“When you are guided to act in ways that are contrary to usual patterns of action you have taken in the past, you will often meet resistance. Try to be lighthearted at such times and to remember that if it ‘doesn’t matter,’ you might as well try the new way. Remind yourself that you have nothing to lose. You will soon learn that this is so. (A Course of Love, 25.24)”
Affirmation: “I will follow guidance consistently.”
1 – Guidance
One of my favorite topics to think about is the question of guidance. And this passage for today is directly on this topic. What might I say to you about guidance?
2 – “Turn on a Dime”
First, it is hard to be consistent in following guidance. I still pause and consider before acting, and this may not be a bad thing. Our emotions can carry us away, and we can do unwise things. We would not do insane things, and insanity is an attribute of an undiminished ego. I often ask to be able to “turn on a dime,” once the guidance appears to be sure to me. And when I do, I never regret it.
3 – Clear Mind
Guidance is also lighthearted and clear to the mind. We do not have to obsess or to analyze. Something within us just “knows.” And, when we act accordingly, we will soon come to see that it is as Jesus has said, we will find out that all is right.
4 – No Pressure
Guidance is not pressured. If we feel pressured, it is likely that the ego is involved, and that we are misleading ourselves.
5 – How to Know Guidance?
How do we know guidance? Feelings, intuitive feelings, mainly. But dreams do figure prominently in the Bible, and I do also listen to my dreams. If the dream is particularly lucid, it becomes a touchstone for my life.
6 – In the Flow
When we are “in the flow,” so to speak, of life, then guidance comes easily and is welcomed. When we are resisting, we ought to wait. We are not ready. Do not fight yourself, as Jesus says in A Course in Miracles.
7 – Great Blessing
Guidance is one of the greatest blessings of God. And we ought, therefore, to take it seriously, but, paradoxically, with a light heart.
We all live too highly strung lives, even those of us who are not working full-time. Our emotional lives are too much in turmoil.
Jesus can help us with this, as he tells us what to do in A Course of Love. Follow guidance, but with a clear mind and a light heart. Guidance comes in many ways, and it behooves us to try to listen wisely. Not passively or without thinking, but with the full use of our faculties. But we must not make a big deal of evaluating guidance, for by its very nature, it is a bit beyond us. Guidance comes, frequently, in intuition. But a word from a book may just as easily speak to us.
Help me to turn on a dime, if I am on the wrong pathway. Be with all of us today to give us, with Your help and our cooperation, a good day.