Even if you don’t believe in Spirit (also called God by many), you may have an unconscious connection as I did for decades. For example, I feel I’ve always been connected to something bigger than myself, even while I was a devout atheist. Experiencing the wonders of nature or the love of a child are transcendent experiences and have been available to me throughout my life. Self-transcendence can also occur when we connect to our life’s purpose, which I have also sought for many years.
I also had a technique for connecting to the divine, but didn’t realize until recently the divine nature of that connection. When I had a serious decision to make, I did not rely on the calculus from my head to provide the answer. I’d begin with an analytical approach, literally writing down all the pros and cons, and then weighing them (1-3 stars, depending on how important they were to me), and literally adding them up. But the final decision came from a gut check, which involved quieting my mind and being present with the consciousness that lies beneath, i.e., my soul or Higher Self. I did not realize at the time, but this practice connected me to my divine soul.
Aside from personal experiences, I don’t really know much about this subject in terms of what others do. As you know if you’re familiar with this blog series, I’m new to this. However, I understand that everyone who connects by prayer, meditation, or intuition does so using a range of techniques, and the guidance and messages they receive seem to be as unique as the manner in which they experience the divine. I feel extremely grateful that my channel provides in-depth and detailed messages, so mostly my perspective has come from my channel with Spirit, and may not jibe with your beliefs or experiences.
Some people receive message as a strong intuition or knowing. Some as short phrases or words that come to their mind out of the blue. Some have a visual intuition, with image flashes in their head or longer visions that come in dreams or meditation. Some use tools, such as a holy book or divination method. Some receive guidance by paying attention to the coincidences of the universe guiding them gently down a path that brings them closer to their best and truest self, i.e., “all things happen for a reason” (see connectedness strength blog where I address this idea).
Some may say that they don’t believe any of this and it’s all too woo woo for them. That’s ok, and even better than ok. The beautiful thing about our spiritual journey is they’re individualized; I would be surprised if we could find two people who completely agree about their spiritual beliefs and frames.
Now that I’m receiving more nuanced messages, I’ve had to mostly learn the hard way how to interpret message. Messages from Spirit are almost always loving and what you need to know in that moment. For instance, I can get a message such as “go pick up your dry cleaning” but realize afterwards that the purpose of that errand was for a chance encounter with an old friend who had the advice for me that I had been seeking. Message might also ask me to start on a project or path, just to find when you’re halfway there, you have a new perspective and skills and it’s time to take a new direction or go bigger. The original message isn’t wrong, but it required that you get to a different place before you move into the new direction.
In other words, message may not be the absolute truth. It’s what I need to know in the moment. This is why all messages, including this blog, should be assumed to be followed by “…and I could be wrong”. Even the messages I’ve been asked to deliver to other people is about what they need to hear in the moment and may not reflect the literal truth.
Why? It’s one aspect of the mysterious divine. I suspect it’s in part because we’re not supposed to know the future with any certainty. It’s not called faith for nothing.
This is a big challenge with receiving messages because faith tells me to trust the message, even when it’s proven to be outright wrong or feel harmful in the moment. The “everything happens for a reason” perspective has to kick in to consider what lesson is being provided in that situation. In so doing, the wisdom of the message becomes more evident since message is designed to help us to learn and grow, so we may create more love and light.
Message has also shown me that we humans generally think too little of ourselves and our ability to create good in the world. We tend to be limited by our doubts and fears. We dream too small. We dream too narrowly. We might pray for outcomes that don’t matter, like getting rich. Rather, the outcomes that matter have to do with love and care for Earth, each other, and ourselves, in that order. Message teaches us how to do this, and/or to do it better. In so doing, we create more light and love for all.
Spirit has shown me is that I can be bigger and more impactful in creating love and light than I can imagine.
How about you? Are you limiting yourself in your dreams and aspirations? Do you feel you could be bigger than you are? Following guidance can potentially show you your path to greater meaning and impact too…. But I could be wrong.
Next blog: Our Authentic Purpose and Spirit’s Hope for Us