~ Thomas Carlyle
It would be nice if spiritual guidance came with a detailed memo . . . or, better yet, a road map.
Instead, we are constantly challenged to take one step at a time, listen to guidance, and deal with whatever arises within us that needs to be addressed, along the way. And that process is most certainly not always easy or pleasant.
We humans hunger for certainty. We want to know that every bit of effort we put into something is going to pay off. We want to know that we’re not wasting our time traveling on a certain road, when there might be a short cut right through the mountains. “The scenic route is nice; but is it going to lead us to where we really want to be? We need to know!,” our personalities tell us.
Instant gratification. Guarantees. Assurances. A fool-proof plan.
Often, these things are what we believe we need to keep moving forward in the face of uncertainty.
As uncomfortable as it might feel, however, Life doesn’t really work that way.
With very few exceptions, what our soul desires most to experience are those things that are so unique and beautiful that they take time and commitment to create. That does not mean that everything we truly desire “takes hard work” or that there is some special formula that must be applied. It means pearls are formed through consistent and continued effort. Their magnificent beauty comes from the nurturing of wounds, and wounds take time to heal. Pearls are special, indeed, because of all the loving attention that goes into their formation. Loving attention and time, applied together. That is the brilliance of how pearls get formed. The experiences our souls desire most are much the same.
Also, there are never any guarantees in Life because everything in existence is impermanent, by nature. All of Life is constantly changing itself into something new, becoming something a little different than it was before. It is the very essence of creation that it is always evolving.
The only assurances we can trust are the ones we find within ourselves. And even the best laid plans can go awry.
So, how do we do it? How do we keep moving forward, trusting that every single thing that is happening is happening for our highest good?
What experience (both pleasant and unpleasant) has taught me is that the soul knows. The soul knows what we need to experience today to be ready for what we will experience tomorrow. The soul knows what fears stand in the way of fulfillment. The soul knows what we desire most, deep in our hearts and beyond the reach of anything superficial. The soul remembers its beloveds and seeks them out. The soul is wise and loving: tender and strong. And it knows the way.
In short . . .
It isn’t always easy to listen to what our soul is trying to tell us. We aren’t always brave enough to take the steps it wants us to take. But, when we find the courage to live our lives from the depths of our soul . . . well, it changes everything.
To do it, to live our lives this way, we must follow Thomas Carlyle’s advice and focus on what lies clearly before us. What is right here, right now is right here, right now for a reason.
Trust yourself. Listen to your soul. Follow your inner guidance.
Keep putting one foot right in front of the other. And watch as the life you have imagined unfolds, one incredible experience at a time.
Live Free! Be Happy!