“I want you to consider the possibility that your arrival here on the earth at this time is no accident. Nor is it a coincidence. Nor is it happenstance or chance. You are here, now, on purpose.” – Neale Donald Walsch [Source: Part of the Change: Your Role as a Spiritual Helper.]
Inner guidance, also known as inner wisdom, or intuition helps us learn the ways of Spirit, but it also helps us make good decisions and protects us from harm. But we must listen. Learning to listen, and interpret information received is not always easy. We may ignore this gentle nudging expecting the booming audible voice of God, thunder and lightening or even the physical manifestation of angels.
I experience a vague feeling that something isn’t right. It has taken years to learn if something doesn’t “feel right” I don’t do it. Sometimes messages are more direct, but may not be as they seem. Once I sensed a building was going to collapse. The building stood but the church meeting there fell apart.
Not listening to inner guidance can have lasting consequences. I was very angry when a healer told me a major negative event in my life could have been prevented by listening to inner guidance. But he was right. When this happens bitterness or anger do no good. We must accept the consequences, learn the lessons and start listening.
Learning to listen and interpret inner guidance takes time, patience and openness to Spirit. But remember, help is only a prayer away.
“For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore, the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self. — Thomas Merton [Source: The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.]
“To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your daily activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.” — Paramahansa Yogananda [Source: Self Realization Fellowship]
“When you are up against a tough situation, the first essential is to stand up to it. Face it, think about it, study it, pray about it; then hit it and keep after it. You have within you enough force, put there by Almighty God, to overcome situations that seem overwhelming.”
— Norman Vincent Peale [Source: Use Your God-Given Power
“Work, of whatever nature, is to render living service, in obedience to the law of giving and receiving. For you, it is for the purpose of expressing your God-given faculties and powers, to the end that you may manifest the divine ideas God has implanted, the perfect pattern of His Son.” Myrtle Fillmore
[Source: Work as Living Service ]
“In the universe all manifestations are of God and are one with Him. In Him they live and move and have their being. This Supreme Intelligence that moves in the earth is manifested in the tiniest molecule as perfectly as in a great planet. How wonderful to realize that there is only one force, one power, one presence, and that is God the Father.” — A Search for God Book 1 [Compiled by the study groups of the Association for Research and Enlightenment]
“The grievous problems facing mankind today can be solved. However the solution must be a spiritual one for material and intellectual ones have been tried and found wanting.”– Eric Butterworth [Source: Discover the Power within You]
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” — Helen Keller
Advent is a time of preparation and waiting. But when I try to write about Advent all I can think of is, why are we waiting for someone who is already here?
The presence of God, the Divine, the Infinite, whatever words you are comfortable with, is all and in all. In Him we live and move and have our being.
If we stopped waiting for someone to come rescue us and instead could see that spark of the divine in all of creation, how the world could change. We might stop destroying the planet. If we could learn to see God not only in ourselves, but in our neighbors and even our enemies, there might even be an outbreak of peace.
Things will not change overnight, but it has to start somewhere. Why not let it start with you and me?