Steering your ship means guiding your life in the way you would like it to go. There are so many opportunities each day to connect with many different types of people and experiences. Which ones do you choose? All experiences are ultimately good and will bring you to a new understanding of who you are, but getting still and listening to the voice within will help guide you towards your most joyful choices. Get connected and use that knowledge to steer your ship. Create the life that is right for you.
“If I don’t go within, I go without.” – Neale Donald Walsch
I’ve written about this before, but I return to it because it’s so important. Trusting your heart is always a great choice, whether in calm or stressful times. When you aren’t sure which way to go, or what to do, get still and listen to your heart. Your heart can see from above because it is connected to God. You will know your heart’s voice because it arises from that still place. It may be hard to ignore. Your heart’s wishes will arise again and again in your life in your quietest moments.
The voice of my heart became very strong the few years after my experience. I felt a very clear inner calling to make some serious changes in my life. To an outside observer, these choices may have seemed strange. I ended a relationship that was perfectly fine by all surface accounts but was not truly right for me. I went home from the city to stay near my family. I also felt very guided to make certain decisions, like where to study and what not to write a book about. Every time I followed my heart urgings, I was led to greater and greener pastures. When I didn’t honor what my heart was telling me, I created less beautiful realities that sometimes caused me suffering.
Get still and go within. What is it that your heart telling you? Your heart will lead you in the right direction. You can listen to it. Trust yourself. You are a beautiful person created by God. Trust that you are being guided by something greater. Take the first step.
It takes practice to trust your inner guidance. From the time we were young, we were told to trust the outer world over our own instincts. Being asked to do things we didn’t want to do, being pressured to conform to a world that was often out of line with our own truths, we lost ourselves. Yet that inner guidance is always there. It may be a muscle out of shape, but you can still uncover it and learn to rely on it.
When you get still, you will be able to hear your inner guidance. Practice centering yourself in stillness and bring your awareness to your heart. It will guide you. You may also practice automatic writing. You may also pray. But mostly, you must get still. Then, once you hear your inner guidance –listen to it! What is your first instinct? Go with that. Before any learned thought patterns or reactions come through.
Your inner guidance is your homing mechanism that comes from God. It may seem far from your daily world. It may be asking you to let certain people go. It may be asking you to do something that seems different from what you’re used to, but if it’s your true inner guidance, it will be easy to follow – “my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It will bring you to a place of greater peace. Following your inner guidance leads you to love.
Your heart is your center. It is connected to all that is. Your heart will provide you with hunches, guidance, and feelings about what to do, which way to go, and what you need – when you are quiet enough to listen to it. Everyone has this capability, because everyone’s heart comes from God. The trick is to honor it. That’s much more easily said than done!
When I began healing, I did not know that listening to my heart mattered or was important. In fact, I did everything I could not to listen to my heart, because I had been in so much pain. When I began healing, I did so because my heart was calling to me underneath the pain. Listening to my heart allowed me to clear my pain by entering it and releasing it. I had been taught in therapy that many of my instincts were wrong because of my trauma, but I still had a heart that came from God. The trick was and has been to learn which urges came from my heart, and which came from my mind.
Listening to your heart can make you more intuitive and put you in touch with your highest good. When I listen to my heart, especially when making hard choices, the results of my choices are more beautiful and much happier. It’s taken a lot of practice to listen to my heart over my mind, and it’s something I still work on. The best tip I can offer on listening to your heart is that it really helps to get quiet, get still, and meditate – then listen to yourself.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a beautiful day.