to healing. I feel that there are many ways to tap into this inner guidance system and once we do we can awaken to our own power and never feel alone again.
This is the anti-guidance system. This is the “I am acting out of what I know because I can’t change myself”. This is the “I had SUCH a screwed up childhood and that’s why I am troubled”. This is repeating acts and behaviors that we are NOT proud of but we do NOT KNOW how to do anything differently so assume this is “JUST US”. Ummmm….. NO, NO and NOOOOO! None of the above is true and in fact none of those things could be LESS true. All of these thoughts are dis-empowering and can leave you feeling alone and helpless.
If you have read my interview with the Director, James Sinclair of the movie “What If?“, or seen the movie, you KNOW that by time we are 6 years old we already have our “automatic pilot” recordings. These beliefs are not necessarily even ours – they come from relatives, community and our surroundings YET we carry them with us as a “fall back system” when we are not conscious so we have some frame of reference on how to react to situations. When we stop to HEAR ourselves and ask ourselves if this is WHAT we really believe — wow some amazing answers and realizations come up. DO NOT rely on your automatic pilot — it is based on past experiences, ego and does not always have your best interest at heart. In consciousness you realize there are much better Guidance Systems to rely on.
I will not go into the differences here between these two because that is a post in itself. 😉 I WILL talk about the commonalities and the guidance we can get by relying on our spirituality or religion. What DOES religion or spirituality mean to you? Are you in church repeating prayers because that is what you were taught or does your religion resonate deeply with you and do you FEEL those prayers as you say them? Gregg Braden talks about the power of prayer in his brilliant book; “The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy“. When you fully “GET” what prayer is — WOW is it powerful. If you are connected spiritually to God/The Universe/The Divine (insert your word here) you KNOW that you can ask questions and EXPECT answers.
I feel it is important in prayer not to beg, plead or say “why me?” — that is desperation and not prayer. I find the most effective prayer begins in gratitude, thanking God for all you DO have. FEELING that thanks in every cell of your body. From that you can ask questions many different ways, writing them, saying them aloud or to yourself, before a meditation or prayer session, asking yourself right before bed and expecting an answer of some sort as you sleep, asking it as you wake and expecting to find the answer during the day or clues that lead you to it…. There is no “right” or “wrong” way — it is what resonates with you.
I talked about this in my review of “The Living Matrix” and in my post talking about the Science Behind Distance Healing when I talk about Heart Coherence. Some would say intuition is the same as spirituality or religion but for those who do not resonate with that…you can still tap into this without claiming a religion or now saying you are spiritual.
Intuition is called our “sixth sense” and as I have been working on developing it for the last 1 1/2 years THAT is exactly what it feels like. This is a sense we are all born with but are not taught to use. In fact, when we are young if we were to report to our family “we just knew things” we might have been told “that can’t be” or even that we were strange and not to tell anyone we felt like that.
I feel my intuition comes from the connection with my heart. When I quiet my mind (believe me it took years for me to even be able to do that for 10 seconds ;-)) and turn to my heart and ask a question — I WILL receive an answer (even if not in that moment). There is the inner part of you that ALWAYS KNOWS what is best for you and holds answers. Are you asking for answers? It IS your right and everyone’s gift to be able to do so. There is certainly not ONE way to do this. Since this is a sense we all have it is a matter of practicing and like anything practice will make you better at it. There are many exercises and articles about this if you search the web. Finding ones that resonate with you will make it more likely for you to do them regularly. Don’t give up…. it does work… we all have this sense and life certainly flows a whole LOT easier when you know you can always look within and rely on your intuition as a guidance system.
What can you DO with this Guidance?
ANYTHING. TRULY. You can make decisions from the heart. You can tap into creativity. You can discover gifts you never even KNEW you had. You can figure out problems simple as “which way do I drive home to hit the least traffic?” to deeper more life changing questions. We ALL have guidance to help discover what these gifts are. Here are some of my favorite quotes on guidance:
Caroline Myss, “Do not assume that divine guidance flows only when you are in need of help. Guidance continues to flow whether or not you have problems. It transcends problems, heartbreaks, and traumas, flowing through dreams and illuminations…. Whether guidance comes during times of tranquility or trauma, however, it is up to you to have the courage to acknowledge it….“
Ram Dass, “The next message you need is always right where you are.“
Sonia Johnson, “We don’t need someone to show us the ropes. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Deep inside us we know the feelings we need to guide us. Our task is to learn to trust our inner knowing.“
Skakti Gawain, “Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.“
And my favorite: Unknown, “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.“
I love the following video from one of my favorite organizations TED and a favorite writer of mine Elizabeth Gilbert. In it Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how guidance can fuel creativity. I’d love your reactions to this one. https://youtu.be/86x-u-tz0MA
How Does Guidance Relate to Healing?
One of my most common questions right back to my clients when they tell me about a new sudden pain or uncomfortableness is “Have you asked your body about it?”. I also ask my clients to ask their body “What can I do to make you feel better?”. (Of course I am not talking about a sudden pain in the chest or something you should clearly seek medical attention for).
In my own experience when I FELT I would heal myself I asked myself repeatedly what each and every pain and symptom was about. This was BEFORE I began studying intuition and I was STILL given answers. I asked myself what activities would be in my best interest. I asked myself what I was doing that was stopping myself from healing. I asked and looking back I DID expect answers even though then I had no clue what I was doing. 😉
I shifted from accepting my diagnoses (there were many) and allowing them to define me to questioning and asking my body and inner self WHAT they were about.
Believe me I know when you are ill or feeling sick how difficult it can seem to see life another way. I was TOLD to EXPECT I would be in a wheelchair. I was TOLD I would get worse and I FELT it EVERY DAY almost EVERY SECOND of EVERY DAY for over 6 years. I have never felt so alone in my life even though I had friends, family and my husband and children around me. I felt “no one could know what it felt like to be this sick and in this much pain”.
In shifting my attention from the finality of my illnesses to questioning them and looking for answers I received guidance.
One of the best books I have EVER read about getting in touch with “the world within” is Charles Haanel’s “The Master Key System“. It is a 24 part series broken down into weekly (give or take some lessons will take you longer some shorter) sections. I also love listening to the audio version and find that might be easier for some to grasp that way (it was for me) ;-). This was written in 1917 and yet is still so relevant and important. This book has been called the key reading to The Law of Attraction and is also the book that inspired Bill Gates to leave Harvard and begin Microsoft. I wish this had been required reading in school and cannot even imagine the world we would live in today if it had. We are all so phenomenally powerful and when you start to tap into your inner guidance system you do realize the only limits we encounter are in our own minds.
Guidance is available to all of us. We have this inner voice inside that KNOWS what is best for us. We have our connection to each other and the Universe as a whole that can guide us. We do not need to feel alone or helpless. Whether it is through spirituality and/or religion or your intuition there are ways to tap into this guidance system that is available to all of us. Please take some time to quiet yourself and try to recognize where in your life you can put a stop to your automatic pilot. Begin to ask yourself questions about how to heal parts of your life and even for simple things as the shortest grocery line. LEARN the difference between the automatic answers and those that come from deep within. Our inner guidance system is all knowing – it cannot steer you wrong.
Please check out some of the resources I have listed — all are wonderful people and very talented writers. Also let me know what guides you? Do you listen to that little voice inside? When do you find yourself on automatic pilot? Do you have any exercises that helped you get in better touch with your own inner guidance system?