When it comes to making choices in life, we all have an Inner Guide or Voice that tells us how we are really feeling about our options. This subconscious guidance within us has an insight into our true feelings, emotions, and instincts. In his book, The Boundless Life Challenge, David Dillard-Wright explains how and why you should let this Inner Voice guide you through making decisions in life.
Getting in touch with this Guide doesn’t always come naturally or easy for us. To get in touch with it, first, we must be able to cultivate silence within us. This means getting rid of all the mental clutter we are carrying around with us. This clutter creates a din that prevents us from looking inward.
Two effective ways to cultivate interior silence:
- Avoid frantic or impulsive behaviors. Take things slowly, especially when making life-altering decisions.
- Ask yourself the following questions: “Is this what I really want?” “What is the best thing I can do in this situation?” “What outcome do I most want to see in this situation?”
Why isn’t it always easy to follow your Inner Guidance?
Not listening to your Inner Guide does not make you a bad person. It isn’t that you don’t want to live your best life according to your ideals. Sometimes, it is just really easy to settle for something less than the best. Our Inner Guide gives us little nudges that lead us in the best direction, and yet, we don’t seem to want to accept the advice that it is offering.
There is a reason we don’t tend to listen to our Inner Guide. Often, the mediocre choice is easier to make. It takes less work. The good choice, the one that will bring us towards our true selves, is often the harder one to make. Even when you are hearing the messages, your Inner Voice is sending you.
When to consult your Inner Guide?
Our Inner Guide isn’t only there to help us make the big life-altering choices. We can also consult our Inner Guide to help us choose an outfit to wear, determine how to spend our income, and even deciding which friends should be a part of our lives. The most important thing about listening to our Inner Guide is knowing that the information it gives us is coming from the deepest part of ourselves. The information cannot come from external sources. It’s not the same as good advice from a friend. It’s from deep within our Inner Self.
What does it take to get in touch with your Inner Guide?
Although the information comes from deep within us, there is no intense work that needs to be done to get to it. All you need are calm and quiet. A good example to compare it to is the fishpond. If you want to walk from one side of a pond to another without stepping on any of the plants or fish, you can either jump in and run or walk carefully and take your time. If you jump into the pond and move erratically, the mud on the bottom of the pond will be stirred up, and you won’t be able to see anything in the water. However, if you step into the pond slowly and take your time crossing, you will see the bottom of the pond through the water and avoid damaging any of the peaceful life within the pond.
If we were to give our Inner Guide a personality, it is shy and reclusive. It doesn’t want to be around if it feels unwelcome. And it definitely feels unwelcome in a mind that is cluttered and busy. Once we have managed to achieve inner calm, the Guide comes out of hiding and remains present within us. Although the Inner Guide is subtle and unassuming, it is also steady and reliable. It will be around for as long as we value its input and continue to want its guidance.
How to know if you’ve ever heard your Inner Guide before?
If you aren’t sure if you have ever heard your Inner Guide trying to speak to you, consider the following examples. If you can relate to any of them, then you’ve noticed that your inner guide is trying to get your attention.
- Have you ever gone to a party, and things just didn’t feel right to you?
- Have you ever been in a job interview and felt the meeting didn’t go as well as it seemed to on the surface?
- Have you ever been on a date with someone who seems perfect for you, and although you can’t quite put your finger on it, something just didn’t ‘click’?
If you are interested in more tips on hearing and following your inner guide, check out The Boundless Life Challenge by David Dillard-Wright.