Take a moment. Feel your feet on the ground. Still your busy mind. Open your heart.
If you do this often enough, a wise, trustworthy voice will begin to make itself heard. Louder than the day’s news and the thoughts and emotions that may swirl in your mind and body in reaction. Louder than your doubts. This is the voice of Spirit.
We live in a time of almost unprecedented challenges to many things we hold dear, including our constitutional democracy. So much highly stimulating, disturbing, and often conflicting information streams in that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, and discouraged.
The fact that you are reading this means that you are already open to experiencing the existence of energies larger than yourself, even larger than our collective humanity. You may call these energies God, the Goddess, Spirit, the Oneness, Source, or some other name. However you experience this, and whatever you call it, there exists a steady, wise, compassionate, loving, just and all-inclusive force that is accessible to all of us at any time.
But how? How do we tap into the wisdom that we so desperately need at this difficult time?
We each receive guidance on a daily basis, though we often don’t recognize it. Most of us have been trained to trust our intellect, our logical minds, more than our dreams and intuition. But in fact these less rational ways of knowing are often more trustworthy. With intention and practice, we can learn to tune into them efficiently and accurately. Here are some steps you can take to increase your ability to do so.
1) Set your intention and set aside your doubts. If it helps, describe this to yourself as an experiment you commit to for a certain period of time, perhaps two weeks. It’s great to question ourselves – that’s part of how we evaluate what’s best for us – but too much doubt can block more subtle perceptions. Thank your questioning mind for the service it’s trying to provide and ask it to take a rest for a while.
2) Notice what form of guidance you feel most drawn to and what is easiest for you. Some of us remember our dreams; others meditate, love walking in nature, or receive intuitive “hits” while going about our daily activities. Cultivate the form that calls you most strongly.
3) Take your time. Dreaming, meditating, and intuitive knowing require us to move at a slower, less directed pace for at least a small part of our days.
4) Commit to a few simple practices to tune into and record the guidance you receive. If your source is dreaming, have a journal and pen close by your bed, and record everything you remember of your dreams as you wake, before your rational mind kicks in and starts organizing your day. No detail is too small or unimportant. Some people dream in sounds, scents, colors. Capture it as best you can. If you like meditating or receiving intuitive “hits,” allow space to sit or unstructured time to listen to whatever might present itself. Again, write down what comes. Try not to judge or make logical sense of it. If you’re drawn to walk in nature, set aside your habitual trains of thought and open yourself to simply being present with the many forms of life where you are. Notice who or what is around, what happens, what you sense and feel. Take a few minutes to record what you find.
5) Allow yourself a few moments at the end of the day to review what happened – what you dreamed, what random connections or images came to mind, what you felt, what moved you.
6) Notice what happens next. What energies, images or people from your dreams show up in waking life? What unexpected coincidences or synchronicities do you experience? How does your body feel when you pay more attention to dreams or other non-logical forms of knowing? What impact does this have on your life?
7) Bring your new perceptions and wisdom into your waking, material life in whatever ways you can. If you feel moved or guided to connect with someone or take an action that could be beneficial, do it. If you sense or experience the presence of an ancestor, animal, plant or other being who is present to help and support you, find a photo or create another representation of this being and put it in a place that has meaning for you. Or you might wear something that evokes it – a piece of jewelry or clothing.
If you keep practicing these steps, you will change your life in positive ways, and you might just change the world.
For a deeper dive into receiving spiritual guidance for chaotic times, please check out the workshops below that I am leading in March and April in Columbia City, Seattle.
For more information, go to http://www.junebluespruce.com/workshops-and-events/.
If you have questions or want to register, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-579-1203.
Friday evening & Saturday, March 3-4
In this interactive workshop, you will:
- Learn about and practice receiving guidance from dreams, intuitive experiences and shamanic journeys
- Consult with wise allies and guides in the spirit world
- Apply these skills to making change
Find Your Roots: Connecting with the Earth
Friday evening & Saturday, Mar. 31-Apr. 1
A silent Medicine Walk in nature can bring a profound sense of renewal in just a few hours. It can also provide strength and guidance. You will:
- Prepare for the Walk on Friday evening
- Spend the early morning Saturday in silence among the ancient trees of Seward Park
- Open yourself to receive healing, wisdom and teachings about how all are connected
- Gather to share stories