We each have an inner guide, that voice that has the right answer but is sometimes overlooked. Our inner guides are always with us, but often muted. Later when it is realized that the voice, intuition, or instinct should have been heeded, it’s too late to correct the initial decision. But we are at choice at every moment! Sounds a little hard to believe, right? Who would choose to have a marriage dissolve, or a career end? But a little investigation will often uncover a “feeling” that this person is not exactly what was desired, but maybe close enough; or the job paid very well, so even if some of the tasks were not in alignment with the idea of the ideal job it was worth it. So in essence, choices were actually made to gag one’s inner guide and roll with the situation.

How many times have you thought “Man, if I had only listened to my instincts!” That was your inner guide telling you which way to proceed and it was ignored. Do you know who the largest population of inner guide listeners are? Children. That’s one of the reasons they tend to get in so much trouble with adults. Because they do what their inner guide advises without thought to consequence, feelings, or safety. Their one goal is to do what they believe will make them happy at any given point in time, and they do. Children believe the world revolves around them. They have not been taught that it’s their job to make and keep everyone happy (a true fallacy in today’s society.) If everyone accepted responsibility for their own happiness, which is possible by listening to their inner guides, the world would be a more harmonious place.
Madison was sitting in Pre-K and was bored. She didn’t like ‘circle time’, but preferred free play. She looked longingly at the pots and pans and began to squirm and fidget while Miss Karen discussed the story. Unable to stand circle-time for one more moment, Madison began to inch herself away from the circle, closer to the play kitchen cubbies. Madison finally made her way to the pots and pans and was about to dive in when Miss Karen busted her. She was called back to the circle and told to remain in place. A few minutes later, Madison again began to look at the pots and pans, and decided that since she couldn’t leave the circle perhaps Miss Karen wouldn’t mind if she brought the pots and pans to the circle with her. That didn’t fly either. Finally, unable to contain herself any longer, Madison jumps up from the circle, grabs a pot and spoon and placed herself in the time-out chair! She knew what she wanted, knew that it wouldn’t be appreciated by her teacher and that she would be punished, but didn’t care one bit. She got what she wanted…happiness. She was tuned into her inner guide and did not stray.

Adults could take lessons from children. Remember the ultimate goal in life is J-O-Y, and it is ones’ responsibility to create for themselves. But it cannot be done without focus, intent, and practice. Learn to quiet the conscious thinking mind for no more than 15 minutes each day and allow the inner guide to come through.

Here’s how:
• Focus on breathing, or the flicker of a candle, or use an audible sound like “Om.”
• Once the mind is quieted, physical detachment will occur and you will be in a state of “allowing.” This is when your inner guidance will take over. You may feel an involuntary movement in your      body, like just before you’re falling asleep and your foot moves, or you feel as if you’re falling – this is THE state where the energies are in alignment.
• Determine your path for allowing your alignment energies to come through. It could be through blocks of thought, writing, a voice or through some other manner.

Everyone has the ability to do it. The key is to find the time to make it happen and not censor what is coming through. Be consistent and a mere 30 days is all that it should take to get into the swing of things. Simply learn to relax, allow and receive. Your happiness depends on it.

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