Tuning Into Your Inner Guidance System

Tuning Into Your Inner Guidance System

by Steven Lane Taylor

Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, there is an underlying current in your life—a flow—that is continually guiding you toward the effortless fulfillment of your heart’s desires.  The challenge is learning how to recognize and cooperate with that flow. And for the most part, that means learning how to listen to and follow the directions of your internal guidance system—your intuition.

Your intuition is the most valuable, reliable, and consistent source of guidance you have in life. It is your direct connection to the all-pervading Intelligence of the Universe, which always knows the best way for you to get where you want to go . . . or get where you need to go.

Your intuition may communicate with you through a variety of ways, such as:

  • A thought that unexpectedly pops into your head
  • A still, small voice you seem to “hear” from within
  • An image or a vision that appears in your mind
  • A particularly vivid dream you have
  • A physical sensation you suddenly notice
  • A simple feeling of peace or “rightness”
  • A “knowing”—an inexplicable and unshifting sense of surety

The big question is how to discern intuitive guidance from other thoughts or sensations. How do you know if that still, small voice is the voice of your inner guidance system, or the voice of your self-serving ego? To answer that question, it helps to understand the nature of intuitive guidance. Here are four common aspects:

1. Intuitive guidance is always in the best interests of everyone. You will never receive intuitive direction that obviously harms or diminishes another human being.

2. Intuitive guidance may be persistent, but it is never insistent. It will feel more like a suggestion than a demand. And you will continue to receive that guidance for as long as that particular direction remains beneficial to you.

3. Intuitive guidance will generally be expressed in a positive way, suggesting a positive action step for you to take. Rather than saying, “Don’t do this,” intuitive guidance is more likely to say, “Do this.”

4. Intuitive guidance will usually feel peaceful or joyful. If you are in immediate physical danger, you may receive intuitive guidance that feels extremely urgent or powerful, such as “Get off the road now.” But the guidance itself will not be infused with fear. Instead, there will be an underlying sense of well-being.

If the guidance you sense you are receiving is peaceful, positive, persistent, and it seems to be in the best interests of all, that is a good indication that you are receiving direction from your inner guidance system and not your ego. And it is important for you to follow that guidance, even if logic and reason are telling you something else.

I’ll never forget the time my partner, Carol, and I had three different desires we wanted to fulfill, and we thought it would take at least one week and three separate trips across town to accomplish them all.  Carol wanted to go to a special store to buy some fabric to cover an ottoman; I wanted to go to a particular bookstore to see if they would purchase some copies of my recently published book; Plus, I wanted to get in contact with a man who had offered me a very lucrative writing project, but had suddenly stopped answering his phone and replying to emails before he gave me the details I needed.

One day, Carol and I were out running errands, and Carol noticed that we happened to be passing by the fabric store that she wanted to go to.  Even though we were on a toll road that had limited exits, I agreed it would be smart to stop while we were in the area. But as I approached the exit, something just didn’t feel “right.” Suddenly, the thought popped into my mind that it would be better to come back later.  And when I considered that option, it did feel right—very right.

So, even though it was more efficient to stop at the store while we were right there, I followed the advice of my inner guidance. We passed the exit, continued down the road, and finished up our errands.

Now, here’s where the story gets good. Since the fabric store was on a toll road, I had to figure out the best way to get back to it.  And the best way just happened to go right by the bookstore I wanted to visit.  Naturally, we stopped at the bookstore, but we discovered it wasn’t open that day of the week. Coincidentally, though, the manager was in the store that morning doing inventory. She noticed Carol and me through the window, and for some reason came over and opened the door for us.  When I introduced myself, the manager said she had already heard of me and my work, and would like to purchase some books right then and there—if I had any with me . . . which I did!

That mission accomplished, Carol and I then continued on to the fabric store.  As Carol looked through the rolls of fabric, I suddenly heard a voice say, “Steve, what are you doing here?” It was the wife of the man I had wanted to connect with!

Her name was Margaret, and was very surprised to run into me on her side of town—and in a fabric store of all places. But she was very happy to see me. Why?  Because she had a message for me. As it turned out, Margaret’s husband had been in Canada for several weeks, had lost his cell phone and his computer had crashed.  When he was finally able to get in touch with Margaret, he asked her to find me and give me the information I needed so I could proceed with the writing project . . . which she did right there in the fabric store.

Remarkable!  Instead of taking three separate trips over a period of a week, Carol and I fulfilled all three of our desires in one single hour with absolutely no planning or foresight on our part.  By following my inner guidance, Carol and I wound up in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time.

The lesson here is simple. Your inner guidance system is continually directing you toward whatever it is you want to have, do, or be in life—continually! But to take advantage of that guidance you must be aware of the subtle ways that you are being directed, and you must be careful not to hastily dismiss or overrule that guidance because “you know better.”

If you want to be “in the flow,” you must avoid forcing things to go the way you think they should go, and you must be willing to move in a direction that is different from what you expect, or what even seems reasonable. Do that, and you will begin to live a life that is dramatically more fulfilling, immensely more joyful, and, on top of it all, remarkably effortless!

© 2011 by Steven Lane Taylor

Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:

A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow



Steven Lane Taylor is a spiritual author, speaker, and teacher currently living in Sedona, Arizona. Since the publication of his book, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat: A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow,” Steven has been sharing his message with organizations and congregations all across the country. For more information about Steven and his work, or to receive his free weekly inspirational messages, please visit www.rowrowrow.com.

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