When I was homeless and struggling with everything from self-esteem to survival, I ignored my intuition and the inspiration it offered. I couldn’t believe that some part of me was connected to a wiser source and was trying to guide me. Because I have free will, I could ignore the internal signals. And as long as I did, I suffered.
What I learned is that everyone has an internal guidance system. We can get quiet, tune in, and feel our way through life. The more we listen and obey the inner callings, the better life is for each of us.
These days, this is the focus of my teachings, the thing I most care about. If you look at my writing over the years, it’s continually moved towards this idea of following inspiration. I know what it’s like to live in my ego and get yanked around by fear; it takes constant vigilance to let go of the negativity we all battle.
This isn’t to say that ego is a bad thing; it’s there to help us get the job done. But first, we have to know what the right job is – and that comes from listening to your inner voice.
The question is how can you know?
Unfortunately, there are many other kinds of voices we often succumb to that distract us from true listening. At first it may be tricky, as your mind will try to confuse or mislead you. But the more you make listening your meditative practice, the more you will dial in to the message for you.
I’ve found there isn’t one path; there are many. I’ve written much about the ancient practice of Ho’oponopono and its modern-day counterpart that has made such a difference in my own life. But the method is not so important as the willingness and desire to be in touch with the Divine.
Where there’s willingness, the Divine can, and will, guide us. It is our inalienable, Divine right – a birthright. Call it our life line to life itself, or a hot line to the Divine, it’s always available and accessible in every moment. You just have to tune your ear to hear it.
Decades ago I began a presentation by handing out pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to everyone in the room. Each person got a piece of the puzzle, but none of them saw what the puzzle was supposed to be when it was all fitted together. I explained to everyone there that life was like that. We each have a piece of the puzzle to life.
When I live my piece, and you live yours, life works. In the end, the puzzle becomes a beautiful painting; the miracle of life.
So my message is to tune in and follow your inner guidance. The more you follow it, the more your life will work. And when we all follow our unique callings, life on the planet works, too. The puzzle comes together. The miracle breathes. It all begins inside.